Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Stoke-on-Trent, Rocester, Uttoxeter, Derby, Hixon, Rugeley and Wrexham
Manufacturing Of Machinery And Equipment
Manufacture Of Machinery And Equipment N.E.C.
28.92 - Manufacture of machinery for mining, quarrying and construction

500 - 1,450 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
15 May 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


JCB, the British company that designs and manufactures equipment for construction, agriculture and waste handling, has announced plans to make redundant 950 employees and 500 workers employed through the Guidant employment agency at its 10 plants in Derbyshire and Staffordshire in England and in north Wales. 

JCB’s chief executive said the company had to 'adapt to this new economic reality' in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and cost saving measures were necessary to ensure the long-term sustainability of the business.

A representative of the trade union Unite criticised JCB’s decision for not keeping workers on temporary leave under the UK government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, and a representative of the GMB union said the news was 'devastating'.

JCB is a family-run business that was founded in 1945 in Staffordshire, England. It currently employs 6,700 people in the UK, either directly or through agencies.



Eurofound (2020), JCB, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 101310, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101310.