A major new study released by the Veterans Work consortium, reveals that military service is likely to improve your chances of finding employment…

The study found that, contrary to what many believe, veteran employment rates at 81% are far higher than the national average of 75.5%. The report, titled ‘Veterans Work: Moving On’, surveyed 1,786 UK veterans who had transitioned out of the military in the past 10 years.

Veterans Work, made-up of leading professional services firm Deloitte, the Armed Forces charity the Officers’ Association and The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), is a consortium of organisations whose collective aim is to improve the understanding of veteran employment.

The Consortium’s research found that 62% of veterans identifying as having a mental health disability are in employment. Whereas employment rates for those identifying as having a mental health disability across the working age population of the UK are much lower at just 25%.

A separate poll of 2,849 UK civilians, conducted in June of this year, revealed a startling disconnect between perception and reality when it comes to the mental state of veterans and their chances of employment as they re-enter the workplace.

The YouGov poll commissioned by FiMT and the Ministry of Defence, found that an alarming 64% of civilians think that veterans are more likely to suffer from more mental, physical and emotional issues than those who have never served. The YouGov report also found that 39% of employers believe veterans are more likely to be ‘institutionalised’. Additionally, 30% thought that serving in the Armed Forces ‘damages people’.

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