Case study: Cashing in on staff discounts at Sainsbury’s

Lyn O’Dwyer has been a night shift replenisher at Sainsbury’s Purley Way store in Croydon for over two years. She says night shifts give her the chance to attain a healthy worklife balance.

When asked what she likes best about working for Sainsbury’s, O’Dwyer says: “My colleagues. I really enjoy working and getting the store ready for the next day’s trading.”

Her favourite benefit is the 10% staff discount, which rises to 15% at certain times of the year.

“The staff discount is a real help because it means I can save money throughout the year on the things that I need,” she explains. “It is a real boost, particularly at the more expensive times of the year, such as Christmas and Easter.”

O’Dwyer is also a member of the Sainsbury’s Social Association (SSA), which offers discounted outings and leisure activities for a membership fee of just £1 a month. For example, staff can receive 6% off holidays booked through Thomas Cook.

“The SSA is a really great benefit,” she says. “It enabled me to get 6% off my holiday to Spain later this year and there is a huge variety of experiences that you can take advantage of.”

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