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Is temporary or supply work for you?

Temporary or supply work involves working day-to-day or on short-term temporary contracts, often at a variety of schools, nurseries, colleges and academies.

Education - temporary and supply work

Temporary or supply work involves working day-to-day or on short-term temporary contracts, often at a variety of schools, nurseries, colleges and academies. Teachers choose temporary and supply work for a number of reasons, including:

  • Relocation to a new area
  • Wanting to gain more experience as a newly qualified teacher
  • Wanting to work following retirement

However, many people choose supply work as their career path for the work / life balance, as you get to choose to work at times and in locations that suit you.

Why work with Hays Education?

Hays gives you all the support you expect from a DfE accredited recruitment expert, and while you work through Hays you’ll enjoy a range of employee benefits, including:

  • £100 reward every time you recommend a colleague
  • Access to free professional development training
  • Holiday pay
  • Tailored and thoughtful career advice


Once you’ve registered your interest in working with Hays for temporary / supply work, as long as you have the necessary qualifications and experience we will invite you to meet with a local consultant to discuss exactly what you are looking for and how we are able to help you.
In order to register you will need your:

  • Full CV and employment history
  • Names and contact details of referees from your two most recent positions
  • Proof of identification
  • Proof of eligibility to work
  • Proof of qualifications
  • Proof of address dated within the last two months
  • Proof of NI number
  • Proof of name change (if applicable)
  • Current CRB Disclosure (if applicable)


Your consultant will agree a daily or hourly rate with you at your initial registration with us, which is normally based around your experience. You will be paid weekly as long as you submit your timesheets using our secure online system.

Here are some testimonials from supply and temporary teachers who chose Hays Education:

“Without this help and encouragement I would still be having great difficulty in finding a job within the educational sector. I would not hesitate to recommend Hays Education to any one I know searching for similar roles.”

“Six months ago I switched from another teaching supply agency to Hays as I was not getting enough work. Since joining Hays I have been offered as much work as I want to do – and in local schools that are closer to me – something that rarely happened with my previous agency.”

"...very effective in dealing with all the necessary paperwork and mandatory checks since she very quickly completes this enabling myself and others to be working in schools, building relationships and earning that vital ingredient money! Also, now that payslips are completed online the whole process is a lot easier and quicker for teachers and schools.”

“At this very difficult and sensitive time for me, Hays were encouraging, positive and totally supportive as I set out on a very different career path. Similarly, they were thorough and meticulous in their attention to detail at the planning stages, making my pathway to supply teaching smooth and rewarding.”

“I have worked in a range of different schools; both on a short term and a longer term basis. Hays have been able to meet my needs and my placements have always been carefully tailored to reflect my areas of teaching expertise.”

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