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Probation Officers: Manpower

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of trainee probation officers who qualified in 2008 and thereafter applied to join the Probation Service have not subsequently been employed by the Probation Service; and for what reason each was not employed. (258674)

Of the 472 who qualified in 2008, 436 were offered employment as probation officers. Of the ones not offered employment: two left the service of their own volition; 18 were employed as PSOs (pending PO vacancies); three were unsuccessful at the internal interview for employment and 11 were deemed appointable but not offered employment because there were insufficient PO or PSO posts available.