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Best paid retail jobs

If you’re thinking about working in a shop in the UK, it’s helpful to know where the best paid jobs are.

Retail work isn’t always easy, so it’s important to find a job that pays well for all the work you put in. Knowing that you have choices, particularly around pay, is a good starting point when looking for a retail job that’s right for you.

Why are good paying retail jobs important?

At Breakroom, we believe that all jobs can be good jobs. However, not all jobs are paid fairly.

Retail work is physically demanding, requires patience, and involves working under pressure and problem solving. These skills should be reflected in the pay retail workers receive.

Who are the best paying retail companies?

Along with sharing the UK retail companies that pay the best (and what the pay rates actually are), we’ve also included extra information about each one.

This extra information and our unique Breakroom Rating helps you see which shop jobs would be best for you.

All of the information on this page comes straight from workers at these retail companies. They have shared their experiences on Breakroom, so we can all learn what it is really like to have these jobs.

  1. 1

    Amazon

    Breakroom Rating based on 200 job reviews

    6.2/10
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    Amazon pays £11.25 per hour

    Pay ranges between £9.50–15.17 per hour

    Based on 186 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Most people find it easy to change shifts

      Good
    • Most people don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

      Not great

    Best thing

    Team work with other drivers always help each other out if we get chance to

    Multi drop, March 2020

    Worst thing

    Stress, unsure about working days

    Delivery driver, April 2020

    See what 200 people said
    about jobs at Amazon

  2. 2

    Aldi

    Breakroom Rating based on 654 job reviews

    7.0/10
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    Aldi pays £10.41 per hour

    Pay ranges between £9.10–13.00 per hour

    Based on 586 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Most managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

      Good
    • Not always. Most people don’t get proper sick pay

      Not great

    Best thing

    Great team, always there for each other

    Store assistant, August 2020

    Worst thing

    Heavy lifting

    Store assistant, February 2020

    See what 654 people said
    about jobs at Aldi

  3. 3

    Lidl

    Breakroom Rating based on 261 job reviews

    6.0/10
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    Lidl pays £10.10 per hour

    Pay ranges between £9.00–11.50 per hour

    Based on 221 job reviews from people working in stores

    • No. People don’t do unpaid extra work

      Excellent
    • Not always. Most people don’t get proper sick pay

      Not great

    Best thing

    Pay

    Shift manager, September 2019

    Worst thing

    Stress, pressure, not too nice colleagues, sometimes not getting enough hours

    Store Assistant, May 2020

    See what 261 people said
    about jobs at Lidl

  4. 4

    Ocado

    Breakroom Rating based on 57 job reviews

    7.3/10
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    Ocado pays £10.04 per hour

    Pay ranges between £9.03–11.99 per hour

    Based on 56 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Most people find it easy to change shifts

      Good
    • Most people get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

      Good

    Best thing

    Job and finish, still paid for full shift.

    CSTM delivery driver, March 2020

    Worst thing

    Heavy loads, flats, having to carry water up stairs, lack of parking in built up areas

    Delivery driver, August 2020

    See what 57 people said
    about jobs at Ocado

  5. 5

    John Lewis & Partners

    Breakroom Rating based on 94 job reviews

    7.2/10
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    John Lewis & Partners pays £9.56 per hour

    Pay ranges between £8.74–14.26 per hour

    Based on 87 job reviews from people working in stores

    • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

      Excellent
    • People get proper breaks

      Excellent

    Best thing

    My team

    Team manager, August 2020

    Worst thing

    No over but other partner get it and heavy lifting

    Technician, October 2020

    See what 94 people said
    about jobs at John Lewis & Partners

  6. 6

    Waitrose & Partners

    Breakroom Rating based on 177 job reviews

    6.5/10
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    Waitrose & Partners pays £9.37 per hour

    Pay ranges between £8.70–11.14 per hour

    Based on 158 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Yes. People get proper sick pay

      Excellent
    • Most people feel stressed here

      Not great

    Best thing

    Flexibility
    Work life balance

    Oil seed operator, August 2020

    Worst thing

    not being recognised

    Shop assistant, November 2019

    See what 177 people said
    about jobs at Waitrose & Partners

  7. 7

    IKEA

    Breakroom Rating based on 41 job reviews

    7.6/10
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    IKEA pays £9.30 per hour

