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Kitchen staff / 4055 - The Ivory Peg, Chelmsford

JD Wetherspoon
10.72 GBP per hour
Chelmsford
Part time

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6.1

Rated 6.1 out of 10

Based on 2,555 ratings from people who work at JD Wetherspoon

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  • Free food
  • Recommended by students
  • Paid breaks
  • Respectful managers
  • Proper training

About JD Wetherspoon

JD Wetherspoon is a pub operator. They run Wetherspoon pubs and Lloyd's No.1 Bars.

Job description from JD Wetherspoon

The ideal applicants

We're looking for fun, enthusiastic, passionate people to join our hard-working teams. We recruit for personality and, as a uk top employer with an award-winning training programme, we know that we can teach you the skills to succeed.

What's in it for you?


We offer competitive hourly rates for all of our team members:



a free meal and a drink, when working a four-hour shift
a 50% discount on food and soft drinks, when working; a 20% discount on all food, drinks and hotel accommodation (for you and up to three guests), when not working
£1 extra per hour, for hours worked between midnight and 5.59am
bonus scheme - earn up to 19% of your pay
availability of guaranteed-hours contracts and variable-hours contracts
paid holiday
free shares (after a qualifying period)
loyalty reward scheme
The role

At a glance, your role is to deliver excellent customer service to make hungry and thirsty customers happy!

We open our doors early in the morning and sometimes don't close them until late at night, so offering great flexibility of working hours.

Under 18's may attract a lower rate of pay


HOURS PER WEEK:
25


MONDAY HOURS:
6:00

00:30


TUESDAY HOURS:
6:00

00:30


WEDNESDAY HOURS:
6:00

00:30


THURSDAY HOURS:
6:00

00:30


FRIDAY HOURS:
6:00

00:30


SATURDAY HOURS:
6:00

00:30


SUNDAY HOURS:
6:00

00:30

Job insights from Breakroom

Kitchen and catering assistant

Kitchen porters or kitchen assistants prepare food, make sure chefs have everything they need

What you’ll do as a kitchen and catering assistant:

  • Plan meals
  • Prepare and cook food
  • Purchase food and look after a budget
  • Be responsible for the hygiene and safety of food served

Is it right for you?

This job may involve:

  • Standing
  • Physical activities
  • Wearing a uniform
  • Cleaning
  • Anti-social hours

What employees say

Pay

    Needs improving
  • Most people aren’t paid a living wage

    Do JD Wetherspoon pay kitchen associates enough to live on?

    Most people are not paid a living wage.

    How we know this

    68% of people say they are paid below the Real Living Wage for where they live.

    Based on data from 124 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between December 2022 and December 2023.

    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 current rates are £12.00 per hour, and £13.15 per hour in London.

    Find out more in our explainer about the Real Living Wage.

  • Good
  • Most people are paid market rates

    Do JD Wetherspoon pay kitchen associates market rates?

    Most people are paid above average for their job.

    How we know this

    80% of people are paid above average for the type of work they do.

    Based on data from 112 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between December 2022 and December 2023.

    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.

  • Needs improving
  • Under 18s get paid less than everyone else

    Do kitchen associates at JD Wetherspoon get paid the same regardless of age?

    No, people under the age of 18 get paid less than those above 23.

    See what JD Wetherspoon pays different age groups

    How we know this

    The average pay of under 18s is less than those who are over 23.

    Based on data from 207 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between September 2021 and December 2023.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get paid breaks

    Do kitchen associates at JD Wetherspoon get paid breaks?

    Sometimes. Only some people get paid breaks.

    How we know this

    52% of people say they don’t get paid breaks.

    Based on data from 116 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between December 2022 and December 2023.

    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.

  • Needs improving
  • Most people don’t get sick pay

    Do JD Wetherspoon pay kitchen associates sick pay?

    No. Most people don’t get proper sick pay.

    How we know this

    76% of people say they wouldn’t get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work.

