What’s it really like to work at Nando's

What it’s really like to work at Nando's?

Nando's currently has over 500 jobs across the UK being advertised on Breakroom.

If you’re interested in working at Nando's, you might have some questions that aren’t covered in their job adverts. We’ve asked Nando's workers what it’s really like to work for them and answered some of your questions.

Here's what we found out:

A bit of background to Nando's

Nando's is a South African restaurant chain that specializes in Portuguese-style flame-grilled chicken. The first Nando's restaurant was opened in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1987, and since then, the chain has expanded to over 1,000 locations in more than 35 countries.

The first Nando's restaurant in the United Kingdom was opened in Ealing, London in 1992. Since then, the chain has expanded rapidly in the UK, with hundreds of locations across the country. Today, Nando's is one of the most popular restaurant chains in the UK, known for its peri-peri chicken and relaxed, casual dining atmosphere.

The chain has become a popular destination for casual dining and takeout, with many fans around the world.

How much does Nando's pay in the UK?

Job Nando's pay per hour
Back of house £8.46–£9.95
Nandoca £8.18–10.00
Supervisor £9.98–11.00
Assistant manager £10.02–14.85
Front of house £8.09–9.92

How old do you have to be to work at Nando's?

Nando’s hires people who are older than 16 and have finished their GCSEs.

Do staff have to wear a uniform when working at Nando's?

Yes, staff members at Nando's are required to wear a uniform while working.

The exact uniform may vary depending on the specific location and job position, but typically includes a Nando's branded shirt or apron and black pants or shorts.

In addition to the uniform, staff members may also be required to wear safety equipment such as gloves or hairnets when handling food.

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Do you get good notice of shifts?

This is what Nando's staff told us about their shift notice.

  • 50% of Nando's staff report getting one weeks notice or less.

  • 29% of Nando's staff report getting two weeks notice.

  • 7% of Nando's staff report getting three weeks notice.

  • 13% of Nando's staff report getting four weeks notice or more.

Is their job progression at Nando's?

Yes, Nando's offers job progression and career development opportunities to its employees. The company has a structured career path, with various roles and positions that employees can aspire to, such as shift manager, assistant manager, and general manager.

Nando's also places a strong emphasis on training and development, with a range of programs and resources available to help employees build their skills and advance their careers. These include on-the-job training, formal training programs, and mentoring and coaching from experienced managers.

Does Nando's have part-time jobs?


They hire part-time staff you can view all the available part-time jobs here

Some of the part-time roles they are currently hiring for include:

Front of House Team Member

Back of house Nandoca

Kitchen Assistant

Do Nando's staff get a staff discount?

Nando's has some fantastic staff discounts and perks including:


Perks of the job

  • A free meal on every shift you work

  • 40% discount on Nando’s for you and up to five friends

  • Sabbatical – an extra 4-weeks paid leave after every 5 years of service

  • Access to a great discount platform

  • Internal development programmes to support your career development

  • Regular regional parties and events

  • Refer a friend incentive scheme

  • 28 days holiday allowance (bank holidays not included)

  • Maternity leave

  • Paternity leave

*Some benefits are only available after 3 months of service

What do workers say about working at Nando's?

Best thing

the pay , free food and paid breaks, nice co workers, not too stressful, easy to book holidays

Worst thing

work long hours, some co workers don’t pull their weight, rude customers

Best thing

Easy and well managed shift patterns

Worst thing

Complicated dishes being the most common dishes

Best thing

Free food during breaks

Worst thing

Hours can be long

Best thing

I really enjoy my job just coz I think it’s fun and it’s not too stressful. It does get busy sometimes but it’s easy to deal with coz the team is strong and so is management

Worst thing

Some team don’t always pull their weight. But apart from that nothing is really bad


Working at Nando's can be a fast-paced and dynamic experience. The restaurant environment can be busy and hectic, especially during peak hours, and the work can be physically demanding at times, requiring standing for long periods and the ability to move quickly and efficiently.

The staff enjoy working at Nando's because of the friendly, supportive atmosphere and the opportunities for growth and advancement within the company. Nando's is known for its positive work culture, with a focus on teamwork and collaboration, and many employees report feeling valued and supported by their coworkers and managers.

In addition, Nando's offers a range of benefits and perks to its employees, including flexible scheduling, free meals during shifts, and opportunities for training and development. Overall, working at Nando's can be a rewarding experience for those who are passionate about food, hospitality, and working as part of a team.

As with any company, employee experiences can vary and it's important to do your own research. Visit Nando's Breakroom profile to get a better understanding of what it's like working at Nando's.

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** All reviews, ratings, rankings and job postings are accurate as of the 17th of February 2023

Published on 15 February 2023