    Pay ranges between £9.00–12.07 per hour

    Based on 38 job reviews from people working in stores

    • People recommend working with their team

      Excellent
    • People feel treated with respect by their managers

      Excellent

    Best thing

    The people I work with

    Sales assistant, February 2020

    Worst thing

    Being put on shift with people who don't know what they're doing or aren't motivated by the job at all and are lazy, having to book holiday so far in advance , no routine

    Co worker, December 2019

    See what 41 people said
    about jobs at IKEA

  8. 8

    Sainsbury’s

    Breakroom Rating based on 449 job reviews

    6.5/10
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    Sainsbury’s pays £9.30 per hour

    Pay ranges between £9.20–10.05 per hour

    Based on 395 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

      Good
    • No. People don’t get paid breaks

      Bad

    Best thing

    Meeting diffrent types of people everyday

    Trading assistant, December 2019

    Worst thing

    Non communication

    Retail assistant, February 2020

    See what 449 people said
    about jobs at Sainsbury’s

  9. 9

    Tesco

    Breakroom Rating based on 953 job reviews

    6.1/10
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    Tesco pays £9.30 per hour

    Pay ranges between £9.00–11.20 per hour

    Based on 858 job reviews from people working in stores

    • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

      Excellent
    • Most people don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

      Not great

    Best thing

    Out meeting new people
    NO manager breathing down my neck

    Delivery driver, August 2020

    Worst thing

    staff that have been there for years think they rule the shop

    Customer service assistant, August 2020

    See what 953 people said
    about jobs at Tesco

  10. 10

    Boots

    Breakroom Rating based on 174 job reviews

    5.8/10
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    Boots pays £9.30 per hour

    Pay ranges between £8.70–11.00 per hour

    Based on 141 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Usually. Most people get proper sick pay

      Good
    • Most people feel stressed here

      Not great

    Best thing

    Talking to customers meeting their needs

    No 7 advisor, October 2020

    Worst thing

    Pressure and not getting the same pay as other managers

    Store manager, September 2020

    See what 174 people said
    about jobs at Boots

  11. 11

    Morrisons

    Breakroom Rating based on 332 job reviews

    5.6/10
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    Morrisons pays £9.20 per hour

    Pay ranges between £8.70–11.36 per hour

    Based on 301 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Most people get proper breaks

      Good
    • No. People don’t get paid breaks

      Bad

    Best thing

    My bakery team

    Baker, July 2020

    Worst thing

    There isn't any

    Customer assistant, February 2020

    See what 332 people said
    about jobs at Morrisons

  12. 12

    Asda

    Breakroom Rating based on 539 job reviews

    5.8/10
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    Asda pays £9.18 per hour

    Pay ranges between £9.00–11.00 per hour

    Based on 508 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Most people find it easy to change shifts

      Good
    • Only some people recommend working with their team

      Not great

    Best thing

    A bit of down time between customers

    Delivery driver, June 2020

    Worst thing

    the hours sometimes

    Home shopping, July 2020

    See what 539 people said
    about jobs at Asda

  13. 13

    Co-op Food

    Breakroom Rating based on 351 job reviews

    6.3/10
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    Co-op Food pays £9.00 per hour

    Pay ranges between £8.45–10.28 per hour

    Based on 294 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Usually. Most people get paid breaks

      Good
    • Not always. Most people don’t get proper sick pay

      Not great

    Best thing

    Friendly staff

    Customer team member, September 2020

    Worst thing

    Thieves
    Abuse
    Violence
    Vile customers

    Baker, September 2020

    See what 351 people said
    about jobs at Co-op Food

  14. 14

    Marks & Spencer

    Breakroom Rating based on 384 job reviews

    6.0/10
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    Marks & Spencer pays £9.00 per hour

    Pay ranges between £9.00–10.70 per hour

    Based on 362 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Most managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

