Reed want to see my husband's bank statements 😩

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Weepingwillowtree Sat 08-May-21 08:03:22

Desperate to get back into the workplace after 10 years out being a SAHM. Plucked up the courage to go for a Reed interview for a teaching assistant job (no qualifications required even though I have a BSc). Was told I had too much of a gap in my CV and they would need to see my husbands bank statements to “prove that I had been supported by him during this time”. I feel this is a total invasion of our privacy, what has my husbands finances got to do with whether or not I am capability of being a teaching assistant?? Am I being completely unreasonable refusing to provide this? They said they can’t give me a job unless I show his bank statements 😩

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DontBiteTheBoobThatFeedsYou Sat 08-May-21 08:05:14

What the fuck?!

I would tell them to stick it up their bums!

Don't do it!

DontBiteTheBoobThatFeedsYou Sat 08-May-21 08:05:52

Could you apply directly to the school(s)?

Dailywalk Sat 08-May-21 08:06:02

What? That doesn’t sound right! I hope this is a mistake on their part as it sounds really odd to me.

Twickerhun Sat 08-May-21 08:06:56

Totally irrelevant and you can’t share his data with them. Complaint to management.

DinosaurDiana Sat 08-May-21 08:07:04

I think it’s an invasion of privacy.
As long as your DBS is ok I can’t see the problem.

TabbyStar Sat 08-May-21 08:07:19

That's shocking. What are they thinking the alternative might be, and how would it prove anything anyway? Is there someone higher up or a head office you can speak to?

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TheJackieWeaver Sat 08-May-21 08:08:35

It’s probably for DBS / safeguarding reasons. When applying for roles in schools you have to give a full employment history and explain any gaps. It’s not to judge or invade your privacy, but to check you weren’t in prison, not omitting a job from your cv, etc. I’ve never heard of anyone been asked for bank statements to prove it though! Maybe ask if they’d accept anything else? Or try calling one of the teaching unions for advice?

HannaHat Sat 08-May-21 08:08:46

That’s beyond weird.

DeltaFlyer Sat 08-May-21 08:09:28

Is this the job search site or something else called reed, supply agency?
Highly invasive and inappropriate imo.

If you want to be a teaching assistant you would be better to apply direct to the local council job adverts or academies in your area.
Lots of people do volunteer work to get a foot in the door at their kids school for example. Things like applying for less popular roles like lunchtime support or after school club hours often means your hours increase later too.

weareallpassengers Sat 08-May-21 08:09:48

That's not right.

SelkieFly Sat 08-May-21 08:10:21

Wow, did GDPR pass them right by?!

In what say does it change anything? Either they find you work or they can't?

Many women are single. What position are they in, with nobody to support them confused

1990s Sat 08-May-21 08:10:34

TheJackieWeaver

It’s probably for DBS / safeguarding reasons. When applying for roles in schools you have to give a full employment history and explain any gaps. It’s not to judge or invade your privacy, but to check you weren’t in prison, not omitting a job from your cv, etc. I’ve never heard of anyone been asked for bank statements to prove it though! Maybe ask if they’d accept anything else? Or try calling one of the teaching unions for advice?



No. Someone else's bank statements do not prove this.

Honestly OP I'm beyond shocked. This is totally out of order.

It's a hard no, and I would be taking this further up the the Reed company chain. WTF?!

Zalto Sat 08-May-21 08:10:35

That’s insane.

ItWasLikeThatWhenIGotHere Sat 08-May-21 08:11:03

That’s actually mad. Show them your children’s birth certificates. Presumably you’d need a cleanish DBS to be a teaching assistant, which would prove you weren’t in prison. And your husband’s bank statements wouldn’t show that you didn’t have a job.

Temp023 Sat 08-May-21 08:11:42

Well my husbands bank statements wouldn’t tell them anything, they’d have to see the joint account.. but anyway haven’t you been claiming tax credits, can’t you show that as evidence?

motherloaded Sat 08-May-21 08:11:44

Wrong, so wrong, you should post in legal, that cannot be right!
I would strongly refuse.

I could vaguely understand (NOT condone though) the reasoning when someone applies for a PT job, only because too many people claim to want to be PT but can't or don't realise they can't live on a PT salary..

But no, just no.

Even if you had been in prison, it wouldn't stop your DH from having a job anyway, would it?

SchrodingersImmigrant Sat 08-May-21 08:12:38

I would contact ACAS and give Reed nothing but shit storm.

SwanShaped Sat 08-May-21 08:13:15

Er, no. What if you were a single mum? What if your husband was abusive or had a gambling problem? A DBS is fine. Also, you could have a husband with normal bank statements and still be unsuitable for working with children. Your husbands finances have nothing to do with your suitability of TA work

Snowite Sat 08-May-21 08:13:35

OP have they put this request to you in writing?

Foofbrush Sat 08-May-21 08:13:36

Can you point out to them how ridiculous this is? How will they tell from his bank statement whether he was supporting you or not? It's not like statements say, "15th January, £35 for some clothes for Weepingwillowtree because she isn't working", "16th January £100 for family groceries because Weepingwillowtree has no direct income right now"

User0ne Sat 08-May-21 08:14:04

If you want to work as a TA you're much better registering with the supply teacher agencies in your area.

There's no way I (or my husband) would be handing over bank statements.

WorkWorkAngelica Sat 08-May-21 08:15:25

Surely if anything they should ask for your bank accounts to prove you were not getting a wage from somewhere else, or being a drug dealer or in prison or whatever it is they are worried you were doing. The fact your DH was being paid during this time is totally irrelevant confused

This is all kinds of shady shit though so absolutely refuse. Good luck with the job hunt!

RandomLondoner Sat 08-May-21 08:16:24

Wow, did GDPR pass them right by?!

I don't think they were asking her to steal his data. I don't think GDPR stops him sharing it voluntarily.

Ugzbugz Sat 08-May-21 08:18:42

Insane and who at Reeds decides how much is enough for one parent to work? Some families survive on an income of 30k and support everyone and some earn 100k plus and wank all their money and more. I would not be sharing.

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