Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on recruitment – update Tuesday 24 March. 

HMPPS recruitment has to be safe and we all have a duty to stay at home and away from others, where possible. In line with government policy, we have made a decision to temporarily close our assessment centres.

If you have an application in progress with us, we will be in touch with you.

For more information, 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?

In light of the current situation with COVID-19 and all individuals being asked to stay at home, we are having to temporarily suspend our PQiP assessment centres. To ensure both the safety of those in our care and the wider public, maintaining sufficient levels of staff remains a priority for HMPPS. The continuation of assessment centres is essential to support the recruitment of necessary frontline staff and we are working hard to ensure that we are able to resume assessments again as soon as it is safe to do so.

2. What does this mean for my application if I haven’t yet attended an assessment centre?

We will prioritise you for an alternative date as soon as we practically can. The postponement of PQiP recruitment assessment centres will unfortunately result in a delayed start date – we will be in touch again in due course with replacement dates for assessment centres, together with further details regarding a new potential start date.

If you have any further questions about your application, please email