Each year approximately 14,000 people leave the UK military.

These include personnel with a broad range of professional skills and experiences – including engineers, drivers, chefs, nurses, project managers and technology experts. All super scarce skills.

And whilst its risky to assume what the Chancellor’s going to include in the budget, there’s been several hints dropped around a new one-year employer NICs holiday from April 2020 for employers that hire people within one year of leaving the armed force.

This comes on the back of several Government departments now offering guaranteed interviews for ex-military.

Many employers already have programmes in place to hire ex-forces people – either for philanthropic reasons or to bring in the talent with specialist skills.

If we look to the US, this practice is much more advanced, with most major employers having highly visible veteran recruitment initiatives.

These vary from niche programmes – Cisco has developed a conversion programme specifically to support military technologists to transition into civilian life. And at a volume level, PeopleScout works with Walmart and supported them to hire 250,000 veterans in 2019.

If you’re looking to broaden your sourcing channels it may be even more worthwhile to take another look at ex-service people.