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Another Christmas bonus and payrise for staff at JCB

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: December 18, 2012

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CHRISTMAS has come early for lucky JCB employees as the digger giant announced a £500 festive bonus and a pay increase.

The Rocester-based company has revealed its Christmas bonus as well as a three per cent pay increase as around 5,000 employees at factories in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wrexham share a bonus package worth £2.5 million.

From January 1, UK employees will receive the pay increase linked to November’s retail price index, in line with a three-and-a-half year pay deal.

JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford said: “JCB has performed well in 2012. We had a strong start to the year although it has become a lot tougher in recent months, but overall it’s been a good year.

“I’m delighted we’re able to award another Christmas bonus this year as a thank-you for everyone’s hard work.”

The news was met with delight as Doveridge resident Anna Mackenberg, the international human resources advisor, explained she had not expected it.

The 31-year-old, who was celebrating her birthday when the announcement was made, said: “It was excellent news, a fantastic surprise because it is something we don’t take for granted as it is the chairman’s decision. There is a good atmosphere among the staff.”

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