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Iceland is a supermarket chain. They specialise in frozen food.

Do Iceland pay breaks?

No. Most people don’t get paid breaks at Iceland.

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

Last updated 19 February 2024

How we know this

Based on data from 118 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2023 and February 2024.

92% 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.

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What people are saying about sick pay at Iceland

  • Best thing

    The team in store

    Worst thing

    The higher ups no longer care about how tough it is in store for the teams. Lack of hours to get the same amount of work done as before hour cuts.
    No time to take breaks.
    Don't care about wellbeing of staff when decisions are made.


    Iceland Employee, February 2023

  • Best thing

    Good Job as a student to earn a living part-time.

    Worst thing

    You are underpaid and put under a magnitude of stress by management. Furthermore, you are not allowed to take breaks and you are always expected to work overtime for free.


    Iceland Assistant manager, September 2022

  • Best thing

    Small discount and the team can be lovely.

    Worst thing

    Lack of upper support. Constant moving of managers, and threats to supervisors/seniors being moved. Very high work load with hours cut every other day. Expected to dedicate your life to the company, have no clue when your days off could be as they can change all the time. No set in stone routine, could open one day then close the next, completely messes up your body clock and mental well-being. Past managers have been so horrible and manipulate you into doing things you don’t want to do, and scaring you about the threat of being transferred etc. left as only member of management on shifts so can’t actually go out and take your breaks, hour and half unpaid breaks daily which are impossible to take when only you running the shift. Company constantly adding in new things for us e.g. same day picking and Uber but hardly any extra funding for hours to do so. Overall, just a terrible company. Did well for me in the past with progressing but can only progress if the manager likes you, despite if you’re good at your job or not. Highly recommend don’t join this company. Supervisor upwards pay is decent, but sales assistant pay isn’t worth the hassle.


    Iceland Supervisor, August 2022

  • Best thing

    My team. We're a tight-knit bunch that exceed in spite of the company, not because of it. We've been through a lot together, and we kick ass.

    Worst thing

    Upper management (area manement and above). One is reminded of a delusional general moving units- that may or may not exist- around on a battle map, certain that the next imagined counterattack will halt the enemy advance, while the muzzle report from the guns of the enemy artillery may be heard from his bunker. We run on the sniff of an oily rag. Hours budgets for stores have been slashed, meaning about 30-50% less staff to manage the same workload. As a consequence, our breaks are as long as it takes to scarf a sandwich, and cane a can of RedBull before pressing our faces firmly up against the grindstone once more. Six day weeks. Seven day weeks. Eight day weeks. 14hr days. We are burnt out; all of us, from cashier to manager- the walking dead. Unpaid overtime is the norm- I personally work a bare minimum of five hours unpaid a week, usually more. What thanks are forthcoming for our efforts from the gilded halls of Deeside (HQ)? None, save for the highly occasional, sunbleached £10 voucher from our Area Manager- only given because it was going out of date in a month anyway, after months of sitting on the dashboard of his car. What solidarity is shown with the frontline from upper management? None. They cut our wage budgets on the frontline to save costs, but, as far as I know, the blubber in upper management remains. In a period of high sales and profit, our belt tightens while theirs loosens. They don't care about me or my team, and they won't care about you either.


    Iceland Supervisor, August 2022

  • Best thing

    Good pay for students and young people (£9.00 an hour). Flexible hours. Staff discount.

    Worst thing

    Poor management, disrespectful and u professional staff and managers, encouraged to not take breaks, lack of training / online training is disregarded, lack of support when asking for help or ringing till bells. All of the other staff may go on a break together and leave you alone on the shop floor, ignoring till bells, when it’s your second day.


    Iceland Retail assistant, April 2022

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