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JCB to create hundreds of jobs

Digger giant, JCB, will create 600 new jobs in the next three months due to global demand.

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Growing demand means the digger giant is stepping up recruitment

Two hundred jobs are available to start immediately, including 50 at JCB Cab Systems in Rugeley, which include welders, paint sprayers and assemblers.

One hundred will be needed at Power Systems, Foston, plus 50 within the next four weeks, and most of the jobs will be based in Rocester.

Another 400 staff will be required within 12 weeks.

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.

To find out more about the opportunities available, or to apply, visit