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Tesco is the largest supermarket chain in the UK.


Do Tesco pay breaks?

No. Most people don’t get paid breaks at Tesco.

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

Last updated 16 April 2024

How we know this

Based on data from 305 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between January 2024 and April 2024.

94% 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 Tesco

  • Best thing

    Family style work relationships
    Options to progress

    Worst thing

    Sometimes short staffed
    Not getting paid breaks
    Sometimes members of the public make the workplace feel unsafe


    Tesco Customer assistant, November 2023

  • Best thing

    Colleague discount, lots of extra shifts, quite a few days off

    Worst thing

    Unpaid breaks


    Tesco Colleague, October 2023

  • Best thing

    It’s an interesting place to work

    Worst thing

    Not having enough staff and not getting your breaks and not getting paid for it


    Tesco Team leader, September 2023

  • Best thing

    College discount and hours given as well as availability of food as you work in a supermarket. Great mangers who are really understanding, but we need a replacement checkouts manager. Hardly any complaint on the environment and amenities are always available and well maintained. Great store and kind staff who respect one another. It's far superior to any other retail positions I've worked prior, and has great working befits to add.

    Worst thing

    The hourly pay could be increased to match the rising cost of things, the constant theft of products adds a lot of unwanted stress to staff and they should really invest in a proper security officer. Breaks aren't paid for but are shorter to combat this, so you could work 9hours but only received 7.5 hours pay.


    Tesco Checkout operator, June 2023

  • Best thing

    You have the occasional customer that is lovely to chat to and have a great conversation with most to all of them, Managers sometimes treat you with respect (Sometimes )
    Social Colleagues
    Team Support are most understanding than managers which if you work in a Front End Service, you deal with them more

    Worst thing

    Unpaid Breaks, Self Service after 10pm can be scary and alot of times there isn't a security guard to assist you or even if there is, there isn't a way to contact them than shouting.
    Get threated with disciplinary's if you try to call in sick for a emergency issue
    Head Office / Managers usually don't understand the Stress the colleagues have to deal with
    Managers will pull you into the office for something you haven't done and still try accuse you even if you show proof


    Tesco Customer assistant, March 2023

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