6.0

JD Wetherspoon

Bar associate at JD Wetherspoon

People in this role may also be known as bar staff or bar staff.

98 workers in this role at JD Wetherspoon have taken the survey.

How much does JD Wetherspoon pay bar associates?

Bar associate at JD Wetherspoon
£8.24–9.40
Typical range
£6.56–9.40

Bar associate employees at JD Wetherspoon are typically paid £8.24–9.40 an hour, based on data from 98 employees.

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What is management like for bar associate employees at JD Wetherspoon?

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do bar associates think JD Wetherspoon head office understands what's happening where they work?

    Most people think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work

    How we know this

    71% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 84 job reviews

    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.

Excellent
  • Managers are respectful

    Do bar associates at JD Wetherspoon feel treated by respect by their managers?

    People feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    78% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 88 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.

Here’s a recent review that mentions management:

  • Best thing

    Good management

    Worst thing

    Very stressful and understaffed

    6.0

    Employee, September 2021

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What are the hours like for bar associate employees at JD Wetherspoon?

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  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do bar associates get of their shift pattern at JD Wetherspoon?

    People don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 57% report getting one week notice or less
    • 26% report getting two weeks notice
    • 18% report getting three weeks notice
    • 0% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 0% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 97 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.

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  • Contracts don’t match the hours people work

    Do bar associates work the same number they are contracted for at JD Wetherspoon?

    Only some people work the same number of hours they’re contracted for

    How we know this

    60% of people report working 8 hours or more than they’re contracted for each week

    Based on information from 83 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you should expect to work about the same number of hours that your contract guarantees you, most of the time.

    It’s useful to pick up or drop a few shifts here and there, but if you often work a lot more hours every week than you’re contracted for, a good job should guarantee them.

    This means you’re more likely to know when you’ll be working and how much you’ll earn in advance.

Good
  • Easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it for bar associates to take sick leave at JD Wetherspoon?

    Most people find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    64% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 78 job reviews

  • Good choice of shifts

    Do bar associates at JD Wetherspoon get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    56% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 97 job reviews

    Why this matters

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

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do JD Wetherspoon managers change bar associates shifts at short notice?

    Most managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    53% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 91 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 don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do bar associates at JD Wetherspoon worry about hours?

    Most people don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    59% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 95 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.

Excellent
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it for bar associates to book a holiday at JD Wetherspoon?

    People find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    80% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 85 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.

  • People get proper breaks

    Do bar associates at JD Wetherspoon get proper breaks?

    People get proper breaks

    How we know this

    80% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 84 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.

  • No unpaid extra work

    Do bar associates at JD Wetherspoon do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    No. People don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    80% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 85 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.

Here’s a recent review that mentions hours:

  • Best thing

    Flexible hours, good team spirit and a relatively straightforward job.

    Worst thing

    Customers

    2.9

    Employee, November 2021

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What is career progression like for bar associates at JD Wetherspoon?

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  • Enough training

    Do bar associates get enough training when they start at JD Wetherspoon?

    Most people get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    63% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 90 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.

  • Opportunities to progress

    Are bar associates given support to progress at JD Wetherspoon?

    Most people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 53% 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 85 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.

Latest reviews from bar associates at JD Wetherspoon

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  • Best thing

    Some good colleagues, free food on break, social job.

    Worst thing

    Rude customers who can treat you however they like, rude/abusive managers, giving far more hours than agreed on each week.

    3.5

    Employee, November 2021

  • Best thing

    Plenty of hours, good team ethic.

    Worst thing

    Breaks too short, the minimum applies which is 15 mins for 6 hours or under or 30 mins for 6-8 hours.

    No extra pay for bank holidays

    3.4

    Employee, September 2021

  • Best thing

    People I work with
    Talking to interesting people
    Making sure people have a nice time

    Worst thing

    Mean customers
    Rude managers

    6.1

    Employee, September 2021

  • Best thing

    Meet lots of people and get left to figure out ways to do things by myself

    Worst thing

    The hours are very up and down

    6.8

    Employee, September 2021

  • Best thing

    It's very tailored to our needs as employees, and managers are super flexible and understanding

    Worst thing

    Being out of stock of different food a lot and constantly having to tell customers what they can't have

    8.1

    Employee, August 2021

  • Best thing

    I enjoy my job talking to customers when you are serving them.

    Worst thing

    Staff shortages most times.

    3.8

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    The staff bond and relationship
    A select few regular customers

    Worst thing

    Irregular breaks
    No door staff so staff are always one down to be on door
    Abuse from customers
    Lack of work life balance
    No parking
    Pub manager is incompetent
    Mental health isnt taken seriously

    2.0

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Interacting with customers and meeting new people everyday, working with a lovely team

    Worst thing

    Always asked to work extra hours and feel guilty if you can't make them

    6.5

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    great team and community

    Worst thing

    unsocial hours on certain shifts

    7.4

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    Their mac and cheese balls

    3.5

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    The pay and who I work with.

    2.6

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    I enjoy working with the team.

    Worst thing

    The customers.

    3.4

    Employee, May 2021

  • Worst thing

    Rudeness, no care for stressed/depressed staff

    1.6

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    Tips from customers. Free food on breaks. Staff discount when not on shift.

    Worst thing

    Staff not communicating. Missing breaks. Being on my feet for so long at a time. Nasty customers.

    3.5

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Great team, never bored, meet lots of new people

    Worst thing

    Sore feet, some unpleasant customers

    8.9

    Bar associate, February 2021

  • Best thing

    Good perks
    Good pay
    Good staff team
    It’s fun

    Worst thing

    Stressful
    Late hours
    Hard to book holiday
    Rude customers

    4.8

    Bar associate, February 2021

  • Best thing

    Free food, good social atmosphere

    Worst thing

    Management, bullying culture, bad pay, rude customers, unsociable hours

    1.5

    Bar staff, February 2021

  • Best thing

    I have great friends that I work with inside and outside of work

    Worst thing

    People don’t always pull their weight

    6.9

    Associate, December 2020

  • Best thing

    The social attitude, the staff and managers

    Worst thing

    Late finishes, rude customers

    9.1

    Bar associate, December 2020

  • Best thing

    The fast paced environment is great for me and I like the routine

    Worst thing

    Difficult customers when we are busy can be very stressful and hard to deal with

    8.6

    Bar associate, November 2020

  • Best thing

    Engaging with people and having nice chats

    Worst thing

    Everything else

    3.0

    Bar Associate, November 2020

  • Best thing

    People work with and serve

    Worst thing

    Nasty customers

    7.9

    Bar Associate, November 2020

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