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Do Iceland pay breaks?

No. People don’t get paid breaks at Iceland.

Supermarkets who pay breaks include Aldi, Southern Co-op and Co-op Food.

Last updated 27 January, 2022

How we know this

Based on 673 job reviews from people who work at Iceland.

88% of people say they don’t 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 supermarkets pay breaks?

  1. Aldi Breaks are paid
  2. Southern Co-op Breaks are paid
  3. Co-op Food Breaks are paid
  4. Costcutter Breaks are paid
  5. SuperValu Breaks are paid
  6. Farmfoods Breaks are paid

What people are saying about sick pay at Iceland

  • Best thing

    The team

    Worst thing

    The hours, under appreciation for my job role and no breaks or help for pickers


    Iceland Employee, December 2021

  • Best thing

    The lovely regular customers

    Worst thing

    Not having enough staff to cover breaks


    Iceland Employee, August 2021

  • Best thing

    Great staff atmosphere

    Worst thing

    Underpaid, lots of hours, no breaks, lack of training


    Iceland Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Freedom to do the job

    Worst thing

    Unpaid and too long breaks


    Iceland Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    If you work nights, you still get your whole day ahead of you. The teams in three of the stores I have worked in were easy to get on with. Some of the managers can be nice. It’s a good job if you don’t want a lot of hours, some weeks you might not get any

    Worst thing

    The lack of hours due to too many staff. They would rather have two people on 4 hour shifts than one person doing an 8 hour shift with a break. The fact that since I have started, I have not been paid for at least 20 hours. The fact that I booked 2 days holidays and didn’t get paid for them. I tried to book a week off multiple times and was refused every time, even though it was for training for a professional job. Some managers can be disrespectful, lazy and make you do the jobs they can’t be bothered with. You will find managers stood in the back talking while there are only 1-2 people on the shop floor struggling to cope. The job is that bad we often have new starters just walking out or not turning up the next day (hence why we are always hiring). You don’t get any benefits other than reward gateway and 10% off food. You don’t get breaks unless you are scheduled 9+ hours (what they call a double shift) which is very rare. There is no clock in/ clock out, it is you work your scheduled hours and pray the manager listens to you when you ask them to add the overtime on


    Iceland Sales assistant, March 2021