A probationary period is sometimes agreed at the start of employment. It usually lasts between 1 and 6 months, depending on the complexity of the role. During this time, the employee’s performance and suitability for the role will be assessed. At the end of this period, employment is either confirmed or terminated.

It is beneficial to give the employee feedback during the probationary period to give them the best chance of succeeding in the role. It also means that there are no surprises at the end of the probationary period.

Different terms and conditions may apply during the probationary period, such as notice period and access to benefits.