What Are The Top Companies Helping To Support The Armed Forces in the UK?

SaluteMyJob have put together a list of all employers who have been awarded gold by the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS). ERS gives out bronze, silver and gold awards for employers and organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to the Armed Forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

In order to receive a gold award an organisation must; show intent to support the Armed Forces Community, demonstrate and give evidence of how they are doing so and must become an advocate of the Armed Forces Community. Many of the employers awarded gold status are recognised for their commitment to hiring Reservists and veterans in their workplace and have Armed-Forces recruitment initiatives.


Since signing the Armed Forces Covenant, AECOM has doubled the number of Reservists it employs and has invested in a bespoke service for recruiting Service leavers which has increased the number of veterans it employs from 40 to 70, spanning all ranks and Services. http://www.aecom.com/careers/who-we-hire/military/

+ Atkins

Atkins employ around 30 Reservists and have increased paid time away from work from 5 to 10 days. They’ve created a Reservist and Service Leaver Champion, have supplied Reservists for Defence Relationship Management case studies and advocate reserve service to other employers. http://www.atkinsglobal.co.uk/en-GB/media-centre/features/partnering-with-the-armed-forces

+ Atos UK Ltd

Atos has developed many initiatives that offer flexibility and opportunity to Defence personnel. These include support for their employees in their roles within the Reserve Forces, military spouses in their workplace and new careers for injured veterans across the UK through collaboration with The Career Transition Partnership and Recovery Career Services. http://uk.atos.net/en-uk/home/careers.html

+ Automobile Association (The AA)

The AA encourage organisations to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant and have, on numerous occasions, advocated support for Defence Personnel by providing best practice guidance and support to other employers and participating at Defence conferences. https://www.theaa.com/breakdown-cover/news/aa-updates-armed-forces-corporate-covenant.html

+ Babcock

Babcock employ 80+ Reservists and hundreds of veterans and want to employ more. Babcock promotes reserve service through advertising they are an Armed Forces-friendly organisation in recruitment processes and offer a guaranteed interview for any Reservist who applies for a specific post via the Babcock International website. https://www.babcockinternational.com/Careers/Armed-forces-commitment

+ BAE Systems

BAE Systems employ some 47 Reservists within their UK companies. They have developed a detailed HR policy that includes measures that actively encourage Reserve service and have hosted multiple recruitment events in their businesses. http://www.baesystems.com/en-uk/feature/supporting-our-armed-forces

+ Bank of America Merrill Lynch

The bank employs more than 50 veterans and Reservists, drawing on their military experience to provide value for its customers and clients. BofAML works closely with the Career Transition Partnership, the Officers’ Association, Defence Relationship Management and the Royal British Legion to support active and former Defence personnel. The bank’s Military Employee Network connects ex-military employees to each other and provides routes into banking for Service leavers. http://careers.bankofamerica.com/us/working-here/military-veterans.aspx

+ Barclays

Barclays has a dedicated military programme which has facilitated the support of Veterans, in particular wounded personnel and Reserves. Through their AFTER programme, they have impacted 2,411 Service personnel (up to July 2014) by providing outreach to military personnel on training and employability skills. Their Group CEO and other senior executives actively participate in military and charity events which are publicised both internally and externally, clearly highlighting Barclays support to the overall Armed Forces community. https://www.home.barclays/AFTERprogramme.html

+ Boeing Defence UK Ltd

Around a quarter of Boeing’s UK staff are veterans or serve in the Reserve Forces and this ratio is exceeded within Boeing Defence UK. Boeing actively engages with the Career Transition Partnership and encourages staff to share their transition experience with those approaching the end of their military service. To prevent the early outflow of skilled Defence people, it invests in wide ranging training. http://www.boeing.co.uk/products-services/boeing-defence-uk/about-us/about-boeing-defence-in-the-uk.page

+ BT

BT is a long standing supporter of the UK's Reserve Forces and made a significant contribution to the Future Reserves 2020 consultation process; it currently employs more than 200 Reservists. The company has an HR policy which provides proactive support to Reserve service. BT actively recruits Service leavers, with more than 1,600 ex-Armed Forces personnel joining the company over the last three years. http://www.btplc.com/Careercentre/index.htm

+ Bureau Veritas

Joint Forces, Bureau Veritas’ programme of support, was established in 2012 to recruit and help Service leavers integrate into the business. Since 2012, the company has recruited more than 100 Service leavers, some of whom have been promoted into leadership roles. The company works with the Recovery Centres Partnerships to offer work placements, training and career coaching to wounded, injured and sick veterans. Bureau Veritas strongly believes that military skills make a great contribution to the business. http://www.bureauveritas.co.uk/home/careers

