- Boeing tripled spending with UK supply chain since 2011
- Company doubled its UK employment to support local customers
- Number of tier one UK supply chain jobs supported grown by 80%
- UK is Boeing’s largest source of supply in Europe
Since 2011 Boeing's spending with UK suppliers has tripled, supporting an estimated 16,500 jobs in the UK supply chain, a rise of 80%. In 2016 Boeing spent £2.1 billion with UK suppliers, up from £744m in 2011.
Direct employment at Boeing in the UK to support local airline, military and security customers has doubled over the same period, to 2,200. The company continues to grow, recruiting on average a new employee per day.
Boeing has announced plans for its first European manufacturing plant in Sheffield, a commercial aviation maintenance hangar at Gatwick airport and the company is working with the Ministry of Defence on plans for a Royal Air Force P-8A Poseidon facility at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland. Together these developments will create an additional several hundred jobs in the UK at Boeing, the company’s partners and its supply chain.
The UK is Boeing’s largest source of supply in Europe, third globally after the US and Japan, with approximately half of Boeing’s European employees based in the UK. As an example of the significance of the Boeing-UK partnership, on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner fitted with Rolls-Royce engines, UK companies make 25 percent of the 787 by value. Boeing community programmes engaged more than 6,000 young people through education, training and scholarships in the past year.