In the U.K alone there is an estimated 2.6 million veterans. Out of this 2.6 million, approximately 900,000 of which are estimated to be of working age. However, still to this day, there are too many veterans out of work. Veterans Work tries to encourage businesses to consider these veterans as part of their hiring strategy.
This week veterans Work are shining a light on veterans in the workplace and their transferable skills, starting with the new ‘Veterans Work’ films.
Joanna Lumley, Ray Winstone and Hugh Bonneville are some of the celebrities that have pulled together to star in a series of short films produced to promote military veteran employment.
If you already employ Veterans, you are looking to find out more about employing veterans or you are a veteran yourself follow veterans in the workplace week across their social media channels.
Veterans Work – The Report
The Veterans Work report was produced by Deloitte, the Officers’ Association and Forces in Mind Trust. It highlights the significant benefits organisations can have by recruiting from the veteran talent pool. As well as some of the challenges faced by UK veterans entering employment.
The report found that:
- 72% of organisations with active ex-military recruitment programmes would definitely recommend employing veterans
- More than half of organisations that have employed veterans say they tend to be promoted more quickly than their workforce in general
- Many of the skills that veterans possess are in areas where organisations are experiencing gaps
However, it also found that:
- 30% of businesses admitted they have not even considered employing veterans;
- 60% ruled out employing those without industry specific experience; and
- There is approximately 700,000 veterans who are in routine, low-skilled or low-paid jobs.
Pledge Your Support
Over 1,500 employers across the UK have pledged their support to the Armed Forces community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. A Ministry of Defence scheme designed to encourage companies to hire veterans.
“It is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives” Armed Forces Covenant, (2017)
Vortex are proud to be recognised with a Bronze Award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme and encourage more businesses to do the same!
Why you should sign the covenant
By signing the covenant, it means that you are supporting your employees as reservists and veterans.
If you are a forces friendly employer you can benefit from the wide range of unique skills and experiences that reservists and veterans can bring to your organisation. Employing armed forces community members can help diversify the talent in your workforce.
Find out more on how to become a forces friendly employer.