      Good
    • Most people don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

      Not great

    Best thing

    I run the management of the fridge, people follow it, my system is named after me. I have some great work shift colleagues. I'm dedicated to every shift. Good benefits

    Warehouse operative, September 2020

    Worst thing

    Your treated like robots and just told to lump it if you can't do a shift

    Sales assistant, February 2020

    See what 384 people said
    about jobs at Marks & Spencer

  15. 15

    Post Office

    Breakroom Rating based on 23 job reviews

    5.3/10
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    Post Office pays £9.00 per hour

    Pay ranges between £8.24–12.86 per hour

    Based on 22 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

      Good
    • Very few people recommend working with their team

      Bad

    Best thing

    Proximity to home. Varied role. Lovely staff.

    Sub post office assistant, August 2020

    Worst thing

    Working in bad weather

    Delivery, August 2020

    See what 23 people said
    about jobs at Post Office

  16. 16

    A F Blakemore

    Breakroom Rating based on 17 job reviews

    6.5/10
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    A F Blakemore pays £8.77 per hour

    Pay ranges between £8.22–10.94 per hour

    Based on 13 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Most people don’t feel stressed here

      Good
    • Not always. Most people don’t get proper sick pay

      Not great

    Best thing

    The customer and on my door step

    Supervisor, June 2020

    Worst thing

    Scheduling runs, organisation communication

    Hgv driver, July 2020

    See what 17 people said
    about jobs at A F Blakemore

  17. 17

    Heron Foods

    Breakroom Rating based on 24 job reviews

    4.5/10
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    Heron Foods pays £8.75 per hour

    Pay ranges between £7.80–9.71 per hour

    Based on 23 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

      Good
    • People feel stressed here

      Bad

    Best thing

    Only 3 days a week
    Decent team in-store

    Duty manager, August 2020

    Worst thing

    Short notice for cover

    Duty manager, July 2020

    See what 24 people said
    about jobs at Heron Foods

  18. 18

    Card Factory

    Breakroom Rating based on 26 job reviews

    5.9/10
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    Card Factory pays £8.72 per hour

    Pay ranges between £7.38–10.46 per hour

    Based on 26 job reviews from people working in stores

    • People feel treated with respect by their managers

      Excellent
    • Most people feel stressed here

      Not great

    Best thing

    The team I work with

    Assistant manager, August 2020

    Worst thing

    Not having a say on days & shifts

    Sales assistant, August 2020

    See what 26 people said
    about jobs at Card Factory

  19. 19

    Iceland

    Breakroom Rating based on 188 job reviews

    5.0/10
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    Iceland pays £8.70 per hour

    Pay ranges between £8.38–9.69 per hour

    Based on 158 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

      Good
    • Sometimes. Most people do unpaid extra work

      Not great

    Best thing

    The people I work with

    Customer assistant, October 2019

    Worst thing

    being expected to stay late when not being asked

    Customer assistant, October 2019

    See what 188 people said
    about jobs at Iceland

  20. 20

    Dunelm

    Breakroom Rating based on 19 job reviews

    4.9/10
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    Dunelm pays £8.70 per hour

    Pay ranges between £8.15–9.46 per hour

    Based on 17 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

      Good
    • People don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

      Bad

    Best thing

    The people.

    Duty manager, December 2019

    Worst thing

    People not doing their jobs

    Delivery/ sales, March 2020

    See what 19 people said
    about jobs at Dunelm

  21. 21

    Farmfoods

    Breakroom Rating based on 55 job reviews

    5.5/10
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    Farmfoods pays £8.60 per hour

    Pay ranges between £7.56–9.65 per hour

    Based on 38 job reviews from people working in stores

    • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

      Excellent
    • People don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

      Bad

    Best thing

    The people I work with

    Retail assistant, October 2019

    Worst thing

    Unpaid overtime long hours not appreciated by senior managers

    Branch manager, June 2020

    See what 55 people said
    about jobs at Farmfoods

  22. 22

    Home Bargains

    Breakroom Rating based on 89 job reviews

    5.6/10
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    Home Bargains pays £8.59 per hour

    Pay ranges between £6.86–9.60 per hour

    Based on 78 job reviews from people working in stores

    • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

      Excellent
    • Most people don't get enough choice over which shifts they work

      Not great

    Best thing

    Pay and benefits

    Sales assistant, July 2020

    Worst thing

    The managers sometimes don't talk to each other meaning that you can be left with contradicting ways they want things done.

