Part Time arrangements

An expanded version of this section is currently being prepared in respect of part time officers. This will take into account PNB-agreed changes in respect of part-time working arrangements, as detailed in PNB Circular 2014/9. These changes will require ratification by Home Office Circular and amendments to Police Regulations and Determinations 2003. The changes will cover the following:

  • Part-time appointments
  • Probationary service in the rank of constable
  • Duty
  • Duty on a free day
  • Overtime
  • Public holidays and rest days
  • Annual leave

In the meantime, for up-to-date information on part-time provisions, contact the Federation Office

Members in any rank may be appointed to perform part-time service.

Part-time members may not be appointed to full-time duty without their consent, nor vice-versa, but a part-time member who has previously been full-time may opt to
return to full-time service. Regulation 5 of Police Regulations 2003 provides details.

Part-time constables, sergeants, inspectors and chief inspectors are paid at plain time for all determined and additional hours up to 40 hours in a relevant week unless they choose to take time off in lieu of payment. See Police Regulations 2003, Annex F, Part 11 and PNB Circular 2014/6 which details the relevant payments and allowances that forces should include when calculating the pay of part-time officers who work additional hours. Also, all additional hours worked by part-time constables, sergeants, inspectors and chief inspectors over their determined hours up to 40
hours in a week, which are paid, are automatically pensionable. For further details see Home Office Circulars 22/2007 and 19/2012.

For further details of part-time arrangements see:


The Part-time (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 and the Equality Act 2010 apply to police officers. Complaints under these pieces of legislation fall under the jurisdiction of the Employment Tribunals. If a member wishes to make an application to an Employment Tribunal for a complaint under these provisions, the application must be commenced within three months less one day of the act complained of. More information is included in Section O – Equality and Diversity. Contact your JBB for further information.

Produced and issued by Research and Policy Support PFEW HQ - updated October 2014 still correct August 2016

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