Do Sainsbury’s pay breaks?

No. Most people don’t get paid breaks at Sainsbury’s.

Supermarkets who pay breaks include Aldi, Southern Co-op and Co-op Food.

Last updated 16 August 2022

How we know this

Based on 348 job reviews from people who work at Sainsbury’s.

86% 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.

Which supermarkets pay breaks?

  1. Aldi Most people get paid breaks
  2. Southern Co-op Most people get paid breaks
  3. Co-op Food Only some people get paid breaks
  4. Costcutter Most people get paid breaks
  5. Budgens Only some people get paid breaks
  6. Farmfoods Only some people get paid breaks
  7. SuperValu Only some people get paid breaks

What people are saying about sick pay at Sainsbury’s

  • Best thing

    great team colleagues and managers, plenty of work to be done when working

    Worst thing

    severely under staffed, customers can be rude, unpaid breaks, hard to change shifts


    Sainsbury’s Employee, April 2022

  • Best thing

    The money and the discount. Most members of staff are lovey

    Worst thing

    Some customers can be rude.
    We don’t get paid breaks


    Sainsbury’s Employee, April 2022

  • Best thing

    Putting items through, sick is paid

    Worst thing

    Only one person on a checkout at times (mostly me), breaks aren't paid, only allowed one time of sick a year


    Sainsbury’s Employee, March 2022

  • Best thing

    10% Discount

    Worst thing

    Unpaid breaks yet we are told we cant leave the store and you will still have tannoys or staff/managers cornering to ask about work things on break

    Not enough staff on each department so you will have to do the work of at least 3 people if not more and since theres not enough managers too you will also be handed parts of managers job with no training or extra pay.

    New staff are no longer trained it's more a quick run down and off you go and of anything goes wrong multiple people will complain at you.

    Don't expect any recognition if you are flexible with shifts and do overtime its usually the staff that are not flexible and maybe only do overtime once a year that recieve the recognition or a thank you for it.

    Mental health is not considered an illness so you cannot have time off or sickness for a day off to recharge.


    Sainsbury’s Employee, February 2022

  • Best thing

    The customers are the best

    Worst thing

    Management and sick policy are bad. As is the change in paid breaks.


    Sainsbury’s Employee, February 2022