United Kingdom

Boeing eyes job cuts at its high-tech Sheffield plant

Boeing is considering cutting jobs at its high-tech plant in Sheffield as it battles to survive the coronavirus crisis.

The US plane maker is slashing as much as 10 per cent of its global workforce after the Covid-19 outbreak caused a slump in air travel.

Boeing opened the £40million factory in South Yorkshire in late 2018.

Job cuts: US plane maker Boeing opened the £40m factory in South Yorkshire in late 2018

It was the company’s first manufacturing site in Europe and makes parts used on the wings of its 737 and 767 jets, which are then shipped to Oregon in the US for assembly.

The site is on the edge of the high-tech Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. Boeing employs around 75 people there, about a third of whom are apprentices.

It was part of the manufacturer’s broader plan to make more components in-house rather than using outsourcers. Any cuts would dash hopes that it could become a big employer in the area.

Boeing intended to expand there and was even thought to be looking at opening a second site nearby.

But it is in the process of cutting around 12,000 of its 160,000 workers – and has said thousands of additional roles will be eliminated during the next few months.

Boeing said: ‘We are taking several actions, including reducing commercial aircraft production rates and staffing levels.

‘This may involve a reduction in numbers in some parts of Boeing’s UK workforce. We are committed to the UK and to Sheffield.’

Global air travel has come virtually to a halt since March, when countries began lockdown measures. In the US alone air travel dropped by 96 per cent.

Football news:

Klopp on Henderson's injury: I don't know for sure yet, something's wrong with my knee. All we know is that it's not a small thing
Pavlyuchenko is seventh in the ranking of Tottenham's best forwards in the 21st century. Kane is the first (Squawka)
Manchester City made 93.7% of accurate passes in the match against Newcastle. This is an APL record
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 16 games unbeaten give confidence, but it is not something that Manchester United should aspire to
Havertz wants to go to Chelsea, he likes the project. Werner persuades him to go
Real Madrid has received almost 250 million euros from sales of Academy students over the past 4 years
Manchester United have started negotiations with Raiola to extend Pogba's contract