Additional data

Additional information on the operation of the National Probation Service (formed in 2014).

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Full time equivalent staff in post for the National Probation Service (NPS) 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 NPS 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 "NPS Wales UM transition".

For further context and commentary, please see the HMPPS workforce statistics bulletin

Staff in post (National Probation Service)
Year Staff in post (National Probation Service)
March 2021 10,020
March 2020 9,414
March 2019 9,879
March 2018 9,310
March 2017 8,693
March 2016 8,835
March 2015 8,733

March 2021 10,020

30-Jun-2021

At 30 Jun 2021 there were 16,657 FTE staff in post.

Staff in post (National Probation Service) detail


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

Staff sickness (National Probation Service)
Year Staff sickness (National Probation Service)
2020-21 8.5 days
2019-20 11.2 days
2018-19 10.5 days
2017-18 10.0 days
2016-17 11.5 days
2015-16 11.7 days
2014-15 11.9 days

Apr 2020 to Mar 2021 8.5

31-Mar-2021

For the 12 months to 30 March 2021 there were an average of 8.5 working days lost to sickness for NPS staff.

Staff sickness (National Probation Service) detail