    Based on data from 105 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between December 2022 and December 2023.

    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.

  • Good
  • Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

    Do kitchen associates at JD Wetherspoon do extra work that they don't get paid for?

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

    How we know this

    77% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work.

    Based on data from 115 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between December 2022 and December 2023.

    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.

Hours and flexibility

    Needs improving
  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do kitchen associates get of their shift pattern at JD Wetherspoon?

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

    How we know this

    • 18% of people with changing schedules report getting one week notice or less.
    • 37% of people with changing schedules report getting two weeks notice.
    • 38% of people with changing schedules report getting three weeks notice.
    • 7% of people with changing schedules report getting four weeks notice or more.

    Based on data from 60 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2023 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

  • Okay
  • Some people worry about their hours

    Do kitchen associates at JD Wetherspoon worry about hours?

    Some people worry about getting enough hours.

    How we know this

    42% of people report they worry about getting enough hours.

    Based on data from 60 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2023 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get a choice of shifts

    Do kitchen associates at JD Wetherspoon get to choose the shifts they work?

    Some people don’t get enough choice over which shifts they work.

    How we know this

    38% report that their manager doesn’t give them enough choice over which shifts they work.

    Based on data from 60 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2023 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • Okay
  • Can be hard to change shifts

    How easy is it for kitchen associates at JD Wetherspoon to change shifts?

    Some people find it hard to change shifts.

    How we know this

    63% of people report that it’s hard to change shifts if they need to.

    Based on data from 96 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between December 2022 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. It should be easy to change a shift if you need to, whether that’s in an emergency or for planning ahead.

  • Good
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it for kitchen associates to book a holiday at JD Wetherspoon?

    Most people find it easy to book holiday.

    How we know this

    69% of people report it’s easy to book holidays.

    Based on data from 108 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between December 2022 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • Okay
  • Shifts can get changed at short notice

    Do JD Wetherspoon managers change kitchen associates shifts at short notice?

    Some managers change people’s shifts at short notice.

    How we know this

    53% of people say their manager changes their shifts at the last minute.

    Based on data from 111 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between December 2022 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • Okay
  • Some people find it hard to take sick leave

    How easy is it for kitchen associates to take sick leave at JD Wetherspoon?

    Some people find it hard to take sick leave.

    How we know this

    37% of people report that it’s hard to take time off if they are sick.

    Based on data from 110 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between December 2022 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off when you need to.

    A good job should support you when you’re unwell and have systems in place that will allow you to take time off to recover when you need it.

  • Good
  • Most students say it’s good

    Is kitchen associates at JD Wetherspoon job good for students?

    Most students say this is a good place to work if you’re studying.

    How we know this

    73% of students report this is a good place to work if you’re studying.

    Based on data from 60 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between December 2022 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job should allow you to fit work around important things in your life, like studying.

    Life isn’t just about work. Good jobs make space for you to do well in both.

  • Okay
  • Only some parents say it’s good

    Is working as kitchen associates at JD Wetherspoon good if you have caring responsibilities?

    Only some parents and carer say this is a good place to work.

    How we know this

    54% of people who care for a child or other relative report this isn’t a good place to work.

    Based on data from 24 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2021 and June 2023.

    Why this matters

    Whether it’s looking after children or caring for a relative, a good job should support your responsibilities outside of work.

Workplace

    Good
  • Most people feel treated with respect

    Do kitchen associates at JD Wetherspoon feel treated with respect by their managers?

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers.

    How we know this

    76% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers.

    Based on data from 112 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between December 2022 and November 2023.

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

  • Good
  • Most people get proper breaks

    Do kitchen associates at JD Wetherspoon get proper breaks?

    Most people get proper breaks.

    How we know this

    74% of people report that they get to take proper breaks.

    Based on data from 118 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between December 2022 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • Needs improving
  • Most people are stressed

    Is it stressful for kitchen associates to work at JD Wetherspoon?

