Sainsbury’s pay at a glance

1,170 Sainsbury’s employees have taken the Breakroom survey. They told us the following about pay rates and more:

  1. People are paid enough to live on
  2. People are paid market rates
  3. Breaks aren’t paid
  4. People get sick pay
  5. No unpaid extra work

How does your pay compare? Take the Breakroom survey to find out.

How much does Sainsbury’s pay per hour?

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

1,170 employees told us what they're really paid in their jobs…

See the full list of jobs at Sainsbury’s and their rates of pay by taking the 3 minute survey.

Do you get paid breaks?

Job Sainsbury’s pay per hour
Retail and sales assistants £9.20–9.75
Delivery driver £9.95–10.30
Warehouse operative £9.35–14.00
Manager £10.53–17.29
Baker £9.30–10.20
HGV driver £13.50–17.57
Food services assistant £9.20–9.50
Supervisor £8.42–11.30

What does Sainsbury’s pay different age groups?

This table shows how hourly pay rates at Sainsbury’s vary between age groups.

1,170 employees told us what they're really paid in their jobs…

See the full list of jobs at Sainsbury’s and their rates of pay by taking the 3 minute survey.

Do you get paid breaks?

Age group Sainsbury’s pay per hour
16-17 £9.20–9.50
18-20 £9.20–9.79
21-24 £9.20–10.05
25 and over £9.20–12.27

What is the Real Living Wage?

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

Location Real Living Wage
London £10.85
Rest of the UK £9.50

What is the legal minimum wage?

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

Age group Legal minimum wage
Under 18 £4.62
18-20 £6.56
21-22 £8.36
23 or older £8.91

People are paid enough to live on

Excellent
84% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live

Based on information from 1,080 job reviews

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 Real Living Wage is currently £9.50 per hour, and £10.85 per hour in London.

People are paid market rates

Excellent
76% of people are paid average or more than the typical pay for the type of work they do

Based on information from 736 job reviews

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.

No. People don’t get paid breaks

Bad
15% of people say they get paid breaks

Based on information from 1,096 job reviews

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.

Does Sainsbury’s pay sick pay?

Yes. People get proper sick pay

Excellent
79% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

Based on information from 994 job reviews

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 do extra work that they don't get paid for?

Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

Good
26% of people report that they do extra work that they don’t get paid for

Based on information from 919 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.

Does Sainsbury’s offer a staff discount?

People get a 10% staff discount in Sainsbury's and Argos.

After working for 12 weeks people get a 10% staff discount in Sainsbury’s and Argos. They also get 25% off in Habitat.

Based on information from 1,170 job reviews

Does Sainsbury’s pay by the hour or annually?

People get paid by the hour

  • 88% of people report they get paid by the hour
  • 12% of people report they get paid an annual salary

Based on information from 1,170 job reviews