Become a teacher • 2 Min read

7th March 2019

How to change recruitment agency

Many teachers working in short-term, long-term, and daily supply roles find their work through a recruitment agency. Recruitment agencies can take the stress out of finding supply work and organising pay, pensions, and other problems you can encounter when taking on supply work. A good education recruitment agency should also help you to learn about the schools before you begin working there, and liaise between you and your school to ensure the transition is smooth for both parties as well as the students.

An important part of working with agencies is ensuring that the agency is a good fit for you as a teacher, and that you are getting the supply work that is right for you. You may find, after some time, that your agency isn’t quite right for you, or that there’s another agency you would like to try out. As the teacher, you should remember that you are in the driver’s seat when it comes to your recruitment, and you are in control of which agencies you work with.

Your options

If you already work with one agency to find day-to-day supply work, there is no reason you cannot change agency, or even work with multiple agencies at one time. This will increase your chances of finding satisfying supply work. If two agencies come back to you with supply work, you’ll be able to choose the work or agency that gives you the best offer, giving you more flexibility and security to working daily supply roles.

For those who are looking at finding a new permanent education role, you may still work with a recruitment agency to streamline your job searching process as recruitment agencies will have connections with schools who are hiring for permanent roles as well as short- and long-term cover positions. Again, while working with a single trusted agency is a great choice for many teachers as this keeps the job searching process streamlined and simple, there is nothing stopping you from trying different agencies or even working with multiple agencies at once to find the best permanent job for you.

If you work in supply roles with an agency on a Guaranteed Pay or equivalent contract, you will want to check your contract before taking up work with another agency, as some agencies will have a clause in their contract that says you must remain on this contract until the end of term or a specified date. However, once the contract is over and you have reached the end of term, you needn’t feel that you need to remain with the same agency if you’re unfulfilled.

Why TJL?

At Teaching Jobs London, we’re confident that we’re able to keep all of our teachers happy. We do this by listening to the needs of our teachers, and connecting them with our fantastic schools. We give 100% transparency on the nature and future prospects of each role, your choices for receiving your pay and other benefits, the facts about the school you will be going to, and your options for trying out other agencies if you feel like it. Your personal consultant and our Wellbeing & Community Executive Donato are always on hand to take your queries if you have any, and we make absolutely sure you’re always able to get through to someone that can help you as soon as you need to.

We understand that we might be biased into thinking that you should work with us as your education recruitment agency, so why don’t you see what other teachers and employers who have come to Teaching Jobs London have to say:

“Engage have been incredible. I have never felt so supported in making such a big decision in moving from one country to another. Engage have given us great resources and helped us make great decisions. Thanks to the great team at Engage!”

James, University of Newcastle, Australia

“I couldn’t have moved myself to the UK without the consistent guidance and help from the team at Teaching Jobs London. They were phenomenal!”

Candice, Australia

“Teaching Jobs London has been absolutely amazing in getting me set up and organised to move and teach in the UK. They are very efficient and always are at the end of the phone for any questions or queries I had. Sammy was my consultant and I could not have asked for more from her!”

Elly, Australia

“Between Australia, South Africa and the UK… there was always SOMEONE in touch with me to ensure i was fine and i was happy! When the job was secured and the deal was done.. it didn’t end- you still stayed in touch to make sure i was doing well!The relationship we have built together, is not something i have experience with any of the other agencies i have worked for and i am truly soo thankful and blessed to have each of you ( Maddy from Australia, Moynul & Haider from the UK) as part of my journey!Thanks from the bottom of my heart for making my dream become a reality.. and allowing my family to start a new life back in the UK. We will forever be grateful for your outstanding service and will recommend you to EVERYONE! 5/5”

Susan, Australia

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