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Supply Desk

| October 18, 2010 | 81 Comments

“Established for over nine years, Supply Desk Ltd was acquired by Synarbor PLC in October 2002. Supply Desk primarily deals with day-to-day, long-term and permanent recruitment within the education marketplace, supplying qualified teachers to primary and secondary schools and within nurseries.

The Supply Desk brand has gone from strength to strength, and is well known for its professionalism and quality teaching staff. As a Quality Mark company, Supply Desk recruits only the best candidates. Some members of staff are ex-teachers, which is a true reflection of their high standards and level of understanding to both schools and teaching staff.”

~Supply Desk Website

Supply Desk, 7.0 out of 10 based on 82 ratings
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Rating: 7.0/10 (82 votes cast)

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  1. Daniel says:
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    I worked with the East midlands branch (8 months) and greater London Havering branch (4 months). I agree with almost everything positive and negatively written about this agency here on this review forum but I disagree it’s one or the other. For me it was just average.

    I found that there was work with this agency if I was willing to travel and I did and it kept me employed which I was grateful for. Some schools were great well resourced, respectful students good class sizes and supportive heads others whilst other schools were the exact opposite. In one year it balanced itself out. Service of pay was terrible the first 3,4 months and problems with the work guarantee but was put right after that. I had one agent that took an interest in my teaching and me wanting to live in the UK and a couple of others that took no interest. Some people are friendlier than others.

    At its best, the agency was able to provide 2- 3 month contracts after a successful interview with a school. At its worst, as an overseas trained teacher recruited at my University in Australia opportunities or help adapting to the UK education system were non-existent. In a year, I was invited to one training day (cancelled a week before) two teacher social events (cancelled last minute) and never got to meet or talk to another overseas or local teacher from this agency in the entire year. I felt that once I had arrived I had become part or a component of a drive to recruit as many teachers as possible into a local agency rather than joining as a teaching member of the supply desk team.

    Overall a year with this agency has been run of the mill average probably a conservative estimate; if you have seen or experienced better.

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  2. Todd says:
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    I worked with the Chelmsford branch and the manager is a bully, I have been shouted and screamed at down the phone when I can’t make an assignment. They blackmail you and highly rude!
    also we were bullied into leaving “good feedback” on this site which you will notice that all the positive feedbacks are given on the same day- fake feedback is not cool!

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  3. Jo says:
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    I joined the Leeds branch in September, looking for day to day Supply work. The interview process was very easy, efficient and straight forward.
    Since then I have had work almost every day at a rate that appears to be well above that of most other agencies. Neil and Ben have both been helpful, friendly and personable and I feel that they really do try not only to find me a vacancy but also one that would be a really good match for me. They are always completely honest and keep me well informed, on the rare occasion that I have had a concern with a school they have listened well and been supportive of me.
    I wpuld definitely recommend Supply Desk to anyone looking for an supply agent.

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  4. Seadream says:
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    I’ve been with Supply Desk Brighton and Hove for around 12 years. All the staff are fabulous. They listen to what you’re looking for and will find you as much or as little work as you like. My only gripe is my pay has only increased by £10 per day in all that time!

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  5. Neil says:
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    Nothing, no work, no communication, nothing.

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  6. Patricia Smith says:
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    I have been working for The Supply Desk (Hove) for around 5 years now and have never had cause to go anywhere else. In this time I’ve had long-term and daily referrals. They are always ready to listen and help with any problems and, after all this time, I feel I am talking to friends rather than employers.

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  7. Emma says:
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    I joined the Leeds branch a few months ago looking for day to day or a long term supply position. Neil was very friendly and made me feel as ease during the interview and the whole registration process was quick and straight forward. He listened to what I was looking for and only being able to work part time was not a problem. Neil and Ben are always honest and approachable on the phone. One morning I was called about work which I agreed to but 5 minutes later they called back saying something else had come in which was really close to my home and would I like to do that instead. This showed they care about their teachers rather then just filling positions. I am looking forward to more work through them in September.

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  8. Chris Hamilton says:
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    Have been working with Supply Desk since March/April.
    Day to day supply was pretty consistent but pay a little lower than I would expect.
    I was offered a long term (subject specific) placement after the Easter holiday for which the pay was much better!

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  9. David Fanshawe says:
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    The service I have received from Supply Desk has been truly impressive. They have communicated with me throughout the whole process and expertly guided me through it. I am delighted to say that I have just accepted a part time job at a very good school. I cannot fault them and would recommend them without reservation.

