British machinery giant JCB announces 200 new jobs amid record global growth

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British construction giant JCB is offering 200 new jobs in North Staffordshire as it needs workers to help “fuel record growth.”

The company already employs more than 8,000 staff, but is looking for assembly line workers, forklift truck drivers, machine operators and welders to work at sites in Cheadle, Uttoxeter and at the firm’s headquarters in Rocester.

Last year, JCB is understood to have made more than 100,000 machines, a company record, and demand remains at unprecedented levels across the world.

The new recruits will be agency workers, but JCB has pointed out it has converted 850 agency roles into permanent staff in recent years.

Group HR director Max Jeffrey said:

“JCB has enjoyed another record year. Achieving record growth means we’ve to find a record number of people to fuel this growth not only in the UK but all over the world.” 

The news comes in the same week one of the UK’s leading equipment rental firms announces a £5 million investment in a fleet of brand new JCB rotating telehandlers – the biggest order so far for JCB’s newest product.

Nationwide plant hirer Charles Wilson Engineers (CW Plant) has ordered 25 machines including the 21-metre 555-210R machine and 26-metre 555-260R machines. Supplied by dealer Greenshields JCB, the new machines are operating for CW Plant’s customers across the UK.

The new models are powered by JCB’s Stage V Dieselmax engines, and feature Auto Engine Idle and Auto Engine Stop features as standard, further reducing fuel use and exhaust emissions. With a robust boom construction and familiar vertically-integrated driveline components, JCB has focused on maximising reliability, productivity, safety and ease of use.

We are delighted to be sole supplier of rotating telehandlers to CW Plant. To secure such a significant contract with a leading player in the market, strengthens our longstanding partnership and is a fantastic endorsement of these new additions to our range.

In 1945 Joseph Cyril Bamford began the business that bears his initials using surplus World War II parts and scrap metals. The British company now has 22 plants on four continents and more than 750 dealers around the world.

Photo credit: JCB

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