Sainsburys Benefits and Employee Discounts

Sainsburys Benefits, Perks and Employee Discounts.

Sainsburys is one of the United Kingdom’s largest supermarket chains, and its parent company also owns both Argos and Habitat.

As a result of this, if you are an employee for any of these three retailers, you will be eligible for the various Sainsburys benefits and employee perks, which are explained below.

Sainsburys Benefits & Perks.

1. Paid Holidays at Sainsburys.

As a Sainsburys, Argos or Habitat employee, you will have a paid holiday entitlement, which also increases over the duration of your career. Although the entitlement varies depending on your position, 22 days is a common starting point, while entitlement for part-time employees is provided on a pro rata basis.

2. Sainsburys Employee Discount.

After you have been working in your role for 12 weeks, you become eligible for a 10 percent discount on shopping at Sainsburys or Argos, both online and in store. In addition, you can also benefit from a 25 percent discount in store at Habitat, and you can nominate a second card user, as long as you live at the same address as them.

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The Sainsburys Colleagues Discount Card will give you 10% off all Sainsbury’s and Argos items.

3. Sainsburys Pension Scheme.

Employees are automatically enrolled into the company pension scheme, which also provides free life cover, amounting to one year’s worth of pay. This cover and your pension can be enhanced further through ‘Step Up’ contributions, where you pay more out of your salary to receive more from the pension scheme.

4. Cycle to Work Scheme.

In order to promote cycling, Sainsburys offers a ‘cycle to work’ scheme, where you can hire a new bicycle and cycling equipment from the company and receive a 10 percent discount on the costs.

5. Sainsburys Employee Assistance Programme.

Through the Employee Assistance Programme, you will be able to gain access to free and confidential help related to a number of different topics, including financial and legal advice. In addition, counselling services are also available on a short-term basis, assisting you in times of distress, crisis or grief.

6. Sainsburys Social Association (SSA).

For a small joining fee, you can become a member of the Sainsburys Social Association, which will enable you and your partner to enjoy exclusive discounts on outings and various leisure activities.

7. Interest-Free Travel Loan.

Once you have passed your initial probationary period and have worked with the company for at least 12 weeks, you will be able to apply for an interest-free loan, allowing you to purchase an annual or six monthly travel pass. Crucially, this can make your daily commute to work easier and more affordable.

8. Sainsburys Service Awards.

Colleagues who remain with the company for a long time receive rewards, such as gift cards, for their loyalty and continued service. These recognitions will often be timed to mark significant career milestones.

9. Love It.

‘Love It’ is the name of another of the Sainsburys benefits, where employees are given exclusive access to additional savings or special offers from thousands of different businesses. These discounts apply to everything from shops to restaurants, allowing you to save money on your days out.

10. Annual Bonus Scheme.

Through an annual bonus scheme, it is possible to top up your pay. The precise bonus schemes and rates will differ depending on your role and the store you work in, but bonuses are usually tied to performance.

11. Full Sick Pay at Sainsburys.

Finally, as a Sainsburys employee, you are also entitled to full sick pay, albeit for a maximum of three sick days per year. If you take any more sick days than that, you may face disciplinary action unless you have a good excuse.


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    Alan Banks December 4, 2019

    How, where can I access the “Love IT” benefits section? I haven’t managed to find a link to it and is it only eligible after the 12 week onborading?

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    j t allinson-ireson June 1, 2020

    Hi I am a employer off sainsburys. Over a week ago I requested a staff discount card and still not received it . Plus they have stopped my old one from working and I have lost out on my discount . Not very happy atall .

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    How do I go about joining up to become a member of ssa.
    Many thanks

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    John Purnell October 26, 2020

    I’ve just received my discount card in the post, how do I activate it? As per the instruction on the accompanying letter.

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      Aruna Mahendra Vara January 5, 2023

      How do I & my nominated user use the colleague discount card to shop on line for groceries

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    Michael chesser December 31, 2020

    How do I activate my discount card

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    Virginia Cunningham January 22, 2021

    I am retiring on the 9th of February, I have a pension with Sainsbury’s. I informed HR regarding stopping my contributions, I have not received any information from HR, I did this online, clicking pension, then no pension membership, would HR received this information? Or is there a better option?

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    Daniel Smith January 31, 2021

    Hi would like to apply to the cycling to work scheme can I have more detail s please

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    Cheryl Gibbons July 24, 2021

    How do I access Gym Discount please

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    Joshua Bailley September 16, 2021

    Been with Sainsbury’s for 4 months and still not received my discount card

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    Hi do we have access to other real discounts, with inbrand products,
    Car finance,
    Credit cards,
    If so how can we find them, cost of living is getting harder

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    How do I put my discount on the sainsburys site so I can order clothes online.

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    Marilyn Mansfield September 21, 2021

    How much discount do veterans get from Habitat direct ? Is it still 10% through Argos ?

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    Deirdre Hidgson December 9, 2022

    How do I get staff discount from Tu

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    I lost card discount card

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    When get my new Sainsbury’s discount I lost my card

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    nigel morris March 11, 2023

    My wife worked at sainsbury’s for over 37 years from the day she left school but had to leave to look after her mother. When she told them the first thing they said was ” don’t forget to return your discount card at the end of the week. It seems that at sainsbury’s loyalty only works one way.

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    Stephen pointing March 20, 2023

    i worked for sainsbury for 25 continuous years.
    i left at 41 yrs old now 61 and have sainsburys pension.
    what benefits can i recieve as currently just get my monthly pension.
    do i get 10% discount card for example? and if yes how do i apply for any benefits,i thought it would be automatically sent to me? please could you help?

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    I have just left sainsbury’s how do I find out about my pension please , as when I left no one gave me any info about it , or my P45 ?

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    Alex Seal March 29, 2023


    My staff discount card does not work. I have registered it online and my manager activated it in store and it still does not work.

    I started on 13th December 2022. Can you advise why this is not working please?