Employers are missing out on talented and highly-qualified staff due to a lack of understanding of how the skills of ex-military personnel can be transferred.

Service leavers often feel disadvantaged when they enter the workplace and are sometimes recruited into roles that do not match their skill sets, according to a report from the Institute of Leadership & Management.

Based on findings from a series of focus groups, the Tales of Transition report said businesses often had biased views about service leavers being “damaged” or autocratic.