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Based on responses from 2,024 employees at Royal Mail.

About jobs at Royal Mail

Pay

    Good
  • Most people are paid a living wage

    Do Royal Mail pay a living wage?

    Most people are paid a living wage.

    How we know this

    95% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live.

    Based on data from 268 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and January 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The new Living Wage rates were announced on Thursday 22 September 2022.

    The rates are now £10.90 per hour, and £11.95 per hour in London.

    Employers are expected to implement the rise as soon as possible but by the latest 14 May 2023.

    On the 14 May 2023, employers’ Breakroom Rating will be updated to reflect this.

    Find out more in our explainer about the Real Living Wage.

  • Okay
  • Only some people are paid market rates

    Do Royal Mail pay market rates?

    Only some people are paid above average for their job.

    How we know this

    38% of people are paid below average for the type of work they do.

    Based on data from 258 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and January 2023.

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • Bad
  • Under 18s get paid less than everyone else

    Do Royal Mail pay the same regardless of age?

    No, people under the age of 18 get paid less than those above 23.

    See what Royal Mail pays different age groups

    How we know this

    The average pay of under 18s is less than those who are over 23.

    Based on data from 361 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between November 2019 and January 2023.

  • Good
  • Most people get paid breaks

    Do workers at Royal Mail get paid breaks?

    Yes. Most people get paid breaks.

    How we know this

    82% of people say they get paid breaks.

    Based on data from 284 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and January 2023.

    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.

  • Good
  • Most people get sick pay

    Do Royal Mail pay sick pay?

    Yes. Most people get proper sick pay.

    How we know this

    81% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work.

    Based on data from 278 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and January 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

  • Good
  • Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

    Do workers at Royal Mail do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work.

    How we know this

    73% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work.

    Based on data from 248 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and January 2023.

    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.

Hours and flexibility

    Bad
  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do people get of their shift pattern at Royal Mail?

    Most people don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working.

    How we know this

    • 81% of people with changing schedules report getting one week notice or less.
    • 10% of people with changing schedules report getting two weeks notice.
    • 4% of people with changing schedules report getting three weeks notice.
    • 5% of people with changing schedules report getting four weeks notice or more.

    Based on data from 165 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and January 2023.

    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.

  • Good
  • Most people don’t worry about their hours

    Do workers at Royal Mail worry about hours?

    Most people don’t worry about getting enough hours.

    How we know this

    68% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours.

    Based on data from 242 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and January 2023.

    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.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get a choice of shifts

    Do Royal Mail workers get to choose the shifts they work?

    Some people don’t get enough choice over which shifts they work.

    How we know this

    65% report that their manager doesn’t give them enough choice over which shifts they work.

    Based on data from 233 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and January 2023.

    Why this matters

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

  • Bad
  • Hard to change shifts

    How easy is it for Royal Mail workers to change shifts?

    Most people find it hard to change shifts.

    How we know this

    69% of people report that it’s hard to change shifts if they need to.

    Based on data from 154 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and January 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. It should be easy to change a shift if you need to, whether that’s in an emergency or for planning ahead.

  • Okay
  • Can be hard to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at Royal Mail?

    Some people find it hard to book holiday.

    How we know this

    60% of people report it’s hard to book holidays.

    Based on data from 263 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and January 2023.

    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.

  • Okay
  • Shifts can get changed at short notice

    Do Royal Mail managers change shifts at short notice?

    Some managers change people’s shifts at short notice.

    How we know this

    43% of people say their manager changes their shifts at the last minute.

    Based on data from 246 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and January 2023.

    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.

  • Good
  • Most people find it easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it to take sick leave at Royal Mail?

    Most people find it easy to take sick leave.

    How we know this

    73% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick.

    Based on data from 265 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and January 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off when you need to.

    A good job should support you when you’re unwell and have systems in place that will allow you to take time off to recover when you need it.

  • Good
  • Most students say it’s good

    Is a Royal Mail job good for students?

    Most students say this is a good place to work if you’re studying.

    How we know this

    79% of students report this is a good place to work if you’re studying.

    Based on data from 56 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between November 2019 and January 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job should allow you to fit work around important things in your life, like studying.

    Life isn’t just about work. Good jobs make space for you to do well in both.

  • Okay
  • Only some parents say it’s good

    Is working at Royal Mail good if you’re a parent or carer?

    Only some parents and carer say this is a good place to work.

    How we know this

    37% of people who care for a child or other relative report this isn’t a good place to work.

