I don't suppose this is a "New" topic. I guess I just need a moan. Background: mid-fifties, 12yrs experience, relocated 3 yrs ago and can only get supply. have done mostly longer term maternity covers. If I'm lucky enough to get an interview, I'm always really nervous if there's NQTs around, cos I know money is tight and they're so much cheaper. But this week I found myself against a new and invisible opponent - the internal candidate. Now I know it's meant to be an even playing field, but this candidate wasn't even at the interview and was not mentioned either. So, despite losing a day's agency pay, finding out that the NQT my agency was going to send had got a job the day before, lifted my hopes high. But to get a call from the agency the following day to say that I hadn't got the job and, worse, it had gone to someone I didn't even know existed, was totally confidence knocking. With so little time left, so little supply available because of masses of Cover Supervisors in school, I am seriously worried about how to make ends meet until October onwards when staff start to get stressed out and take time off. Anyone else feel undervalued and depressed like me?