6.6

Royal Mail

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Postman at Royal Mail

People in this role may also be known as postal workers.

859 workers in this role at Royal Mail have taken the survey.

How much does Royal Mail pay postman?

Postman at Royal Mail
£10.43–13.00
Typical range
£10.34–13.00

Postman employees at Royal Mail are typically paid £10.43–13.00 an hour, based on data from 859 employees.

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What is management like for postman employees at Royal Mail?

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do postman think Royal Mail head office understands what's happening where they work?

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

    How we know this

    90% 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 752 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.

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  • Managers are respectful

    Do postman at Royal Mail feel treated by respect by their managers?

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    56% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 708 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

    Being part of a team. Feeling suported by my manager.

    Worst thing

    Being overwhelmed, overloaded and working in extream weather conditions. And rude customers

    7.6

    Employee, September 2021

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What are the hours like for postman employees at Royal Mail?

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  • Not easy to book holiday

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

    Most people find it hard to book holidays

    How we know this

    57% of people report it’s hard to book holidays

    Based on information from 778 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.

  • Hard to choose shifts

    Do postman at Royal Mail get to choose the shifts they work?

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

    How we know this

    51% report that their manager doesn’t give them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 657 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.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do postman 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

    • 51% report getting one week notice or less
    • 8% report getting two weeks notice
    • 3% report getting three weeks notice
    • 10% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 28% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 734 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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  • No short notice shift changes

    Do Royal Mail managers change postman shifts at short notice?

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

    How we know this

    66% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 702 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 get proper breaks

    Do postman at Royal Mail get proper breaks?

    Most people get proper breaks

    How we know this

    62% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 810 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.

Excellent
  • Easy to take sick leave

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

    People find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    81% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 755 job reviews

  • No unpaid extra work

    Do postman at Royal Mail 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 700 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.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do postman at Royal Mail worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    88% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 722 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.

Here’s a recent review that mentions hours:

  • Best thing

    Teamwork, good hourly rate, fresh air, beautiful scenery exercise and good customers.

    Worst thing

    Being overloaded and pressured to go faster. Having to ask to finish on time, being expected to take extra work every shift. Bringing mail back.

    5.8

    Employee, October 2021

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What is career progression like for postman at Royal Mail?

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  • No career progression

    Are postman given support to progress at Royal Mail?

    Only some people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 75% 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 information from 730 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.

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  • Enough training

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

    Most people get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    69% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 822 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.

Latest reviews from postman at Royal Mail

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  • Best thing

    Beautiful place, decent colleagues and customers. Work 4 days a week. Sundays off.

    Worst thing

    Hard graft, unpredictable weather, need more staff. Hard to obtain a full time contract.

    6.7

    Employee, October 2021

  • Best thing

    Teamwork, good hourly rate, fresh air, beautiful scenery exercise and good customers.

    Worst thing

    Being overloaded and pressured to go faster. Having to ask to finish on time, being expected to take extra work every shift. Bringing mail back.

    5.8

    Employee, October 2021

  • Best thing

    Early start, early finish

    Worst thing

    Cut backs, lack of staff, bad management

    7.0

    Employee, September 2021

  • Best thing

    Short days

    Worst thing

    Can be too busy

    8.0

    Employee, September 2021

  • Best thing

    Being part of a team. Feeling suported by my manager.

    Worst thing

    Being overwhelmed, overloaded and working in extream weather conditions. And rude customers

    7.6

    Employee, September 2021

  • Best thing

    Being out of the office

    Worst thing

    The weights of sacks of mail

    9.4

    Employee, September 2021

  • Best thing

    Outside work no bosses

    Worst thing

    Stress of work overload

    6.1

    Employee, September 2021

  • Best thing

    Hours

    Worst thing

    Not 2 days off together and 1 day off is up to them so feels like only ever get Sundays off

    3.0

    Employee, August 2021

  • Best thing

    Long weekends, holidays, fresh air

    Worst thing

    Physical fatigue, stress, too much work/overtime

    6.5

    Employee, August 2021

  • Best thing

    Out and about in the fresh air, good pay compared to other similar companies.

    Worst thing

    Can be quite tiring.

