JCB is recruiting more than 400 additional UK employees as the company gears up for a surge in production following the pandemic.
It is looking for employees in a variety of jobs – including assembly, welding and fork lift truck drivers. In addition, JCB is giving permanent contracts to up to 300 existing agency employees, including welders, fabricators and CNC machinists.
The company says the market for construction equipment has rebounded sharply after being severely impacted by Covid-19 in spring 2020. The pandemic halted production at JCB factories around the world, it said.
JCB chief operating officer Mark Turner said: “While we were able to protect our shop floor workforce, regrettably many staff positions were impacted. It took more than six months for the business to recover to production levels we last saw in March 2020.
“This year has started strongly and our forecasts predict a continued solid recovery, with strong demand from mainland Europe and North America. This means we are now in a position to recruit many more shop floor colleagues.
“After a tumultuous 12 months, this really is good news.”