It seems to me that the only very few supply teachers who are getting a modicum of work are 1. At the bottom end of the pay scale and/or just out of training (cheap and very enthusiastic) 2. People with a long long history of supply who have very good relations with schools, a 'devil you know' situation. Those like myself who have only been at supply for only a year and are an M6 ( I worked for 5 years as a full time permanent teacher in England before coming home to N.Ireland ) are the ones suffering the most and most affected with lack of work this year and phenomenal downturn at instant as we are expensive, not yet completely known to the schools and management fully and slightly lacking the enthusiasm that those just finished their PGCE year have. I have had enough frankly, it seems I am the least employable as I am too expensive and not completely known yet to schools even though I have arduously circulated my CV around loads of schools, have great references, know I'm a good teacher and spoke to schools directly and done follow up visits and calls to all of these with again no results. Again last year I was flooded with work and this year I have had a half day so far with not even a scrap of work supply wise on the horizon. Opinions welcome.