Hi, I was having a conversation with a friend today who is also an NQT (primary). We are both trying to get supply work at the moment. He told me today that he is a little bit concerned that there may not be much supply around. He was suprised to receive a call today off a well known agency asking him to work without pay for half a day. The reason given was 'that the agency wanted to build a good relationship with the school and he being an excellent teacher could do that for them'. Also he has not yet had any paid work from this agency! He said no and i told him i would have said the same. My thoughts are that surely the agency should pay you themselves if you are drumming up business for them! Anyway, it got me wondering and i decided to come onto the forums. I have read a few posts about people not getting much supply work. I noticed someone post that they also were asked to work for free. Is this a common thing? I finished my PGCE last month and am in the process of registering for agencies. I emailed 5 agencies with my CV. One replied and i am just waiting for references to be sorted. I have appointments with two agencies next week and the other two have not replied. I am interested to hear about people's recent experiences of primary supply in the Manchester area, particularly how much work people are getting and how much you receive per day? My friend is looking for supply in the St Helens area and he would also appreciate hearing how much work people are getting around there? Many thanks for any replies or info!!!!