Setting probation periods

There is no legal requirement for you to set a probation period for new employees, but it is good practice to do so.

Any job offer or employment contract must make it clear if there are conditions attached to the offer, such as a probation period. Any offer should also state:

  • that employment may be terminated by either party during the probation period
  • the notice period either party is required to give to terminate employment during the probation period, usually 1 weeks’ notice
  • any notice to terminate must be given in writing
  • that the probation period may be extended at the discretion of the employer

Probation periods are usually 3 or 6 months, depending on how long you think it will take the employee to fully learn the role.