+ Carillion

Currently employ over 40 Reservists and have set themselves an internal target of 300 Reservists by 2016. They actively support Veterans, currently employing approximately 400 Service leavers and provide placement opportunities for wounded personnel. Carillion encourage support to the cadets and have a number of senior personnel actively involved in cadet units. https://www.carillionplc.com/about-us/corporate-covenant/

+ Deloitte

Deloitte support Service leavers and Reservists in their business with robust and highly supportive policies and campaigns. They are showcasing cross-Covenant activity in a prominent position on their corporate website. In these pages they offer case studies of their ex-Forces people as well as their reservists and spell out why they value talented individuals with military training. Deloitte have also gone further; promoting their values to their supply chain. https://www2.deloitte.com/uk/en/pages/careers/articles/military-recruitment.html

+ DJ Rees Decorating Services Limited

The company recruits apprentices into its team exclusively from the Armed Forces Employability Pathway scheme. D J Rees has been extremely supportive of its current Reservist employee who is about to become a regular soldier and has also placed a Reservist in employment with a subcontractor as an apprentice electrician. DJ Rees has advocated for the Defence Employer Engagement agenda down its supply chain and across the wider SME community in South Wales and presented the SME view to employers at Army engagement events, helping extend engagement with Defence among businesses in the region. http://djreesser.co.uk

+ Doncaster Council

Doncaster’s Mayor pledged to “be a strong voice for veterans” and Doncaster Council’s holistic veteran support approach has been recognised nationally as good practice in the 2015 Lord Ashcroft Veteran Transition Review. Doncaster Council provides veteran support sessions with their Royal British Legion partners and Doncaster’s 450 ex-Gurkha families recently received Covenant funding for 41 weeks’ training in English as second language, with 54 graduates completing the programme in 2016. http://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/adult-social-care/support-for-our-armed-forces-community

+ Dundee City Council

The Council actively promotes its services to Armed Forces personnel, veterans and their families to ensure uptake of welfare benefits and money advice services, housing options, education, access to leisure facilities, social care services and employability and training services.

+ Essar Oil

Essar Oil has signed a Partnership Agreement with a local brigade to allow Essar’s Specialist Reserve Employees to provide National Oil Industry SME advice to the Army and the wider Government departments. They continue to see the benefit of employing ex-military personnel and have supported several personnel through mobilised service. http://www.essar.com/section.aspx?cont_id=torXTeKrpXc=

+ Fujitsu

Fujitsu have collated a number of case studies of reservists and Service leavers within their employment and are working with Defence Relationship Management to look at placing these in industry/Defence publications in order to further advocate support. Fujitsu regularly use social media to promote the work that they are doing to support the Armed Forces community and they produced a set of three films in conjunction with the RAF that were pushed out on social media during Armed Forces Week. Fujitsu also promote their commitments to Defence in their internal publications, on their intranet, and through their graduate, apprenticeship and industrial placement communities. http://www.fujitsu.com/uk/

+ Gateshead Council

Gateshead Council is now recognised as one of the most forward leaning Armed Forces authorities within the North East, if not the country, proactively supporting the Armed Forces Community. GC has an inclusive HR policy for Reservists , links with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) and Catterick’s Early Leavers Project and has provided front line staff with information outlining employment and support services for veterans. Since October 2012 the council has employed a dedicated Armed Forces Outreach worker and took the lead in launching the Tyneside Armed Forces Outreach Service in 2014 which it currently manages. http://www.gatesheadhousing.co.uk/armed-forces-support/

+ Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

GHNHSFT position themselves as the Reservists' employer of choice, backed up by the publication of their Reservist-friendly HR policy that clearly demonstrates special paid leave of two weeks plus an additional week unpaid to accommodate training commitments. Their HR Director has also instigated, and taken a lead with, a Regional NHS Medical Reserves Committee to build specific relationships for the benefit of Medical Reserves. http://www.gloshospitals.nhs.uk/en/

+ Hampshire County Council

The county’s Armed Forces community is among the largest in the country with over 60,000 veterans, 20,000 serving personnel and 1,200 Reservists. With funding from the Community Covenant Grant scheme, the County Council has built 20 wooden camping pods which are free for military families. The Poppy Pods at Tile Barn Outdoor Centre offer respite in the New Forest as part of the County Council’s legacy in thanking our forces’ communities for their service and sacrifices. https://www.hants.gov.uk/community/armedforces

+ Hewlett-Packard (HP)

As one of the first companies to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, Hewlett-Packard (HP) takes pride in being an active employer of Reservists and veterans. In the UK, HP has appointed an internal Reservist Champion and they have an online resource for all veterans and Reservists that make up the company Armed Forces community. http://www8.hp.com/uk/en/industries/defence_commuter.html

