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What is the daily rate for a supply teacher?

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by michie_49, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. binaryhex

    binaryhex Lead commenter

    Crikey! You lot are being paid peanuts and roundly screwed by getting supply work through agencies. We didn't pay anyone less than £220 a day for supply last year and every one of them had their own company, contacted us directly with mail shots and wouldn't touch agencies with a barge pole (Computer Science).
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  2. garethopenshaw

    garethopenshaw New commenter

  3. garethopenshaw

    garethopenshaw New commenter

    Computer science is probably quite specialised. Plus, I have been goaded for going out at £150 a day when I'm at the top of the pay scale. I would say go PAYE rather than pay an umbrella company which will make you pay your employer's NI which is immoral, since travel expenses no longer exist. But to be honest, I'm a teacher not a white van man and I don't want to handle my own tax returns and ask for receipts if I buy mars bars as a treat for good test results. Money - grubbing can become obsessive. Sure I used to be paid more, but then so did most people. Education is volatile and I'm happy at 49 to get constant work. Nowadays most of my friends, former teachers or otherwise , work for the minimum wage. I'm fine with what I get.
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  4. heegee

    heegee New commenter

    Is it wrong for an agency to use a payroll company? The agency I've been with for the past 4 years has always used one.
  5. leon4

    leon4 New commenter

  6. tgodicheau

    tgodicheau New commenter

    Hi Bynaryhex, Can you give me more info about the direct day supply work?
  7. MissSnack

    MissSnack New commenter

    What is the daily pay for an experienced teacher in London?
    Many thanks!
  8. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    Anything from £50 to £150. In general, daily rates for supplies are the same, or less, than they were 15 - 20 years ago.
  9. maryam86

    maryam86 New commenter

    I am on £180!
  10. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    You're really fortunate then, from other people's posts.
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  11. bonnie1

    bonnie1 Senior commenter

    It depends on the going rate and what agencies will pay. If they can get somebody who is willing to work for less, they will. If you ask for more, you won't get work. That's the way I see it. Although one smaller agency was only going to pay £100 day, her argument was that they're a small agency. They had one staff and an owner, surely the schools will be paying the going rate? Anyway, I didn't register with them, which unfortunately had counted out all the local schools.
    pepper5 likes this.
  12. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    Astonishingly, some agencies see finding teachers a longer term placement in the same light as 'buying in bulk', offering a lower rate in exchange for the 'security' of regular work.
    gingerhobo48, bonnie1 and pepper5 like this.
  13. bonnie1

    bonnie1 Senior commenter

    I think it really is disgraceful what has happened to the teaching profession. We're supposed to be tightening our belts, but the amount of taxpayers money going to line agency pockets is staggering!
  14. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Which is why, although I'm no longer doing supply but think somehow teachers ( and unions) need to get together and try to sort this out.
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  15. historygrump

    historygrump Star commenter Forum guide

    I know of a school in Manchester that will pay no more then £70 a day for a fully qualified teacher and if a teacher works for a two periods for example they will pay them just £30 for the lessons, and sadly they think they are being fair to supply teachers. I once had an interview at the school and they tried to get to work unpaid, in that I was told that my interview consisted of 2 lessons being observed, which would be unpaid, which I though was odd, because an interview is usually just one lesson. However when I was not observed in one lesson and treated as a teacher on supply, even the HoD thought I was on supply and asked could I also cover a lesson for them, even they did know that I was meant to be interviewed which set alarm bells ringing.

    I was observed in just one lesson and I was not given any feedback at all, but was treated at all times as a supply teacher who had been allocated work at the school.. It was one of the strangest interview days I have ever had and they even tried to avoid paying me for the lessons I taught, until I pointed out that I was treated not as a perspective candidate for a long-term teaching post, but as somebody on supply and so employed by the school. I did not get the post and the HoD apparently left soon after, what was worse it was meant to be a training school with a good reputation.
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  16. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

    In 1997, with two years Primary teaching experience under my belt, doing day to day supply, I was on £95 per day.
    Today I am on £100 per day.
    bonnie1, pepper5 and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  17. devils

    devils Occasional commenter

    It depends hugely on where you are and what your specialism is.....

    If you're a primary teacher in a rural area (and so part of a significant over supply in numbers) your rates wont be high..... but if you have a 1st in Computer Science, live in London and have some teaching exp under your belt, you can cheerfully strangle any supply agency until they pay you what you want..... AND have them thank you for it!!!
    pepper5 likes this.
  18. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    Oh, were that true! I have a 2:1 in organic chemistry, over thirty years experience and I live in London and I can't remember when I was offered any paid work.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  19. devils

    devils Occasional commenter

    You should have schools clawing each others eyes out to get hold of you!

    Without wishing to offend, the only possible conclusions are...

    1) Ageism

    2) You are doing something completely wrong in how you go about getting work
  20. harpplayer

    harpplayer Occasional commenter

    How can Heads get salaries of £100K - £250K if they hand out daily rates of £130 to supply teachers? SLT have to earn their money for observing and criticising and doing admin. Surely a daily rate of around £90 is about right to ensure Heads and SLT are comfortably off?

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