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Probation Officers: Vacancies

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of job vacancies for new entry probation officers in each probation region in each year since 1997. (148426)

I am unable to give information regarding the number of job vacancies for new entry probation officers. The numbers for national recruitment for trainee probation officers are communicated to probation areas with the decision to recruit into other posts, including new entry probation officers, being made by local boards.

Not all probation areas in the national probation service operate a set establishment against which vacant posts can be measured. As a more representative alternative, probation areas are required to report regularly on the number of active vacancies they have. An active vacancy is one which a probation area is actively trying to fill through a recruitment process. The information that is collected is an overall figure for probation officers and does not distinguish those who are new entrants.