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Veteran hiring steady, but vets growing dissatisfied

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Almost half of surveyed employers—47%—say they have hired a veteran in the last year, and 31% hired someone who separated from military service within the last three years.

However, veterans are significantly less content with their jobs than last year.

While 57% of veteran employees say they are satisfied and enjoy their work, that’s down eight percentage points from 65% in 2015. Twenty percent report working in a low-paying job (up from 19% in 2015), and 22% say they are underemployed—working jobs that are below their skill levels (up two percentage points from 2015).

The national study was conducted online by Harris Poll and included a sample of 231 full-time veteran workers and 2,587 hiring managers and HR professionals across industries and company sizes.

According to employers, here are the top qualities that they feel members of the armed services bring to their organizations after leaving active duty:

Disciplined approach to work: 63%
Ability to work as a team: 62%
Respect and integrity: 59%
Ability to perform under pressure: 54%
Leadership skills: 52%
Problem-solving skills: 48%
Ability to adapt quickly: 46%
Attitude of perseverance: 44%
Communication skills: 41%
Strong technical skills: 33%

Source: Harris Poll/ survey, November 2016

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