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Insurance risk surveyor

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

Potential salary

£22,000 to £100,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

37 to 39 a week

  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of economics and accounting
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • carrying out commercial and personal surveys
  • checking building plans, and construction and fire protection systems
  • preparing risk reports with recommendations for underwriters
  • advising clients on how to reduce the risk of future insurance claims
  • working closely with health and safety inspectors and fire officers
  • working with the risk control team to maintain technical knowledge and standards
  • keeping up to date with technical issues affecting risk, like hazardous materials

You could work in an office or visit sites.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and you'll travel often.

You could become a senior surveyor, head of a risk management department, or lead a compliance and governance unit.

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

You can find out more about working in insurance from the Chartered Insurance Institute and Discover Risk.

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