A Deep Look at the Data: How Are Veterans Doing in Today’s Workforce?

AN article showing what employment outcomes look like for former service personnel in the US economy offers and interesting insight into veteran employment overseas - with some comparisons to UK veterans.

In partnership with Joining Forces, Indeed Military offers free resources to help employers connect with veterans and military spouses who are looking for jobs in the US, and the two organisations have put together this key analysis.

Three key findings and comparisons to UK veterans:

1. Overall, the unemployment rate for former service members is lower than civilians, found the US report. This is similar to results found in the Annual population survey: UK armed forces veterans residing in Great Britain 2015 report, where data showed no significant differences in the percentages employed, unemployed or economically inactive when compared to non-veterans.

2. The US report found veterans are more likely to work in occupations that require skillsets they may have used in a similar military job. For example, military experience may easily transfer into occupations like transportation, maintenance, and protective service. See table below.

Chart taken from US report

Chart taken from US report

Taken from Indeed in the US

Taken from Indeed in the US

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. In data by from the Annual population survey, you can see similarities to the UK veteran workforce, with higher percentages in job roles such as manufacturing, transport, defence and construction. See table below.

Data taken from UK Annual Population Survey

Data taken from UK Annual Population Survey

While the high-level data indicates that veterans are faring well in the US economy, there are other data points that point to areas for improvement. The article suggests that once ex-service personnel are in a civilian job, few veterans feel supported - and at a disadvantage because of their service. This again, is similar to UK data found in the Our Community - Our Covenant report, where it as revealed that 38% of Armed Forces Community members felt disadvantaged as a result of their service.

The article ends by indicating there is still room for growth when it comes to providing successful employment outcomes for former service members in the US, something a number of veteran employment reports released in the UK recently have all agreed. It will be interesting to see in the future, what the US Government - and veteran charities and agencies, do to further support veterans into employment and whether the UK can look to the US for inspiration on how to provide more support - and more job opportunities to veterans.

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Faye Copp

Faye is a qualified senior reporter. She has previously worked at the North Devon Journal and The Westmorland Gazette. Faye recently moved to Scotland to live close to her Royal Marine husband. While in Scotland, Faye has been freelance writing; writing blog posts, advertising features and news articles. She is also a keen fundraiser for the Royal Marines Charity and recently took part in a 103-mile yomp to raise money for the charity. Faye is now helping to write the content for SaluteMyJob's blogs and Best Practice guides.