    8.9

    Employee, August 2021

  • Worst thing

    Management are clueless,seniority policy not able to get holidays

    2.5

    Employee, August 2021

  • Best thing

    Pay, early finish, stress free easy job

    6.4

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    People money and delivering

    Worst thing

    Manager attitude and injuries

    5.2

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    Working by myself

    Worst thing

    Not being told what's happening

    6.6

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    Chatting with people out on job
    Being outside

    Worst thing

    Time and pressure
    Not being given full time contract even though I do full time hours

    4.9

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    Set hours and okay pay

    Worst thing

    Physically hard work and can leave you exhausted.

    4.2

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    Early starts , early finish , close to home , working outdoors. Ok pay

    7.0

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    Lovely customers on my regular round, being active

    Worst thing

    Weather, stress from workload/finishing late as I have a child in school

    6.0

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    Being out in the fresh air, stay healthy walking 11 miles a day working with good people

    Worst thing

    Old dirty vans not being updated. Some of the round are unfair in the amount of time you get to complete the job can be very challenging heavy work

    8.8

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    Free Time in the afternoon

    Worst thing

    Weather

    6.0

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    My workmates

    Worst thing

    Royal mail appears to be run under rules that make delivery easy in heavily populated areas and rural areas are kept to the same rules which doesn't work well.

    5.0

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Once you are out side the leave you alone

    Worst thing

    Dogs, horrible people, management

    3.1

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    My work colleagues, the pention, the benefits and everything

    Worst thing

    Being fit 😆

    9.0

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Good pension scheme. Uniform provided. Decent wage

    Worst thing

    Bad weather

    9.5

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    I work well outside

    Worst thing

    Driving

    7.4

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Working by myself

    Worst thing

    The vehicle I drive isn't suitable for some of the surfaces I have to drive on

    10.0

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Half the shift out on delivery

    Worst thing

    Inept managers. Bullying and harassment from both colleagues and managers

    6.3

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Being out and about.

    Worst thing

    Quite demanding on the legs.

    8.3

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Getting plenty of exercise

    Worst thing

    Out in all weather
    Not feeling valued at all
    Unfair treatment amongst staff
    Working Saturdays
    Being set unrealistic targets

    3.1

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Weather when its nice and banter with colleagues

    Worst thing

    The rest of it

    4.7

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    You get on with it on your own when you get out.

    Worst thing

    to much work for my time.

    4.3

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    You feel like your own boss on a walk go as quickly or as slowly as you would prefer.

    Worst thing

    Low opportunity to become contracted full time.

    7.9

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    Getting home at a reasonable time

    Worst thing

    Lack of structured training

    5.2

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    The pay

    Worst thing

    Unscheduled overtime, can't finish on time. No holiday cover!!

    3.8

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    Your day off and holidays.

    Worst thing

    getting up early and working every weekend

    5.8

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    Being outside on your own noone looking over your shoulder

    Worst thing

    The weather

    5.5

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    Been outside, talking to customers

    Worst thing

    The bad weather and the very hot heat in the afternoons

    8.4

    Employee, May 2021

  • Worst thing

    Bullying managers always trying to discipline employees for minor issues.Overtime not paid,union don't do anything to help.Disgusting place.

    2.0

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    Work alone

    Worst thing

    Pressure and constant monitoring

    5.2

    Employee, May 2021

  • Worst thing

    Everything not enough time to do the job

    1.5

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    Outside in the main

    Worst thing

    Being inside office

    8.7

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Mainly my own boss

    Worst thing

    Pressure

    7.4

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    6 weeks holiday

    Worst thing

    Pressure to do more work than is possible

    5.2

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Working on my out my own

    Worst thing

    Paper work

    7.6

    Employee, April 2021

  • Worst thing

    Stress, penny pinching bosses, poor standards of vehicles, understaffed, holiday pay.

    2.1

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Secure job but extremely stressful and damaging physically

    Worst thing

    The sheer amount of work and increased workload

    5.9

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Fresh air, exercise, socialising

    Worst thing

    Weather, pressure to complete

    5.8

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Working outside on your own. Overtime available

    6.5

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Pays well, stable

    Worst thing

    Tedious to the point of depression, massive work loads, your just a number not an actual person, managers get bonuses that dwarf any kind of payment we get

    4.0

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Out in the fresh air for 5 hours

    Worst thing

    Doing van check before we go out ,scanning post boxes to collect mail,delivering parcels & doing mail & and now collecting parcels from peoples homes to bring back to office!!!

    4.0

    Employee, April 2021

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