News Item: Festive Joy as JCB's UK Workforce Gets £750 Christmas Bonus

JCB today delivered some festive cheer to thousands of UK employees - a £750 Christmas bonus.

l-r employees Toby Bell, Holly Broadhurst, Kait Williams and Kevin Pickles

The bonus will be paid to more than 6,000 employees - including agency employees with over 12 months' service - working at JCB's 11 plants in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wrexham.

JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said today: "This year has been a solid one for JCB and demand for our machines going into next year is very strong. 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 said: "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, and this is his first JCB Christmas bonus. Toby 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, said: "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, said: "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, added "It's brilliant news. This bonus is going to give everyone a great Christmas."