Industrial Safety / Changing Workforce

Boeing's 737 Max software outsourced to temporary engineers making as little as $9 an hour

By Bloomberg

Jul 01, 2019

It remains the mystery at the heart of Boeing Co.’s 737 Max crisis: how a company renowned for meticulous design made seemingly basic software mistakes leading to a pair of deadly crashes. Longtime Boeing engineers say the effort was complicated by a push to outsource work to lower-paid contractors.

The Max software -- plagued by issues that could keep the planes grounded months longer after U.S. regulators this week revealed a new flaw -- was developed at a time Boeing was laying off experienced engineers and pressing suppliers to cut costs.

Increasingly, the iconic American planemaker and its subcontractors have relied on temporary workers making as little as $9 an hour to develop and test software.

Read the full story, "Boeing's 737 Max software outsourced to $9-an-hour engineers," at Bloomberg.com. 

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