So we've had another report about the problems NQTs have in getting a full time job. To me, though, the current practice of advertising any teaching jobs as "internal only" would seem to be exacerbating this. OK, authorities have a duty to find roles for teachers displaced from their current school, and inevitably these would take priority. But where roles can't be filled from this, most LAs are still restricting jobs to "internal applicants only." That means that, once you've finished probation and not employed, it becomes more difficult to find a post if you can't apply for them. Equally, if you're a teacher living in, say, Glasgow and teaching in Renfrewshire, you couldn't apply for a job in Glasgow itself. This doesn't seem to me to work either for teachers or employers. Unemployed teachers can't apply for jobs which can't be filled by transfer, employed teachers can't apply for jobs in a different authority, and employers can't be sure that they've actually got the best possible teachers because they're not benchmarking against who's available elsewhere. Why is this being preserved? Who gets the benefit from this?