Prison Officers: Length of Service

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 8th May 2018.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of prison officers have (a) 0-1, (b) 1-3, (c) 3-5 (d) 5 -10 and (e) over 10 years of continuous service in the prison service as of January 2018.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

We are significantly exceeding our prison officer recruitment targets, which is vital to ensuring prisons are safe, secure and decent so they can successfully rehabilitate offenders. But it is also important that we retain experienced staff members, and we continue to work with governors to ensure this happens.

Snapshot figures are taken for the last working day of the month. Figures on the length of service of band 3-5 prison officers as at 31 December 2017 can be found in Table 1:

Table 1: Proportion of band 3-5 prison officers in post by length of service (full time equivalent), as at 31 December 2017

Completed years of service1


Band 3-5 Officers2

Under 1 year








10 years and over


1 Length of service in HMPPS calculated from most recent hire date. Where staff have transferred in from another Government Department or have transferred in through HMPPS taking over a function, length of service is calculated from entry to HMPPS.

2 Includes Band 3-4 / Prison Officer (incl specialists), Band 4 / Supervising Officer and Band 5 / Custodial Managers.

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