AROUND 600 jobs are being put up for grabs at JCB as the digger giant battles to meet record worldwide demand.
The company needs 200 new production line workers – including welders, paint sprayers and assemblers – straight away and says a further 400 staff will be required within 12 weeks.
Global growth in the construction sector has led to unprecedented order books for many of the product lines manufactured at JCB’s plants.
More than 250 new staff will be based either at the company’s Rocester headquarters or at Uttoxeter and another 200 are needed at factories in Cheadle.
Some 150 of those will be at Compact Products, 45 at JCB Earthmovers and another 10 at JCB Landpower – all in Leek Road.
A further 100 jobs are being made available at Foston, in nearby Derbyshire, and another 50 at the company’s plant in Rugeley.
Mark Turner, chief operating officer at JCB, said: “This is great news for the local economy and great news for anyone seeking to work with a globally successful business.
“We know people in the Cheadle and Uttoxeter area, along with those in Stoke-on-Trent, Derby and surrounding towns have 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’ll be given full training.
“The opportunities are initially for agency employees, but 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 roles at Rocester and sites across the UK.
JCB recruited more than 1,200 people at 11 UK factories in 2017 and now employs more than 6,000 people at its sites in Rocester, Cheadle, Rugeley and Foston.
It now employs more than 6,000 people at its sites in Staffordshire and Derbyshire at Rocester, Cheadle, Rugeley and Foston.
To find out more about the opportunities or to apply, visit www.jcb.com/en-gb/about/careers
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