JCB is set to hire more than 400 extra agency staff ahead of a “surge in production”.
Chief Operating Officer Mark Turner said in March orders “disappeared overnight” when the Covid-19 pandemic took hold, adding “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 said.
“This year has started strongly and our forecasts predict a continued solid recovery, with strong demand from mainland Europe and North America.
“After a tumultuous 12 months, this really is good news.”