200 JCB agency employees are to be given permanent contracts this summer, as demand continues to rise for construction and agricultural machinery.

JCB already has some form in this regard, of course, offering around 1300 permanent contracts to agency workers during 2021 and 2022, while increasing shop floor starting pay to £11.35 an hour.

JCB COO Mark Turner welcomed the news, having joined the company as an agency worker over 30 years ago, then rising through the ranks.

He said: “Demand for JCB’s construction and agricultural products remains very strong and that means we have been able to offer 1300 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.”

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.