Employer Recognition Scheme


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

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

Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award

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.

Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award

Silver Award

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

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

Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award

Bronze Award

Bronze Award holders are self-nominated by employers who pledge their intention to support Defence, and take a positive stance towards Reservists 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.






Nominate your organisation for an ERS Award.
To nominate your organisation for an ERS Award, click here.

The deadline to express your interest in achieving an ERS Gold or Silver Award has now passed.

The window for nominating your organisation for either award has also closed.

You can nominate your organisation for an ERS Bronze Award at any time.

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