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Sainsbury’s pay

How much does Sainsbury’s pay per hour?

£9.20–10.05 from 381 hourly employees at Sainsbury’s

What does Sainsbury’s pay different age groups?

This table shows how hourly pay rates at Sainsbury’s compare to the minimum wage and the Real Living Wage.

Age group Sainsbury’s pay rate Real Living Wage Minimum wage
Under 18 £9.20 Only applies to people 18 and over £4.55
18-20 £9.20–9.30 £9.30, £10.75 in London £6.45
21-24 £9.20–9.48 £9.30, £10.75 in London £8.20
25 and over £9.20–10.05 £9.30, £10.75 in London £8.72

The minimum wage is the legal minimum you must be paid per hour.

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

What does Sainsbury’s pay for different types of jobs?

This table shows how hourly pay rates at Sainsbury’s compare across the different types of jobs they offer.

Job area Sainsbury’s pay rate
Managers £9.20–11.04
Drivers £9.50–10.35
Front of house £9.10–9.20
Kitchens £9.20
Warehouses £9.20–12.86
Stores £9.20–9.72

Does Sainsbury’s pay weekly, biweekly or monthly?

People get paid every four weeks

90% of people report they get paid every four weeks

Based on 431 employee responses

Does Sainsbury’s pay accurately and on time?

Yes. People get paid accurately and on time


9% of people report they have been paid late or the wrong amount

Based on 146 employee responses

Why this matters

It is important that you are paid correctly and on time - everyone has financial commitments and living expenses to keep on top of. At a good job, you shouldn't have to chase up any payments that are due to you.

Do workers at Sainsbury’s do extra work that they don't get paid for?

Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work


31% of people report that they do extra work that they don’t get paid for

Based on 244 employee responses

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.

Does Sainsbury’s pay sick pay?

Yes. People get proper sick pay


82% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

Based on 379 employee responses

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.

Do workers at Sainsbury’s get paid breaks?

No. People don’t get paid breaks


14% of people say they get paid breaks

Based on 410 employee responses

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.

What people say about pay at Sainsbury’s

  • 8.9/10

    Best thing

    My colleagues The pay

    Worst thing

    Some of the customers!

    Customer experience colleague, September 2020
  • 5.2/10

    Best thing

    Working with great colleagues

    Worst thing

    Angry customers, pay could be better, don’t always feel valued
    Customer experience manager, August 2020
  • 8.8/10

    Best thing

    Colleagues,pay ,treatment of management

    Worst thing

    Non communication

    Retail assistant, February 2020
  • 8.8/10

    Best thing

    Location, pay , work mates

    Worst thing

    The waste Is ridiculous. More should be done to reduce it. Some managers Are awful

    Food service assistant, September 2020
  • 8.2/10

    Best thing

    Great friendly team, more like family than colleagues, the pay 's not bad either

    Worst thing

    Some managers are better than others, if you get a good one, you're onto a winner, but some only care about the company and not their staff!

    Convenience trading assistant, July 2020
  • 5.8/10

    Best thing

    work family

    Worst thing

    pay ment and not enough staff
    Merchandiser, August 2020
  • 7.4/10

    Best thing

    Above average pay , hours aren’t too bad, made friends within the company

    Worst thing

    Some colleagues can be lazy, early starts due to nature of work

    Baker, August 2020
  • 4.5/10

    Best thing

    pay is good. Staff discount. Company sick pay

    Worst thing

    Minimal labour budget = lack of staff/stressful day to day workload.
    Management have unrealistic expectations of colleagues.
    Management don’t respect colleagues.

    Food services assistant, December 2019
  • 8.2/10

    Best thing

    4on 4 off shift pattern good pay

    Worst thing

    Management are arrogant and dont listen to employees suggestions

    Hgv driver, March 2020
  • 6.6/10

    Best thing

    able to see beautiful parts of the country, and can listen to music while driving. Free on site parking, good pay

    Worst thing

    customers, physically demanding, poor management sometimes, have been very busy lately

    Online assistant - driver, September 2020
  • 8.4/10

    Best thing

    My work colleagues , pay , holidays, sick time

    Worst thing

    Early morning but I chose them so nothing really

    Bakery asistant, September 2020