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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, Co-op Food and Budgens.

Last updated 7 June 2023

How we know this

Based on data from 424 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between March 2023 and June 2023.

92% 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

    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

  • Best thing

    Discount, better pay than most places

    Worst thing

    Managers are very cliquey, they look down on you constantly. If your face fits then you can do whatever you want, otherwise you’re the scapegoat for everything. You can’t go to any management with problems you have because you get ignored completely. Don’t expect mental health support cause it doesn’t exist, if they don’t notice it then it’s not actually there. You can’t get real breaks and managers will make whatever excuses they can for it then blame you for not being able to take them. Can’t take holidays or time off work without being scrutinised and questioned about why you need the time off. Don’t expect to be given more hours as part of your contract cause they don’t want to give you them unless they like you


    Tesco Customer assistant, December 2022

  • Best thing

    people i work with.

    Worst thing

    not being paid for your breaks, holidays you want not allowed if others have booked it already


    Tesco Employee, December 2022

  • Best thing

    Well above minimum wage for my age group, hours are flexible and it is a low stress job.

    Worst thing

    Unpaid breaks.


    Tesco Customer assistant, December 2022

  • Best thing

    The people you work with

    Worst thing

    The management treat you poorly expect to much from staff. Never get proper breaks. Always stressed. Would not recommend to anyone if they want to progress. You only progress if your face fits. All the hard workers are over looked and the people who don’t work and suck up get the promotions


    Tesco Shift leader, November 2022

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