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Do B&Q pay breaks?

Usually. Most people get paid breaks at B&Q.

Builders Merchants who pay breaks include Screwfix, Kingspan and Forterra.

Last updated 28 January, 2022

How we know this

Based on 436 job reviews from people who work at B&Q.

62% of people say they 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 builders merchants pay breaks?

  1. Screwfix Breaks are paid
  2. Kingspan Breaks are paid
  3. Forterra Breaks are paid
  4. Eurocell Breaks are paid
  5. Ibstock Brick Breaks are paid
  6. Marshalls Breaks are paid
  7. B&Q Breaks are paid
  8. Howdens Breaks are paid
  9. Kingfisher Breaks are paid
  10. Homebase Breaks are paid

What people are saying about sick pay at B&Q

  • Best thing

    Paid breaks plus 1 hour unpaid lunch

    Worst thing

    No rota in advance, no push with training and blame passing


    B&Q Employee, December 2021

  • Best thing

    Good hours and respectful management, I’m allowed to get on with my work without being micro managed and take my breaks when I want, management treats me well and therefore I work hard. When I finish I don’t think about work til my next shift starts.

    Worst thing

    Sometimes the building can be too warm as I’m rushing around. Sometimes the stationary I need isn’t available.


    B&Q Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Laid back
    Easy shifts
    Good breaks
    Nice people

    Worst thing

    Mangers all say different things to each other
    Very busy
    Hardly any covid safety regulations


    B&Q Front end Customer advisor, March 2021

  • Best thing

    Good breaks, especially for under 18s. E.g. I get half an hour paid break on a four hour shift

    Worst thing

    Constantly juggling tasks and high exposure to customers


    B&Q Customer advisor, March 2021

  • Best thing

    The hours are regular and occasionally overtime’s available but not compulsory, often bargains are available to staff before customers. 1hour lunch breaks are great and I always take them at a reasonable time. The workplace is local and some colleagues are friendly, there’s often someone who can handle Amy issues customers present to you.

    Worst thing

    Unskilled management team who have their own agendas, often trying to give different instructions through the day. Petty school playground mentality amongst staff and many who bring their outside issues into the workplace. Equipment to carry out different work tasks is very limited preventing effective and satisfactory customer service.


    B&Q Customer advisor, February 2021