Probation Service: Agency Workers

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 6th June 2022.

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Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Minister of State (Ministry of Justice and Home Office)

The cost of agency staff for the month of April 2022, by probation region, is set out in the following table:


Total Spend £

East Midlands


East of England


Greater Manchester


Kent, Surrey and Sussex




North East


North West


South Central


South West




West Midlands


Yorkshire and the Humber


The overall Spending Review settlement continues investment in probation services and provides significant wider investment in new initiatives to reduce reoffending and beat crime. The funding secured for the next 3 years of the spending review (April 22 – March 25) has seen an additional £155m made permanent in the baseline.

The Probation Service recruited a total of 1,007 trainees in 2020/21; we committed to recruiting a further 1,500 trainee probation officers in 2021/2022 and we met this target, recruiting 1,518 in total. The Probation Service will also recruit a further 1,500 trainee probation officers in 2022/23. In addition, we are recruiting around 500 additional unpaid work supervisors, Probation Service Officers (PSOs) and case administrators.

The number of agency staff employed changes from day to day: it would not be possible to collate regional or national totals without incurring disproportionate cost.

We do not hold information on the number of retired staff working as agency staff. This is considered to be the personal information of these agency staff and is therefore not requested.

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