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Sainsbury’s is the third largest supermarket chain in the UK.

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Based on responses from 3,741 employees at Sainsbury’s.

About jobs at Sainsbury’s

Pay

    Good
  • Most people are paid a living wage

    Do Sainsbury’s 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 272 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 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.

  • Good
  • Most people are paid market rates

    Do Sainsbury’s pay market rates?

    Most people are paid above average for their job.

    How we know this

    94% of people are paid above average for the type of work they do.

    Based on data from 194 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 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.

  • Good
  • Everyone is paid the same, whatever their age

    Do Sainsbury’s pay the same regardless of age?

    Yes, people under the age of 23 get paid the same as those above 23.

    See what Sainsbury’s pays different age groups

    How we know this

    The average pay of under 23s is the same as those above 23.

    Based on data from 455 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and January 2023.

  • Bad
  • Most people don’t get paid breaks

    Do workers at Sainsbury’s get paid breaks?

    No. Most people don’t get paid breaks.

    How we know this

    85% of people say they don’t get paid breaks.

    Based on data from 267 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 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.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get sick pay

    Do Sainsbury’s pay sick pay?

    Sometimes. Only some people get proper sick pay.

    How we know this

    36% of people say they wouldn’t get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work.

    Based on data from 240 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 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 Sainsbury’s do extra work that they don't get paid for?

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

    How we know this

    71% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work.

    Based on data from 249 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 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 Sainsbury’s?

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

    How we know this

    • 28% of people with changing schedules report getting one week notice or less.
    • 32% of people with changing schedules report getting two weeks notice.
    • 25% of people with changing schedules report getting three weeks notice.
    • 15% of people with changing schedules report getting four weeks notice or more.

    Based on data from 163 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 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 Sainsbury’s worry about hours?

    Most people don’t worry about getting enough hours.

    How we know this

    79% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours.

    Based on data from 255 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 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 Sainsbury’s workers get to choose the shifts they work?

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

    How we know this

    34% report that their manager doesn’t give them enough choice over which shifts they work.

    Based on data from 264 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 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.

  • Okay
  • Can be hard to change shifts

    How easy is it for Sainsbury’s workers to change shifts?

    Some people find it hard to change shifts.

    How we know this

    51% of people report that it’s hard to change shifts if they need to.

    Based on data from 175 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 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.

  • Good
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at Sainsbury’s?

    Most people find it easy to book holiday.

    How we know this

    74% of people report it’s easy to book holidays.

    Based on data from 255 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 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.

  • Good
  • Shifts don’t get changed at short notice

    Do Sainsbury’s managers change shifts at short notice?

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

    How we know this

    72% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute.

    Based on data from 253 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 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.

  • Okay
  • Some people find it hard to take sick leave

    How easy is it to take sick leave at Sainsbury’s?

    Some people find it hard to take sick leave.

    How we know this

    44% of people report that it’s hard to take time off if they are sick.

    Based on data from 250 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 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 Sainsbury’s job good for students?

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

    How we know this

    87% of students report this is a good place to work if you’re studying.

    Based on data from 163 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 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.

  • Good
  • Most parents say it’s good

    Is working at Sainsbury’s good if you’re a parent or carer?

    Most parents and carers say this is a good place to work.

    How we know this

    69% of people who care for a child or other relative report this is a good place to work.

    Based on data from 138 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 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 Sainsbury’s feel treated with respect by their managers?

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

    How we know this

    36% of people say they’re not treated with respect by their managers.

    Based on data from 252 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 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.

  • Good
  • Most people get proper breaks

    Do people at Sainsbury’s get proper breaks?

    Most people get proper breaks.

    How we know this

    74% of people report that they get to take proper breaks.

    Based on data from 253 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 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.

  • Okay
  • Some people are stressed

    Is it stressful to work at Sainsbury’s?

    Some people feel stressed here.

    How we know this

    66% of people say they often feel stressed at work.

    Based on data from 270 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 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 Sainsbury’s enjoy their jobs?

