A call for support on the employment of veterans

19 December 2022

The National Insurance (NI) relief scheme has been accessible to employers for employing veterans since April 2021. But how many businesses in the UK are recognising the valuable skills offered by veterans?

Rachel Hopkins, Labour MP for Luton South, put a question to the government:

‘‘To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses received National Insurance contributions holidays for employing armed service leavers’’.

In response, Victoria Atkins, Conservative MP for Louth and Horncastle answered:

‘‘Between April 2022 and October 2022, 470 employers claimed the National Insurance contributions relief for employers who hire veterans’’.

Additionally, the new Veteran Employers Group (VEG), established by the Office for Veterans’ Affairs, came together to support veterans in employment and help them enter employment after leaving the Armed Forces. VEG intends to identify best practice in veteran employability and identify potential barriers to employment that the government can address.

The NI relief scheme is available for a year from the date a veteran starts their first civilian job, regardless of when they left the regular armed forces. If you are an employer, remember to check for eligible employees as you could making savings through NI relief. You can find out more on the scheme by visiting the GOV.UK site.

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