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

Publications Officer - Band D (EO)

Closing date: 23:55 on 10 October 2022

Salary: The national salary range is £25,827 – £27,170.

The Communications Team is responsible for designing, publishing and promoting the Inspectorate’s reports and findings. The team is also responsible for organising and managing some online events.

The Publications Officer will be involved in all aspects of internal and external communications, including some design work according to predetermined templates and format. There is also scope for the Publications Officer to create and design new products too.

This post is based in Manchester; however, we offer flexible working. Currently all Inspectorate HQ staff are working at home. Going forward, there will be some attendance in the Manchester office required.

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

For more information and to apply, please visit the Ministry of Justice jobs website.

Key requirements of the role

  • Using relevant templates, design documents ready for publication using Microsoft Word.
  • Take the lead in managing and monitoring the progress of the Inspectorate’s publications, including inspection reports.
  • Post social media content in accordance with the Inspectorate’s policy.
  • Manage and maintain the content of the Inspectorate’s website according to accessibility requirements and house style.
  • Organise and manage online events
  • Plan, compile and issue stakeholder communications and evaluate their use and impact to inform the overall strategy for external communication.
  • Create and collate content for the Inspectorate’s staff bulletin and support other internal communications activity. Evaluate their use and impact to inform the overall strategy for internal communication.
  • Evaluate and report on communications to inform the overall strategy of the team, directorate and organisation.
  • Explore and make proposals on the use of new technology and software.
  • Work with stakeholders to ensure that requirements are understood and facilitate. good working relationships, acting on feedback as appropriate.
  • Recognise and promote diversity issues in all aspects of work. 

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.

If you would like to discuss this post, please contact: Zach Rathore, Senior Publications Officer, on 07394 715417 or zach.rathore@hmiprobation.gov.uk, marking your email ‘Publications Officer recruitment 2022’.

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.