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  10. VT says:
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    I’ve only dealt with the Brighton Branch, but would happily recommend them. I feel like a valued member of their workforce, having been almost constantly employed since registering 3 years ago. I’ve been offered and progressively better assignments with the agency negotiating the best rate of pay that they can get for me. I’ve found any problems to be quickly sorted out I’m really happy with this agency.

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    I’ve had more work offered by this company than any of the others and with a good rate of pay. They’re not only efficient but very friendly. One agent even checked in with me on her day off.

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  12. Lucy Ezra says:
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    I have worked almost solely with Supply Desk Brighton for the past five years.

    I have found staff to be motivated and hardworking, always striving for the best for their teachers.

    I have had several long term contracts with SD. Pay is always at the best rates and support from SD is very good.

    I would highly recommend SD to anyone looking for supply teaching work in Sussex.

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  13. Tracy Rose says:
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    I have been with Supply Desk for many years, they have ALWAYS been very good to me and have looked after my needs. I have not had to join with another agency as Supply Desk have always provided me with enough work. I have no hesitation in recommending them and I have been given a range of interesting experiences and placements over the years. They have been great to work with.

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  14. Ally Smith says:
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    I’ve been with Supplydesk (Chapeltown branch) since my hours were suddenly cut in my regular job earlier this year. Initially I joined just to have another option for emergencies but have been so happy with their service. I have been offered more work than I can take, a very friendly service and they have been understanding when my hours were increased again and couldn’t work for them as much. I would highly recommend them, and have done so to quite a few colleagues. I can’t praise them enough :-)

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  15. Lisa O'Malley says:
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    I can’t say enough about Oli and Nikki and the crew from Supply Desk Brighton. An excellent daily rate of pay, really good schools and and endless supply of work. Thanks guys you rock!

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  16. anna says:
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    I have really enjoyed working for the Leeds branch of Supply Desk. The registration and administration processes have been prompt and seamless. The staff (I have spoken mainly to Neil and Ben) are exceptionally friendly, kind, professional, diligent and efficient, respond quickly and have time for you….They seem to genuinely care about you as a person, not just a number in the machine.I have had a good amount of work and the CPD available is of excellent quality (I did Jolly Phonics training at a very reasonable price). I rate them very highly as an agency and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.

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  17. Richard Iago says:
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    The staff at Supply Desk are wonderfully supportive and the work they have found for me has been excellent. They have done a fantastic job in looking after me and I’m extremely grateful for all their hard work.

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  18. Dan Mindreci says:
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    Brilliant agency , good communication, very friendly and professional people to work with. I never had a problem with them and loads of work available too. Overall highly recommended.

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  19. Jenny says:
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    Great agency. Always lots of work and friendly, personable staff. Really enjoy working with them and in their schools! Would highly recommend.

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  20. NickK says:
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    If you are going to work for just one supply agency then look no further than Supply Desk. In the time I have worked for them, my teaching duties have taken the form of day-to-day general supply as well as long term placements in welcoming schools. For good reason they have built up good relations with their client schools and should be encouraged to make further inroads into the market.
    Even in the ‘quiet’ months of September and October, the Brighton/Hove and Southampton branches have found me work. Occasional late calls are to be expected but the Hove branch endeavours to get me on the road before 7:30, reducing the mania of driving busy roads to distant schools. Hopefully the Southampton branch will gain a stronger foothold in Portsmouth.
    Personnel changes in the recruitment sector are to be expected and so it has been the case with Supply Desk. Presently the Hove and Southampton branches are staffed by able and considerate teams who are aware of my preferences and who endeavour to send me to my favourite schools and academies. On the few occasions when I have had to decline work they have shown understanding.
    Sixty-three different schools and counting so my thanks and appreciation to SD.

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    I get lots of supply work from Supply desk. I am a drama teacher, however I am willing to do day to day cover, and I will travel. It’s a two way thing- if you teach a popular subject, and flatly refuse to travel, obviously you’ll go for long periods without work. However, there is work available if you will compromise.
    I always am treated very nicely and fairly, and the staff there always sound as if they know who I am. I also am sent to schools that are suited to my needs – I don’t feel dumped into a school, I feel there is a selection process.

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  22. Elaine Rogers says:
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    I have not worked for Supply Desk for very long but my overall experience of the agency is very positive. They have a good team of friendly,professional staff who are committed to their work. I hope to get regular work in September but at the moment I am happy to have the flexibility that the job offers. I have recommended them to other teachers.

