The BBC is reporting that recruitment agencies that charge schools in England “excessive” fees to find and hire staff face a crackdown by the education secretary.
The move comes amid repeated warnings from school leaders that their budgets are in crisis.
Last month, Damian Hinds promised head teachers he would work with schools to drive down unnecessary costs.
The latest announcement aims to curb the fees that agencies can charge to advertise vacancies and recruit supply staff for both short and longer term jobs.
It says: “Some agencies charge schools costly finders’ fees if head teachers want to make supply staff permanent and do not set out how much they are charging on top of the basic wages paid to supply staff.”
The measures include:
- a free website to advertise full and part-time teacher vacancies
- an official list of agencies that do not charge extra fees if supply staff are made permanent after 12 weeks
- agencies on this list must set out the fees they charge on top of supply staff wages
“Every pound that’s spent on excessive agency fees, or on advertising jobs, is a pound that I want to help schools spend on what really matters: making sure every child, whatever their background, is inspired to learn and to reach their potential.”
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