Mind the insurance gender gap

Post by Mearns & Company in News

Women generally insure themselves for much smaller sums than men, although both buy life insurance and critical illness cover in roughly equal numbers.

The average level of cover for a man’s life insurance policy is around £130,000, but only around £85,000 for women’s policies, according to an analysis of policies by software company IRESS. The gap is even larger with critical illness policies, which pay out if you are diagnosed with one of the listed critical conditions. Here, the average cover taken out by women is, around half the average cover for men.

On average, women earn less than men, by about 10% according to the latest gender pay gap figures. But that isn’t enough to explain the huge difference in levels of cover, which indicate that women seem at higher risk of being under-insured than men.

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