Andrew Preston, Group Managing Director of de Poel, comments in response to the latest news on agencies attracting candidates with ‘golden hellos’ in the education sector:
“It is little wonder that ‘golden hello’ packages have been doing the rounds again in the education sector, when you consider the current climate. A perfect storm of talent retention, increasing difficulty in filling permanent vacancies, budget cuts and an ever-growing population is putting considerable pressure on head teachers, as they look to recruitment agencies to attract the best candidates.
“Contrary to popular belief, this is not a new initiative, but rather one that has certainly been in existence since 2004 when maths, I.T and science teachers were very much in demand and local authorities were solely responsible for recruiting NQTs directly for schools. With the aim to attract and retain this talent in local areas, some authorities even offered candidates up to £4,500 if they completed their induction within their assigned area.
“Today, ‘golden hello’ packages for permanent positions typically include a substantial relocation package, travel expenses, cash rewards for recommendations – we have seen as much as £400 being offered in some cases – and the opportunity to pursue their CPD. But with the industry witnessing a significant shift in working, with many teachers favouring supply work for the flexibility, greater work/life balance – and in many cases – higher pay – it can bring, ‘golden hellos’ are now being extended to those not looking for a permanent contract.
“In a candidate-driven market saturated with advertising and social media, this is having a domino effect with agencies clamouring to get the very best talent onto their books and savvy teachers looking for supply work able to exercise bargaining power and dictate hours worked and location amongst other things.
“As a leading procurer of temporary cover, de Poel education has no financial affiliation to any recruitment agencies and so is completely independent in our ability to offer the very best supply staffing solutions. We work with a select group of local and national education recruitment agencies to drive better value, raise standards and source the best supply workers for schools, academies, colleges and universities. Additionally, we can reduce the cost of supply spend by up to 15% and our web-based software solution, e-tips®, enables increased visibility and control, access to real-time Management Information and greater candidate availability, allowing us to guarantee cover.”