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Overview of the probation officer role

Someone like you

Working in probation is a career like no other – you’ll gain the skills and insight to protect the public and reduce reoffending. 

You’ll work directly with people on probation in the community and in prisons to support them to make positive changes.

As a probation officer, you’ll analyse complex situations and make tough decisions. We’re looking for people who notice things about people that others do not, have empathy and are resilient to help people change. 

Gain a professional qualification with our fully funded trainee probation officer programme (PQiP), along with:

  • our support
  • a competitive salary
  • generous leave
  • great training and opportunities to progress

The role of a probation officer is rewarding but can be challenging – you often work with people with complex needs. No two people are the same and not everyone will be open to change. You’ll also be working alongside studying – but we’ll support you every step of the way. 

Probation officer – an extraordinary job. Done by someone like you.

  • Get a level 6 qualification – equivalent to a university degree
  • Starting salary of £25-30k while you complete PQiP training (usually 15 to 27 months)
  • Salary rises to £35k+ when you gain your PQiP
  • Must have a level 3 (or above) qualification
  • Fully funded PQiP qualification, while earning your salary
  • Part-time working available in some areas

Pay and benefits

If you’re successful in the recruitment process, we’ll aim to allocate you to a PQiP training placement at our next intake in September 2024. Your starting salary for September 2024 will be £25,310. The Probation Service offers the opportunity for annual pay progression.

*Planned pay increases trainee probation officers could receive if they join the September 2024 cohort:

  • 1 October 2024 – £26,475

*Please note this does not include London weighting allowance of £4,249 which is additional to these salaries.

Once you qualify as a probation officer, your salary will increase to £35,130 plus allowances.

Find out more about the benefits of working for HM Prison and Probation Service