New research from Openreach – the UK’s largest private sector employer of Armed Forces people – has found that veterans are struggling to adjust to working life in Civvy Street, with three quarters (71%) finding the transition challenging and almost half (44%) taking a year or more to fully adjust to working civilian life.

More than 15,000 people leave the Armed Forces each year and the research found that veterans spend an average of seven months out of work before finding a new career.

The research polled 250 veterans from the UK on their experiences with transitioning from the Armed Forces to civilian working life, and found that despite eight in 10 ex-servicepeople (80%) feeling employable after leaving the Forces, two thirds (68.8%) admitted to finding it difficult to see how the skills they had gained during their service would relate to a new career.

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Cobseo News, 17th July 2019)