Amongst the many reports of the difficulties and frustration of those seeking jobs within teaching are allusions to 'times when jobs were plentiful'. Having thught about this, I wondered if such a time really existed. When I left TTC, in 1976, I applied to ILEA, which accepted me onto their Divisional Staff waiting list to await a suitable vacancy; it was nearly three months before a temporary science job came up. After a couple of temporary jobs (Temporary Terminal Positions, in ILEA speak) 'falling rolls' had kicked in. Seeing adverts describing job shortges in the Health Service, I took a shortened nursing course for graduates. By the time I got my SRN, in 1982, things had changed and I ended up doing short-term contracts and 'bank work', which is nursing's equivalent of supply teaching. Only in 1987 did I manage to get job as a one year contract as a chemistry teacher, which was made permanent. A couple of people on my PGCE course gave up on finding a teaching job and went to work for London Transport. Was there really ever a time when teaching jobs were easy to get?