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    My Mum is a Deputy Head teacher who deals with teacher recruitment. Recently she's been telling me how most of her new recruits have come via agencies, even for permanent posts, which is costing her school a lot of money. She isn't sure why so many teachers are turning to agencies now when they never used to. So to current teachers who've gone via an agency for a job, why did you choose to?
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    (Original post by jelly1000)
    My Mum is a Deputy Head teacher who deals with teacher recruitment. Recently she's been telling me how most of her new recruits have come via agencies, even for permanent posts, which is costing her school a lot of money. She isn't sure why so many teachers are turning to agencies now when they never used to. So to current teachers who've gone via an agency for a job, why did you choose to?
    Hmm, I'm not aware of this.

    My school seems to have chosen to use an agency for their recruitment. I recently had to reapply for my post (as I was on a 1-year temporary contract) and had to fill out a separate form and apply to the agency as well as the school's own form.

    I assumed this was in order for the school to have less work to do in the recruitment process. I would have much rather just applied straight to the school but I had to go through a middleman which felt a bit pointless.
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    Hmm, I'm not aware of this.

    My school seems to have chosen to use an agency for their recruitment. I recently had to reapply for my post (as I was on a 1-year temporary contract) and had to fill out a separate form and apply to the agency as well as the school's own form.

    I assumed this was in order for the school to have less work to do in the recruitment process. I would have much rather just applied straight to the school but I had to go through a middleman which felt a bit pointless.
    That's very odd, certainly in my Mum's case it isn't less work- they still have to shortlist, interview, observe lessons e.c.t and it costs the school money because they have to pay the agency as well as the teachers salary.
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    (Original post by jelly1000)
    That's very odd, certainly in my Mum's case it isn't less work- they still have to shortlist, interview, observe lessons e.c.t and it costs the school money because they have to pay the agency as well as the teachers salary.
    I only use agencies when we need someone quickly and there is insufficient time to recruit normally. It is rare to find a gem this way. Most people register with agencies because they have been unable to secure a permanent position. Those who are decent do not remain agency staff for long.
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    (Original post by myrtille)
    My school seems to have chosen to use an agency for their recruitment. I recently had to reapply for my post (as I was on a 1-year temporary contract) and had to fill out a separate form and apply to the agency as well as the school's own form.
    This is interesting. Are they an Academy who has purchased a package of services and are trying to get value for money?!
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    I only use agencies when we need someone quickly and there is insufficient time to recruit normally. It is rare to find a gem this way. Most people register with agencies because they have been unable to secure a permanent position. Those who are decent do not remain agency staff for long.
    Yeah that's what my Mum used to do, now she said though shes's finding it harder and harder to find staff not in agencies.
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    (Original post by jelly1000)
    Yeah that's what my Mum used to do, now she said though shes's finding it harder and harder to find staff not in agencies.
    I think this must be a regional thing. There are subject shortages of course but the agencies can't supply maths or physics specialists either!
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    (Original post by Mr M)
    This is interesting. Are they an Academy who has purchased a package of services and are trying to get value for money?!
    They are an academy and I think they said they do all their recruitment through the agency now. Perhaps they decided they needed it for certain subjects which are harder to recruit for, and are tied into a contract or something.

    It didn't seem to work particularly well really, as there were 2 posts available (mine which I was reapplying for and another in the same department) and they didn't find anyone suitable to fill the other post!
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    I think this must be a regional thing. There are subject shortages of course but the agencies can't supply maths or physics specialists either!
    Yeah I'm guessing, and yes she still has trouble with that!
 
 
 
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