280 employees in 2021, 170 this year, 200 next year… With strong growth, particularly in sandwiches and Pasta boxes, Sodebo is continuing, in a context of almost full employment, its large-scale hiring plans in Montaigu.
Sodebo will recruit another 200 people in 2023 after having already integrated 280 people on permanent contracts in 2021 and 170 people in 2022, mainly on production profiles, in particular line operators, and maintenance. “We would have liked to do more, but the market is complex”, recognizes François-Frédéric Breux, HRD of the Saint-Georges-de-Montaigu company.
Growth and investments
Sodebo, which employs 2,900 people, is experiencing strong growth, around 15% to 20%, on some of its ranges, in particular sandwiches and Pasta boxes. “Products from 3 to 3.5 euros which meet consumer expectations well given inflation and the cost of living”, notes the manager. Recruitment will also accompany the installation of new production lines next year.
Since Sodebo is at the heart of an employment area where unemployment is 3.5%, François-Frédéric Breux describes an HR strategy based on an increased effort in terms of integration and training. Available people, who are further away from employment, must in fact be supported because of the growing degree of robotization and technological advances. The proportion of hirings on permanent contracts is increasing in order to build loyalty and focus on training people over the long term. 50 people have been recruited over the past year and a half via diploma courses (CQP). The company has also beefed up its communication via programmatic recruitment on social networks.
Salaries have been increased by more than 100 euros in the last 10 months. The company has also created a position of housing referent to support candidates in their relationship, the search for housing, to liaise with landlords, identify land for construction… Because Sodebo strives to recruit beyond its basin in areas that are a little less tense, in Anjou, Mayenne, Deux-Sèvres… But according to the HRD, it is difficult, at operator stations, to mobilize people who are over 3 hours.
100 professions on the same pole
Note, contrary to what has been written, that the company has not set up an office in Nantes to facilitate its recruitment. On the contrary, it defends the model of an integrated site, in Saint-Georges-de-Montaigu, where it promotes a hundred different trades. The concentration of trades on this same site is presented as a possibility of development for employees.