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Our global community

We are a growing global community with over 65% of our student members based outside of the UK.

We work in partnership with employers and have vibrant regional communities across the globe.

When you qualify as an Associate or Fellow with the IFoA, you are choosing a highly influential professional body that is respected worldwide. We have links with universities in the UK and abroad and regional representatives supporting our members in India, ChinaSouth East Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The technical skills and commercial acumen you’ll develop as an actuary or actuarial analyst, combined with advances in technology, will open up opportunities in exciting new fields like AI and data science. If you’re interested in a career that can make a real impact, that is challenging but hugely rewarding, then I very much hope you will join us.

Olawale Ayodeji, Consultant, EY, Nigeria

 

Regional information and Careers Information

We have regional communities all across the globe who can help and support you through your journey to become an actuary. Visit our webpages for China and South East Asia for more information about your region.

Careers Support

We have a number of Careers Ambassadors located around the world, who can share their advice about becoming an actuary, the kind of work you might do in an actuarial role and  the actuarial profession  in your region. If you would like to get in touch with one of our Careers Ambassadors contact us.

View our regional careers guide for South East Asia.

Studying in the UK

If you would like to study in the UK, take a look at our list of the university degrees that are accredited by the IFoA. Many of these universities offer exemptions for some of the IFoA exams that you would need to pass to qualify as an Associate or Fellow. To find out more about the entry requirements for UK university degree programmes, please contact the university directly.

Apprenticeships in the UK

If you are interested applying for an apprenticeship programme in the UK, please note that you must new living in the UK before you are eligible to apply.

Find out more about UK apprenticeships.  

Work Permits

Work permits for those interested in working in the UK are issued by the Borders and Immigration Agency, which is part of the Home Office. Work permit applications can only be made by employers based in the UK who wish to employ people from outside the European Economic Area. Individuals are not allowed to make applications on their own behalf.  More information can be found at http://www.workpermit.com/uk/work_permit/obtaining.htm

You can find a list of organisations that accept graduate scheme applications from students from outside the EU in our Employer Directory.

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    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.

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    Retail banking is going through a period of substantial change as it moves into the digital age. Banks have large amounts of data about their customers and about their risks. Open data application programming interface (APIs) and data science are enabling banks to use their data to offer innovative and sometimes personalised services. Data science is also adding value in risk areas such as fraud detection and cyber security. At the same time, the move to online banking is making it easier for firms including fintechs to enter banking without having to establish branch networks.

  • UK Town Hall 08:30-09:30

    Webinar
    4 December 2020

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    IFoA President Tan Suee Chieh would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual UK Town Hall 2020, hosted by Tan Suee Chieh with IFoA’s Immediate Past President, John Taylor, President Elect, Louise Pryor and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.  

  • UK Town Hall 10:00-11:00

    Webinar
    4 December 2020

    Spaces available

    IFoA President Tan Suee Chieh would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual UK Town Hall 2020, hosted by Tan Suee Chieh with IFoA’s Immediate Past President, John Taylor, President Elect, Louise Pryor and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.  

  • 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.

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    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

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    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. 

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    Running off the £2 trillion of UK corporate sector defined benefit liabilities in an efficient and effective fashion is the biggest challenge facing the UK pensions industry. Trustees and sponsors overseeing those schemes need to be clear on their target end-state and the associated journey plan – but too few have well articulated and robust plans.

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    The actuarial skill set has much to offer the banking industry. So many of the skills that actuaries acquire during their working life translate across to the world of banking and yet banking is perceived as an alien environment to many actuaries. But is it?

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    Covid-19 has required an urgent and cross-practice initiative to facilitate the extensive impact this pandemic has across all industries. IFoA members have been keen to contribute in a different way, so we developed the IFoA Covid-19 Action Taskforce [ICAT] to coordinate our effort, with a more efficient governance.

    We have over 500 volunteers and countless topics which we have amalgamated into 93 workstreams.