    Sales assistant, November 2019

    See what 89 people said
    about jobs at Home Bargains

  23. 23

    Paperchase

    Breakroom Rating based on 29 job reviews

    6.0/10
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    Paperchase pays £8.55 per hour

    Pay ranges between £6.43–9.25 per hour

    Based on 23 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Usually. Most people get proper sick pay

      Good
    • Most people don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

      Not great

    Best thing

    Working with our SA’s and my fellow supervisor. We keep a good team going between us.

    Supervisor, October 2019

    Worst thing

    Treatment of some staff

    Sales assistant, October 2019

    See what 29 people said
    about jobs at Paperchase

  24. 24

    Argos

    Breakroom Rating based on 98 job reviews

    6.2/10
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    Argos pays £8.53 per hour

    Pay ranges between £7.80–10.52 per hour

    Based on 79 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Most people find it easy to change shifts

      Good
    • Most people feel stressed here

      Not great

    Best thing

    My colleagues

    Sales Assistant, March 2020

    Worst thing

    Christmas shifts

    Sales associate, January 2020

    See what 98 people said
    about jobs at Argos

  25. 25

    Pets at Home

    Breakroom Rating based on 87 job reviews

    6.0/10
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    Pets at Home pays £8.51 per hour

    Pay ranges between £8.21–9.76 per hour

    Based on 67 job reviews from people working in stores

    • People get proper breaks

      Excellent
    • No. People don’t get paid breaks

      Bad

    Best thing

    People work with
    Lots of training and development

    Store manager, August 2020

    Worst thing

    The company

    Colleague, October 2019

    See what 87 people said
    about jobs at Pets at Home

  26. 26

    B&M

    Breakroom Rating based on 98 job reviews

    5.3/10
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    B&M pays £8.51 per hour

    Pay ranges between £7.18–9.24 per hour

    Based on 87 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Most people find it easy to change shifts

      Good
    • Most managers change people’s shifts at short notice

      Not great

    Best thing

    At least I have a job

    Deputy, July 2020

    Worst thing

    getting tasks for hundreds off things at once and been under pressure

    Sale assistant, July 2020

    See what 98 people said
    about jobs at B&M

  27. 27

    Halfords

    Breakroom Rating based on 47 job reviews

    5.7/10
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    Halfords pays £8.49 per hour

    Pay ranges between £6.81–9.93 per hour

    Based on 34 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Most people get proper breaks

      Good
    • Only some people recommend working with their team

      Not great

    Best thing

    Being on the road sometimes

    Senior auditor, February 2020

    Worst thing

    Working so hard on little or big things that we make look eaay because of our training but customers still complain about something.

    Technician, August 2020

    See what 47 people said
    about jobs at Halfords

  28. 28

    Debenhams

    Breakroom Rating based on 41 job reviews

    5.6/10
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    Debenhams pays £8.43 per hour

    Pay ranges between £7.92–9.02 per hour

    Based on 35 job reviews from people working in stores

    • No. People don’t do unpaid extra work

      Excellent
    • Most people don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

      Not great

    Best thing

    Is easy to travel to and exept for them going into hands of the receivers , it's been a good place to work .

    Loss prevention officer, June 2020

    Worst thing

    The push to open credit cards

    Sales advisor, September 2019

    See what 41 people said
    about jobs at Debenhams

  29. 29

    WHSmith

    Breakroom Rating based on 24 job reviews

    5.2/10
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    WHSmith pays £8.42 per hour

    Pay ranges between £6.16–8.94 per hour

    Based on 16 job reviews from people working in stores

    • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

      Excellent
    • Most people find it hard to change shifts

      Not great

    Best thing

    The staff I work with

    Team leader, August 2020

    Worst thing

    Staff dont do as they are told

    Supervisor, November 2019

    See what 24 people said
    about jobs at WHSmith

  30. 30

    The Range

    Breakroom Rating based on 35 job reviews

    4.5/10
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    The Range pays £8.34 per hour

