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Military leavers2022-11-29T17:36:09+00:00

Military service leaver? Looking for a civilian career supporting the Armed Forces? Find your place with us. 

At Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) and the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA), we know how valuable your skills and experiences are to our organisations. Join us and help deliver the best service possible to those in the UK Armed Forces.

For service leavers, we’re a natural fit. Ready to support those on the front line? Find out what we can offer and the routes for applying. 

What we can offer you

As a highly specialised part of UK Defence, we’ve been supporting military leavers on their journeys into civilian life for decades. 

We offer a range of benefits to service leavers, including: 

  • Market-leading employer pension contribution of around 27% of your salary 
  • Flexible, hybrid and part-time working opportunities (please note, you’ll need to live within a commutable distance as for some roles regular attendance to site will be required)
  • 25 days of holiday, plus one additional day every year you work up to 30 days* 
  • Up to 15 days of paid special leave per year for reservist training
  • An extra bank holiday for the King’s birthday 
  • Funding for professional qualifications and membership to professional associations, specialist training, and support to achieve your professional ambitions
  • Annual performance-based bonuses 
  • Employee well-being and occupational health services 
  • Subsidised on-site gym and sporting facilities in some locations, including our Abbey Wood site in Bristol
  • *If you join us with a break in service from the military of less than five years, and you have completed five years of military service, the military leave allowance will be preserved and you will be awarded 30 days of leave

Find out more about the benefits we offer

What types of roles are available? 

We recruit people across a wide range of professions, from project managers to engineers, and logistics experts to business managers and commercial specialists. We hire across a variety of domains too, including Land, Air, Ships, Strategic Enablers, and Corporate.

So whatever your skills or interests, take a look at our Vacancies page and see where you could start your rewarding civilian career today. 

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What are the routes to apply? 

1. Looking for a permanent role and confident to apply?

  • Apply for a suitable, permanent role on our Vacancies page
  • Don’t forgot to opt into the ‘Great Place to Work for Veterans’ scheme on our application form – this will allow your application to progress straight to interview, so long as you meet the essential criteria listed on the job advert

2. Military Transition Scheme

  • Explore our specific Military Transition Scheme positions by visiting our Vacancies page and applying the ‘Military Transition Scheme’ filter
  • Each scheme will advertise all of the relevant locations where the role can be based – let us know your preference and we can match you with the most suitable location for you
  • Rather than a traditional interview process, you won’t be competing against other candidates – instead we offer an informal chat to discuss your experience and suitability for the role
  • These paid contracts last up to 23 months – during this time we’ll help you fill any gaps on your CV, and support you to apply for a suitable, permanent role with us when one becomes available
  • If you can’t see a suitable scheme available,  simply get in touch via our HR email address (DESHR-WSC-ResourcingAdminCell@mod.gov.uk) or reach out to a relevant member of the team if you already have a contact. We’re a huge organisation, with close ties to the UK military, so we’ll do our very best to find the right role for you. 

3. ‘Going Forward into Employment’ (GFiE) scheme

  • As part of the cross-government initiative ‘Going Forward into Employment’, we advertise paid, fixed-term contracts of up to 23 months, to support service leavers who are experiencing barriers to employment 
  • These positions are advertised on the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) website
  • Rather than a traditional interview process, you won’t be competing against other candidates, and we’ll offer an informal conversation instead of a typical interview assessment  
  • You’ll benefit from support with your transition from both CTP and DE&S – so you’ll be well-prepared to apply for one of our permanent vacancies during or at the end of the scheme

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

You’ll benefit from 25 days of holiday, plus one additional day every year you work up to 30 days. You will get eight bank holidays each year, and an extra bank holiday in honour of the King’s birthday

What’s more, if you join us with a break in service from the military of less than five years, and you have completed five years of military service, the military leave allowance will be preserved, and you will be awarded 30 days of leave.

You’ll also have the chance to take up to 15 days of paid special leave a year for reservist training.

Yes – you can find our CV writing guidance here.  

Our top tip? Make sure you tailor your CV for the role you’re applying for, clearly highlighting with evidence how you match the essential criteria shown on the job advert. Don’t forget to remove any acronyms or jargon that civilian CV sifters may not understand. 

Although the balance between working on site and from home will vary from role to role, some attendance to site will be required for most positions, so you must live within a commutable distance from the site you’re recruited to (your Permanent Duty Station). 

A fixed-term contract – sometimes also referred to as a fixed-term appointment, or FTA – is a temporary appointment up to a maximum of 23 months. During this period, you’ll be on the same contracted terms and conditions as permanent employees, and you’ll have access to all of the same rewards and benefits too. 

If you have joined us in an Administrative Assistant (level 1) position, and have performed your role to a satisfactory standard, at the end of the contract you may be offered a permanent role without need to interview. 

For all other role levels, you will need to apply for a permanent role through the normal recruitment process. During the fixed term appointment, you will have the opportunity to benefit from internal training as well as CV writing courses to help prepare for this.  

You can apply for the Military Transition Scheme if you are preparing to leave military service, if you have left within the last five years, or if you have been medically discharged within the last ten years. We recommend getting in touch at least six months prior to your termination date to discuss suitable opportunities.

When you join us, you will be allocated a Functional Development Officer (FDO) and a buddy. Your FDO is there to support you throughout your career and will have regular catch-ups with you to discuss your development. 

Your buddy is an existing employee who guides you through the first few weeks or months of the job. They will help you get to know the organisation and settle in. Your buddy is also someone you can talk to and give confidential feedback to about how you are getting on. 

You’ll also have access to a wide range of training and development courses – this will include CV writing and interview preparation guidance. 

We also offer wellbeing and occupational health services for anyone who needs them. 

No – those joining via the scheme may be based at any site where there is a relevant vacancy. Talk to us and let us know your preferences.

In line with our pension policy, no member of staff can claim back from their pension if in role for less than two years. However, if you continue to work for us beyond two years, the time spent on the scheme will count towards your pension.​ 

There is no reduction to the military pension, as the Armed Forces Pension Scheme (AFPS) and Civil Service Pension Scheme (CSPS) are separate entities. ​ 

Yes, if a suitable vacancy arises at DE&S or the SDA before the end of your contract, you can apply for this. We highly recommend discussing this with your line manager, who can offer guidance on your application. 

What our current veterans think about working at DE&S

Georgie spent 10 years working in the RAF before joining us as an Operations Manager in the Operational Delivery function.

“DE&S seemed like a natural transition, using my skill set and defence experience to help deliver support to military capabilities. The opportunities here are extensive and have enabled continued career progression at my own pace, all while having a great work/life balance”

Tom was an engineer in the Royal Navy and has now been working at DE&S for over three years in the Engineering function.

Air Safety and Environmental Manager Tom in a check shirt smiles in front of a green hedge

“It’s great to work in such a diverse environment. I work with people from all walks of life who bring with them differences in thought. This is vital in engineering as we need people who can think outside the box”

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