Do Asda pay breaks?

No. Most people don’t get paid breaks at Asda.

Supermarkets who pay breaks include Aldi, Southern Co-op and Co-op Food.

Last updated 13 August 2022

How we know this

Based on 350 job reviews from people who work at Asda.

91% of people say they don’t get paid breaks.

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.

Which supermarkets pay breaks?

  1. Aldi Most people get paid breaks
    7.2
  2. Southern Co-op Most people get paid breaks
    6.3
  3. Co-op Food Only some people get paid breaks
    6.2
  4. Costcutter Most people get paid breaks
    5.2
  5. Farmfoods Only some people get paid breaks
    4.9

What people are saying about sick pay at Asda

  • Best thing

    It keeps a roof over my head and have learned to deal with certain situations in a more professional manner.

    Worst thing

    The abuse from customers and threats. People think they can talk to you how they want because you’re wearing a uniform and breaks are too short.

    3.4

    Asda Employee, June 2022

  • Best thing

    Building customer relations

    Worst thing

    Not being paid for breaks , having to take Easter Sunday as a holiday if I want to get paid for it considering we are closed

    3.7

    Asda Employee, March 2022

  • Best thing

    I met some good friends there, very easy to get lots of hours when you need the extra money.

    Worst thing

    So many things. It’s both good and bad for students considering they’re so flexible in the summer for shifts. However, when it comes to seasonal periods such as Christmas or Easter - the times when students are most busy revising for January and May exam periods - they basically tell you that you HAVE to work. I nearly failed exams because my manager had me working 6 days a week and refused to let me take days off for my education. Speaking of management, there is basically no respect for those that work under them. They have their own rules, like they will take 2-3 hour breaks, but if you’re so much as 5 minutes late coming back from a break they kick off. There was a point where they made us runners time the breaks of colleagues. In terms of where they place people in front end, there’s almost no negotiation. If you are young but are susceptible to issues with your feet, they won’t let you sit down even if you get to the point where the pain is so bad that you are crying. They immediately use the excuse of “you’re younger than me and I have no issues with my feet therefore you’re overreacting”. Management also have favourites that they let take longer breaks or basically do no work, give them extra smoke breaks etc. I was personally berated by a colleague in a different department and the store manager told me, to my face, that I was overreacting. They immediately did not even take concerns into account. When I first started I was also forced to divulge extremely personal and sensitive information in regards to my family when an emergency came about and I couldn’t come in. They would not leave me alone until I went into detail with what had happened. When I came back to work, all my colleagues knew what had happened because my manager had told everybody. There’s almost no sense of confidentiality. Even though they seem to be regularly advertising for positions, departments still tend to be lacking in the people that we should have due to poor scheduling. Morning shifts are often given more people than they need whilst evening shifts are left sparse for people, leaving colleagues massively stressed and customers very unhappy with the service they’re getting. Overall it’s genuinely just a terrible job.

    1.7

    Asda Employee, March 2022

  • Best thing

    Left alone when out on the road

    Worst thing

    Lack of lunch breaks
    Always about statistics
    Lack of well being towards drivers
    Lack of vehicle maintenance
    Only interested in what they want
    Managers never done the role as a driver

    1.3

    Asda Employee, February 2022

  • Best thing

    Get along well with my team and most members of staff are understanding of each other despite differences in department

    Worst thing

    - Mould (It’s in the delivery trucks it’s on chilled shelves and I assume it’s in the chilled back up based on the smell). Managers are flighty and do very little to help employees. Constant equipment shortages that can cause fighting between departments because very few departments can do their job correctly or quickly without (ever something as simple as kick stools are hard to find never mind scanners and printers). Colleagues who have done or can do the final markdown on products are harassed hounded and just followed round the store by customers and security struggles to help due to constant staff shortages. Massive amounts of bullying within check out staff at the front of the store. Poor rotation on most aisle and often stock isn’t placed where it should be. Staff aren’t informed if there’s changes to deliveries which often results in empty shelves or stock not making out on time and being placed into waste. Seems as though only one employee off chilled does waste so it’s left for days at a time inches away from actual stock. Bread / baked goods has been found numerous times in date but covered in mould. The roof leaks leading to wet floor hazards all over the store. Staff aren’t often trained by section leaders or managers and are heavily reliant on learning everything as they go or asking other colleagues for help taking them away from their tasks. Health concerns off colleagues aren’t often taken seriously (for example a number of times staff have reported back issues but have still been made to work heavy lifting jobs or very labour intensive jobs). Loose produce is often stacked on top of one another with no clear indication of the sell by date. Little to no commutation between management / section leaders and staff or management often “forgetting” things from time off requests to changes in schedule. “Technical issues” allowed pressure to be placed on one member off staff to work through a pre-approved holiday period as it wasn’t appearing on managements system. Staff have been frequently underpaid through hours and breaks are automatically taken out of colleagues pay if they go over a certain time period (for example 4 hours 10 minutes takes away 15 minutes of pay) and it’s very difficult to dispute. Policy suggests that a colleague could take that break during a different shift but without proof colleagues could be reported. During the end of the year many colleagues are reported and the going theory is that it’s to limit the number of colleagues eligible for the end of year/february bonus scheme.

    1.8

    Asda Employee, February 2022