Probation data

Additional data

Additional information on the operation of the Probation Service.

On 26th June 2021 the privatised probation services (the Community Rehabilitation Companies) were returned to public control, and absorbed into the newly named "Probation Service". The unified Probation Service is now responsible for managing all those on a court order or licence following their release from prison in England and Wales. There are now 12 probation regions across England and Wales, introducing 11 new probation regions in England; arrangements in Wales remain unchanged.

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Staff in post (Probation Service)

Full time equivalent staff in post for the Probation Service (PS) at the end of each financial year. (Workforce data for private sector Community Rehabilitation Companies is not published).

During November and December 2019, over 1,200 PS staff moved to the Community and Interventions directorate, part of HMPPS HQ and areas services. In the same quarter, over 300 staff in Wales were transferred from privately run CRCs to HMPPS, into the new "PS Wales UM transition".

In late June 2021, more than 7,000 staff from private sector Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRC) came together with probation staff already in the public sector in the new Probation Service.

Period Staff in post (Probation Service)
March 2015 8,733
March 2016 8,835
March 2017 8,616
March 2018 9,261
March 2019 9,844
March 2020 10,224
March 2021 10,897
March 2022 17,551
March 2023 19,740
March 2024 20,412

March 2024

20,412

Data source

The data source for this measure and more detailed information can be found in the HM Prison & Probation Service workforce quarterly publication.

Publication date

Published: 16 May 2024. Next publication: 15 August 2024 9:30am.


Staff sickness (Probation Service)

Sickness absence (average working days lost per FTE staff) for all Probation Service staff. (Workforce data for private sector Community Rehabilitation Companies is not published).

Period Staff sickness (Probation Service)
Apr 2014 to Mar 2015 11.9 days
Apr 2015 to Mar 2016 11.7 days
Apr 2016 to Mar 2017 11.5 days
Apr 2017 to Mar 2018 10.1 days
Apr 2018 to Mar 2019 10.5 days
Apr 2019 to Mar 2020 11.1 days
Apr 2020 to Mar 2021 9.0 days
Apr 2021 to Mar 2022 13.0 days
Apr 2022 to Mar 2023 12.8 days
Apr 2023 to Mar 2024 12.5 days

Apr 2023 to Mar 2024

12.5 days

Data source

The data source for this measure and more detailed information can be found in the HM Prison & Probation Service workforce quarterly publication.

Publication date

Published: 16 May 2024. Next publication: 15 August 2024 9:30am.