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    The Brighton/Hove Branch of Supply Desk has done very good work for me. Being an overseas qualified teacher it was extremely difficult for me to find my way into teaching in UK due to the lack of UK experience. After registering with Supply Desk they started finding day-to-day supply positions for me. I am happy with Brighton/Hove Branch because they are not discriminating people, show fair attitude to everyone, regardless place of origin. Now I really can start looking forward for some longer-term teaching position from September. Supply Desk have inspired me to believe that will be possible. Thank you.

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  24. N says:
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    As I only want part time, this agency have been able to give me day or half day or a regular basis. I have also started doing 1:1 tutoring which is good.

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  25. Ruth Fowler says:
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    Joined the agency in Dec 2015 and have found them v good . Easy registration process and good communication

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  26. kevin cooper says:
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    Have not had enough students to teach, and rates of pay are under what I can achieve elsewhere. On the positive side, the people are very friendly and helpful. The schools I have taught in for Supply Desk Brighton were very helpful.

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  27. Chris COLE says:
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    I’ve been with Supply Desk for 5 Years since semi-retiring and because of that, my needs can often be different from many others and more demanding.
    Against this backdrop their service has been excellent. Despite regular ‘competitive’ offers I am still with them

    Chris Cole
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  28. Anonymous says:
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    It was a slow start when first joining the agency, but now I have some work most weeks. The staff are always polite and friendly. They often ring in advance so I am able to plan the week ahead. I have built up a good rapport with all the staff at the Sheffield office and I know they have my best interests at heart.

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  29. Liffy says:
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    I’m registered with the Brighton branch and I think that this agency knows me well, finds me plenty of work,and always has my back. The staff are friendly and professional,always listen to me, know their schools well, and I think do work hard for me. They have been my sole agency for 3 years now, and I’ve no plans to go anywhere else.

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  30. Kylie says:
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    Supply Desk Brighton & Hove have been good to work for. I have had excellent feedback from schools so am therefore requested regularly and this is then passed on by the Supply Desk team. My agent is fairly good at communication but i do believe an online calendar and correspondents via email would help with this matter.
    AS Brighton and Hove are extremely expensive parts of the country to live and commute to work in, it would be great to see wages reflect that a little better than they currently do.
    I also really do not like having to be paid through an umbrella system.
    In all they are friendly and supportive when needed and it has mostly been a pleasure working through Supply Desk.

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  31. Ryan Foster says:
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    The service at Supply Desk in Brighton is simply wonderful. Very proficient in helping you find the right schools. I have been in 3 schools with them on a Long Term basis and out of them, two were fantastic, with the other one a typical London school with challenging problems.

    Highly recommend this agency to prospective candidates.

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  32. RB says:
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    I work with the Brighton branch and they are always very proactive and personable – a good team to work with!

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  33. Cathy says:
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    A good agency for supply work. Staff are very helpful and friendly. They have been working hard to find suitable work assignments for me, considering I just started working with them. Will definitely recommend.

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    I got flown over (free) from Western Australia to take up a teaching job (long term contract) which was awesome as having recently graduated I had been unable to find a permanent teaching job in Perth. The ladies who looked after me were incredibly helpful with all my questions before I left, and helped me work out the right place for me to live in England (I did NOT want London!). They helped me get settled when I moved across and I’m really enjoying my role here, will definitely look for another role with Supply Desk when my contract ends at the end of this term.

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  35. DH says:
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    Supply Desk has been an excellent agency for long term placements. They have secured a good pay rate from the start of each position and are always friendly and helpful.

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  36. Dave says:
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    Always seem OK and enough work comes along. The staff are friendly and personable and for Agency working the standards are fine. tHEY APPEAR TO HAVE GOOD CONTACTS IN THE FIELD.

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  37. Sophie says:
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    I have worked for Supply desk for over a year now, and have never found myself without work.
    I have even been fortunate enough to turn work down.
    The Brighton Team are very friendly and accommodating, and have really supported me to find a place that was right for me, rather than just dump me anywhere!
    The schools I have worked in while with Supply desk have given me such a broad experience and I have enjoyed experiencing what else is out there.
    I have also found that if I have had any problems, Oli and Niki have been able to support me just like a union would. They are very good listeners!
    Oli and Niki have also supported me with finding a full time permanent post for the next school year.

    The thing I like about supply desk, is that they know their staff and schools very well. They would often phone me and say “we have the perfect place for you for 6 weeks” and I could often ask an opinion of what they thought of a potential school and they would be honest, which I have found really beneficial to my job hunt.
    I am sad to be ending my time with Supply Desk, but would not hesitate to go back to them in the future if I needed to.

