Over the next five years, 85,000 highly skilled and expertly trained ex-military personnel will enter the civilian job marketOffice of National Statistics (2017)
5 reasons to recruit Veterans
1. Veterans have strong technical skills and unique qualities. With over 200 trades in the Army alone, many veterans are trained and experienced in a range of technical roles, including engineering, project management, HR, policing, transport, logistics, IT and communications. All of these skills are transferable to the civilian workplace.
2. Veterans have valuable attitudes and are adaptable. Veterans bring valuable attitudes and behaviours to the commercial workforce, such as loyalty, mission focus, willingness to accept responsibility, strong work ethic, resilience and a positive ‘can-do’ attitude.
3. Veterans make highly effective employees. Many employers report increased loyalty and engagement amongst their ex-military employees. In a survey of 50 employers carried out by Deloitte, 76% of employers said that veterans tend to have lower rates of sickness absence when compared to their non-veteran workforce and are likely to be promoted more quickly. 40% also said veterans stay for longer.
4. Employing veterans is good for business and society. A survey of 100 employers carried out by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) showed that 74% of employers wish to publicly support the Armed Forces. Many described their pledges as ‘the right thing to do’ that reflect favourably on public perceptions of their company.
5. Veterans fill skills gaps. Recent research strongly suggests the skills which many veterans possess are a close match for skill shortages that employers face today. Data from The Royal British Legion showed evidence of an overlap between the areas of highest skill shortages and roles within the Armed Forces, including chefs (16% of all Skilled Trades skill-shortage vacancies) Metal Working Production and Electricians (13%).