    Pay ranges between £6.45–8.97 per hour

    Based on 32 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

      Good
    • Most people don’t feel treated with respect by their managers

      Not great

    Best thing

    Friendly staff

    Retail assistant, April 2020

    Worst thing

    Expectation to work through unpaid breaks, stress, lack of support

    Manager, August 2020

    See what 35 people said
    about jobs at The Range

  31. 31

    Superdrug

    Breakroom Rating based on 63 job reviews

    5.8/10
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    Superdrug pays £8.31 per hour

    Pay ranges between £6.26–8.99 per hour

    Based on 54 job reviews from people working in stores

    • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

      Excellent
    • Most people don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

      Not great

    Best thing

    I work mornings and work with lovely people

    Sales advisor, September 2019

    Worst thing

    being in a smaller store.
    And not really getting informed much

    Sales adviser, August 2020

    See what 63 people said
    about jobs at Superdrug

  32. 32

    Hobbycraft

    Breakroom Rating based on 25 job reviews

    5.6/10
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    Hobbycraft pays £8.30 per hour

    Pay ranges between £7.80–9.10 per hour

    Based on 24 job reviews from people working in stores

    • People get enough choice over which shifts they work

      Excellent
    • Only some people recommend working with their team

      Not great

    Best thing

    Discounts

    General assistant, October 2019

    Worst thing

    The customers and the pay

    General assistant, October 2019

    See what 25 people said
    about jobs at Hobbycraft

  33. 33

    Wilko

    Breakroom Rating based on 145 job reviews

    6.1/10
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    Wilko pays £8.29 per hour

    Pay ranges between £8.00–10.38 per hour

    Based on 139 job reviews from people working in stores

    • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

      Excellent
    • Most people don't get enough choice over which shifts they work

      Not great

    Best thing

    Discount

    Picker, July 2020

    Worst thing

    Health and safety is a joke

    Warehouse operative, July 2020

    See what 145 people said
    about jobs at Wilko

  34. 34

    Savers

    Breakroom Rating based on 16 job reviews

    4.9/10
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    Savers pays £8.26 per hour

    Pay ranges between £7.84–8.99 per hour

    Based on 12 job reviews from people working in stores

    • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

      Excellent
    • No. People don’t get paid breaks

      Bad

    Best thing

    Delivery days

    Supervisor, October 2019

    Worst thing

    Selling SAS

    Retail assistant, October 2019

    See what 16 people said
    about jobs at Savers

  35. 35

    Poundland

    Breakroom Rating based on 90 job reviews

    5.2/10
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    Poundland pays £8.23 per hour

    Pay ranges between £6.36–8.77 per hour

    Based on 82 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

      Good
    • No. People don’t get paid breaks

      Bad

    Best thing

    Nice and friendly work colleagues

    Sales assistant, October 2019

    Worst thing

    Hours

    Supervisor, September 2019

    See what 90 people said
    about jobs at Poundland

  36. 36

    Poundstretcher

    Breakroom Rating based on 12 job reviews

    3.2/10
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    Poundstretcher pays £8.21 per hour

    Pay ranges between £6.15–8.72 per hour

    Based on 11 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Very few people recommend working with their team

      Bad
    • Managers change people’s shifts at short notice

      Bad

    Best thing

    Great team , great manager .

    Keyholder, October 2020

    Worst thing

    Rude customer

    Sales assistant, August 2020

    See what 12 people said
    about jobs at Poundstretcher

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    House of Fraser

    Breakroom Rating based on 20 job reviews

    5.5/10
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    House of Fraser pays £8.10 per hour

    Pay ranges between £6.99–9.06 per hour

    Based on 18 job reviews from people working in stores

    • Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

      Good
    • Most managers change people’s shifts at short notice

      Not great

    Best thing

    Social side

    Supervisor, September 2020

    Worst thing

    Getting to work

    Supervisor, October 2019

    See what 20 people said
    about jobs at House of Fraser

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