Reservists and employees linked to the armed forces

In 2016 Hampshire County Council received a Gold Award which is part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS)

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme is awarded to employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.


We recognise the important role of the Reserve Forces and the valuable contribution that they make. We encourage and support reservist employees. We hold annual events and encourage reservists to proudly wear their uniforms to work on Uniform to Work Day.

In 2014 the County Council was chosen as one of the Cabinet Office’s Trailblazer Councils. We worked with HMS King Alfred, one of the largest naval reserve training centres in the country, to revitalise the reserve forces. The County Council helped to increase awareness of opportunities among residents, business and staff. This has led to an effective and rewarding partnership with shared communications. It helped HMS King Alfred exceed its recruitment targets.

Our pledge to reservists

Our pledge of support for reservist employees is:

  • 10 days extra paid leave each year to attend military training
  • a flexible working policy to assist with military commitments
  • management support in preparation for, during and after mobilisation
  • access to an Occupational Health service
  • access to an Employee Support, a confidential counselling service
  • eligibility for sickness absence pay in line with terms and conditions
  • eligibility for maternity, paternity and adoption leave in line with terms and conditions
  • death in service scheme
  • corporate Volunteer Reserve Forces guidance used across the organisation
  • recognition given to training and experience relevant to employment in Hampshire County Council. This is included on personal records and personal development plans
  • encourage reservists to keep in contact at a social level with friends and colleagues from their workplace during periods of mobilisation
Become a Reservist
Help and advice

The County Council has a Reservist Champion and separate Armed Forces Lead Officer, Kate Steels. Kate acts as a central point of liaison, offering help, advice and signposting. Email [email protected] if you are a reservist, or interested in becoming a reservist.

Find out what some of our staff reservists say about their role

Employee Mentoring for Service leavers

An online training course for anyone supporting Service Leavers transitioning into civilian employment, and to enable organisations to establish formal mentoring schemes. For more details please email [email protected]