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J D Wetherspoon Overview

Watford, East of England, England
10000+ employees
Company - Public (JDW)
Casual Restaurants
£1 to £2 billion (GBP) per year
JD Wetherspoon is a leading pub operator in the UK and Ireland.

Founder Chairman, Tim Martin opened the very first ‘Wetherspoon’, in Muswell Hill, north London, back in 1979.

Today, Tim and the company run over ... Read more

Mission: The company seeks to develop staff through effective and award-winning training and development, through a positive working environment and, of course, by means of a decent pay packet.

Every year, thousands of staff complete one or more training courses, not ... Read more

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Interview: 2017 (#18)

Company Updates

  • With the latest news about the fall in job vacancies, we are lucky to still have many opportunities at a number of our JD Wetherspoon Pubs...

    Post-Brexit hiring lull sees vacancies slide

    Job vacancies fell last month as the impact of the EU referendum sparked a pause in hiring among businesses, according to a new report. The post-Brexit summer of uncertainty is one reason for the lull, research by jobs site Adzuna has found.

  • #lifeatJDW Read Becky's great story ... So many possibilities and career paths here at JD Wetherspoon..

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J D Wetherspoon – Why Work For Us?

What benefits do employees receive?

In addition to their pay, all employees receive:

  • a bonus (paid monthly to pub-based employees)
  • a guaranteed-hour contract
  • 50% off food, while at work
  • 20% off food, drinks and hotel accommodation, while not at work
  • a contributory pension
  • paid holiday
  • free shares (after 18 months’ service)
  • full training, including an apprenticeship programme

In addition, pub managers and head-office employees receive private medical insurance.

The quality and range of our training courses help to motivate our employees and provide them with the necessary skills to carry out their job to a consistently high standard.

The company strives to provide a career, rather than just a job, with those showing promise given the opportunity to progress. The nature of our business means that the company attracts applicants with a range of skills and experience. We offer employees apprenticeships and training programmes throughout their career with the company.

Internal progression is our main source of appointing job roles throughout the company. All pub manager and area manager vacancies are filled by internal candidates.

In 2017, we promoted 596 hourly paid staff to management positions.

In addition, our professional diploma in leisure retail management, run in conjunction with Leeds Beckett University, is offered to all pub managers and head-office management, allowing them to gain a professional qualification, while working for the company.

The apprenticeship programme was launched in January 2018, offering the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 Hospitality Team Member
  • Level 3 Hospitality Supervisor
  • BA (Hons) Degree Apprenticeship in Business Management (level 6 – degree)

We offer fair and competitive rates of pay and benefits to our staff, including a bonus scheme to all employees.

Pay rates for all employees are above the relevant National Minimum Wage – and all employees aged 18 years or over receive, as a minimum, the National Living Wage as their basic pay (excluding bonus payments and other benefits).

In addition to basic pay, all employees are eligible for the company bonus scheme, paid monthly to pub-based staff and bi-yearly to head-office-based staff.

The average bonus payment for an hourly paid employee was 4.2% and for a pub manager 13.7% (financial year ending July 2017).

All employees with more than 18 months’ service are eligible to join the Share Incentive Plan (SIP) and receive free shares in J D Wetherspoon plc, giving them the opportunity to benefit from the company’s future success. Employees can also choose to purchase additional shares in the company, under the Partnership Shares Scheme.

The company awarded bonuses and shares (SIPs) for employees of £43.7 million in the year, an increase of 32.4% (2015/2016: £33.0 million). Of all employees, 87% received a bonus, with 96% of all bonus payments paid to employees below board level.

All employees also receive a staff discount which may be used on and off duty, across our pubs and hotels.

Employees may retain any tips which they receive. The company does not impose any management charges.


J D Wetherspoon Reviews

  • Featured Review

    "Excellent company to work for IF you work at a good pub."

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shift Leader
    Current Employee - Shift Leader
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J D Wetherspoon full-time (More than a year)


    For those that work hard there are serious progression opportunities.

    Excellent for training and plenty of opportunity to learn valuable life skills.

    The people you get to work with and meet make the job x10 easier.


    Is a very high-pressure job which some people may find too much.

     Some management tend to forget that running the pub from the office can create tension with associates.

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J D Wetherspoon Photos

J D Wetherspoon photo of: Wetherspoon celebrate raising £16 million for nominated charity CLIC Sargent
J D Wetherspoon photo of: A hotel room in our first Dublin hotel, The Old Borough
J D Wetherspoon photo of: The beer garden at The Royal Victoria Pavillion
J D Wetherspoon photo of: A display of more than 9.000 cascading poppies on the front of our pub The Regent, in Kirkby-in-Ashfield
J D Wetherspoon photo of: An aerial view of The Velvet Coaster
J D Wetherspoon photo of: Beer Festival real-ale barrel display at the Potter's Wheel, Swansea
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J D Wetherspoon Interviews



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Getting an Interview




  1. Featured Interview


    Bar Staff Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chester, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at J D Wetherspoon (Chester, England) in July 2019.


    Relaxed interview which took place at a table in the main pub area. There were two interviewers, one taking notes and one asking questions. Be yourself and show you have some personality.

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J D Wetherspoon Awards & Accolades

  • Top Employer 2019, Top Employers Institute, 2019
  • Overall Winner, Loo of the Year Awards, 2018
  • Best Town & City Menu, MIDAS, 2018
  • Waste No Food, Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), 2018
  • Best Vegan Noodle Dish - Teriyaki Noodles, Peta Food Awards, 2017
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