Orpea announced on Monday that it intended to massively recruit staff.

With this "ambitious recruitment and continuing education program", the group of private nursing homes wants to "take better care of residents, employees and caregivers".

Shaken since last January by a scandal around its practices, Orpea plans to recruit 550 people per month by the end of 2022, half of whom are nursing assistants.

The Ehpad group aims to increase to 800 monthly recruitments in 2023, specifies a press release.

More regional human resources

“We are in the process of recruiting, it is extremely difficult,” the group's new general manager, Laurent Guillot, told journalists.

The sector is currently facing a shortage of staff, due to working conditions considered difficult for low salaries.

To speed up its recruitment, Orpea wants to "rebuild the human resources team" with employees in the regions to "recruit as close as possible to our establishments", underlined the director.

A transformation plan for the group, present in 23 countries in total, will be presented “within a few months”.

In January 2022, the investigative book

Les Fossoyeurs

 accused Orpea of ​​mistreatment of residents, accounting fraud and questionable human resources practices.

Justice opened in April a preliminary investigation for institutional mistreatment and financial crimes.

The group manages more than 350 establishments in France.


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