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They care about what their frontline employees think and want to be a good employer.


B&Q is a retailer. They sell DIY products.


Do B&Q pay breaks?

Sometimes. Only some people get paid breaks at B&Q.

Builders Merchants who pay breaks include Aggregate Industries, Screwfix and Forterra.

Last updated 7 June 2023

How we know this

Based on data from 135 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between December 2022 and June 2023.

39% 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.

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What people are saying about sick pay at B&Q

  • Best thing

    Reasonable pay

    Worst thing

    Often no overtime available (so not helpful during breaks from uni); managers expect you to be very flexible with working shifts and push for you to work every weekend when you’re not entirely flexible during the week. Management mostly help their own departments and let others in store struggle. Very difficult to get any increase in contracted hours (unless you agree to work all weekend, every weekend)


    B&Q Customer advisor, November 2022

  • Best thing


    Worst thing

    Hours, pay, breaks, high expectations from management who sit and do nothing


    B&Q Showroom advisor, December 2020

  • Best thing

    The people I work with, they treat me well. My supervisor always checks I'm okay and is (usually) open to changing shifts if other commitments come up (funerals, christening, etc...)

    Worst thing

    Sometimes it feels like management put earning money from sales as more important than our wellbeing (e.g. a customer will tell and swear at us but management won't do anything about it such as asking them to leave). When asked to do longer hours (8/9 hours) you sometimes have to almost 'fight' for your breaks which can get very annoying.


    B&Q Customer advisor, June 2020

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