Salaries for probation service officers (PSOs) range from £21,391 - £27,102.
Range of typical salaries for qualified probation officers: £28,185 - £35,727.
Salaries for assistant chief officer posts start at around £50,000. Chief officer salaries vary depending on the size of the trust.
Salaries may vary between the different probation trusts.
The normal working week is 37 hours. Occasional work outside of normal office hours may be required.
Probation officers are usually office based, but they are expected to travel around their local community to visit court and prison on a regular basis. They may also visit clients in their homes.
Some probation officers work in prisons and some manage approved premises, which provide accommodation for people on bail or probation or offenders on parole.
Self-employment is not an option. However, qualified probation officers can sometimes undertake sessional work. Career breaks and job shares are possible.
There are currently more women than men working in probation in all grades other than management, where the gender split is roughly equal.
Jobs are available throughout England and Wales. Probation trusts are mainly located in large towns and only rarely in rural areas. In Scotland, local authority criminal justice social work departments have responsibility for offenders. The Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) provides services across Northern Ireland and employs probation officers, who are qualified social workers, based in more than 35 sites from Belfast to Londonderry.
Travel within a working day is frequent. Mileage allowances are provided by the probation trusts.
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.