Tradewind Recruitment

6.9 out of 10
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6.9

Overall Rating

6.9 out of 10
based on 145 Ratings

Amount of work

6.9

Rate of pay

6.7

Quality of schools

6.8

Personability

7.3

Honesty

6.9

Overall Service

6.9

10.0 out of 10 Jayne Brookes · Reviewed on
Fantastic agency to work for. Very friendly team that go above and beyond to listen to what kind of placements you want. I've been fully booked since I joined them. Jack is available pretty much 24/7 to answer queries and to provide support. Excellent free online CPD courses. Very efficient administration. I have recommended Tradewind to several colleagues, all of which are very happy working for them.
Amount of work10
Rate of pay10
Quality of schools10
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service10
8.4 out of 10 Margaret Ite · Reviewed on
Great agency and I'm really proud to be associated with them. Today's CPD has been very insightful and educational. ##CPD##
Amount of work9
Rate of pay6
Quality of schools6
Personability9
Honesty9
Overall Service10
3.4 out of 10 Miss H · Reviewed on
Not impressed with the lack of response to be honest. I received a call in which I was told how attractive my CV was and that the agent had jobs pretty much lined up for me. I spoke to the on boarding person and had a great chat and was told to email them if I had any problems. After leaving my job abroad due to COVID, I found that my old school hadn’t returned most of my documents and I needed my DBS again. A month later and I’m still waiting for payment instruction and everything has gone dead. I’ve called and been told my application is with an agent, I’ve emailed the on boarding agent and received no reply. Pretty tired of it to be honest because this is my livelihood and I need to work. I’ve been approached by other agents, I’m just going to go elsewhere I think
Amount of work1
Rate of pay5
Quality of schools5
Personability10
Honesty1
Overall Service1
10.0 out of 10 Kirsten · Reviewed on
Such a great company! After signing up with them I received work very quickly. Michelle is awesome! She’s made sure I’m happy with my work and checks in to be sure everything’s going well. She really goes above and beyond!! Tradewinds also offer great training videos like safeguarding, returning to the classroom safely and other videos about being apart of support staff or being a cover teacher. Highly recommend!
Amount of work10
Rate of pay10
Quality of schools10
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service10
1.7 out of 10 Upset · Reviewed on
Very unprofessional teaching agency. They’ll pressure you into taking day to day roles far away from home and then get annoyed with you when you learn from this and say no. They will pressure you and then coldly and abruptly hang up. Contracts will be cut short at short notice. They only pay £85 a day for a teacher, put you on the wrong tax code and then take ages to change this. It probably depends on which branch you’re with, but I’m moving to different agency.
Amount of work3
Rate of pay2
Quality of schools3
Personability1
Honesty1
Overall Service1
9.6 out of 10 Andrew · Reviewed on
I'm now in my fifth year working for Tradewind and both the Manchester and Preston offices are continuing to deliver work on an almost consistent basis. Joanne and Chris from Manchester and Lindsay from Preston have always been fantastic at finding work. The quality of schools I've been to has been mixed, but mostly good and despite some ups and downs, the overall service has been excellent. Highly recommended
Amount of work10
Rate of pay10
Quality of schools8
Personability10
Honesty9
Overall Service10
1.0 out of 10 Kay · Reviewed on
They are honestly the most unprofessional company I have ever worked with. My experience with the London team was absolutely awful please AVOID these rude time wasters. Nobody contacts you, then you see jobs posted online... call and ask they say it’s not active anymore for some weird reason and then get annoyed by you chasing them up. I honestly don’t know how they are still in business because they are a total shambles!
Amount of work1
Rate of pay1
Quality of schools1
Personability1
Honesty1
Overall Service1
9.6 out of 10 Jonathan · Reviewed on
Tradewind are simply the best. I have worked with them on and off for many years and they are the best in the field. They have always valued me as a professional and taken care of all the most important needs for me as a teacher and the schools too. Loyalty is important to them and I would suggest making them your one and only agency. 100% recommend. Excellent rates of pay and superb support in all areas. Love them.
Amount of work10
Rate of pay9
Quality of schools10
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service9
1.3 out of 10 Indy · Reviewed on
Work with them a few year ago. It didn't last very long. I had to chase my payment a number of times. The contract i was promised was changed mid way and hardly got response to e-mails. When things escalate they will just pass on to the next person to start fresh!
Amount of work2
Rate of pay1
Quality of schools2
Personability1
Honesty1
Overall Service1
3.1 out of 10 Anna · Reviewed on
Tradewind are liars. Before I packed up my life and moved countries, they really sold me the dream over the phone. They said they could "guarantee" 4 days a week supply teaching, walk in and walk out, no planning or marking at £120 a day. However once I arrived in the country, they told me they could not guarantee any hours (despite them having told me they could on the phone) and the contract said as much. They also said they had no work available that paid £120 a day, and only had "cover supervisor" work available that paid £60 a day. Nobody had told me this on the phone prior to me leaving the country. I had already packed up my life and moved countries by the time I found this out. In my home country supply teachers always get paid the same whether they plan the lessons or not, however in the UK if the teacher plans the lesson and you are doing day-to-day supply then you will likely be paid £60 as a cover supervisor. In order to get £120 a day you will need to take on longer term supply jobs, e.g in your subject area. It would have been useful to know this before moving countries but Tradewind did not inform us of this and only focused on the £120 a day figure which