Crowbob I think you are being unfair to Bobby. When I went back to work after having children I have to say that I knew when I was going back and told my employers this. It didn't occur to me that I could change about as I just wanted to my employer to have as much time as possible and they employed my replacement for a fixed period to cover this. Whilst I agree that the other person didn't do anything wrong, it does seem harsh that someone can be taken on on one basis and then it changed with just a week's notice. I would find that hard and so Bobby did the only thing he could do to ensure he wasn't without work. People take maternity cover jobs for many reasons, sometimes because the permanent positions aren't out there. Although it sounds like you are saying it, I am sure you are not saying he should stayed at home without a job, rather than go for a maternity cover. Bobby, I can quite see where you are coming from and I would have been equally frustrated, even though no one has done anything technically wrong. Just one of those irritating things I think. I think you probably feel worse as your new school is not great, which doesn't help the situation at all. Hopefully things will take an upturn and you will secure a permanent position for September. Fingers crossed.