JCB has announced that thousands of UK-based employees will receive a £750 Christmas bonus.
The bonus will be paid to more than 6,000 employees – including agency staff with over 12 months’ service – working at JCB’s 11 plants in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wrexham.
JCB chairman Lord Bamford described 2021 as a ‘solid’ year for the business, adding that demand for machines going into next year is ‘very strong’. He said, “The whole team can be proud of what has been achieved in 2021 and I am delighted that we can reward everyone’s efforts with a Christmas bonus.”
JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald added, “This year we will produce a record number of machines and this bonus rewards a tremendous team effort. We are still facing severe challenges caused by unprecedented supply chain disruption which is impacting on production, and we expect this to continue for the first six months of next year.”
Toby Bell (27) of The Westlands, Newcastle, is a business degree apprentice at JCB’s World HQ in Rocester, Staffs. He said, “It’s a big motivator to get rewarded like this and a real boost. It’s really kind of JCB to give us a Christmas bonus and to be recognised for the hard work everyone has put in this year.”
Early careers scheme leader Holly Broadhurst (27), of Leek, added, “This has come as a really fantastic surprise. It’s tremendous that everyone’s hard work and dedication has been rewarded.”
Backhoe loader team leader Kevin Pickles (40), of Mickleover, near Derby, commented, “It’s brilliant. Everyone is buzzing in the factory today. It’s going to give my two kids, Freddie, five and Amelia, two, a great Christmas.”
Backhoe loader production support specialist Kait Williams (21), of Church Leigh, near Uttoxeter, said, “It’s brilliant news. This bonus is going to give everyone a great Christmas.”