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

Assistant Inspector

Two posts.

Closing date 23:55 Sunday 17 July.

For more information and to apply please visit the MoJ website

Are you a probation officer, senior probation officer, senior YOS officer or an operational manager in probation (in a youth or adult setting)?

Are you looking for a role that is interesting, challenging and makes a difference?

About these roles

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 HMI Probation’s published inspection standards.

The Inspectorate is committed to learning and development for all staff. During the first year of your secondment, you will work towards a Skills for Justice certificate of achievement in inspection skills (arranged and funded by the Inspectorate). You will receive ongoing feedback and support as you develop your professional skills

AIs who have completed secondments with us have gone on to take middle manager and quality development roles in the criminal justice sector.

A current AI said:

“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…”

About you

AIs must:

– have experience of working within or close to probation or youth justice services (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.

The inspection programme for AIs is demanding yet rewarding 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.

We strongly encourage you to contact us for a discussion and to ask any questions – these conversations will be confidential and will not count towards your application (see contact details at the end of the advert).

On 06 July 2022, we will hold an online event to learn more about working at the Inspectorate. You will have the opportunity to hear from our Chief Inspector Justin Russell, our Heads of Probation Inspection Programme Simi Badachha and Linda Neimantas, as well as colleagues undertaking the AI role and other inspection staff. Please register to secure your ticket for the event.

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.

Selection Process

We will invite short-listed candidates to an assessment centre, the first part of which will be conducted remotely on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 August. Candidates MUST be available to attend one of these days, we are unable to offer alternative dates.

Candidates who are successful at part one of the assessment centre will be invited to part two, which will consist of an interview, based on a blend of Behaviours and Strengths. Interviews will take place during the week commencing 19 September.

We recruit using the Civil Service Success Profiles

Further information on the structure and expectations of our assessment centre process will be sent to candidates who are successful through the application sift stage.

We work in ways that are influential, independent, professional, diverse and inclusive. Read more about our vision, mission and values.

If you would like to discuss these posts, please contact corporate@hmiprobation.gov.uk, marking your email ‘AI recruitment June 2022’.

Gall ymgeiswyr sy’n siarad Cymraeg gysylltu â Helen Davies ar 0791 949 0420 os ydynt am drafod y swydd yn Gymraeg. Cysylltwch â corporate@hmiprobation.gov.uk os hoffech gael yr hysbyseb hon a’r disgrifiad swydd yn Gymraeg. Marciwch eich e-bost “Cais am Gyfieithiad Cymraeg – AI”.

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.