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WHSmith is a retailer. They sell books, stationery, magazines, newspapers, entertainment products and confectionery.


Do WHSmith pay breaks?

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

Retailers who pay breaks include Wayfair, Canon and Numatic International.

Last updated 20 June 2024

How we know this

Based on data from 77 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between December 2023 and June 2024.

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 WHSmith

  • Best thing

    Colleagues are lovely
    It's easy to learn on the job (since you don't get trained you have to pick it up yourself)

    Worst thing

    no training
    no sick pay
    you are expected to know rules, policies and skills you are not taught
    managers only do things to benefit sales and other managers or team leaders, sales assistants concerns are ignored
    constantly understaffed, sometimes left in a store alone all day even when it needs atleast 3 staff members
    breaks are unpaid
    you never get a thank you or a well done even if you work above and beyond for them
    rotas are not available until on the day or around 8pm ghe night before, and you can pnly see it if you are already at work.


    WHSmith Sales assistant, March 2024

  • Best thing

    Variety of jobs I have to do

    Worst thing

    Being chronically under staffed and unable to complete tasks as a result
    The public shouting at you because you're short staffed and there are queues
    Being expected to work without breaks and without support


    WHSmith Operations manager, March 2023

  • Best thing

    Customers have become friends

    Worst thing

    Solo working store so can’t close for breaks easy, have to wait for customers to leave and can be waiting to take break for up to 40 minutes


    WHSmith Sales assistant, September 2022

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