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    I have worked with Supply Desk Sussex for many years and have always been happy with the placements offered in West Sussex schools. The staff are both personable and professional and they do their best to offer me work which matches my skills. I teach German, French and Spanish.

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    I only want part time work. I have felt no need to use another agency in Brighton. Oli and Niki are lovely and we all work very well together. They are both as good as gold.

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    I have been impressed with the consistently good service I’ve received from Supply Desk over the last 9 years. I’ve found them to be flexible and responsive and they have taken great care taken to find placements that best suit my skills set. Most importantly I’ve received intelligent, courteous, honest and absolutely immediate responses to every question I’ve ever had, both from the Brighton office and the salaries department.

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  41. Helen P says:
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    I have worked for Supply Desk for a number of years. The staff are always friendly and helpful and they can usually find me a position quite easily. The basis day to day cover rate is well below that of other agencies however if you are booked for a longer term position the rate goes up and can usually be negotiated. I would certainly recommend this agency for work in and around the Brighton area.

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  42. Sue Lambourne says:
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    I have worked for the Brighton Office for nearly a year now. My main contact has been Oli who I have always found very approachable and helpful with a good sense of humour. He has been very understandable in my circumstances where I have another job. He has provided me with feedback from the schools I have been to and often e mails information on a variety of job opportunities. Supply desk have other branches who will also provide work when they are busy. Overall a great company with a great team of people.

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  43. Penny Slacke says:
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    I’m very happy to recommend the Supply Desk Teams for Southampton and for the Isle of Wight. I’ve been with them on and off since October 2015, day-to-day and longer contracts. Have nearly always had plenty of work. Chris Shearsmith, Leanne and Stuart are all proactive and very helpful.

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  44. Anonymous says:
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    It is a pleasure to work for this agency. They really listen to your individual needs be that – part time/full time/SEN school etc. I have always found the agency team professional, understanding and good humoured! It’s nice to have a positive working relationship with the team and be treated as a professional person not a number. I feel like my time and experience is appreciated. I have dealings with both the primary and secondary teams and all are hard working – thanks in particular to Ryan, Nikki and Oli!

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  45. Kishan Vaghadia says:
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    A good agency, hard working and honest staff, especially Oli and Nikki. Due to my circumstances I have not had much work from them, but when I do it’s with good schools. I would recommend them.

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  46. Mrs K Carney says:
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    The Sunderland Branch are so lovely to work with. All the staff are so helpful and supportive, friendly with a good sense of humour.
    They show interest in each and every new assignment, and take on board the feedback I am able to give them.
    I get at least 3 days of work a week and more depending on the time of year.
    The pay is less than other agencies I work for.
    Some of the schools/academies are extremely rough, but I have also worked on occasion for nicer establishments. There is variety.

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  47. Simon Railton says:
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    I have had a couple of good part-time longish term assigments this year. The rate was good and I was payed paye. The guys at the branch are always good to talk to and honest

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  48. Elizabeth knight says:
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    After joining key stage after 2 years of fostering key stage in s matter of weeks have placed me in maternity cover and trusted that I was worth my wage and good name.
    Staff are always there if you need them for whatever reason with a reasuring ear and a boost of confidence.
    In return I am looking after the company’s reputation by working to hopefully a high standard.
    Looking forward to another long term placement in September

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  49. Trevor Brewis says:
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    Lovely people
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    Always sociable

    Very happy with the service!

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  50. Daniel says:
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    Very impressed.

    Coming from Australia they were very supportive and put in the extra effort to help me settle in the first few months.

    The agency regularly finds me work related to my field and they sort out any problems with with the minimum of fuss.

    I’d recommend this agency to new teachers coming in from Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

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  51. Anon says:
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    I’m from Canada and I was very nervous about coming over, Supply Desk helped me before I came over and also the Watford office have been amazing. I got met at the airport, driven to my hotel. The staff in the office were great very clear about what docs I needed. Had work straight away and called by my consultant after first day to see how my day went. Went to a social in London held by the overseas team and it was amazing best night so far.

    Highly recommended as a agency !!

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  52. Amy says:
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    Hove office has terrible service. When I went for my interview it felt like it was a joke. The interview room has paper thin walls and I could hear all the workers joking around with each other and even running through the hall. The communication since has been non existent with me having to chase after them via email and phone to get anything done. What a waste of time and paper work.

