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17% of self-employed UK workers would choose to carry on working through illness or injury

11/01/2023
PROTECTION
  • 60% of self-employed workers would use their savings to pay their bills if they were unable to work for two months 
  • Just 6% of self-employed workers surveyed have an income protection product that they purchased themselves

Research* from protection specialist LV= highlights how millions of self-employed people would have to carry on working if they suffered an illness or injury.

The Reaching Resilience report examining financial resilience reveals:

  • 17% of those who are self-employed said they would have to carry on working through illness or injury 
  • Only 6% of self-employed workers have an income protection product that they purchased themselves, compared to 16% of employees surveyed
  • 60% of 25-44 year olds without protection say they would feel more financially resilient if they had a policy that paid them if they were unable to work due to illness or injury. 

Traditional workers are still vulnerable to financial shocks, mainly because of little savings to tide them over if unable to work:

  • One in five employed and self-employed workers say they would rely on their partner’s income or savings if they were unable to work
  • 19% of UK workers would struggle to pay their mortgage or rent if unable to work for two months due to illness or injury. Over one in ten (11%) would resort to taking on debt (taking out a loan, using overdraft or credit cards)
  • 35% of UK workers who hold debt other than a mortgage owe up to £5,000 and 26% of working adults have less than £1,000 in savings or no savings at all

Protection insurance is seen as a key step to achieving financial goals

Over half (56%) of UK working adults surveyed said they would feel more financially resilient if they had insurance that paid an ‘income’ if they were unable to work due to illness or injury. 

Awareness of protection products has risen since the pandemic and led many to reassess their financial and personal priorities. When compared with people without a protection policy in place, policyholders were more likely to see no impact on their financial situation if they were to experience a major health problem. For those aged 25-44:

  • 20% of policyholders would be able to pay their mortgage compared to 15% of people without protection cover
  • 20% of policyholders would be able to meet their future financial goals compared to 12% of people without protection cover
  • 16% of policyholders would be able to maintain their financial security compared to 10% without protection cover

“It is good to see that many consumers understand the need for financial resilience and protecting their income if accident and illness stops them working. 

“However, too many self-employed people do not have any insurance in place to protect their income leaving them financially vulnerable if they are unable to work.

“The data reveals that many UK adults believe that they can rely on their savings, without taking into account how quickly this could truly last them or take to build these back up. Many would last only a couple of months before they were unable to pay their mortgage or rent. 

“Protection and financial resilience is an important aspect of planning and it’s a good idea for people to consult a financial adviser to find the right policies that protect their income.”

Mike FarrellProtection Sales and Marketing Director

Notes to Editors

* LV= surveyed 4,000 nationally representative UK adults via an online omnibus conducted by Opinium between 16th August and 1st September 2022