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Active Northumberland is a charity. They manage leisure centres in Northumberland, including gyms, swimming pools and sports clubs.

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Rating based on 18 employees who took the Breakroom Quiz

About jobs at Active Northumberland

Pay

    Good
  • Most people are paid a living wage

    Do Active Northumberland pay a living wage?

    Most people are paid a living wage.

    How we know this

    69% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live.

    Based on data from 13 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The current rates are £12.00 per hour, and £13.15 per hour in London.

    Find out more in our explainer about the Real Living Wage.

  • Needs improving
  • Most people don’t get paid breaks

    Do workers at Active Northumberland get paid breaks?

    No. Most people don’t get paid breaks.

    How we know this

    92% of people say they don’t get paid breaks.

    Based on data from 13 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • Good
  • Most people get sick pay

    Do Active Northumberland pay sick pay?

    Yes. Most people get proper sick pay.

    How we know this

    82% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work.

    Based on data from 11 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

  • Okay
  • Some people do unpaid extra work

    Do workers at Active Northumberland do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Sometimes. Some people do unpaid extra work.

    How we know this

    38% of people report that they do extra work that they don’t get paid for.

    Based on data from 13 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

Hours and flexibility

    Good
  • Most people get a choice of shifts

    Do Active Northumberland workers get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work.

    How we know this

    70% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work.

    Based on data from 10 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • Good
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at Active Northumberland?

    Most people find it easy to book holiday.

    How we know this

    73% of people report it’s easy to book holidays.

    Based on data from 11 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • Good
  • Shifts don’t get changed at short notice

    Do Active Northumberland managers change shifts at short notice?

    Most managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice.

    How we know this

    85% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute.

    Based on data from 13 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • Needs improving
  • People work a lot more hours than their contract

    Do people work the same number they are contracted for at Active Northumberland?

    Most people work a lot more hours than their contact..

    How we know this

    80% of people report working 8 hours or more than their contract.

    Based on data from 10 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between January 2021 and December 2022.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you should expect to work about the same number of hours that your contract guarantees you, most of the time.

    It’s useful to pick up or drop a few shifts here and there, but if you often work a lot more hours every week than you’re contracted for, a good job should guarantee them.

    This means you’re more likely to know when you’ll be working and how much you’ll earn in advance.

Workplace

    Okay
  • Only some people feel treated with respect

    Do people at Active Northumberland feel treated with respect by their managers?

    Some people don’t feel treated with respect by their managers.

    How we know this

    45% of people say they’re not treated with respect by their managers.

    Based on data from 11 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and September 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

  • Good
  • Most people get proper breaks

    Do people at Active Northumberland get proper breaks?

    Most people get proper breaks.

    How we know this

    67% of people report that they get to take proper breaks.

    Based on data from 12 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • Needs improving
  • Most people are stressed

    Is it stressful to work at Active Northumberland?

    Most people feel stressed here.

    How we know this

    75% of people say they often feel stressed at work.

    Based on data from 12 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Okay
  • Only some people enjoy their job

    Do people at Active Northumberland enjoy their jobs?

    Only some people enjoy their job.

    How we know this

    60% of people report they don’t enjoy their job.

    Based on data from 10 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and September 2023.

  • Okay
  • Only some people recommend their team

    Do people at Active Northumberland recommend working with their team?

    Only some people recommend working with their team.

    How we know this

    67% of people report that they wouldn’t recommend working with their immediate team to a friend.

    Based on data from 12 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and September 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Good
  • Most people get enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at Active Northumberland?

    Most people got enough training when they started.

    How we know this

    69% of people report they got enough training when they started working here.

    Based on data from 13 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

  • Needs improving
  • Head office doesn’t understand what’s happening

    Do people think Active Northumberland head office understands what's happening where they work?

    Most people think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work.

    How we know this

    82% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work.

    Based on data from 11 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

  • Needs improving
  • Most people don’t feel well informed by head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how Active Northumberland is doing?

    Most people don’t feel well informed about how the company is doing.

    How we know this

    83% of people feel that they aren’t kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole.

    Based on data from 12 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

How Active Northumberland ranks

Active Northumberland ranks joint 41st to work for out of gym and leisure centres.

  1. 41= Loch Lomond Golf Club
    6.1
  2. 41= Active Northumberland
    6.1
  3. 44= Everyone Active
    5.8

Rankings are based on Breakroom Ratings for employers with 5 or more Breakroom Quiz responses, accurate as of 28 May 2024.

Active Northumberland job reviews

  • Best thing

    Helping people get into fitness and keeping customers motivated. Help keeping my fellow staff members motivated.

    Worst thing

    Having an unqualified health and fitness manager change the way we deliver fitness, inductions and not being able to be a PT.

    5.5

    Active Northumberland Employee, December 2022

  • Best thing

    Good perks and pay

    Worst thing

    Some other staff are not the easiest to work with. It can be quite cliquey.

    7.5

    Active Northumberland Employee, July 2022