Careers


Welcome to HM Inspectorate of Probation Careers.

Here you’ll find information about our current vacancies, a chance to meet our staff, and why we’re committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Current Vacancies 

Our Expressions of Interest page provides information about the relevant roles and how to sign up to receive vacancy notifications for HM Inspectors and HM Assistant Inspectors.

Expressions of Interest

We offer an environment where all staff are welcome and are supported to achieve their potential. We aim for a workforce that is as diverse as the services we inspect, and that understands the challenging world of probation and youth justice.

Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell



What the job entails

A career at HM Inspectorate of Probation is varied and challenging. As an inspector or assistant inspector, you will be part of a team working to improve probation and youth offending services through professional and rigorous assessment.

You will help us to build up a picture of each service by conducting interviews and focus groups with senior leaders, staff and service users; analysing samples of cases and other sources of data; and writing/contributing to inspection reports. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to thematic inspections that address key national issues.

If you have relevant experience, coupled with empathy and curiosity, read on!

Mentoring scheme

We are pleased to launch our Mentoring Scheme for inspection staff vacancies. All applicants for Assistant Inspector and HM Inspector posts who are invited to attend our assessment centre will be contacted by one of our recruitment mentors. Our recruitment mentors are current members of our inspection staff team. They will offer one-to-one support and guidance to candidates throughout the assessment centre process and be on hand to answer questions – about the recruitment process or the job role itself. We are committed to recruiting the best people into our organisation and to enabling candidates to give their best throughout the recruitment process.

Meet our staff

Want to know what it’s like to transfer from probation and youth offending services to the Inspectorate? Or how you can juggle working as an inspector and having a family? Or learn more about our commitment to diversity? Click on the videos below to find out more.

  • Avtar
  • Simi
  • Julie
  • Paulette
Meet Avtar, one of our experienced HM Inspectors…

One of the best decisions I’ve ever made was to join the Inspectorate. It’s an organisation that is working so hard to improve probation service delivery…

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Meet Simi, our Head of NPS Inspection Programme…

I became involved in driving service delivery improvements at a local level when the opportunity arose for me to join HM Inspectorate of Probation.

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Meet Julie, retired HM Inspector, who discusses her career during her time at the Inspectorate…

I’ve had time since I retired to reflect on what working for them meant for me. It was hard work, it was fun there were lots of positive teamwork going on and I enjoyed the travel. And I can confidently say it’s one of the best jobs I ever had…

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Meet Paulette, one of our newest HM Assistant Inspectors…

This is the only job I’ve done so far in my career where I’ve been afforded the opportunity to really reflect on how to actually improve practice…

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Current jobs

Inspection Support Administrator (AO - Band E)

Salary: £21,775

Number of jobs available: 2

Grade: AO (Band E)

Post Type: Permanent

Working Pattern: Full Time

Role Type: Administration / Corporate Support

Closing Date: 17 February 2023, 23:55 hours.

Interview dates: Expected Week commencing 13 March 2023

For further information and to apply for these positions, please visit the MoJ jobs website.

Job description  

This is an opportunity to work in a highly professional organisation. His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation is the independent inspector of probation and youth offending services in England and Wales. Our mission is to promote positive changes in these services. Our recommendations, research and effective practice guidance drive improvements at individual, local and national levels. This leads to improved outcomes for adults on probation and children in contact with youth offending services, better information and support for victims; and better protection of the public.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for two AO’s (band E) to join us. This post is open to substantive AOs (band Es) and AAs (band Fs) on promotion.

We are looking for a committed, motivated and organised person who is looking to develop a range of skills and is wanting to make the most of a great development opportunity to gain experience and knowledge in a different business unit. Training on all elements of the role will be provided as well as ongoing support during your time with us. We warmly welcome applications from minority ethnic and/or Welsh speaking candidates.

The Inspection Support Team is responsible for the delivery of a high standard of planning and support to HMI Probation’s inspections. To succeed in this role, you will need to have the ability to organise and prioritise work in the face of competing demands and have experience of using Microsoft Office 365 applications, in particular Word and Excel.

HMI Probation’s administration is based in Manchester, however we offer flexible working and would consider applications from across England and Wales. Currently all HMI Probation HQ staff are working from home the majority of the time. Going forward, there will be occasional attendance in the Manchester office required, and occasional travel to inspection planning meetings and the annual staff conference.

All the posts we offer will be conditional upon evidence from references and various statutory checks.

Further information: 

A member of the team will be happy to discuss any aspect of this role. If you’d like to talk to us, please email HMIP.Enquiries@hmiprobation.gov.uk

For further information and to apply for these positions, please visit the MoJ jobs website.

Expressions of Interest

If you would like to subscribe to our mailing list and be notified about future recruitment campaigns for HM Inspector and HM Assistant Inspector positions, please visit our Expressions of Interest page.