Momentum is gaining around the employment of ex-military across the UK, spanning a variety of industries. This is happening as the benefits to employers are becoming clearer, alongside an increasing understanding of our social responsibility to support those who have served our country.

The UK is facing a growing skills gap that a lot of ex-military personnel are specially trained to fill. According to research from the Royal British Legion, skills in or related to engineering, information technology, transport and logistics, and security commonly overlap with the most severe skills shortages.

Despite holding the knowledge desperately needed by many UK companies, ex-military personnel are often overlooked due to being stigmatised as mentally unwell. Reports suggest that 46% of recruiters would be reluctant to hire a service leaver ‘in case they had mental health issues’.

Not only does this highlight a diminishing stigmatisation of those who have served in the military, but a dangerous and problematic perception of mental health.

Luckily, many consumers are beginning to recognise that this is a stigma that only further damages ex-military personnel. As such, research suggests employers who have publicly demonstrated their willingness to hire ex-forces individuals saw a positive impact on their brand.

As such, here is a clear list to convince your colleagues that recruiting ex-military is a good idea:

1. Mental resilience

Ex-military personnel have experience working in highly pressured environments. They have the skills and expertise on how to remain calm and act decisively when required. They are also great problem solvers and have the ability to resolve issues with limited resources, adapting to whatever situation they may find themselves within.

2. Teamwork

Veterans are taught to communicate clearly to ensure the smooth running of any tasks or activities being carried out. This includes developing the ability to explain more complex information in simpler terms.

Ex-forces individuals tend to have a sufficient level of leadership experience and excellent team working skills. These are both obtained from operating in situations with limited control but working on getting the job done successfully as part of a team.

3. Skills

Military personnel are not only trained in roles that they can also use in civilian organisations but have a long list of transferable skills. These skills often revolve around organisation, problem-solving and critical thinking.

4. Work ethic

Naturally, military training instils a strict code of discipline and endurance that ensures they are committed to the project and organisation they are working for. This has been found to have had a direct effect on productivity in the workplace, especially when the employee is faced with difficult tasks that require a distinct level of concentration.

Furthermore, many employers report that veterans demonstrate greater loyalty to their new employers. This is shown in how ex-military workers have a lower rate of absenteeism than non-veteran colleagues and have on average been found to stay working within a company longer than a non-serving employee.

If this has interested you, head over to our jobs board to get quality ex-military candidates today.

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