Forbes has named Delta to its 2022 list of America’s Best Employers for Veterans.
The latest Forbes list, published Nov. 9, is based on data from an anonymous survey, conducted by market research firm Statista, of more than 7,000 veterans of the U.S. armed forces, including the National Guard or military reserve, who work both part- and full-time for companies across all industries employing at least 1,000 people in the U.S. The survey asked veterans to evaluate their employers on a number of topics including working conditions, wages and benefits, approach to diversity and inclusion, and whether the work environment was veteran-friendly.
Nearly 11% of Delta's 80,000 employees have served in the military. The company’s Veterans Business Resource Group is actively engaged with Delta leaders to create an inclusive workforce and provides professional development and networking opportunities to employees, families, and spouses who served and are currently serving in the armed forces.
“Our ties to the U.S. military run deep, post-World War II when many pilots and mechanics helped drive our growth, through today as we continue to recruit for the wide scope of veterans’ skillsets into every part of our company,” said Lisa Blackmon, Managing Director – Talent Acquisition. “Welcoming veterans into our workforce by creating a meaningful pipeline to connect their valuable, transferable skills with new career pathways after military service, will remain a top priority for our hiring efforts.”
Among the airline's partnerships is the nonprofit FourBlock, which helps military veterans transition to civilian careers with the airline and support Delta's goal of reflecting the communities we serve. In alignment with the airline's skills-first hiring approach, Delta also launched a new tool in 2022 in partnership with military.com to help veterans understand how their military occupational specialty code translates to open jobs at Delta with the Military Skills Translator. By inputting their military experience, veterans will be able to identify jobs that may leverage similar skillsets.
Delta also made the Forbes list of best employers for veterans in both 2021 and 2020. In October, Delta was named by Forbes as the best airline employer in the world and sixth best employer globally across all industries.