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NQT Supply Teaching- Please Help

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by bf46wr, May 24, 2011.

  1. Hello! I finish my final teaching practice in two weeks time. I have had several interviews for a full-time NQT position and have some coming up, but I'm starting to suspect that I won't get a job. I therefore want to start looking into supply teaching through an agency. However, I am completely confused by it and would appreciate answers to the following questions:
    • Am I responsible for my own taxes?
    • Can I sign up to more than one agency?
    • What is the money like?
    I would appreciate any advice as I am totally baffled!
     
  2. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Don't even bother to sign up for an agency. Don't waste your time trying to find a job in the UK. Start looking for a job overseas. That would be my advice.
    Am I being negative? Am I being a tad pessimistic? Well, the TES have recently run stories of 1000+ applicants for 25 jobs and more than 600 applications for three primary posts, so the overall message is clear: overseas or unemployed!
    No, bf46wr, you won't be responsible for your taxes if you get a job overseas because it is most likely that you won't have to pay any at all.
     
  3. Hi there, I qualified last year and despite a few interviews (and good feedback!) I didn't secure a position. I'm signed with 2 agencies and the work has been dire overall, some busy weeks then nothing for ages. To give you an idea, I had 2 full days in the last week before Easter and nothing since! However it has been a somewhat positive experience as I have enjoyed the work when it's been offered, it's just a shame it hasn't been as much as I would like.
    The agencies sort out tax/NI, and yes you can sign with more than one agency - you should try to sign with as many as you can to maximise how much work as you can. Pay depends on the agency - for myself I get paid £100 for a whole day and £50 for half with one agency and the other pays a little less.
     
  4. brunetta

    brunetta New commenter

    Hi bf46wr!
    I'm an NQT - qualified last year and I've been doing supply since. Now in the process of filling in application forms etc etc.
    First of all, just want to say - well done on having had several interviews with more coming up! That's brilliant.
    I'll answer your questions but in a different order to the one you asked:
    - Yes, you can sign up with more than one agency - and you'd be sensible to do so. I find that competition keeps them on their toes and also, when there's no work available with one, there might be some available with another.
    - The money depends on the agency. I have one that pays £10/day more than another so ask around. You probably won't be paid to scale and remember, duirng holidays etc there are no earnings.
    - The agencies put you on their payroll or they outsource payroll to an umbrella company so the taxes are done for you. You might want to look up 'umbrella company' on the forum as a lot of people don't like them but I'll leave it up to you to decide.

    Now, for other stuff.....
    Supply is 'hit and miss' so you might not be able to make a living wage out of it. It might depend on the area you live, whether you're primary or secondary, subject specialism etc etc.
    You might be lucky and land a long-term placement but I don't think that's very common and also schools seem to prefer a fully qualified teacher for long term.
    There are a lot of disheartened supply teachers out there (I'm not too happy myself) 'cos of lack of work. Unfortunately schools rely a lot on Cover Supervisors or HLTAs to cover classes. I'm in Primary and very often I'm only required for an afternoon as the HLTA took the class in the morning. I was very busy in November then all went quiet in December and January, after that I only got a few afternoons and then 5 weeks of 1:1 tuition every afternoon in a school.
    Now, run up to half term, no calls. And after that it's the countdown to summer holidays so I expect it to be quiet.
    Good luck!

     
  5. Thank you very much for the information everybody! [​IMG]
     
  6. darkness

    darkness New commenter

    No
    Yes
    Depends on location. Some, it is absolute dire, others, it is on MPS.

    Well done.
     
    • Agency will put you on the relevant tax code. When I started supply, I was given the option of either going on PAYE (and getting double taxed - claim it back at the end of the tax year) or get your tax processed through an umbrella company e.g. Key Portfolio (although a percentage of your wage goes to them but you get more money in your pay packet)
    • I signed up to more than one agency - I thought I'd cover all my bases in case I didn't get much work through one. I managed to find a decent agency (which sounds rare from these forums!) and have only ever worked for them. I've managed to get lots of work, even if it meant doing TA work (never done CS work)
    • Money varies - I think it depends on the area and the agency that you are with.
    PS: I qualified in 2009 and took me two years on supply until I got a permanent post... there is hope!
     
    • Agency will put you on the relevant tax code. When I started supply, I was given the option of either going on PAYE (and getting double taxed - claim it back at the end of the tax year) or get your tax processed through an umbrella company e.g. Key Portfolio (although a percentage of your wage goes to them but you get more money in your pay packet)
    • I signed up to more than one agency - I thought I'd cover all my bases in case I didn't get much work through one. I managed to find a decent agency (which sounds rare from these forums!) and have only ever worked for them. I've managed to get lots of work, even if it meant doing TA work (never done CS work)
    • Money varies - I think it depends on the area and the agency that you are with.
    PS: I qualified in 2009 and took me two years on supply until I got a permanent post... there is hope!
    Sorry - most of what I've written has already been said [​IMG]
     

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