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They care about what their frontline employees think and want to be a good employer.


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

Do Sainsbury’s pay breaks?

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

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

Last updated 30 May 2023

How we know this

Based on data from 223 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between March 2023 and May 2023.

82% 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.

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What people are saying about sick pay at Sainsbury’s

  • Best thing

    Can pick up extra shifts when available

    Worst thing

    No sick pay, breaks are always at different times


    Sainsbury’s Store colleague, May 2023

  • Best thing

    Alright pay, not all days are bad, I’ve really improved on my communication skills and confidence since working there, you get to learn new skills and talk to all sorts of people

    Worst thing

    Stressful at times, managers seem uncaring and don’t show a lot of support, managers also have obvious favourites (some colleagues will get away with doing certain things that others will be told off for straight away), we’re not given any sort of feedback (at least not individual), rude and demanding customers, some tasks/people honestly make you feel like you’re not being paid enough to deal with it, breaks aren’t nowhere near as long as they should be


    Sainsbury’s Customer assistant, February 2023

  • Best thing

    As long as your quick enough and follow the rules your left alone to get on with the job

    Worst thing

    They do not take in to account what is actually possible and expect your to do more then in my opinion is physically possible. They are more concerned with number then making sure the staff is ok. They monitor toilet breaks and water breaks way too strictly especially considering the fact you can’t take water onto the shop floor


    Sainsbury’s Employee, August 2022

  • 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 Sales assistant, April 2022

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