Head teachers are seeing the benefits of secondary school teachers being exempt from work permit regulations.
The change was introduced in February to make it easier to fill vacancies.
Queen Elizabeth II High School head teacher Sue Moore said: ‘It has been a huge relief to us, partly as it has made the recruitment process quicker so we are able to make a firm offer of a job and have not lost candidates who need to be sure they have a post and cannot afford to wait for work permits to be processed. This happened in the past.
‘Last term we had a vacancy which arose due to promotion at half term and we needed to be able to advertise and recruit ready for September.
‘Competition for the best newly qualified teachers is at its peak then so any delay can be critical. We were able to appoint an excellent teacher.
‘We are also able to offer any vacant post to the best candidate and I am sure that parents would want their children taught by the best possible teachers.
‘It is still the case that most applicants have some Manx connection.
Ramsey Grammar School head teacher David Trace said the amount of paperwork it used to send out to potential applicants concerning the work permit legislation and requirements was ‘daunting’.
He said: ‘For UK and Irish applicants, from countries where nationals do not need or have not even heard of work permits, large numbers of expressions of interest simply melted away with the implication that if they were not Manx they stood little chance of being appointed.
‘This was particularly problematic in the shortage subjects of English, mathematics, the sciences and history and often led to the need to re-advertise.’
St Ninian’s High School head teacher Andy Fox said the new system was ‘much more advantageous than the old’.
This year, eight staff have been replaced in English, science, maths, modern foreign languages and PE, four of which were new to the island.
‘This, of course, is vital for the general teaching workforce on the Isle of Man as it will help bring in new ideas as well as new individuals to add to the teaching force,’ he said.
‘The new system has enabled us to work quickly and efficiently in ensuring the students of the island have the teachers needed to help them succeed.’
In further work permit changes announced this month, applications for engineering and ICT professionals are to be fast-tracked.