Longer-Term Employment Outcomes of Ex-Service Personnel


This report details a study that explores the longer-term employment outcomes of veterans in relation to the support they received during transition. Further, the report identifies barriers and facilitators to sustainable employment and looks at how successful employment can be defined.


Study findings indicate that time in service and support during resettlement impact on the longer-term employment outcomes of ex-Service personnel. Whether this impact is favourable (or not) will largely depend on four factors related to the serving person: their individual characteristics; actions taken; personal circumstances; and support on leaving. Whilst some of these factors are within the control of the individual, others (such as individual characteristics) are clearly not. Resettlement support was not felt to be particularly helpful in securing employment in the short-term (only 45.9% agreed it was), and even less so in the longer-term (23.9% agreed it was). In addition, many ex-Service personnel felt that whilst the military provided them with the ‘soft’ skills to secure employment in the longer-term, support with the development of business skills (e.g. commercial, marketing, finance) was lacking.

Full Reference

Fisher, N., Newell, K., Barnes, S. A., Owen, D., Lyonette, C., 2021. Longer-Term Employment Outcomes of Ex-Service Personnel. QinetiQ and the Warwick Institute for Employment Research. Report prepared for the Forces in Mind Trust.