Employers roles and responsibilities

In 2013 the Ministry of Defence (MoD) released the white paper ‘Reserves in the Future Force 2020: Valuable and Valued’, highlighting the commitment to ensuring that the UK’s Reserve Forces are correctly supported. 

Employers have a certain level of responsibility to ensure that reservist colleagues are supported throughout their civilian and military careers. In this section we outline the benefits of employing reservists, why it is important to support them, as well as guidance and information on how to be a committed reservist employer.

Why it matters

It is important for NHS organisations to be supportive reservist employers. Find out your responsibilities as an employer, including the benefits your organisation can gain from a reservist’s military skills and experience.

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How to be a supportive employer

Public commitment is a key aspect to being a supportive employer for reservists. Find out how your organisation can publicly pledge their support to reservist colleagues.

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The facts

Find out more about reservists and their commitments to annual training and mobilisation, as well as the financial support and guidance available for employers.

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Armed Forces Covenant

By signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant, NHS organisations are able to prove their public commitment to the Armed Forces community and build their reputation as a reservist friendly employer.

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Employer Recognition Scheme

The Employer Recognition Scheme rewards and recognises UK employers for their support and commitment for the Armed Forces Community.

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