Further Employment Support for Spouses

As part of the Armed Forces Covenant, the Department for Work and Pensions supports current and former members of the Armed Forces and their families to access Jobcentre Plus services.

There is a dedicated armed forces champion in every Jobcentre Plus District to provide employment support to service families.

Those considering an Overseas assignment should be aware:

Spouses and civil partners accompanying Service personnel overseas are entitled to claim National Insurance credits to maintain their National Insurance record.

2012DIN01-190 ** Changes to the National Insurance contribution conditions enable spouses and civil partners accompanying Service Personnel on overseas assignments to claim contributory Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or contributory Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) on their return to the UK.

Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to members of the Armed Forces and their families. The Corporate Covenant is a public pledge from businesses and other organisations who wish to demonstrate their support for the armed forces community. As of July 2015, over 600 companies have signed the Corporate Covenant, however, there are also a number of employers who support the Armed Forces and adopt Covenant measures without actually signing the Corporate Covenant.