    Only some people enjoy their job.

    How we know this

    40% of people report they don’t enjoy their job.

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

  • Okay
  • Only some people recommend their team

    Do people at Sainsbury’s recommend working with their team?

    Only some people recommend working with their team.

    How we know this

    49% of people report that they wouldn’t recommend working with their immediate team to a friend.

    Based on data from 289 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 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 Sainsbury’s?

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

    How we know this

    34% of people report they didn’t get enough training when they started working here.

    Based on data from 279 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 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.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get support to progress

    Are people given support to progress at Sainsbury’s?

    Only some people are given support to progress here.

    How we know this

    In the last year, 56% 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 248 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 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 Sainsbury’s 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

    82% 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 262 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 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 Sainsbury’s is doing?

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

    How we know this

    52% of people feel that they aren’t kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole.

    Based on data from 259 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between October 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 Sainsbury’s ranks

Sainsbury’s ranks joint 3rd to work for out of supermarkets.

  1. 2 Aldi
    7.1
  2. 3= Sainsbury’s
    6.6
  3. 3= East of England Co-op
    6.6

Rankings are based on Breakroom Ratings for employers with 30 or more quiz responses, accurate as of 27 January 2023.

Pay ranges at Sainsbury’s

  1. £10.17–11.04 per hour

  2. £10.25–12.50 per hour

  3. £9.50–14.18 per hour

  4. £10.88–16.18 per hour

  5. £9.42–11.00 per hour

  6. £9.30–10.20 per hour

  7. £9.22–15.33 per hour

  8. £13.56–19.17 per hour

  9. £9.27–10.09 per hour

Sainsbury’s job reviews

  • Best thing

    The best things are the amount of people in the team that want to help others and life long friendship you make. Management feel more like friends sometimes which makes approaching them with anything more comfortable. The opportunity to move up is possible and people from other stores visit a lot which gives you a chance to talk about inside moves. The petrol station although full of stupid people sometimes aka customers is an amazing place to work because everyone welcomes you so well.

    Worst thing

    I have been at sainsburys for nearly 5 years and since I have been there I have had 9 managers. I also know the other departments change management alot too. Something management can be quite ignorant. A lot of what you say is forgotten about and if you for example needed a holiday in 4 weeks time it will be okayed at the time and come to the day and you will be asked where you are and rang and rang until you anwser and it will usually be someone who you didn’t make the agreement with who didn’t know you put the holiday in so will expect you in or dock your pay but it’s not the best if your out of the country or miles away. Nights and checkouts can be very clicky, however if people being stand offish doesn’t bother you as it didn’t me it will be fine but if your shy I would say start in petrol to build your confidence.

    7.3

    Sainsbury’s Customer assistant, October 2022

  • Best thing

    Good pay while in college/uni
    Work around my schedule
    Left to do your job and can ask for assistance of needed

    Worst thing

    Managers can be incompetent.
    Some Staff members bring a toxic atmosphere to the work place.
    No communication between management and staff so everyone knows where to improve, what's changing in the job role or what's going on between the staff members that may be causing issues

    6.8

    Sainsbury’s Delivery driver, August 2022

Jobs by location

  1. 37 job openings

  2. 43 job openings

  3. 5 job openings

  4. 33 job openings

  5. 23 job openings

  6. 35 job openings

  7. 171 job openings

  8. 45 job openings

Handy to know

What contracts are people on?

2% report having zero hours contracts.
25% report having low hours contracts. (less than 16 hours)
53% report having part time contracts. (16-35 hours)
21% report having full time contracts. (more than 35 hours)

Based on 244 Sainsbury’s employees

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

28% of people with changing schedules report getting one week notice or less.
32% of people with changing schedules report getting two weeks notice.
25% of people with changing schedules report getting three weeks notice.
15% of people with changing schedules report getting four weeks notice or more.

Based on 163 Sainsbury’s employees

How are people paid?

By the hour 88% of people report they get paid by the hour.

Based on 291 Sainsbury’s employees