ACCEPTANCE OF BUSINESS APPOINTMENTS
(Referred to in para J910
GUIDANCE TO COMMANDING OFFICERS CONSIDERING
REQUESTS FROM SERVICE PERSONNEL TO TAKE UP PAID
CIVILIAN EMPLOYMENT DURING OFF-DUTY PERIODS
Requests to undertake civilian employment during off-duty periods will not be authorised where the
activity will bring the Service into disrepute. In considering requests for such employment, Commanding
Officers must take into account not only whether such employment complies with the specific
requirements of QRs but also how such employment may be perceived by the public and the media. In
particular, they should consider:
Nature of the Employment.
For example, some private security roles require the regular
deployment of physical force which may be adversely portrayed if it becomes apparent that
serving members of the Armed Forces are involved.
Ethos of the Organisation.
For example, some organisations may be perceived as having
a ‘political’ agenda because they adopt a campaigning stance on certain controversial issues. Care
must be taken that a formal employment relationship with such an organisation does not appear to
compromise the political neutrality of the Armed Forces.
Conflict of Interest.
There must be no conflict of interest between the individual’s Service
duties and those required by his/her civilian employer.
Service personnel will already be drawing a salary from the Armed
Forces. Care must be taken to avoid the perception that civil employment during off-duty periods
detracts from availability for military duties. At the more senior levels (1* level and above),
including during Terminal Leave, an officer drawing significant remuneration from a civilian
employer while still in receipt of a substantial salary from the Armed Forces may attract criticism.
The perception may be compounded if his or her new employer is another public sector
organisation, or defence industry partner. In the latter circumstances, the presumption is that
permission will not be granted.
Care should be taken to ensure that there are no non-financial benefits
resulting from a formal relationship with a civilian employer that could attract criticism.
If a Commanding Officer judges that any of the factors above are likely to bring the Service into disrepute
he should decline the request.