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Insurance risk surveyor Risk consultants, risk control surveyors, risk control advisers

Insurance risk surveyors carry out surveys of items that need to be insured.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £22,000 to £100,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • a degree level qualification in subjects like management, business studies, economics, or engineering
  • work experience in insurance, usually as an underwriter

You may be able to get into this role if you have qualifications or experience in building surveying, health and safety, engineering or fire safety.

You could also start out as an administrator for an insurance company and work your way up.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

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2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent observational skills
  • excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • the ability to understand technical information and plans
  • good organisational skills
  • IT skills

3. What you'll do

You may specialise in one of the following areas:

  • fire and perils
  • accidents and liability
  • engineering insurance
  • burglary and theft
You may have to make sure that companies have identified and put in place the correct risk management plans. 

You’ll also make sure that they have introduced suitable health and safety procedures.

4. Salary

Starter: £22,000

Experienced: £29,000 to £44,000

Highly Experienced: £70,000 to £100,000 (as a manager)

You may also get a company car allowance, insurance and pension benefits.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 40 hours Monday to Friday. You may have to work some evenings and weekends.

Your time will be split between an office and the inspection sites. 

You may sometimes work outdoors in all weather conditions and at height.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to senior surveyor, head of a risk management department, or compliance and governance. 

You could also move into insurance loss adjusting or set up your own consultancy.

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Last updated: 08 December 2016