Employer Recognition Scheme

In 2014, the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme was launched by the Prime Minister to recognise and reward UK employers for their support for and commitment towards the Defence Community.

There are three tiers of award – Bronze, Silver and Gold – for employers who first pledge, then demonstrate, then advocate support to the Armed Forces Community in alignment with the Armed Forces Covenant.

Bronze Award

Bronze Award holders are self-nominated employers who pledge their intention to support Defence, and take a positive stance towards Reservists and service leavers who are either existing or prospective employees.

Bronze Award holders seek to promote an Armed Forces friendly position, and are open to employing Reservists and supporting their training and mobilisation commitments.


Silver Award

Silver Award holders demonstrate support for Defence, employing at least one Reservist or service leaver, actively communicating and upholding a positive stance to their employees via established HR policies and procedures.

Silver Award holders support Reservists by demonstrating flexibility to allow them to fulfil their annual training and mobilisation commitments.


Gold Award

Gold Award holders proactively advocate and support Defence, communicating their commitment both internally to employees and externally to the wider community, through established policies and examples of support.

Gold Award holders demonstrate significant support for Reservists, enabling them to fulfil their annual training and mobilisation commitments.


To register for a Bronze award or nominate an employer for Silver or Gold please visit the Employer Recognition Scheme website by clicking here.

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