Boeing (NYSE:BA) this year plans to hire 10,000 workers worldwide as the aircraft maker increases output of planes and beefs up its engineering teams. Alongside this hiring, it will cut some support jobs.
This year’s hiring will have “a focus within our business units and in engineering and manufacturing as we look to further stabilize our operations, increase production and invest in innovation,” a Boeing spokesperson said by email.
The company hired about 23,000 new employees in 2022. With offsets for usual attrition and retirements, its workforce expanded by about 14,000 workers to 156,000 by the end of December from about 142,000 a year earlier, according to a regulatory filing. Boeing (BA) has about 136,000 workers in the United States.
Boeing’s workforce totaled about 161,000 people at the end of 2019, before pandemic lockdowns triggered a steep drop in air travel.
“Hiring is not a constraint anymore,” Dave Calhoun, CEO of Boeing, said this week in a regularly scheduled conference call with analysts. “People are able to hire the people they need. It’s all about the training and ultimately getting them ready to do the sophisticated work that we demand.”
In its quarterly earnings report, Boeing (BA) this week highlighted plans to increase deliveries of the best-selling 737 Max airliner from 374 last year to 400 to 450 planes this year. It also aims to deliver 70 to 80 of its 787 Dreamliner widebody jet.
Rival plane maker Airbus (OTCPK:EADSY) this week said it will expand its workforce by 13,000 employees this year. About 7,000 of the jobs are in new positions, while 9,000 of the new employees will be in Europe, where the company is headquartered.