Probation is about managing new employees’ performance to integrate them into the department or office. In effect, it is an extension of the selection process. It is mandatory for all new entrants into the Civil Service and it lasts for 12 months for staff hired to a permanent position. For fixed term or temporary staff, the probation period may vary.
The process is operated in an open, clear and supportive manner, to help managers assess the employee’s suitability for permanent appointment and support their decision to retain that employee or not.
The probationary period provides the formal structure for a manager and an employee on probation (a probationer) to discuss performance, progress and objectives, as well as any actions needed to develop performance.