Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on recruitment

HMPPS recruitment has to be safe and we all have a duty to stay at home and away from others, where possible.

To stay up to date on how our recruitment processes are being impacted by COVID-19, please read our Frequently Asked Questions below. These will be kept up to date with the latest information.

1. Is the probation service continuing to recruit?

Yes, we are keen to welcome in more probation officers and our next recruitment campaign will go live in June. We are looking at virtual alternatives to replace the face-to-face parts of our recruitment process.

2. Will Coronavirus have any impact on the assessment process?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s social distancing requirements that are in force, we are taking the necessary measures to ensure both candidate and staff safety. This may require moving assessment events to a remote solution where applicants would be assessed via a Virtual Assessment Event. If we enable this solution all details will be sent to you before your Assessment Event date, which will ensure you are fully prepared ahead of schedule. Please be aware that you will be required to use a laptop/computer and join a video conference call to attend a Virtual Assessment Event. If this is not possible please make us aware in your application and we will work to provide alternative solutions.

3. I have accepted a formal offer but I am waiting for my vetting

We are continuing with your pre-employment checks, once these are successfully completed your contract will be issued so that we can welcome you on board in July.

4. I have a start date; will I be able to begin training?

Your start date will remain as the one on your contract and you should wait to hear from us regarding any updates. If you haven’t yet received your contract, this will follow in due course once all required pre-employment checks are complete. We are looking into alternatives for training and will let you know as soon as we have confirmation.


If you have any further questions about your application, please email MoJ-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com.