All you need to do, is answer a handful of questions to get your obligation free professional indemnity quote. However, we are often asked – “How do the answers to these questions determine my professional indemnity insurance premium?” In this article, we will help you to understand how an insurer calculates your pi insurance premium.
Your occupation is a key rating factor. In simple terms, the greater the perceived risk of your occupation, the higher the premium will be. This ‘risk’ that we refer to, is based on an insurer’s claims experience for your industry. Furthermore, the insurer will consider any legislative requirements that may attach to your occupation. For example, a building surveyor dealing with Building Codes and Australian Standards will attract a higher premium than an interior designer.
Some occupations, such as Accounting or Information Technology Services (IT), will be rated differently depending upon what work they do. For instance, an IT company providing software development will be rated different to a company that isn’t. Here’s another example. An accounting company that is providing auditing services to a public listed company will be rated higher than business that aren’t.
Professional fees or income, will also be a factor in determining your professional indemnity insurance premium. In general terms, the greater the professional fees or income, the higher the exposure for the pi insurer. To illustrate, the cost of a PI policy for a business who has annual professional fees of $5,000,000 will be much more than a consultant who is turning over $100,000.
Size of Business
Similar to professional fees, the size of a business (including the number of staff employed) will influence your professional indemnity premium. For instance, the premium will higher for a national company with multiple employees compared to an independent consultant or contractor. In simple terms, the more work (and the more client’s) the greater the exposure for the insurer.
The higher the professional indemnity policy limit, the greater the potential amount the insurer will pay. Hence why the pi insurer charges more money for the higher limit.
Professional indemnity insurers require you to declare all previous pi claims made against your business. Whilst individual or one-off claims may not raise a concern with insurers, a trend of litigation will be a concern for insurers.
All insurance companies will set a minimum premium for their product, regardless of the factors listed above. This is mainly due to their cost of doing business. As a result, you may find that your insurance premium will change if your turnover is $50,000 vs $100,000.
Now you know how insurance companies calculate your professional indemnity premium, it is time to get your quote. Simply go to FD Beck’s online professional indemnity calculator, answer a few simple questions to get your instant online quote. Our online calculator has almost 150 professional occupations to choose from.
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