If it is any consolation, four interviews is not that many in our current very competitive job market. Also, if your partner only has two years' experience, most schools would regard her as pretty newbie: after all, wasn't she an NQT only last year? So I honestly don't think she's losing out due to her experience / cost. I am UPS1 and have an interview this week but an NQT in my dept has not had any luck finding a job for Sept (three apps, no interviews). My tip would be to read the wording of the job ad carefully: some make it clear (ish) that they want an NQT without resorting to obvious age discrimination, e.g 'NQTs are warmly welcomed to apply'. Other schools that have the budget or need an experienced candidate to balance a young dept tend to ask directly for 'experience' or 'evidence of good results' which an NQT obviously won't have. Finally, changing jobs to avoid competition is crazy. She wants to try and get a job in media, or another tough industry! I was up against 200 candidates once for a BBC job. I got through to the 2nd round and had a five person panel interview. Trust me: that was tougher!