All Careers Advice

  • Insurers are coming under increasing pressure to develop new ways of pricing. But, while data and technology hold the key, insurers face some significant challenges as they move to this brave new world.
  • Most people in the industry would probably describe themselves as open-minded, abhorring any kind of discrimination and supportive of more diversity in the workplace. The enthusiasm for change from all quarters is testament to that.
  • Specialist motor insurer ERS will open an underwriting academy in its Swansea office.
  • Insurance has struggled to attract talent in recent years, finding itself competing with ‘sexier’ industries
  • Amanda Blanc once told me off, as a journalist, for relying on her and others to call out sexism. Well Amanda, here you go. I hope this helps.
  • Competition is fierce and new opportunities present themselves unexpectedly. Hence the pressing need to plan a career is becoming ever more essential. There are some very simple and specific things you can do to build your profile and prepare the ground for your next career step.
  • The apprenticeship levy has divided opinion since it was introduced in April 2017. George Crescens from Wiser Academy argues it should be used to tackle skills shortages.
  • Price comparison site, GoCompare has decided to remove candidates’ names from CVs and create an all-female shortlist for its chief marketing officer role, in a bid to attract more female staff.
  • Exclusive: Zurich has said it is uncertain as to whether or not it will lose staff as a result of its recent shake up to change where certain types of business are underwritten.
  • Are you sick of hearing and reading about millennials yet? It seems that every conference I go to lately there is a session where a panel of 50-something white men mull over how these youngsters are going to save their businesses – once they’ve worked out how to market and sell to them. Ditto web...
  • Five insurers have revealed by how much women are underpaid in their organisations compared to men.
  • Male employees across Lloyd’s are paid 27.7% higher on average than female staff.
  • Swinton Insurance is to close up to 40 branches across the UK, putting 268 jobs at risk.
  • Roll back six years and I remember David Williams, on taking a new role as director of underwriting at Axa, calling for parity in remuneration between claims professionals and others.
  • Personal injury claims handlers in Allianz’s Bristol office will not be placed under employment consultation as part of the Allianz-LV merger.
  • In just one generation it has become hard to find someone who has spent their entire working career with a single insurer, broker or loss adjuster. What was commonplace up until the early 1990s is now almost unheard off. In place of such reassuring stability, redundancy now features on an increas...
  • With government and many employers now backing new initiatives to tackle gender equality in the workplace, there’s every reason for renewed interest in practical ways to retain female talent in the workforce. Job sharing, for some, offers the perfect solution allowing them freedom and flexibility...
  • What’s happened to all the farmers who are moving away from agriculture? And why can’t we tempt them into the insurance industry? How do we encourage the next generation of agricultural specialists to join our business?
  • Within the next 10 years, most of the senior wordings specialists currently practising in the market will have retired. Unless this matter is addressed now, the market will be suffering from a knowledge deficit further down the line.
  • Martin Banasik MSc, CEng, FIMechE is principal engineer (lift and crane) at Allianz Engineering