The veteran employment gap

Deployment to Employment – exploring the veteran employment gap in the UK

While the majority of veterans go on to have successful careers after leaving Service, this is not the case for all. The Legion’s 2014 Household Survey of the ex-Service community found that working age veterans are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed as their equivalents in the UK general population (11% vs 6%). This accounts to around 120,000 veterans who are unemployed.

The Deployment to Employment report

The Legion’s new policy report - Deployment to Employment: Exploring the veteran employment gap in the UK - looks at veteran employment rates and challenges in detail. It explores how many unemployed veterans there are in the UK, what may be behind the figures and why it would benefit everyone for the veteran employment gap to be reduced.

What can be done?

Despite improvements in support over the last few years, there is still more to be done:

  • More accurate data is needed on the long term sustainability of jobs, underemployment in the jobs market and analysis of all sectors of the veteran population
  • More can be done to strengthen existing initiatives such as the corporate pledges of the Armed Forces Covenant
  • More can be put in place to ensure that education, training, skills and qualifications gained in Service are translated into the civilian world

Tell us your employment story

The Legion’s Deployment to Employment report explores some of the barriers that veterans may face in securing long term and satisfying work in civvy street once they’ve left the Armed Forces.

What was your experience? Did you face barriers?

Your feedback will help us shape our work to reduce the barriers to employment that veterans face. Good or bad, tell us about your experiences finding work after Service.

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