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Dear Theo

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by sum1304, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. sum1304

    sum1304 New commenter

    Dear Theo,
    I have been offered a permanent job in a school I was interviewed in in November 2010. I was second choice, and as a new vacancy arose, they offered it to me recently. I was sent to this school at the beginning of this year through an agency to cover a long term sickness till the end of the year. Now do the school have to pay this agency a finders fee or not as I applied through the LEA privately, not through the agency, but have been working there through the agency till July? I don't want to lose this job as jobs are really hard to get these days and I feel the school will not be willing to pay a finders fee saying they had found me before the agency. Please advise, I am very confused.
  2. marniott

    marniott New commenter

    No, I don't think they will have to pay a fee. This is usually only payable when a supply agency has a long-term contract with the school and the school then want to offer you a job as a result of that contract. From what you have said it appears that you have applied to an external advert and this is how you have got the job.

  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    What happens in this case will be a matter for the school and the agency to negotiate, and will depend on the contract that they have.
    Personally, since you are currently working there through an agency, I think that it is likely that they will have to pay a fee; after all, anyone can claim that they saw an external advert in order to avoid paying (not saying that you are falsely claiming, just saying that this would be a good way to avoid payment!). So it is likely that this specific point is covered in their contract.
    But the school is not daft and they will have known this.
    It's not your worry. If you have a written job offer, then reply in writing accepting it, and say nothing about the agency.
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  4. sum1304

    sum1304 New commenter

    Dear Theo, thanks for your reply. I actually applied against the advertisement on the wandsworth website back in Nov. The school say their 1st choice of teacher has dropped out and because I was their seconf choice, they want to offer the post to me now. The school has all the paper work regarding that interview, but they have made it clear that they cannot afford to pay. Ihope I dont lose this job.
  5. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    If you and they have proof that you applied directly in Nov then I'd be amazed if the agency had a leg to stand on. I really hope not xx

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