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Ten most (and least) expensive job titles for car insurance

By 08/10/2021No Comments

For the second straight year, Hertfordshire-based vehicle leasing company Vanarama assessed the 100 most common job titles in the UK to find out which professions pay the most on insurance premiums. 

The firm gathered data from the Office of the National Statistics, broadcasting company BBC, and database firm Statista to paint a picture of the average UK driver. What Vanarama came up with is someone who drives a Volkswagen Golf, travels 7,600 miles each year, has comprehensive cover and no previous accident claims to their name.

Here’s the complete profile of Vanarama’s hypothetical average driver.

  • Named driver: 39-years old
  • Years driving: 15 years
  • Vehicle: Volkswagen Golf 1.5L 2020
  • Cover level: Comprehensive
  • Miles per annum: 7,600
  • Voluntary excess: £500
  • Day parking: Factory or office car park
  • Overnight parking: Locked garage at home

Read more: Top 10 car insurance companies in the UK

The company then entered these details, along with the same birthday and date when the licence was obtained, into the nation’s largest car comparison website changing only the job title. The results revealed how much car insurance premiums are charged for each occupation.

Here are the 10 most expensive and 10 least expensive job titles for car insurance in the UK based on Vanarama’s research.

10 most expensive job titles for car insurance premiums

Almost all professions in the top 10 shot up the rankings from last year. Recruitment consultant topped this year’s list moving from 30th in 2020, with premiums more than doubling to slightly over £815 from about £350. It was designer, however, which experienced the biggest jump from 98th last year to second place in 2021. Premiums for the profession cost on average £776, up from £312.

Social worker and counsellor were tied for third place, with average car insurance costs at about £714. Physiotherapist, midwife, and nurse followed paying about £707 in annual premium. Hairdressers, who dropped from third to eighth, needed to shell out about £506 in premium cost, while senior manager and supervisor rounded out the top 10 paying slightly over £498 in car insurance.

Rank

Job title

2020 ranking

Annual premium

1

Recruitment consultant

30

£815.24

2=

Designer

98

£776.51

3=

Social worker

7

£713.80

3=

Counsellor

14 (tied)

£713.80

5=

Physiotherapist

6

£507.07

5=

Midwife

9

£507.07

5=

Nurse

19

£507.07

8

Hairdresser

2

£505.90

9=

Senior manager

17 (tied)

£498.02

9=

Supervisor

43

£498.02

Source: Vanarama

One additional factor that Vanarama researchers found was that female drivers were being charged about £18 higher (£462.94) than their male counterparts (£444.89), rising from about £15 from last year.

Read more: Revealed: The average cost of car insurance

 10 least expensive job titles for car insurance premiums

At the other end of the spectrum, IT-related professions, which include web developer and software engineer, dropped to the bottom of the rankings after placing in the top 15 in 2020. Average car premiums for these occupations were about £326.

Barrister, personal assistant, secretary, and driver, which experienced the biggest drop, were also among the 10 least expensive professions for car insurance, with annual premiums ranging from £355 to £374.

Rank

Job title

2020 ranking

Annual premium

91

Driver

1

£374.31

92=

Secretary

77

£358.27

92=

Personal assistant

78

£358.27

94

Barrister

49

£355.45

95=

Software developer

13

£326.41

95=

Web designer

14 (tied)

£326.41

95=

Web developer

14 (tied)

£326.41

95=

Software engineer

24

£326.41

95=

Programmer

51

£326.41

95=

Developer

69

£326.41

Source: Vanarama

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