Union bosses say JCB’s latest recruitment drive signals a “remarkable turnaround” for a workforce that was facing more than 900 job losses at the start of the pandemic.
Last month, BusinessLive reported how the digger-maker plans to create 500 new agency jobs at its UK factories following a surge in demand for its machinery.
As part of the fresh recruitment drive, the manufacturer – which has factories in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wrexham – is also offering 300 existing agency workers permanent JCB contracts.
The new jobs are on top of the 850 shop floor jobs already created this year and the 1,000 permanent contracts awarded to agency staff since the start of the year.
Now the GMB union has described the move by JCB as a “remarkable turnaround”.
Stuart Harrison, GMB regional organiser said: “Yet again our fantastic workplace reps have saved jobs and secured the future for their members.
“Union workers at JCB have defended themselves throughout the pandemic and as a result, not a single one has lost their job.
“We expect to win even more permanent contracts for our members by year’s end.”
JCB has got off to a flying start this year after landing its biggest ever UK order for 2,100 machines in March.
This followed the launch of the company’s new revolutionary Pothole Pro machine in January to help tackle the UK’s pothole problem.