    Based on data from 108 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and January 2023.

    Why this matters

    Whether it’s looking after children or caring for a relative, a good job should support your responsibilities outside of work.

Workplace

    Okay
  • Only some people feel treated with respect

    Do people at Royal Mail feel treated with respect by their managers?

    Some people don’t feel treated with respect by their managers.

    How we know this

    48% of people say they’re not treated with respect by their managers.

    Based on data from 256 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and January 2023.

    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.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get proper breaks

    Do people at Royal Mail get proper breaks?

    Some people don’t get proper breaks.

    How we know this

    46% of people report that they don’t get to take proper breaks.

    Based on data from 275 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and January 2023.

    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.

  • Bad
  • Most people are stressed

    Is it stressful to work at Royal Mail?

    Most people feel stressed here.

    How we know this

    71% of people say they often feel stressed at work.

    Based on data from 285 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and January 2023.

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Okay
  • Only some people enjoy their job

    Do people at Royal Mail enjoy their jobs?

    Only some people enjoy their job.

    How we know this

    43% of people report they don’t enjoy their job.

    Based on data from 247 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and January 2023.

  • Bad
  • Most people don’t recommend their team

    Do people at Royal Mail recommend working with their team?

    Not many people recommend working with their team.

    How we know this

    70% of people report that they wouldn’t recommend working with their immediate team to a friend.

    Based on data from 121 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between November 2022 and January 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at Royal Mail?

    Some people did’t get enough training when they started.

    How we know this

    48% of people report they didn’t get enough training when they started working here.

    Based on data from 284 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and January 2023.

    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.

  • Bad
  • Most people don’t get support to progress

    Are people given support to progress at Royal Mail?

    Most people aren’t given support to progress here.

    How we know this

    In the last year, 81% of people report not 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 data from 253 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and January 2023.

    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.

  • Bad
  • Head office doesn’t understand what’s happening

    Do people think Royal Mail 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

    92% 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 data from 284 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and January 2023.

    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.

  • Okay
  • Only some people feel well informed by head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how Royal Mail is doing?

    Only some people feel well informed about how the company is doing.

    How we know this

    65% of people feel that they aren’t kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole.

    Based on data from 268 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between August 2022 and January 2023.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

How Royal Mail ranks

Royal Mail ranks joint 10th to work for out of delivery companies.

  1. 10= Gorillas
    6.3
  2. 10= Royal Mail
    6.3
  3. 10= Milk & More
    6.3

Rankings are based on Breakroom Ratings for employers with 5 or more quiz responses, accurate as of 31 January 2023.

Pay ranges at Royal Mail

  1. £10.60–13.40 per hour

  2. £10.00–14.23 per hour

  3. £12.91–20.35 per hour

  4. £14.36–19.28 per hour

  5. £12.30–22.86 per hour

  6. £8.82–11.22 per hour

  7. £9.63–13.79 per hour

  8. £11.11–15.16 per hour

  9. £11.00–14.46 per hour

  10. £14.00–16.65 per hour

Royal Mail job reviews

  • Best thing

    You can finish early, go home and still get paid until your official finish time.

    Worst thing

    Management and higher office. They like to come up with ideas that don't benefit the workforce at all. They think they know how to do the job when they have never done it in their lives.

    7.3

    Royal Mail Postman, September 2022

  • Best thing

    My colleagues are good to work with and pay is decent if doing enough overtime (Royal Mail is currently trying to change this and give workers a flat rate for working Saturdays and Sundays).

    Worst thing

    Rules are set out where we're not allowed to do certain things without the official Royal Mail training but get told to just get on with it without the training even tho those same rules we're asked to break will be used against us if something goes wrong.

    6.4

    Royal Mail Vehicle technician, September 2022

Jobs by location

  1. 6 job openings

  2. 6 job openings

  3. 1 job opening

  4. 3 job openings

  5. 9 job openings

  6. 4 job openings

  7. 11 job openings

  8. 4 job openings

Handy to know

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

1 week or less 81% of people with changing schedules report getting one week notice or less.

Based on 165 Royal Mail employees

How are people paid?

By the hour 86% of people report they get paid by the hour.

Based on 122 Royal Mail employees

What contracts are people on?

7% report having zero hours contracts.
1% report having low hours contracts. (less than 16 hours)
48% report having part time contracts. (16-35 hours)
43% report having full time contracts. (more than 35 hours)

Based on 231 Royal Mail employees