Insurance Surveyor Jobs

Insurance Surveyors include carrying out surveys of items to be insured, such as buildings, ships or aircraft. As a result of their surveys, they write reports that help underwriters to decide whether to accept the insurance. Insurance Surveyors will also recommend what terms and conditions should apply to the insurance.

This role will specialise in one of four main areas of insurance:

  • fire and perils (such as explosions and floods)
  • accidents and liability
  • engineering
  • burglary and theft

Insurance Surveyors either work from an office or home. They spend much of their time on sites they are surveying and on travelling between sites. Insurance risk surveyors work normal office hours- Monday to Friday but sometimes may have to work outside these days.

Starting salaries for surveryor are usually around £23,000, while salaries for those with more experience such as senior surveyors can range from £25,000 to £40,000.

What are the entry requirements for Insurance Surveying?

Insurance Surveyors must be thorough, observant, have attention to detail and be able to communicate well, both verbally and in writing.

There are no set entry requirements for Insurance Surveyor jobs In practice, people often need qualifications such as A levels/Highers and an increasing number of employers want people with a degree. Many trainees work in other branches of insurance first and then move into Insurance Surveying. Engineering Surveyors usually come from an engineering background.

Most training takes place on the job. Trainee Surveyors can study part-time to become Associates of The Chartered Insurance Institute.

Insurance SurveyorS will work for insurance companies, insurance brokers, specialist insurance surveying firms and risk management consultancies. Engineering Surveyors usually work for specialist engineering insurance companies.

Promotion can be to senior Surveyor or head of the department. They might be able to become a partner in an Insurance Surveying firm or set up their own consultancy. There are some opportunities to work abroad.

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