Tuesday, 24 October 2017 13:30

93% of self employed workers have no CI cover

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Scottish Widows: self employed missing out on CI Scottish Widows: self employed missing out on CI

According to new research 93% of the UK’s self-employed workers have no critical illness cover.

Scottish Widows, which conducted the research, said this was despite business owners spending an average of £9,700 and six-and-a-half months of their lives setting up their ventures.

An estimated one in seven UK workers are now self-employed which means that around 4.4 million people have no protection in place if they were unable to work due to serious illness.

Scottish Widows’ protection research is based on a survey carried out online by Opinium, who interviewed 5,077 adults in the UK in March.

Taking extended sick leave would cost the self-employed an average of £67,550 each per year, amounting to a national financial risk of more than £300 billion annually, says Scottish Widows.

Despite the gap, four in ten (42%) uninsured, self-employed workers insist they don’t need critical illness insurance or don’t see it as a financial priority even though three-quarters (76%) of business owners or partners have no employees and no-one to cover for them should they fall ill and be unable to work themselves.

The average self-employed worker only has enough personal savings to last an average of 9.2 months if they were unable to work and almost two-thirds (62%) say they have no other source of income outside of their business. A third (34%) admit that if they were unable to work due to illness, they would have no other resources or income to rely on.

Johnny Timpson, protection specialist at Scottish Widows, said: “Self-employed workers put immeasurable amounts of time and money into getting their businesses off the ground, but our research reveals that they’re failing to protect their greatest asset - themselves.

“This is particularly concerning when you consider that this workforce has a more limited range of working-age welfare benefits.”

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