Do Iceland pay breaks?

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

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

Last updated 13 August 2022

How we know this

Based on 213 job reviews from people who work at Iceland.

91% 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 Most people get paid breaks
  2. Southern Co-op Most people get paid breaks
  3. Co-op Food Only some people get paid breaks
  4. Costcutter Most people get paid breaks
  5. Farmfoods Only some people get paid breaks

What people are saying about sick pay at Iceland

  • 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 None, save for the highly occasional, sunbleached £10 voucher from our Area Manager- only given because it was going out of date in a month anyway, after months of sitting on the dashboard of his car.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 Employee, 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 Employee, April 2022

  • Best thing


    Worst thing

    Too much to do in the hours you get no one takes their breaks properly because the workload is too big


    Iceland Employee, March 2022

  • Best thing

    Flexible with childcare needs
    Lots of perks such as staff discounts
    Night rate for unsociable hours 11-6am

    Worst thing

    Never get chance to take full breaks, which aren’t paid


    Iceland Employee, February 2022

  • Best thing

    Great colleagues

    Worst thing

    Rude customers, some rude managers, no payed sick or breaks


    Iceland Employee, February 2022