“Every great business recognises their people are their foundation. Sainsbury’s believes that an employee with a balanced lifestyle adds real value to the work-place and the work-life balance ethic goes a long way to delivering that for our business."
Sir Peter Davis – On Work-Life Balance

Corporate profile

  • Established in 1869
  • Multi-site: 433 stores
  • International
  • Retail/financial services
  • Company turnover 12.9billion
  • Serves over 9 million customers a week
  • 130,000 employees

Policies Include

  • Part time working
  • Flexible contracts for our Retail colleagues(including term-time contracts)
  • Job share
  • Home working
  • Enhanced maternity leave and pay
  • Paternity leave
  • Parental leave
  • Career break schemes of up to 5 years for child care
  • Special leave for up to one year for personal development or caring responsibilities
  • Subsidised work place nurseries in certain locations
  • Study leave
  • Dependency leave
  • Education sponsorship
  • Pre-retirement workshops
  • Occupational health advisors
  • Confidential employee help-line
  • Voluntary benefits e.g. healthcare, optical plan and household benefits.

Workforce profile

  • 70% female
  • 69% part time
  • 39% management are female

Business benefits

  • Improved customer service
  • Reduced turnover and absenteeism
  • Increased motivation
  • Increased loyalty and commitment
  • Maternity return rate has increased from 42% in 89/90 to 84% in 98/99

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