+ Holt’s Military Banking, Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest

An employee Armed Forces Network has been established and specific policies are in place enabling Reservists to meet their training commitments and undertake operational deployment. Significant value is placed on the role that veterans play in shaping the organisation. Their work ethic, skill-sets and ability to work under pressure are highly prized in an organisation that is going through significant change. http://www.rbs.co.uk/holts.ashx


HSBC has a long history of employing ex-Servicemen and women in a wide range of roles, recognising the diversity, teamwork skills and experience they bring to the business. HSBC’s military transition programme provides personalised support for service personnel during the recruitment process as well as additional support for the wounded, injured and sick. HSBC has a Military Network founded and run by employees which helps shape the bank’s policies and spreads the word about the Defence community internally and in the bank’s recruitment outreach. Network. http://www.hsbc.com/careers/where-we-hire/united-kingdom


ISS are signatories of the Covenant and have identified seven streams of work for their activities: Recruitment; Reservists; Training; Placements; VETS; Cadets and Spouses. They actively work with the CTP and Walking with the Wounded and have employed wounded, injured and sick personnel.On this years’ Reserves Day, ISS launched a new policy detailing the support to Reservists including a single point of contact for employees & managers for questions relating to Reservists. http://www.uk.issworld.com/cr/ourpeople/the-armed-forces-covenant

+ Jaguar Land Rover

JLR have employed over 120 Service leavers (SL) in the last two years. The company actively encourages their supply chain to recruit SL, and has recommended SL to suppliers when no JLR opportunities were available. JLR support more than 45 Reservists with 15 days paid leave for training. JLR encourages and supports a JLR Ex-Forces Society that co-ordinated Armed Forces Day and Reserves Day activity, and a LinkedIn group. http://www.jaguarlandrovercareers.com/jlr-roles/exarmedforces/

+ JP Morgan

JP Morgan allows 10 days’ paid military leave per year to attend training camps, fully accommodates employee mobilisation, allows flexible leave around a partner’s deployments and works closely with the CTP to assist the transition of veterans into the workplace. They set up a global group, ‘Voices of Employees That Served’ (VETS), to support and nurture individuals with a Forces background. JP Morgan runs a market-leading internship program for Service leavers to integrate Service leavers into finance and actively recruits service leavers for live roles in Edinburgh, London and Bournemouth. http://careers.jpmorgan.com/careers/programs/military-uk

+ Kier Group

Working closely with the CTP, Kier offers Service leavers a recognised route to employment, including accelerated apprenticeship and graduate programmes for early service leavers and a gas training course which has led to roles for veterans – both at Kier and its supply chain. Kier also offers work placements to wounded service leavers. Kier offers Reservist employees additional leave for training. http://www.kier.co.uk/careers.aspx


KPMG has an employee network of 200 former and serving military colleagues. KPMG grants Reservist employees paid leave for military duties and line managers are encouraged to offer Reservists flexibility to meet their routine commitments. Their Internship Programme has given employment opportunities to 25 service leavers, all of whom have converted to permanent roles in the firm. https://home.kpmg.com/uk/en/home/careers.html

+ M-EC Consulting Development Engineers

The Managing Director of M-EC Consulting Development Engineers is an exemplar employer advocate for support to the Reserve Forces within the private sector and has been very public encouraging supportive behaviour from other employers in the region. Company personnel are very aware of the potential benefits from transferable skills and attributes gained by Reservists during training and mobilisation and the company has a positive attitude towards Reservists and service leavers when recruiting. http://www.m-ec.co.uk/careers/

+ National Express

National Express were the first company to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and have been active supporters of Defence from ticket discounts for service personnel, families & Reservists to year on year support for Armed Forces Day with active social media coverage in their support of their Reserves, Defence and the service charities. http://www.nationalexpressgroup.com/our-way/case-studies/community/military-covenant/

+ Nationwide Building Society

To support the transition of Service leavers into roles within Nationwide, the society has launched a Veterans, Reserves Community Employee Network Group. Nationwide has also developed initiatives which make it easier for service personnel to access mortgages and loans. https://www.nationwide-jobs.co.uk/military/

+ NHS Nottingham University Hospitals Trust

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is an exemplar of Reserve service in the public sector actively encouraging supportive behaviour from other NHS Trusts. They currently employ some 19 Reservists and have highlighted the benefits of Reserve service both internally and externally. Their HR policy is supportive of training and they have a proven return to work process that is used by all employees returning from mobilisation. https://www.nuh.nhs.uk/work-here/

+ NHS Scotland

Employing some 27 Reservists, NHS Scotland has a dedicated Reserve Forces Training & Mobilisation policy that encourages service in the Reserves. They have been nominated by 612 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force who have benefited from the ability to run recruiting events in a number of NHS Scotland hospitals. https://jobs.scot.nhs.uk

+ Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

The Trust’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant is demonstrated through its continued support and advocacy of veterans, Reservists and Armed Forces families. The Trust champions the employment of Reservists throughout the NHS and has demonstrated significant support for Reservist employees. Uniquely in the region, the organisation has supported the New Officers Course for Army Reservists, briefing delegates on the importance of a mutually beneficial Reservist-employer relationship.

