Entrants to the profession start as probation service officers (PSOs). The salary range for PSOs is £22,039 to £27,373 on the National Probation Service (NPS) Pay Band 3.
Salaries for qualified probation officers range from £29,038 to £36,084 (Band 4).
Senior probation officers with relevant skills, experience and qualifications can earn between £35,024 and £39,818 (Band 5).
Salaries for experienced managers can rise to in excess of £50,000.
A London Weighting Allowance is added to salaries where applicable.
Additional benefits for NPS probation officers include eligibility to join the local government pension scheme.
The normal working week is 37 hours. Occasional work outside of normal office hours may be required.
Holiday entitlement for probation officers in the NPS starts at 25 days per year plus public holidays.
Probation officers may be office based, but they are expected to travel frequently around the local community within the working day. They may also visit clients in their homes.
Probation officers may be based in courts, in prisons or managing approved premises, which provide residential accommodation for offenders and ex-offenders.
Self-employment is not an option. However, PSOs and qualified probation officers can obtain temporary or sessional work.
Family friendly policies and practices are widely available, such as paid maternity and paternity leave and flexible working practices. Part-time work and job-share opportunities are available.
There are currently more women than men working in probation in all grades other than management, where the gender split is roughly equal.
In Scotland, criminal justice social workers carry out the work done by probation officers in England. They are employed by local authority social work departments who have responsibility for offenders.
In Northern Ireland, probation officers are qualified social workers employed by the Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI).
Registered office:Prospects House, Booth Street East, ManchesterM13 9EP
Registered number: 2626618 (England and Wales)
This website is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with CSS enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets if you are able to do so.