Report calls for employers to recognise the benefits of veterans to UK businesses

Research published today by Deloitte, the business advisory firm, in collaboration with armed forces charities the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and the Officers’ Association, reveals a ‘stark disconnect between the rhetoric and the reality’ of veteran employment.

‘Veterans Work: Recognising the potential of ex-Service personnel’ highlights that – despite more than 1,000 businesses signing the Armed Forces Covenant – UK business is, in practice, putting Service leavers at a disadvantage. While 71 per cent of employers say they would consider employing veterans, just 39 per cent would employ someone without industry specific experience.

Some of the key findings of the report include:

  • UK business overlooks the potential of veterans’ to fill skills gap
  • 71% of organisations say they would consider employing veterans but just 39% would employ someone with no industry specific experience
  • 95% of those employing veterans agree they are strong in the ‘soft skills’ needed for the positions that over 30% of businesses are struggling to fill
Veterans Work – Employment Report

This employer led report was compiled by Deloitte with contributions from the Officers’ Association and Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT).