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Attraction and Retention

We prioritise the attraction and retention of people, through balanced and competitive salary packages, as well as professional development policies that are in line with their expectations.

The Group continued its talent attraction initiatives with universities, which due to both their teaching prestige and their geographical scope, ensure that these initiatives have national coverage and disclosure. Examples of these are job fairs, workshops, and open days, among others.

The professional network LinkedIn is a valuable tool as a means of attracting talent, with a substantial increase in the number of candidates recruited from this network and in the number of followers of the Group's page, which at the end of 2016, already amounted to more than 87 thousand.

More information on initiatives such as the Management Trainee Programme, that counts almost 30 years of existence and involved a total of 65 trainees within all geographies we operate, in 2016, can be searched in detail in the People channel of this website.

 

training

In order to ensure a sustained pace of growth, we have made an investment, especially in the continuous training of our people, regardless of their role or country.

As far as the managers are concerned, the innovative training programmes in business management, leadership and innovation are noteworthy, being developed in cooperation with national and international benchmark training entities.

In Portugal, EFJM - Jerónimo Martins Training School guarantees the training of all the Group employees, as well as ensuring that knowledge and best practices are transmitted internally.

In 2016, with the objective of qualifying operators for the Perishables areas, the different Pingo Doce regions put into operation various courses for operators in the Butcher's, Bakery, Delicatessen and Take-Away, Fishery and Fruit and Vegetables areas.

In Poland, the Training Academies - Management Academy and Biedronka Management Academy - have been developing specific leadership and talent development training programmes, tailor-made to the hierarchy, qualifications and experience of the participants.

In this country, training focused on the strategic areas of Perishables, namely in the Fruit, Vegetables, Flowers and Butcher's categories, with the support of a wide team of trainers, reaching over 37 thousand employees.

The implementation of an e-learning platform, a valuable support for the training strategy and for transmitting knowledge, which has all the advantages linked to digital format, such as the provision of content at the workplace, is of noteworthy in 2016.

In Colombia, the Ara TV, established in 2015, besides being a communication channel, was an effective training tool along with the introduction of other teaching tools, including the revision of manuals. Also, the Bakery area was considered a priority and so, a competency centre was created and training was reinforced about this dimension.

In 2016, investment in training resulted in an increase of 35% in the total number of training sessions held, while the training volume rose 52% compared to the previous year. 67,063 training sessions and a volume of 3,954,810 training hours were recorded.