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  53. Happychappy says:
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    Hove branch used to be good under the old manager. New staff are rubbish and I haven’t worked with them for ages. They still send me emails and texts about jobs – my emails and calls to them are never returned, so why do I waste my time? I have found another great agency to work with, so I don’t need them anyway :)

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    Rating: +7 (from 7 votes)
  54. AS says:
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    I work with the Kent office. By far the best agency I have worked with. The whole team is caring and supportive and go out of their way to help me. Plenty of work and good pay. Can’t ask for more. I highly recommend.

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  55. Jane says:

    I work with the Leeds office and the branch manager worked hard to find me a position at my preferred school

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  56. LS says:
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    The little work provided was in the crummiest schools in the maidstone and medway areas. I had already said that was too far for me to travel yet they still pester and then basically emotionally blackmail you by saying if you dont go the children will go without a teacher!!
    The agency act illegally as its now against the law to enforce people to fill out health questionnaires in the UK, which I wasn’t aware of until after I had signed up, and told my shocked husband. In general they seem selfish and impatient, the offices were not very nice either. I wasnt offered a cup of tea on arrival where as I was at other agencies – just a cup of tepid water!

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  57. Anonymous says:
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    I worked through the Brighton/Hove Branch and there was ample work for me (usually 4 days per week minimum). Pay rates aren’t fantastic, especially when you consider cost of living in Brighton is virtually the same as London, but they do pay more for primary than secondary. They seem to have the monopoly in the area, hence the amount of work, but this also means that you’re more than likely to be sent to some pretty poor schools (of which there are quite a few in the area).

    You need to be very firm with the staff in this branch as they seem to be self-serving and care mostly about their own commission rather than your needs and will push you into doing what is best for them. At times I felt like I was being treated with contempt in quite a condescending and snide way. Wouldn’t necessarily recommend them but as they are the largest agency in B&H area there isn’t much choice if you are looking for a lot of work quite frankly.

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  58. anonymous says:
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    Scunthorpe branch are fantastic. Regular work, good pay and professional staff.

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    The staff at the Hove branch are slovenly, unhelpful and disrespectful to the point of rudeness. They seem to be infected with an ideology that sees potential supply teachers as stupid and inferior beings.

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  60. Katie says:
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    I work through this agency but will not be after my current role ends, the Kent branch are terrible, pushy, rude and dishonest.
    Hays were better and Ive been speaking to Redbox who seem brilliant and they pay better and are honest about your tax not being part of the rate.

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  61. Cheryl says:
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    Although I have not rated pay as highly as the others, it is down to the clients as I know Emma and the team in Manchester do their absolute best to secure a good deal for me. I have never been out of work (unless I’ve wanted to be!). They try their best to match staff to the correct schools and always ask for feedback from teachers to help them learn more about the schools and their requirements. I would always recommend the Manchester branch – I’m sure the other branches are just as committed, but I’ve not worked for them :)

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  62. Katrina says:
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    I worked with the Southampton branch for a year and had a lovely time. I was most impressed by the supportive staff who listened to any concerns I had and tried to rectify them. I never had less than 3 days a week of work.

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  63. Anonymous says:
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    Really supportive overseas team, offering a smooth transition from Australia to the UK. Having just graduated uni, moving to the otherside of the world was a difficult task and the staff at Synarbor Australia were empathetic and extremely helpful. When I got to the UK, this continued. My consultant called whenever she said she was going to and I had 5 days a week work – every week, before getting placed in a long term in a fantastic school. Great rates of pay and help when ever I needed it. Would highly recommend.

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  64. Mrs Smith says:
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    Kent office – bad all round – would not use again. Bettter agencies out there.

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  65. Paul Cambell says:
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    I don’t understand some of the other posts, the office I deal with in Chapeltown, Sheffield is absolutely fantastic. I am paid at a great rate (way more than some other agencies), I am rarely out of work (the staff have worked hard to help me secure long term work), I have no grumbles.

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  66. DJM says:
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    This is my favouite agency due to the amount of regular work they get me. The pay is lower in daily rate terms but it is supplemented in petrol and lunch expenses making the net salary nearly the same as other agencies.

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    Rating: +1 (from 5 votes)
  67. Big Len says:
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    No work being offered, pay was low.

    Never received any calls, lazy… Obvs talking behind your back slagging you off!

    No wonder their all overweight, they never do any work!

    How they are even still going is incredible.

