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

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

From Spring/Summer 2021, we will be opening recruitment for new inspectors and assistant inspectors to join us. Ahead of this, we will be offering a mentoring scheme, open to all applicants, to assist them with the recruitment process. More details coming soon.

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
  • Martin
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 Martin, one of our Assistant Inspectors…

I’ve been with HM Inspectorate of Probation now for just over two years on secondment from my home area where I was a senior probation officer with a team of staff who had their own caseloads…

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Current jobs

Expression of Interest to support our thematic inspection of electronic monitoring

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation is looking for an organisation to provide lived experience expertise to support us to obtain the views of service users.

We are looking for an organisation with lived experience of the criminal justice system to join our team of inspectors undertaking a thematic inspection. The focus of the inspection will be the use of electronic monitoring as a tool for probation in reducing reoffending and managing risk.

Are you:

  • an organisation that is passionate about empowering the voice of service users who feel marginalised and over-looked
  • have lived experience of the criminal justice system
  • knowledgeable about how electronic monitoring is used as part of community sentences, home detention curfew and licence conditions
  • have experience of coordinating and carrying out projects aimed at understanding the views and experiences of those supervised by probation services.

In April 2021 we started to design our inspection and now require an individual or organisation to work with us and be part of our team. We want to understand the impact of being subject to electronic monitoring as part of probation supervision and identify improvements to service delivery to make a positive impact on real life outcomes.

Our inspection fieldwork will run from July to September 2021 (inclusive) and the successful candidate(s) will need to be able to work with us from week commencing 14 June 2021.

What we need from your organisation:

  • previous experience of designing and managing lived experience projects, which may involve different methods of information gathering
  • an interest and passion for innovative, creative and inclusive approaches to seeking out the views of service users
  • experience of applying a range of techniques to gather relevant information from service users (including surveys and interviews- face-to-face, telephone and online)
  • the ability to work as part of a team and communicate effectively with people from a diversity of different backgrounds
  • the ability and confidence to develop and test out ideas.

Please note that in view of the Covid-19 pandemic the way we conduct the inspection will be kept under regular review and guided by national public health advice and risk assessment. Inspections usually involve frequent travel and overnight stays away from home for which travel and subsistence payments will be made to cover transport and overnight stay costs. However, depending on the situation at the time, remote working methods may need to be used for this inspection.

Organisations are advised that the full cost (including VAT if applicable) must be less than £10,000 when providing quotations for this work.

If this sounds like you, then please read this document for more information. Deadline for applications is 01 June 2021 12 noon: Expression of interest to support our thematic inspection of electronic monitoring

Assistant Inspectors (two-year secondments)

11 roles available

Salary: £30,989 – £47,591 dependent on location

Apply by: Thursday 27 May 2021 23:55


Assistant Inspectors (AIs) play a key role in HM Inspectorate of Probation’s inspections of adult and youth offending work. During inspection visits they examine and assess the quality of practice carried out by frontline staff, against the Inspectorate’s published inspection standards.

The inspection programme for AIs is demanding and while we are moving towards a hybrid model of inspection (with some inspection activity conducted remotely and some on-site) you may still need to work away from home for a significant amount of time. At times, this may involve being away from home up to three weeks out of four.

In order to undertake the AI role you must:

  • have experience of working within or close to probation (in a youth or adult setting)
  • have experience of assessing quality of performance against a specified set of standards
  • have the ability to communicate clearly and concisely and provide feedback to others in a sensitive and constructive manner.

This experience is likely to be found in applicants who are, or equivalent to, probation officers, senior probation officers, senior YOS officers, operational managers.

We are offering these posts on a two-year secondment. You should confirm with your employer that, in principle, they are willing to second you before you apply for these posts.

When joining us on a secondment, remuneration (salary and any taxable allowances), pay progression, and employment terms & conditions will be the same as currently received from the seconding employer. Your office base during your secondment will be your current work location.

We warmly welcome applications from minority ethnic and/or Welsh speaking candidates.

The option of part‑time or job-share contracts can be discussed individually.

Find out more about these roles on the Ministry of Justice jobs website.