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Where do actuaries work?

Of the 17,426 students members (As of November 2018), 34% are in the UK and Northern Ireland (NI), and 66% are based outside the UK and NI
Company types Business areas
Financial consultancies

Pensions
Enterprise risk management
Merger and acquisition (M&A) advice
Corporate recovery
Financing capital projects
Asset management
Liability management - pensions, life insurance, general insurance, health insurance

Life insurance Product development
Pricing
Risk assessment
Medical insurance
Critical illness
Disability insurance
General insurance Personal insurance, incl. home and motor
Insurance cover for large commercial risks
Terrorism insurance
Catastrophe insurance against natural disasters such as flooding and Caribbean windstorms
Cover for industrial diseases like asbestosis
Health insurance Medical insurance
Critical illness
Disability insurance
Public health systems

Insurance and consultancy - what is the difference?

Working in an insurance company environment means that there is usually only one client; your employer. A variety of work is available but you may find that you have to work in one area for a period of about one year before moving on to the next challenge, taking the experience you have gained with you.

The day-to-day work within consultancy firms tends to be more varied, as you are likely to work simultaneously for a number of different clients solving different types of problems.

Investment management Actuaries are involved in buying and selling assets, investment analysis and portfolio management
Corporate finance An actuary’s basic skills in forecasting and assessing risks are ideal for estimating whether a capital project (e.g. for a new hospital or a transport infrastructure project) is financially viable.
Banking Some leading insurance companies now have their own established banking operations, with actuaries filling many of the senior executive positions relating to finance and risk. The leading retail banks are also increasingly employing actuaries, as they recognise that the longer term approaches advocated by actuaries can add value to their businesses. As the insurance and banking markets continue to converge, we can expect to see the demand for actuaries within banking fields continue to grow.
Government Actuary's Department (GAD) GAD provides advice to the government via Royal Commissions, as well as giving advice to other government departments and a wide range of public sector bodies, including local authorities and the National Health Service (NHS).

Opportunities abroad

The UK actuarial qualification is highly valued internationally. Of the qualified members of the UK profession, 60% are UK based, with the remainder overseas. The IFoA works with other international actuarial bodies to arrange reciprocal recognition of the professional qualifications between the different bodies.

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Events calendar

  • Autumn Lecture 2020: Professor Elroy Dimson

    Online webinar
    14 October 2020

    Spaces available

    Many individuals and institutions have a long-term focus, and invest funds for the benefit of future generations. Their strategy should reflect their long horizon. University endowments are one of the oldest classes of institutional investor, and I will present the first study of the management of these endowments over the very long term.

  • GIRO Conference 2020 Webinar Series

    Available to watch globally in November.
    02-13 November 2020
    Spaces available

    This year's GIRO has been re-designed as a virtual conference to offer members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the general insurance field via online webinars. All sessions will be recorded and made available to purchase and re-watch post-event on the IFoA's GI Online Learning Resource area

  • Life Conference 2020 Webinar Series

    Online
    16 November 2020 - 27 November 2020

    Spaces available

    This year's Life Conference has been re-designed as a virtual conference to offer members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the life insurance field via online webinars. All sessions will be recorded and made available to purchase and re-watch post-event on the IFoA's website.

  • Spaces available

    The webinar will discuss the challenges and opportunities schemes face in evaluating end game options, choosing a target state and understanding the impact this strategic decision could have on member outcomes long after the “end state” is reached. Adolfo, Kevin and Rhian bring over 60 years of experience in the industry and a variety of perspectives as scheme actuary, covenant adviser, trustee, de-risking adviser and insurer.

  • Spaces available

    Cash-flow driven investing is a game-changer for DB pension funds navigating their end-game. Suitable for sponsors who want to reduce risks on their balance sheets. And for trustees, it shifts the focus to providing greater certainty of returns, managing funding level volatility and ensuring they have enough income to pay cash-flow requirements.

  • Spaces available

    Patrick Kennedy, Partner at Gateley Legal and Founding Director of Entrust (a leading professional pensions trustee company), will be delivering an update on the latest legal developments during the course of 2020. With both a pensions legal perspective and over 25 years of trustee service, Patrick will seek to highlight how the letter of the law has continued to evolve against the backdrop of a difficult and challenging year

  • Spaces available

    The talk will provide an understanding of the priorities and relationships between deficit reduction contributions, in the context of wider scheme funding, and different types of value outflow from the employer based on the working party’s recently published report.