Around 200 JCB agency employees are to be handed permanent contracts this summer as demand continues to rise for construction and agricultural machinery, the company announced today.

JCB has already offered around 1,300 permanent contracts to agency employees during 2021 and 2022 and increased shop floor starting pay by 8.5 per cent to £11.35 an hour.

Today JCB Chief Operating Officer Mark Turner welcomed the news of the 200 permanent contracts. He joined JCB more than 30 years ago as an agency employee and rose through the ranks after running JCB manufacturing businesses in the UK and overseas, including India.

He said: “Demand for JCB’s construction and agricultural products remains very strong and that means we have been able to offer 1,300 agency colleagues permanent JCB contracts since last year. I am thrilled to be able to build on this position by offering permanent contracts to an additional 200 agency employees once we return from the summer break. We have great confidence in the future and there are immense opportunities to progress at JCB by joining us as an agency employee.”

In 2022, JCB has increased its workforce by almost 300 people at its 11 UK plants in Staffordshire, Derbyshire, and Wrexham, which now employ around 8,000 people. Demand for JCB machines has reached historic highs this year with many products already sold out for the remainder of the year.