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    Rating: -5 (from 11 votes)
  68. RT says:
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    I dealt with the Brighton branch. They’re friendly enough, and fairly quick to call when there was work available. I probably managed an average of one day a week with them, which is more than I got from Timeplan, from whom I got nothing, despite registering and paying for a CRB.

    My only criticisms would be that the school I got sent to were generally the same two awful academies. And despite responding to their queries re availability, they haven’t found me work since October 2012.

    On the plus side, having read all the reviews, they do seem to have been written by teachers who have worked through the agency, rather than the agency itself (ahem, Timeplan)

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  69. Anonymous says:
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    Loads of underpaid work! You will work all the time and be pushed into being paid through an outside agency which costs you an additional 6% each pay. When you tell them you need time off, even in advance (2 weeks notice for 1 day off) they will question you and ask why you want this time off. I was told a completely different story regarding expectations when I applied from Canada. I was told you could easily book time off, a daily rate of at least £110 (I get £100). Go with Hays or Reed, much better experience and far better pay.

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  70. Anonymous says:
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    No work whatsoever so far this Spring term. Can only assume schools aren’t using them. A few years ago they were OK, now worse than useless. No wonder the branch staff change more often than most ppl change their socks.

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  71. Anonymous says:
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    They messed me about last year with my CRB causing me to lose work.The pay kept changing for no apparent reason but always lower so I dont do any work for them now.

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  72. MMC says:
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    Quite impressed.

    The agency regularly finds me work. They sort out any problems with bookings with the minimum of fuss.

    It would be nice to get a few more bookings ahead of time, rather than on the morning itself, but for the moment it’s fine.

    Supply Desk was my second choice and has ended up finding me the most work, while my first agency has yet to find me any.

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  73. Chris Bigland says:
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    Manchester Area-

    I have had nothing but trouble from this agency, having registered over 2 months ago I am still waiting for my CRB to come back. My £44 seems to have vanished into thin air and when I have called my contact at the Manchester office he has fobbed me off more than once.

    The rates of pay offered are attractive and the staff seemed personable and even likeable but that really doesn’t matter when they lack the ability to do even the simple things effectively.

    I was offered one interview at an Academy in Oldham but because I refused to go because the school didn’t correspond with my own ethics as a teacher (Options in Yr8 and GCSEs in Yr9) the agency seem to have lost interest in trying to find me work completely. This is completely at odds with the spiel I was thrown during the recruitment process of how I should be honest about where I will and won’t work.

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  74. Anonymous says:
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    Made to register with Supply Desk by the Jobcentre (even though at the time I was registered with 4 others) as they advertise as though there are actual jobs.

    I’ve been registered with them for over a year and, despite informing them that I’m available, I haven’t had a single day’s work from them. I had to pay for a new CRB with them too.

    Not very honest when they advertise as if there’s a job, instead of making it clear that they are just after signing up more teachers.

    Can’t really comment on the quality of the schools as I haven’t been to any!

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  75. MR POP says:
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    Worked for them for about 3 years, generally good record – however after a period of inactivity they forget about you . Some loyalty.

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  76. NJ says:
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    Very good! I work for the Huddersfield branch and was offered work from the day my CRB cleared. I have had daily and half-daily assignments but one school then offered me my current long-term role. I have recommended the agency to various friends as I have been highly impressed with them.

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  77. Anonymous says:
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    Great agency! I was on a guaranteed work scheme with them and they gave me a ton of work. If you’re in the south east ask for Katharine in the Canterbury office, she’s great 😀

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  78. Anonymous says:
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    Been with them for 7 months, and not had a days work with them, which is odd considering they said that there would be lots available for my subject. Reassured at interview there would be work and they’d be in contact every week. E-mailed asking if there was any work likely to come up, and they sent a very rude e-mail back. Do not use Supply Desk if you actually want some work.

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  79. AS says:
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    This company offered me a guarantee work scheme and then never found me enough work. They then said it was down to me not being popular with the schools i had worked in. Absolute rubbish. I work for another agency now who have found me loads of work where I am asked to go back. One has turned into a contract/long term until the summer.

    Make your own mind up but my experience was terrible.

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  80. anonymous says:
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    This company were the best i worked for. Always kept me in work and really helped me as an NQT

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  81. "Anonymous" says:
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    Very disappointed with these guys- decided they should be called ‘Lying Desk’ instead of Supply Desk. Only had one day of work from them, as a nursery assistant on low pay, even though I’m a qualified teacher! Every now and then they phone asking if I’m still looking for teaching posts, which of course I am, but they never offer me any!

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