Workers ate the firm’s 11 plants in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wrexham will share in the £2m festive payout.
It tops a landmark year for JCB which saw it celebrate the production of its one millionth machine and the elevation of chairman Anthony Bamford to the House of Lords.
Lord Bamford said: “At the start of this year we anticipated that the business would face a number of economic headwinds and that has certainly been the case with trading being tougher than expected. However, while certain markets have slowed, we are seeing growth in other parts of the world which is very encouraging. I’m delighted that the company is able to award a Christmas bonus in 2013 and I thank everyone for their commitment and hard work this year.”
Mark Willmore, 40, is a team leader in the backhoe loader business unit at the World HQ in Rocester, Staffs and has worked at JCB for 16 years. He said: “We never take getting a Christmas bonus as a foregone conclusion, so it’s great when we get one, especially with so much extra expense at this time of year. It’s nice to celebrate the company’s success for another year and I’d like to say thank you to Lord Bamford for awarding the bonus. ”
Marketing communications manager Joanne Langton, 24, said: “I only joined JCB in April so it’s the first Christmas bonus I’ve received, which makes it extra special.”
Pictured below are JCB employees (left to right): Shaun Alcock, Becky Whittaker, Joanne Langton and Mark Willmore.