Post - 2012-01-19

Employment: Hiring and firing

There are two sides to the recruitment story in the insurance industry — while some are reducing their headcount, others are looking to bring in fresh faces.

Capital adequacy: Alternative finance

With Solvency II just 12 months away, and 2011 an unprecedented catastrophe year, how difficult will it be for insurers to 
attract equity or secure alternative funding?

Arab Spring: Life during wartime

Continuing civil unrest in the Middle East and North Africa presents a challenge to the property insurance market — especially concerning the limits placed by the war risks exclusion.

Market moves: Insurers and consultants up the pace

As the insurance sector settles into 2012 its activity in the recruitment space has gathered momentum. Insurers had a busy week, with Markel, Mitsui Sumitomo and Royal Bank of Scotland Insurance bringing in fresh faces. Brokers, meanwhile, had another…

Editor's comment: Tempting fate on features

Commissioning editorial copy can be a bit like tempting fate. This week’s broker-focused feature on mergers and acquisitions reflected back over 2011 as its starting point, when first conceived a couple of months ago, with a writer assigned to analyse…

Your say: Tackle the dealers

I read with interest the recent article regarding the industry’s battle against metal thefts — ‘United response called for as metal theft cases see substantial increase’ – and fully support a more co-ordinated approach by insurers to tackle this issue.

Your say: Catalytic converters targeted

Having read the article on the authorities’ slow reactions to metal theft I wanted to highlight that another area being targeted by thieves is motor catalytic converters.

Career development: LV creates Bristol roles

LV is expanding its Bristol-based operations, creating 50 new roles in the city. The insurer, which employs 500 people in Bristol, is boosting its customer service division and will to bring in the new staff during the first quarter of this year, with…

My best 11- Phil Bayles, Aviva

Aviva’s Phil Bayles selects his best XI for an insurance start-up. The director of brokers and key partners opts for a team made up almost entirely of broking stars, aided by Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier as a supporting forward.