Trial Periods - FAQs
What is a trial period?
If you are offered an alternative position, through Suitable Alternative Employment (SAE) or redeployment, your appointment may be subject to the completion of a trial period, details of which will be included within your new appointment/change of appointment letter, sent to you from Human Resources
A trial period is utilised to assess the suitability of the position, by both the department and yourself.
A trial period is likely to be used when your new position is significantly different from the former post.
How long is a trial period?
A trial period is usually for a maximum of four weeks with effect from the date of appointment.
On some occasions, the length of the trial period may be more or less than these four weeks, dependant of the new position and the likely period of transition. In all cases, your new manager will discuss and agree with you the appropriate length of the trial period.
What happens if the trial period is successful?
If your appointment to your new position is subject to the completion of a trial period, these will be included within your new appointment/change of appointment letter, sent to you from Human Resources. If you successfully complete your trial period, your appointment will continue based upon the terms and conditions set out in your new appointment/change of appointment letter.
What happens if the trial period is unsuccessful?
If the trial period is unsuccessful, your manager will discuss the reasons with you and will explore the options now available to you.