CHRISTMAS has come early for lucky JCB employees as the digger-giant announced a &163;500 festive bonus and a pay increase.
The Rocester-based company has revealed the 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 worth &163;2.5 million.
From January 1, UK employees will receive the pay increase linked to November&8217;s Retail Price Index, in line with a three-and-a-half year pay deal.
JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford said: &8220;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&8217;s been a good year.
&8220;I&8217;m delighted we&8217;re able to award another Christmas bonus this year as a thank you for everyone&8217;s hard work.&8221;
The news was met with delight as Doveridge resident Anna Mackenberg, the international human resources advisor, explains she did not expect it at all.
The 31-year-old, who was celebrating her birthday when the announcement was made, said: &8220;It was excellent news, a fantastic surprise because it is something we don&8217;t take for granted as it is the chairman&8217;s decision. There is a good atmosphere among the staff.
&8220;I have not decided what I am going to spend the
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money on yet but I will maybe treat myself. It is very good to get the pay increase on top of the bonus as that will last for the next year and the bonus is easily spent.&8221;
Christopher Burton, of Cheadle, said: &8220;It&8217;s fantastic to get extra pay at Christmas. It&8217;s a very generous gesture and great way for the company to thank everyone.&8221;
Welder Tim Willmore, also of Cheadle, said: &8220;When the news was announced this morning there was a real buzz about the place. Sir Anthony&8217;s kind gesture means we will finish the year on a high.&8221;
JCB chief executive officer Alan Blake added: &8220;When JCB is doing well Sir Anthony is always very keen to share its success with employees. Looking ahead, we are expecting some economic headwinds in the early part of 2013 but we&8217;re investing in future growth opportunities around the world. JCB is a resilient company and we&8217;re confident that 2013 will be a good year as well.&8221;