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Why does Home Bargains get a rating of 5.6?

263 Home Bargains employees told us the following about their jobs.

Bad
  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    How we know this

    24% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 215 job reviews

    Do you think head office understands what’s really happening where you work?

    Yes No

    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.

  • Breaks aren’t paid

    How we know this

    2% of people say they get paid breaks

    Based on information from 246 job reviews

    Do you get paid for your breaks?

    Yes No

    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 are not paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    20% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 244 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.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How we know this

    • 35% report getting one week notice or less
    • 44% report getting two weeks notice
    • 17% report getting three weeks notice
    • 1% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 3% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 260 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.

  • People don’t get sick pay

    How we know this

    7% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 238 job reviews

    If you were scheduled to work, but had to call in sick, would you still get paid?

    Yes No

    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.

Not great
  • Not easy to change shifts

    How we know this

    49% of people report that it’s easy to change shifts if they need to

    Based on information from 188 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.

  • Hard to choose shifts

    How we know this

    45% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 253 job reviews

    Do you get enough choice over which shifts you work?

    Yes No

    Why this matters

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

  • People feel stressed

    How we know this

    57% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 247 job reviews

    Do you feel stressed at work?

    Yes No

    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.

  • Shifts get changed at short notice

    How we know this

    52% of people say their manager changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 244 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 below market rates

    How we know this

    38% of people are paid average or more than the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 227 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.

  • Uninformed about head office

    How we know this

    48% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 225 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.

Good
  • Easy to book holiday

    How we know this

    73% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 222 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.

  • Easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    71% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 179 job reviews

  • Enough training

    How we know this

    65% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 250 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.

  • Good for parents

    How we know this

    59% of people who care for a child or other relative report this is a good place to work

    Based on information from 46 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.

  • Opportunities to progress

    How we know this

    In the last year, 57% 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 230 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.

  • People recommend their team

    How we know this

    60% of people report that they would recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 263 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.

  • Managers are respectful

    How we know this

    68% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 228 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.

Excellent
  • People get proper breaks

    How we know this

    79% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 200 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.

  • Good for students

    How we know this

    86% of students report this is a good place to work if you’re studying

    Based on information from 92 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.

  • No unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    15% of people report that they do extra work that they don’t get paid for

    Based on information from 218 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 don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    24% of people report they worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 244 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.

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About

Home Bargains is a discount retailer.

homebargains.co.uk

How Home Bargains ranks

Home Bargains ranks joint 60th to work for in retailers

  1. 60= Carpetright
    5.6
  2. 60= Home Bargains
    5.6
  3. 60= Ramsdens
    5.6

Pay ranges at Home Bargains

  1. £5.93–9.22 per hour

  2. £6.42–9.40 per hour

  3. £8.78–10.03 per hour

  4. £9.62–13.40 per hour

  5. £16.34–20.65 per hour

Home Bargains job reviews

  • Best thing

    Some of the people I work with are amazing people, they vary from interesting to funny and I get along with nearly everyone

    Worst thing

    Senior staff (supervisor up) can really dictate your hours and change them at less than 24 hours notice if they want and just tell you to do it with just a text, sometimes it doesn’t matter but other times it can ruin a plan you had or something you wanted to do

    6.0

    Team leader, December 2020

    • Manages people
    • £9.60 per hour
    • 18–20 years old
  • Best thing

    Day goes by quickly rarely boring.
    Range of products.
    Free car park.
    Big warehouse.

    Worst thing

    Staff not doing their job properly.
    No explanation for ways of doing things different to what you've previously been told.

    6.3

    Employee, April 2021

    • £9.60 per hour
    • 34–44 years old

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Handy to know

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

35% report getting one week notice or less
44% report getting two weeks notice
17% report getting three weeks notice
1% report getting four weeks notice or more
3% report having a fixed rota

Based on 260 employees

What contracts are people on?

35% report having low hours contracts (less than 16 hours)
60% report having part time contracts (16-35 hours)
4% report having full time contracts (more than 35 hours)

Based on 240 employees

How are people paid?

By the hour 92% of people report they get paid by the hour

Based on 263 employees

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