Boeing South Carolina is not laying off any
direct Boeing Commercial Airplane employees at this time. We are reducing our
reliance on contract labor, as has been our plan.
Across Boeing we're constantly evaluating our
employment levels in light of the business environment we face, the challenges
ahead and the needs of each organization. In 2013 Boeing expects to hire
between 8,000 and 10,000 people (gross), with overall employment levels at
year-end anticipated to be flat or slightly down. This includes hiring in some
areas and reductions in others.
Boeing regularly uses contract labor and
industry assist to supplement its workforce during surge activities and on
development programs that require a production ramp up - that's standard
practice in the aerospace industry.
As we progress in improving efficiencies in
our processes, training our entry-level employees, and growing the experience
of our team in South Carolina, we expect to continue to reduce reliance on
contract labor / industry assist to meet our production objectives. We've said
all along that it's our plan to use direct-hire Boeing employees to perform the
statement of work in South Carolina. Over the past few years as our site
operations have expanded, contractors have been give opportunities to apply for
direct-hire Boeing jobs - many have taken that opportunity.
as a whole, has a number of strategies in place to acquire the skills needed to
meet our current business demands and our customer commitments. The
selective use of temporary labor is one of those strategies.