Cotton Traders

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Cotton Traders is a clothing company. They specialise in casual clothing for women and men.

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Based on responses from 12 employees at Cotton Traders.

Pay

    Bad
  • Most people aren’t paid a living wage

    Do Cotton Traders pay a living wage?

    Most people are not paid a living wage.

    How we know this

    83% of people say they are paid below the Real Living Wage for where they live.

    Based on data from 12 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between November 2019 and July 2022.

    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. It is currently £9.90 per hour, and £11.05 per hour in London.

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

  • Bad
  • Most people don’t get paid breaks

    Do workers at Cotton Traders get paid breaks?

    No. Most people don’t get paid breaks.

    How we know this

    80% of people say they don’t get paid breaks.

    Based on data from 10 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between November 2019 and July 2022.

    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.

Hours and flexibility

    Good
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at Cotton Traders?

    Most people find it easy to book holiday.

    How we know this

    91% of people report it’s easy to book holidays.

    Based on data from 11 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between November 2019 and July 2022.

    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
  • Most people find it easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it to take sick leave at Cotton Traders?

    Most people find it easy to take sick leave.

    How we know this

    73% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick.

    Based on data from 11 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2020 and July 2022.

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off when you need to.

    A good job should support you when you’re unwell and have systems in place that will allow you to take time off to recover when you need it.

Workplace

    Okay
  • Some people are stressed

    Is it stressful to work at Cotton Traders?

    Some people feel stressed here.

    How we know this

    40% of people say they often feel stressed at work.

    Based on data from 10 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between November 2019 and June 2022.

    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.

  • Good
  • Most people recommend their team

    Do people at Cotton Traders recommend working with their team?

    Most people recommend working with their team.

    How we know this

    67% of people report that they would recommend working with their immediate team to a friend.

    Based on data from 12 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between November 2019 and July 2022.

    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 Cotton Traders?

    Most people got enough training when they started.

    How we know this

    90% of people report they got enough training when they started working here.

    Based on data from 10 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between November 2019 and July 2022.

    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.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get support to progress

    Are people given support to progress at Cotton Traders?

    Only some people are given support to progress here.

    How we know this

    In the last year, 40% of people report not 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 data from 10 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between November 2019 and June 2022.

    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.

  • Bad
  • Head office doesn’t understand what’s happening

    Do people think Cotton Traders 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 November 2019 and July 2022.

    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.

  • Good
  • Most people feel well informed by head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how Cotton Traders is doing?

    Most people feel well informed about how the company is doing.

    How we know this

    73% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole.

    Based on data from 11 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between November 2019 and July 2022.

    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 Cotton Traders ranks

Cotton Traders ranks joint 22nd to work for out of retailers.

  1. 21 Brewers Decorator Centres
    7.7
  2. 22= Cotton Traders
    7.6
  3. 22= ProCook
    7.6

Rankings are based on Breakroom ratings for employers with 5 or more quiz responses, accurate as of 18 August 2022.

Cotton Traders job reviews

  • Best thing

    Easy customers and tasks

    Worst thing

    Stock management and lack of understanding from head office

    8.0

    Cotton Traders Employee, May 2022

  • Best thing

    The people are lovely and managers are great

    Worst thing

    Don't get paid enough for what we do and HO don't realise how hard we work in our department

    8.3

    Cotton Traders Orderline operator, July 2020

Jobs by location

  1. 2 job openings

  2. 3 job openings

  3. 11 job openings

  4. 11 job openings

  5. 11 job openings

  6. 2 job openings

Handy to know

What contracts are people on?

36% report having low hours contracts. (less than 16 hours)
45% report having part time contracts. (16-35 hours)
18% report having full time contracts. (more than 35 hours)

Based on 11 Cotton Traders employees

How are people paid?

By the hour 100% of people report they get paid by the hour.

Based on 12 Cotton Traders employees