    Most people feel stressed here.

    How we know this

    80% of people say they often feel stressed at work.

    Based on data from 116 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between December 2022 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Okay
  • Only some people enjoy their job

    Do kitchen associates at JD Wetherspoon enjoy their jobs?

    Only some people enjoy their job.

    How we know this

    49% of people report they don’t enjoy their job.

    Based on data from 98 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between November 2022 and November 2023.

  • Okay
  • Only some people recommend their team

    Do kitchen associates at JD Wetherspoon recommend working with their team?

    Only some people recommend working with their team.

    How we know this

    50% of people report that they wouldn’t recommend working with their immediate team to a friend.

    Based on data from 60 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between June 2023 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get enough training

    Do kitchen associates get enough training when they start at JD Wetherspoon?

    Some people did’t get enough training when they started.

    How we know this

    36% of people report they didn’t get enough training when they started working here.

    Based on data from 116 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between December 2022 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get support to progress

    Are kitchen associates given support to progress at JD Wetherspoon?

    Only some people are given support to progress here.

    How we know this

    In the last year, 62% of people report not being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role.

    Based on data from 111 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between December 2022 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

  • Needs improving
  • Head office doesn’t understand what’s happening

    Do kitchen associates think JD Wetherspoon head office understands what's happening where they work?

    Most people think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work.

    How we know this

    75% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work.

    Based on data from 110 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between December 2022 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

  • Okay
  • Only some people feel well informed by head office

    Do kitchen associates feel well informed about how JD Wetherspoon is doing?

    Only some people feel well informed about how the company is doing.

    How we know this

    43% of people feel that they aren’t kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole.

    Based on data from 110 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between December 2022 and December 2023.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

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What JD Wetherspoon employees say about their job

  • Best thing

    Active job

    Worst thing

    Cliques. Poor management- treated like children. Inconsistent hours. Expected to do more than your pay grade

    6.0

    JD Wetherspoon Bar associate, November 2023

  • Best thing

    Paid weekly and sometimes a bonus every month

    Worst thing

    Management don’t understand how hard the job is and expect more and more from you

    5.5

    JD Wetherspoon Bar Associate, November 2023

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  • Best thing

    Free food, Mostly nice people to work with

    Worst thing

    Stressful, busy, far away

    5.5

    JD Wetherspoon Kitchen assistant, October 2023

  • Best thing

    Job Security, Flexibl Working Pattern, Multiple Roles each day is different

    Worst thing

    Working hours at times, long days, not enough support with recruitment

    7.3

    JD Wetherspoon Kitchen manager, October 2023

  • Best thing

    The payrate is competitive. Good Benefits.

    Worst thing

    Some weeks you may be given short shifts

    7.6

    JD Wetherspoon Kitchen associate, October 2023

  • Best thing

    Easy during the week and certain time most customers and staff are friendly

    Worst thing

    Some of the customers aren’t as friendly can be stressful at times and more physical than expected and seen as less because I’m new also some people are harder to work with

    5.5

    JD Wetherspoon Bar associate, August 2023

  • Best thing

    The people

    Worst thing

    The company's head office is run by people that seemingly have never worked in a pub

    7.3

    JD Wetherspoon Shift leader, July 2023

  • Best thing

    The team

    Worst thing

    Sometimes the company doesn't allocate hours very well which leaves shifts short staffed and unable to call anyone in.

    7.0

    JD Wetherspoon Team leader, June 2023

  • Best thing

    Making friends, free food on shift

    Worst thing

    Long/late hours, irregular sleep, dealing with drunk people, understaffed

    5.0

    JD Wetherspoon Bar associate, June 2023

  • Best thing

    The friends I have made at work and the customers too. The discounted and free food is also great

    Worst thing

    The busy nights and being short staffed constantly. Rude customer thats expected me to give them the world when they're paying 3 quid for a beer

    6.4

    JD Wetherspoon Shift leader, June 2023

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