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Reducing supply costs

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by Bluelamb, Oct 5, 2019.

  1. Bluelamb

    Bluelamb New commenter

    In my current school (special needs) we use supply agencies when we have no other choice.
    It has become apparent that we actually ask the agencies for specific people because;
    - we know them from past experience
    - we trust them
    - we know they will do a good job.
    I just wanted to ask if anyone has used or heard of an alternative way of employing such people rather than using a supply agency? It just seems so easy for the agency to simply call up a specific person and then send them to us and take their large fee each day.
    For example, an easy way to put them on your books so they have the same conditions as a supply agency.
     
  2. The-Gaffer

    The-Gaffer Occasional commenter

    Ask them if they would be interested working direct with you? If they say no you’ve lost nothing if they say yes start the conversation & decide what you both mean by being employed direct.

    Draw up a local service agreement that you are both happy with & you are all set.
     
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  3. Bluelamb

    Bluelamb New commenter

    Thanks for the reply.
    Seems quite a long approach, aren’t there any companies who offer this?
     
  4. Sundaytrekker

    Sundaytrekker Star commenter

    You can create your own zero hours contract and agreed rates of pay. Don’t forget oncosts for NI and pensions also safer recruitment checks. On the other hand, that’s why agencies are doing well. Does your LA still operate payroll
     
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  5. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

    You may have to pay the agencies a "finders fee" as you first encountered the teacher through them.
     
  6. install

    install Star commenter

    In house permanent Cover person employed by the school. .And when they are not being used for Cover they support .
     

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