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Fire Service is a publicly funded organisation. They respond to fire emergencies.

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Based on responses from 235 employees at Fire Service.

About jobs at Fire Service

Pay

    Good
  • Most people are paid a living wage

    Do Fire Service pay a living wage?

    Most people are paid a living wage.

    How we know this

    94% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live.

    Based on data from 71 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 2021 and September 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.

  • Okay
  • Only some people are paid market rates

    Do Fire Service pay market rates?

    Only some people are paid above average for their job.

    How we know this

    57% of people are paid below the average pay for the type of work they do.

    Based on data from 47 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between December 2021 and September 2022.

    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
  • Most people get paid breaks

    Do workers at Fire Service get paid breaks?

    Yes. Most people get paid breaks.

    How we know this

    85% of people say they get paid breaks.

    Based on data from 74 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 2021 and September 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.

  • Good
  • Most people get sick pay

    Do Fire Service pay sick pay?

    Yes. Most people get proper sick pay.

    How we know this

    98% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work.

    Based on data from 61 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and September 2022.

    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.

  • Good
  • Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

    Do workers at Fire Service do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work.

    How we know this

    80% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work.

    Based on data from 71 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2021 and September 2022.

    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.

Hours and flexibility

    Good
  • 4+ weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do people get of their shift pattern at Fire Service?

    Most people get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working.

    How we know this

    • 10% of people with changing schedules report getting one week notice or less.
    • 7% of people with changing schedules report getting two weeks notice.
    • 3% of people with changing schedules report getting three weeks notice.
    • 81% of people with changing schedules report getting four weeks notice or more.

    Based on data from 72 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between March 2020 and August 2022.

    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.

  • Good
  • Most people don’t worry about their hours

    Do workers at Fire Service worry about hours?

    Most people don’t worry about getting enough hours.

    How we know this

    96% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours.

    Based on data from 26 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between March 2020 and September 2022.

    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.

  • Bad
  • Most people don’t get any choice of shifts

    Do Fire Service workers get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people don’t get enough choice over which shifts they work.

    How we know this

    86% report that their manager doesn’t give them enough choice over which shifts they work.

    Based on data from 66 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 2021 and September 2022.

    Why this matters

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

  • Bad
  • Hard to change shifts

    How easy is it for Fire Service workers to change shifts?

    Most people find it hard to change shifts.

    How we know this

    77% of people report that it’s hard to change shifts if they need to.

    Based on data from 53 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 2021 and September 2022.

    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.

  • Okay
  • Can be hard to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at Fire Service?

    Some people find it hard to book holiday.

    How we know this

    40% of people report it’s hard to book holidays.

    Based on data from 62 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and September 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
  • Shifts don’t get changed at short notice

    Do Fire Service managers change shifts at short notice?

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

    How we know this

    96% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute.

    Based on data from 69 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 2021 and September 2022.

    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.

  • Good
  • Most people find it easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it to take sick leave at Fire Service?

    Most people find it easy to take sick leave.

    How we know this

    97% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick.

    Based on data from 61 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and September 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.

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  • Most parents say it’s good

    Is working at Fire Service good if you’re a parent or carer?

    Most parents and carers say this is a good place to work.

    How we know this

    73% of people who care for a child or other relative report this is a good place to work.

    Based on data from 37 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 2021 and September 2022.

    Why this matters

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

Workplace

    Good
  • Most people feel treated with respect

    Do people at Fire Service feel treated with respect by their managers?

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers.

    How we know this

    76% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers.

    Based on data from 71 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 2021 and September 2022.

    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.

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  • Only some people get proper breaks

    Do people at Fire Service get proper breaks?

    Some people don’t get proper breaks.

    How we know this

    36% of people report that they don’t get to take proper breaks.

    Based on data from 61 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and September 2022.

    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.

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  • Some people are stressed

    Is it stressful to work at Fire Service?

    Some people feel stressed here.

    How we know this

    45% of people say they often feel stressed at work.

    Based on data from 60 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and September 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.

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  • Most people enjoy their job

    Do people at Fire Service enjoy their jobs?

    Most people enjoy their job.

    How we know this

    100% of people report they enjoy their job.

    Based on data from 61 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and September 2022.

  • Good
  • Most people recommend their team

    Do people at Fire Service recommend working with their team?

    Most people recommend working with their team.

    How we know this

    83% of people report that they would recommend working with their immediate team to a friend.

    Based on data from 64 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and September 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 Fire Service?

    Most people got enough training when they started.

    How we know this

    87% of people report they got enough training when they started working here.

    Based on data from 63 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and September 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.

  • Good
  • Most people get support to progress

    Are people given support to progress at Fire Service?

    Most people are given support to progress here.

    How we know this

    In the last year, 72% 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 data from 71 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 2021 and September 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 Fire Service 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

    84% 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 74 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 2021 and September 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.

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  • Most people feel well informed by head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how Fire Service is doing?

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

    How we know this

    69% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole.

    Based on data from 77 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2021 and September 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 Fire Service ranks

Fire Service ranks 5th to work for out of public sector bodies.

  1. 4 Student Loans Company
    8.6
  2. 5 Fire Service
    8.4
  3. 6= Midlothian Council
    8.3

Rankings are based on Breakroom ratings for employers with 5 or more quiz responses, accurate as of 3 October 2022.

Pay ranges at Fire Service

  1. £10.07–15.58 per hour

  2. Pay not available

Fire Service job reviews

  • Best thing

    The pay
    The responsibility
    The joy in being able to help
    The family unit you work day and night with

    Worst thing

    Rude people when helping them

    9.9

    Fire Service Employee, July 2022

  • Best thing

    Getting to help people
    Work in a team
    Shift pattern

    Worst thing

    Senior managers
    Training staff conflicting with information and moving goal posts
    Pay

    9.7

    Fire Service Employee, May 2022

Jobs by location

  1. 2 job openings

Handy to know

What contracts are people on?

Full time 88% report having full time contracts. (more than 35 hours)

Based on 25 Fire Service employees

How are people paid?

An annual salary 89% of people report they get paid an annual salary.

Based on 64 Fire Service employees

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

4+ weeks 81% of people with changing schedules report getting four weeks notice or more.

Based on 72 Fire Service employees