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Boeing set to double UK workforce in next 10 years

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Boeing is set to double their amount of employees in the United Kingdom after the winning of two important defence contracts in the region.

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2000 employees in the UK will become 3000 by the end of the decade and 4000 by 2026. The growth will take place over the next 10 years, going from a workforce of 2,000 to 4,000 during that time.

The company have been boosted by the awarding of two significant Ministry of Defence contracts - for a £1.5bn order of Poseidon P8 maritime surveillance aircraft, and an additional £2.25bn for 50 Apache helicopters.

Boeing have faced criticism over their lack of manufacturing facilities in the UK, as well as beating British companies BAE Systems and AgustaWestland to further defence contracts.

Speaking to The Times, David Pitchforth, head of Boeing Defence UK, spoke about the expansion.

"You are seeing the transformation from a US-centric company to becoming what we are in the UK, a company focused on the UK," says Mr Pitchforth.

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