Research published in the Telegraph showed that almost a fifth of new staff are either not kept on after their probationary period or have the period extended. The most common reason was poor performance and closely followed by lateness. Paris Smith’s Employment Department have always emphasised the importance of probationary periods and anecdotally it appears that the last few years of economic gloom have meant that employers have tightened up their probationary procedures. This has meant that employees have been assessed at an early stage and support provided as necessary.

However as many industry sectors begin to recruit staff with a healthy economic forecast predicted, many employers are emphasising how difficult it is to attract ‘good’ staff and therefore maybe the increased rate of failure at probationary review is down to a ‘skills gap’ emerging.

We would encourage employers always to use your probationary period, if possible schedule a meeting as a probationary review, and make sure your reasons are clear for ending the employment relationship if you choose to.