JCB announces 600 new jobs as orders roll in

Growing "global demand" is driving the creation of 600 new manufacturing jobs at JCB.

A third of the temporary roles at the Staffordshire-based construction equipment giant will be available immediately.

The rest will be needed across the next 12 weeks for the firm's production lines in Rocester, Cheadle, Rugeley as well as Foston, Derbyshire.

More than 100 vacancies are also currently waiting to be filled at the company's HQ.

JCB chief operating officer Mark Turner said while the new roles were agency, the manufacturer was looking "long-term" and had this year already put 200 temporary hires onto permanent contracts.

Announcing the jobs, he 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."

He added: "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, including welders, paint-sprayers and assemblers, pay a minimum of £10.40 per hour, with a premium for shift-work.

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