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Probationary arrangements (Rules L)

All new members of assistant staff on appointment will be subject to a probationary period of between three and six months, depending on the grade and level of responsibility of your post.

During this period your Head of Institution will ensure that appropriate arrangements are made for induction, and that your performance is monitored and you are given all necessary guidance and training to enable you to perform well in the role.

During the probationary period your Head of Institution or supervisor will arrange a series of progress reviews at appropriate intervals. Towards the end of the probationary period your Head of Institution or supervisor will make an overall assessment of your performance and, where this has been satisfactory, will confirm the appointment.

Where the Head of Institution or his/her nominee is not able to confirm that probation has been completed satisfactorily, s/he, after consulting the Human Resources Division, will decide on an appropriate course of action, which may be

  1. to extend the probation where more time is needed to assess performance, or
  2. to authorize the termination of the appointment, with the appropriate notice period, where performance is unsatisfactory.

If your appointment is terminated, you will have the right to appeal, in accordance with the disciplinary procedure set out in Rule H16. You will be notified in writing of the right to appeal at the time that formal notice of dismissal is given.

Any misconduct during the probationary period will normally be dealt with separately in accordance with the disciplinary procedures set out in Rules H.

Casual and temporary appointments for less than 12 weeks will not be subject to a probationary period. If you are appointed for less than 12 weeks and your appointment is subsequently extended a probationary period will be set. In setting your probationary period, your Head of Institution will consider your performance in your initial period of employment and in any event your total probationary period will not exceed six months from your initial date of appointment.