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Do IKEA pay breaks?

Sometimes. Only some people get paid breaks at IKEA.

Last updated 10 April 2024

How we know this

Based on data from 151 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2023 and April 2024.

40% 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 IKEA

  • Best thing

    *Some* of my colleagues are nice people.

    Worst thing

    - overworked (long, exhausting hours with no opportunity to take breaks)
    - early starts
    - only allowed to call in sick 3 times after that you’re not paid
    - multiple cases of sexual harassment within the work place (nothing is done)
    - no priority for staff wellbeing (numerous examples of staff stating they are having issue with mental health and nothing is done)
    - food offered at work is unhealthy, doesn’t taste nice, limited options
    - career progression is extremely difficult
    - a lot of managers are very rude, condescending, pushy
    - salaries are low
    - lack of support dealing with rude customers


    IKEA Employee, May 2023

  • Best thing

    Always something to do
    Time goes by quickly
    Is local
    Pay is good

    Worst thing

    Long hours
    Learning on the job and if you make a mistake the fault stops at you. (Not enough training)
    Not long enough breaks (due to type of job)


    IKEA Employee, March 2023

  • Best thing

    The job has its perks like the discounts for staff and having select access to jobs going up in store. The pay is good for a part time job too.

    Worst thing

    Management are the worst thing in IKEA, they belittle you and don't consider you have a life outside of work, they don't handle situations like bullying in the work place at all and constantly go against company policies. You'll have negative files on your record for being sick more than 3 times a year or even if you're a minute late to work and the reason is out of your control. Work rotas are on contract to be given 4 weeks in advance and we are only given 1-2 weeks in advance. Longer breaks are unpaid too.


    IKEA Food and beverage assistant, December 2022

  • Best thing

    good pay
    good management
    good colleagues

    Worst thing

    heavy workload
    often finish late on a closing shift
    breaks are often not scheduled


    IKEA Employee, December 2021

  • Best thing

    Great coworkers to work with, free Easter egg and a free Xmas present 🎁 and generous holiday allowance

    Worst thing

    Having to work late shifts then could be back in 11 hrs later, not been able to get full-time hrs ie 39 unless you commit to going up the ladder future team leader/manager, Having to take unnecessary breaks which aren't paid eg 7hrs 20mins paid 30mins unpaid 8hrs 20 paid 45 unpaid 9hrs 2x 20 paid 45 unpaid


    IKEA Sales, April 2021

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