Standard Income Protection Rarely Covers for Contractors!
Posted by John Yerou
on December 4th, 2012 12:27pm in
Last Updated on November 25th, 2019 17:59pm.
Contractor Income Protection pays you a monthly benefit if you are ill, become injured or disabled. Its policies offer peace of mind and protect you and your family from the financial impact of being unable to work as a consequence.
On the face of it, contractor cover sounds like standard par for the course protection. But there’s an acute difference: standard insurance protects ‘salary’.
As most limited company owners are aware, their salary rarely reflects what they earn. So, how do you go about protecting your income, rather than your take home pay? That’s what we’re about to find out, here.
Contractors need to make an informed decision
As we allude, traditional income protection policies may not protect you as well as you think. For example, a lot of policies will stop paying you an income, or the benefits, as soon as you’re ready to do any sort of work. That’s a crucial difference.
That means you could end up facing a dire choice: undertake a job you don’t want to do or lose the income benefit.
I don’t know about you, but as a specialist, it would be hard to replace your current income working in a menial or unknown industry. You’ve not bought a dog to bark yourself, have you?
Neither do the majority of insurers verify your income when you take out their cover. As such, if you take a drop in salary, the income they’ll pay you may drop too.
Apart from the obvious disadvantages, you might not get the cover you thought your premiums were buying.
Income Protection Cover for Contractors
There is an alternative. PruProtect offers tailored cover that provides Income Protection for contractors all over the UK.
Here are just some of the reasons independent professionals choose their cover:
- PruProtect cover pays you an income until you’re ready to do the type of job you had before:
- Some insurers will only pay you an income until you’re well enough to do any sort of work. But PruProtect will pay you an income until you’re ready to return to your speciality;
- PruProtect won’t reduce the income they pay you if your salary drops:
- When you set up your plan, you can ask them to verify your income. After that, if your salary goes down, they’ll still use your original verified income to fulfil your claim;
- You get up to £2,000 of specialist care and support:
- PruProtect’s Recovery Benefit helps speed up your recovery and/or make your life easier. Paying for private medical treatment, surgery, physiotherapy and counseling can make all the difference;
- PruProtect’s healthy living programme, Vitality, offers benefits beyond simple income protection:
- Vitality offers common sense, healthy ways you get money off your premiums every year. Right from the outset, you get discounts on things that make being healthy easier and more affordable.
- Rewards are on offer, too. The more you take part in the qualifying schemes, the more you could save.
Prices for men will rise in December 2012
New EU legislation comes into effect on 21st December. What it means is that insurance companies can no longer charge a different premium based on gender.
This will impact the price men can expect to pay for Income Protection Cover in the future. In real terms, their premiums may increase by as much as 20%.
You have a (genuine) once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to avoid this price increase. Take out your cover before 21st December when the new rules come into effect and pay only the pre-increase rate.
Protect yourself and your family
As a contractor, you have zero protection in the event of your death or a critical illness without cover. As a company, we specialise in providing income protection to contractors, such as yourself.
As all the services we provide cater for the self-employed in one way or another, we:
- understand the implications of your working on a contract basis and how this can affect your protection needs;
- tailor our recommendations to your unique employment situation.
You don’t have to do the research yourself in trying to find insurers who will meet your specific requirements. We have done the leg work for you already.
Whether you already have minimal income protection cover in place or nothing at all, we can help you get the relevant cover you need.
And that’s what it’s about – relevance. Don’t let your contractor business go to the dogs because your income protection is barking up the wrong tree.
Author: John Yerou
John Yerou is a pioneer of contractor mortgages and owner and founder of Freelancer Financials, Contractor Mortgages®, C&F Mortgages and Self Employed Mortgages, trading styles and brands of the award-winning Mortgage Quest Ltd.