A little background: I'm an NQT (completed 2 terms) but have been teaching supply and long term supply from sept 2018 when I completed my PGCE. I've worked 2 long term placements, most recently will be coming up to 12 weeks at the end of the term. My agency is claiming that my AWR rate will equal that of a person in my situation (saying I should be on M2). He says this rate is at £131 a day. (this works out at £25,283 (£131 x 5 x 38.6) although the pay range states £25,594). I'm not here to ask about this part. The part I am asking about is the fact that the agency use an umbrella company which takes a cut of my paycheck (10.5%+£28 every week!). I asked the agency and they WILL keep taking this off after AWR comes into effect, this essentially takes my £131 down to £112 a day! that works out at an estimate of £3800 a year! taking my pay down to £21,483... less than an NQT but branded as M2! This is not equal pay! are they allowed to do this?