Death in service cover

Death in service cover

Death in service cover pays out a lump sum if you pass away while employed by your company. Learn about how death in service benefits can offer your family peace of mind financially, and find out how it differs from life insurance.

Kamran Altaf From the Life team
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Why should I think about getting this type of insurance?

It could be, and often is, cheaper than a regular life insurance policy. However, there are a few factors to consider when your employer offers you death in service cover, including:

  • Your pay-out is normally worked out as a percentage of your salary – so be sure the lump sum meets your family’s outgoings in the future
  • You may not know who’ll receive this benefit if you die, as the benefit may fall under a discretionary trust
  • You cannot typically assign this benefit to cover mortgage payments

Since death in service is a benefit, the full details will vary depending on your employer and the overall value of your benefits package.

Why should I think about getting this type of insurance?

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What is the average pay-out for death in service?

That depends. The amount paid out in the event of a death in service depends entirely on the terms and conditions set out by your employer. Often, you can expect a pay out to be around 3 to 5 times your annual salary.  

Do note that if your employer offers a flexible benefits package, you may be able to increase the death in service pay-out by taking a reduction in salary. You could reduce or even remove other benefits to see a higher pay-out from this benefit.

So if I have death in service cover, does that mean I don’t need life insurance?

Not necessarily. Although a payment of three to five times your salary can look rather generous at a first glance, you’ll need to know how long that sum will keep your family or dependants protected. Whether or not your current job is stable, you might be better off learning first about all your options and read our information hub on life insurance.

Also, it’s worth keeping in mind that – by not having life insurance today – you’re at risk of higher payments in the future if you take out a policy later in life. That’s because people often face higher premiums as they age. That’s particularly true if you have health conditions you’ve suffered from before you opted for life insurance. Learn more about pre-existing medical conditions and how they could potentially affect your insurance.

Remember, each policy will be different so it’s crucial that you read any policy terms with care. It may be that a combination of the two is the best method of ensuring the financial future of your loved ones.

So if I have death in service cover, does that mean I don’t need life insurance?

Where can I find the best option for me?

You might wish to start by looking at some quotes for life insurance. Our premiums start from as little as £2.76** a month.

Go on, help secure the financial stability of your family now.

**10% of customers could achieve a premium of £2.76 per month based on Compare the Market data from May 2019. Based on a £100,000 decreasing term policy over 10 years with guaranteed premiums for a 30 year old non-smoker.