Generally, demand will increase as each half-term progresses. We’ve found it to be highest in the final stages of a half-term, peaking in the penultimate week. The common cold season, from October onwards, also increases staff absence and leads to a greater need for supply teachers. Most of our teachers have said that as winter progresses, demand grows.
Longer-term supply work is much harder to predict and appears at all times of the year. Caused by long-term sick leave (now at an all-time high), maternity leave or school and career change, there is continually demand for these positions – keep an eye out!
All evidence now shows that demand for supply is at a record high. The national shortage of teachers combined with increased teacher absence has resulted in high demand. This is exacerbated by ever-increasing pupil numbers. Schools are working hard to internally cover absence and teacher shortages, but this is not always possible.
As always we'd love to hear from you. If your experience confirms or differs from our findings, please let us know.
Airsupply teachers typically earn £30 per day more, doing work they choose.