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  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do people get of their shift pattern at British Army?

    People don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 35% report getting one week notice or less
    • 10% report getting two weeks notice
    • 8% report getting three weeks notice
    • 18% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 29% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 62 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

  • Hard to choose shifts

    Do British Army workers get to choose the shifts they work?

    People don’t get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    79% report that their manager doesn’t give them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 53 job reviews

    Why this matters

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

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  • Not easy to change shifts

    How easy is it for British Army workers to change shifts?

    Most people find it hard to change shifts

    How we know this

    58% of people report that it’s hard to change shifts if they need to

    Based on information from 45 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. It should be easy to change a shift if you need to, whether that’s in an emergency or for planning ahead.

  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do people think British Army 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

    67% 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 information from 88 job reviews

    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.

  • People do unpaid extra work

    Do workers at British Army do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Sometimes. Most people do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    54% of people report that they do extra work that they don’t get paid for

    Based on information from 59 job reviews

    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.

  • People feel stressed

    Is it stressful to work at British Army?

    Most people feel stressed here

    How we know this

    63% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 89 job reviews

    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.

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  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at British Army?

    Most people find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    62% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 86 job reviews

    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.

  • Well informed about head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how British Army is doing?

    Most people feel well informed about how the company is doing

    How we know this

    63% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 84 job reviews

    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.

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do British Army managers change shifts at short notice?

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

    How we know this

    51% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 59 job reviews

    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.

  • People are paid market rates

    Does British Army pay market rates?

    Most people are paid market rates

    How we know this

    65% of people are paid average or more than the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 46 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • Good for parents

    Is working at British Army good if you have caring responsibilities?

    Most people say this is a good place to work if you care for a child or other relative

    How we know this

    60% of people who care for a child or other relative report this is a good place to work

    Based on information from 35 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Whether it’s looking after children or caring for a relative, a good job should support your responsibilities outside of work.

  • People recommend their team

    Do people at British Army recommend working with their team?

    Most people recommend working with their team

    How we know this

    69% of people report that they would recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 95 job reviews

    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.

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  • People enjoy their job

    Do people at British Army enjoy their jobs?

    People enjoy their job

    How we know this

    82% of people report they enjoy their job

    Based on information from 11 job reviews

  • Enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at British Army?

    People get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    95% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 93 job reviews

    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.

  • People get sick pay

    Does British Army pay sick pay?

    Yes. People get proper sick pay

    How we know this

    94% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 93 job reviews

    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.

  • Easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it to take sick leave at British Army?

    People find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    79% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 84 job reviews

  • People are paid enough to live on

    Does British Army pay enough to live on?

    People are paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    78% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 80 job reviews

    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 Real Living Wage is currently £9.50 per hour, and £10.85 per hour in London.

  • Managers are respectful

    Do people at British Army feel treated by respect by their managers?

    People feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    81% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 88 job reviews

    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 for students

    Is a British Army job good for students?

    Students say this is a good place to work if you’re studying

    How we know this

    100% of students report this is a good place to work if you’re studying

    Based on information from 16 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should allow you to fit work around important things in your life, like studying.

    Life isn’t just about work. Good jobs make space for you to do well in both.

  • Breaks are paid

    Do workers at British Army get paid breaks?

    Yes. People get paid breaks

    How we know this

    87% of people say they get paid breaks

    Based on information from 92 job reviews

    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.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do workers at British Army worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    92% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 12 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

  • People get proper breaks

    Do people at British Army get proper breaks?

    People get proper breaks

    How we know this

    77% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 87 job reviews

    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.

  • Opportunities to progress

    Are people given support to progress at British Army?

    People are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 86% of people report being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 90 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

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How British Army ranks

British Army ranks joint 17th to work for in public sector

  1. 14= Gwynedd Council
    7.4
  2. 17= British Army
    7.2
  3. 17= Northumberland County Council
    7.2

Pay ranges at British Army

  1. £13.44–19.70 per hour

British Army job reviews

  • Best thing

    Time off and leave are at the top
    The opportunity to progress and promote and the amount of time you get to play sport and get to do adventure training and travel and see the world while getting paid 24/7 365 days a year

    Worst thing

    Some times you have to deploy to hostile countries

    8.1

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    Adventure training, holidays, friends, opportunities

    Worst thing

    Lifestyle. How much control the employer has over every part of my life. Still military in your downtime.

    6.6

    Technician, March 2021

About

British Army is the warfare force for the UK, who hire regular and reserve soldiers.

army.mod.uk

Handy to know

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

35% report getting one week notice or less
10% report getting two weeks notice
8% report getting three weeks notice
18% report getting four weeks notice or more
29% report having a fixed rota

Based on 62 employees

What contracts are people on?

25% report having zero hours contracts
8% report having low hours contracts (less than 16 hours)
8% report having part time contracts (16-35 hours)
58% report having full time contracts (more than 35 hours)

Based on 12 employees

How are people paid?

An annual salary 88% of people report they get paid an annual salary

Based on 96 employees

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