Construction equipment JCB starts recruitment drive as production is set to surge

The manufacturer adds that the market for construction equipment has rebounded sharply after the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in Spring 2020, which halted production at JCB factories around the world.

The company confirmed it was recruiting more than 400 additional agency employees in a variety of jobs including assembly, welding and fork lift truck drivers. In addition, it is giving permanent contracts to up to 300 existing agency employees, including welders, fabricators and CNC (computer numerical control) machinists.

Chief operating officer Mark Turner said: “In March 2020 our orders dramatically disappeared overnight when the Covid-19 pandemic took hold and while we were able to protect our shop floor workforce, regrettably many staff positions were impacted. It took more than six months for the business to recover to production levels we last saw in March 2020.”

He added that 2021 has started strongly and the company’s forecasts predict a continued solid recovery, with strong demand from mainland Europe and North America.

“This means we are now in a position to recruit many more shop floor colleagues and offer permanent JCB contracts to a large number of existing agency employees,” said Turner. “After a tumultuous 12 months, this really is good news.”