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    Yay got an interview!

    After lots of CV writing and coverletter signing. I've got a interview at a school on Friday (YaY), There job description isn't as clear as I would of liked though.

    They advertised at 13,000 term-time only (Grade 7). which is 17K per year on the council website

    They include this in the Cover Letter "This post will continue until the end of the summer term 2010 and is subject to review.", yet nowhere else is it mentioned that this is a temporary post.


    So I've got the following questions that I need them to answer that might put them off me (or vice versa), so my question is when should I ask them?

    The questions are
    What is the actual salary?

    What is meant by "This post will continue until the end of the summer term 2010 and is subject to review.", does this mean that the post is a temporary position? Could this be changed? For me to accept the post.
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    What is the actual salary? - from what I gather it's 17k 52 weeks a year, 13k pro rata. I wouldn't ask this until you "accept" the job.

    What is meant by "This post will continue until the end of the summer term 2010 and is subject to review.", does this mean that the post is a temporary position? Could this be changed? For me to accept the post. - from what I guess this could be a probationary period etc. But i'm no expert!

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    This could well be BSF so the schools IT will be run by a managed service.

    Yes the 13k would be pro rata as it says term time only so you are paid for the 40/42 weeks of the year so it works out at (£17000/52) * 40 = £13076.

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    Which school is it out of interest?

    If Leicestershire nothing to do with BSF only area affected by that at moment is Loughborough and we are at least 2 years away yet before we start to think about the IT contract.

    Russ

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    Pm sent... (not to sure about revealing the school on here)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSapseid View Post
    This could well be BSF so the schools IT will be run by a managed service.

    Yes the 13k would be pro rata as it says term time only so you are paid for the 40/42 weeks of the year so it works out at (£17000/52) * 40 = £13076.
    If you are paid term time only you also get paid for approx 4 weeks holiday + bank holidays usually. My team is all TTO so they get 39 weeks of term + 1 week inset + 4 weeks hols + bank hols.

    As for the 2010 bit I think that often means they have funding in place for a post until then. After that they may or may not have the money to keep someone on but it gives them some flexibilty to decide later.

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    Looks to me like the post is temporary based on a 12 month contract.

    Could indicate that the school is not in the best financial health, or just BSF.

    Butuz

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    I've been informed that BSF isn't on the radar there. So I think its just them hedging there bets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mossj View Post
    I've been informed that BSF isn't on the radar there. So I think its just them hedging there bets.
    I guess they're just being cautious about a long-term contract, I would be in this climate and with BSF looming at some time, even if not immediately. Either way, even if it only lasts a year or so you've got some experience to take to your next employer, which is the most difficult part when you're starting out. So good on you, hope the interview goes well.

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    I'm not just starting out. Just looking for a move for a better location/pay/school/warm fuzzy feeling.

    Problem is I'm on a permanent contract here (but lower pay + commute costs £200pm whilst there it wold cost £50 if that), so it presents a delema of if I should risk it or not.
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    Sorry, I didn't mean starting out as in your first job, I mean the first few years of your career (same boat as I'm in). Persuading an employer to give you a job means having experience, which is a catch-22.

    I'd approach the interview like you would any other, and if they offer then you have to make the decision, but not until. Whichever you choose, everybody can use more interview experience

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    A lot of schools only offer annual contracts now - my last job was one and I was there for 7 years.
    Don't worry about it until they offer it to you - and never never ask about money in an interview.
    As a recruitment consultant that is ALWAYS the advice I offered candidates:

    1) Are you interested in the post? Does it look as if it might be something you could do, or fits in with your career development plan - if yes....
    2) Go for it
    3) Never ask about salary in an interview - or holiday for that matter
    4)Don't even think about whether you would take the job UNTIL THEY OFFER IT TO YOU
    Good Luck!



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