JCB is recruiting 600 new workers in order to meet global demand for its range of machinery products.
Over 200 operatives are needed immediately for the company’s Cheadle and Rocester factories, where there are vacancies for welders, pain sprayers and assemblers
Four hundred more workers will be recruited within the next 12 weeks to allow JCB to capitalise on a worldwide growth in the construction industry, which in turn will provide provide a major boost for the local economy.
JCB chief operating officer, Mark Turner, said: “This is great news for the local economy and great news for anyone seeking to work with a globally successful business.
“We know the cities of Stoke-on-Trent, Derby and surrounding towns have people with the skills we need, and in return they can expect excellent rewards. We urgently need fabrication welding skills along with paint sprayers, and general assemblers who will be given full training.
“The opportunities are initially for agency employees, however we see them as long-term opportunities – in fact, in the first three months of 2018 we have given permanent contracts to 200 agency staff. That means over the past four years we have handed permanent contracts to 850 agency employees.
“The future is very bright for JCB as global demand for our machines continues to grow, which means great prospects for people who want to work with us.”
The new roles pay a minimum of £10.40 per hour for Monday to Friday working hours, with a premium paid for shift-work opportunities.
In addition to the 600 production line opportunities, JCB has vacancies for more than100 permanent employees in engineering and other staff professions at its World Headquarters in Rocester and sites across the UK.