+ Pertemps

Working in partnership with Defence, Pertemps has helped develop and pilot the Portfolio Employment Model (PEM). This programme supports the employment of members of the military community and includes free LGV driver training and upskilling for Service leavers, Reservists and civilians wishing to join the Reserves and combine a military career with a driving career with Pertemps. Pertemps recruits permanent Forces Liaison Officers who are either Reservists or Service leavers. https://www.pertemps.co.uk

+ PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC)

PwC employs a number of Reservists and Service leavers annually and many have gone on to become partners in the company. They actively seek out veterans as part of the recruitment process and in last year helped over 12 people transition from the Armed Forces directly into roles within PwC. PwC run workshops to guide veterans on how best to interview, present and generally integrate back into a civilian working environment, have hosted several days of work experience for ex-military personnel. PwC host an active military support network for their employees to meet and stay in contact. http://www.pwc.co.uk/careers/experienced-jobs/opportunities/military-recruitment.html

+ QinetiQ

QinetiQ is an employer of both Reservists, which make up two percent of its workforce, and of Service Leavers, which account for over 20 percent. The company extends its commitment to the Armed Forces community by supporting Cadet units and employing military spouses. It also acts as an external advisor to Tedworth House Core Recovery Events for wounded, injured and sick forces personnel, assisting them in their transition into civilian life. https://www.qinetiq.com/careers/search-and-apply/Pages/default.aspx

+ Royal College of Nursing

The Royal College of Nursing employ 3 Army Reservists and their Chief Executive has visited Afghanistan through the Operation HERRICK 'Employers Abroad' scheme, focusing on the medical capability being delivered by UK Reservists. They have acted as advocates for Reserve service within nursing publications and actively participated in the Partnering for Talent research. https://www.rcn.org.uk/about-us/work-for-us

+ Scottish Ambulance Service

The Scottish Ambulance Service has a long history of employing Reservists and veterans. The Service also supports the Cadet forces, having a Commandant and Honorary Colonel amongst its workforce, as well as many other Cadet Force Adult Volunteers. http://www.scottishambulance.com/WorkingForUs/Default.aspx


Serco have been one of the most reliable and consistent advocates of Defence in the last year championing Covenant messaging to their supply chain and to their professional networks. Serco have increased their Reservist numbers by 30% in the last year and on average hire one service leaver per week. The organisation have produced their own recruiting materials encouraging members of the workforce to join the reserves as well as internal communications materials advocating the benefits of reservists to line managers. https://www.serco.com/careers/armed-forces-covenant

+ Surrey County Council

The Council puts the Covenant into action by going out of its way to support all Reservists, veterans and Adult Cadet Volunteers it employs and seeks to share best practice widely. One of its many successful initiatives has been providing guidance and encouraging all eleven Boroughs and District Councils to establish an Armed Forces Champion, ensuring the aims of the Covenant are always at the forefront. https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/advice-guidance-and-support/armed-forces

+ TA Plastic Supplies Ltd

To welcome more Reservists into the business, TA has developed a flexible HR policy which includes extra leave for training. A true advocate for Reservists, TA’s Managing Director often speaks at events on the value of military skills in the workplace. The company also leverages support for the Armed Forces Covenant through its own supply chain.

+ Tesco

Tesco have been a key partner of CTP since 2007. Tesco has raised a record £5.3million for the 2014 Poppy Appeal. Current project work includes updating the Reserves HR policy and working with BFPO to potentially allow customers to have free delivery on non-food internet orders to overseas locations. https://www.ourtesco.com/our-community/supporting-our-armed-forces/

+ United Utilities

UU works hard to recruit Service leavers and actively encourages and supports its employees who wish to join the Reserves. To promote the value of Reservists and service leavers, the company has appointed two Armed Forces ambassadors. UU demonstrates proactive support by encouraging its Reservists to take part in recruitment activities and share their experience.

+ Waves Training Solutions Ltd

All members of the Waves team have either served in the military or have a military connection and all advocate for the value of military skills in the workplace. To support its Reservist employees, Waves has developed a comprehensive Reserves policy. In addition, the company offers Service Leavers work experience placements as well as resettlement advice. http://www.wavestrainingsolutions.co.uk

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