they then could not offer on arrival. When my friend and I first met with Tradewind we asked them to recommend areas to live in Manchester. They recommended expensive areas in the city centre, despite us being day-to-day supply teachers / teaching assistants who had an inconsistent income and were not offered much work with them. Luckily we did not listen to their suggestions and chose somewhere far more affordable to live. Their suggestions felt very out of touch. Don't recommend expensive areas to people who you can only offer occasional £60 a day work to. My friend had been teaching Dance for 9 years and was primary trained, but Tradewind could only get her work as a teaching assistant in a SEND school earning £60 a day. This was after 6 weeks of them offering her no work at all and her living off savings and working in a bar. Tradewind told her not to tell the school that she had no experience teaching SEND students. They also offered impractical advice, saying never to have any physical contact with the students in any circumstances. The staff at the school told her this was not their policy and never had been, as this is impractical in this specific SEND environment. Tradewind should have known the policies of the schools they were sending staff into. She worked as a teaching assistant for 6 months and despite continually reminding Tradewind that she was a qualified teacher and wanted teaching work they did not find her anything. She ended up interviewing with 2 other teaching agencies because of being stressed with money. When she was offered a teaching job at the SEND school she was working at as a T.A, the school wanted to put her on a contract with them in May, which would mean she would get paid over the summer holidays and continue on in September however Tradewind said the school would need to pay them £4000 to release her from her contract with them. The school did not have this in the budget which meant my friend had to go without pay over the summer holidays. For several months I was only getting 1 day of work a week, sometimes only half a day which after paying for transport wasn't worth it. Because of money stress, when they offered me a longer term position in my subject area, I took this on and ended up staying there long term. I found out that the school was paying Tradewind over £70 a day fee for me. I think that is excessive profit considering once they had offered me the posting, they did not need to do any other work except send out payslips. Hardly worth what they were charging the school. When I began at this job it was initially for 2 weeks at £115 pounds a day in my subject area. When the school asked me to stay until the end of the year, my salary did not change despite doing all the planning, marking, meetings, CPD, exam marking etc. I then found out that another supply teacher at my school who worked for Tradewind was earning more than me, despite not having QTS when I had QTS. I asked for a pay rise after 6 months in the job (from £115 to £120 a day) and was given it. I don't feel like I should have had to ask for this when Tradewind had initially advertised the salary as £120 on the phone before I joined them, and when other people employed by them were earning this despite not having QTS. The only positive was our interactions with Kelly before we left our home country. She helped us with the paperwork, answered questions swiftly, and made us feel confident about the move.
Amount of work3
Rate of pay1
Quality of schools6
Personability7
Honesty1
Overall Service2
8.9 out of 10 Catrin · Reviewed on
Tradewind have been wonderful with me. They made the signing up process smooth while still being thorough. I was then mostly placed in schools that potentially had permanent positions available until, quite quickly, one worked out. The consultants were all fully briefed on my situation and preferences, and transition to permanent position is just about finalised. I have also been fortunate to have benefited from their relocation allowance which came, as promised, after 60 days work.
Amount of work9
Rate of pay9
Quality of schools8
Personability10
Honesty8
Overall Service9
10.0 out of 10 Julia geere · Reviewed on
My recruitement lady Yolanda is the main one iv been dealing with and has honestly been such a help got me a job role in a school for a year which I love ,she alway updates me with feedback from the setting I’m in and guides me through using the portal I.e timesheets and stuff and always checks in with me at least twice a week to see how I’m going,, I’m very grateful for Yolanda,s support and having faith in me and finding me a suitable position which I love
Amount of work10
Rate of pay10
Quality of schools10
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service10
10.0 out of 10 Jake · Reviewed on
I have been working with Yolanda for the last few weeks and I have found her to be exceptionally professional and understanding. She listened to what I wanted; the types of roles and rates and acted accordingly finding great schools with competitive pay. I found Yolanda and Tradewind to be a stress-free, easy experience which I have happily recommended to a friend. Thank you for your help. Jake
Amount of work10
Rate of pay10
Quality of schools10
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service10
6.1 out of 10 Alisha · Reviewed on
I went with this company because my friend had a great time. They pressured me into a 3 day a week job when I wanted supply work. It was out of London (I wanted to be in London). They offered supply 2 days that I wasn’t with a set school but it was usually 1hr 30 to 2hr away and was always last minute calls. When I finished the year I said I was going to London and was looking at flats. One member told me not to go to one flat because it was too far and I wouldn’t get work with them. I never got an email back afterwards. I changed companies and told them. Never heard back. Recently emailed asking for a statement of service (3 weeks ago) no response from anyone.
Amount of work7
Rate of pay5
Quality of schools10
Personability4
Honesty5
Overall Service6
9.6 out of 10 Sanjay Prabhakar · Reviewed on
It’s very nice and helpful recruitment company. I will give 9/10 to Tradewind
Amount of work10
Rate of pay9
Quality of schools8
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service10
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