Interested in participating in our research?
If you are a member of the UK Armed Forces community (i.e. a veteran, Serving personnel, or a spouse/partner) and are interested in taking part, please select the online survey and/or telephone interview to find out more.
A team from IER is leading on an 18-month mixed-methods study, in partnership with QinetiQ and X-Forces. Self-employment among the Armed Forces Community has been under-researched, including the identification of any differences between the general population in motivations and routes into self-employment, as well as the barriers and supports which can lead to subsequent success or failure. This research will consider the self-employment of ex-Service personnel and Reservists, as well as the spouses of Service and ex-Service personnel, to fill the current gap in empirical evidence and contribute to policy-making and service delivery.
The key objectives of the research project are to provide a thorough and comprehensive review of the Armed Forces Community and self-employment to:
- Identify the characteristics of, and factors determining, successful self-employment;
- Identify aspects unique to that Community compared to the general population;
- Draw conclusions on the value of self-employment; and
- Recommend how to enhance the contribution of self-employment to the overall employment outcome.