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Underwriter - Insurance (Standard)

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Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

Related Experience
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an engineer must complete four years of college and work for several years in engineering to be considered qualified.

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Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

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Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

€21k > 125 
Insurance Underwriter
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€21 - 125 
Related Information:
Underwriting Manager: 60 - 125
Underwriter General: 21 - 80
Underwriter Life: 30 - 65
Assistant Underwriter: 25 - 35
Data Source(s):
Sigmar / Brightwater / CPL / Hudson / Abrivia / Lincoln

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Applies the underwriting rules determined by the technical underwriter.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Decrease value of policy when risk is substandard and specify applicable endorsements or apply rating to ensure safe profitable distribution of risks, using reference materials.

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Decline excessive risks.

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Write to field representatives, medical personnel, and others to obtain further information, quote rates, or explain company underwriting policies.

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Review company records to determine amount of insurance in force on single risk or group of closely related risks.

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Examine documents to determine degree of risk from such factors as applicant financial standing and value and condition of property.

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Authorize reinsurance of policy when risk is high.

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Evaluate possibility of losses due to catastrophe or excessive insurance.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Medicine and Dentistry:  Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Clerical:  Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Organisation: Insurance Institute of Ireland
  Address: Insurance House, 39 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 677 2582
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Organisation: Insurance Ireland
  Address: Insurance House, 39 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 676 1820
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Organisation: LIA
  Address: LIA House, 183 Kimmage Road West, Dublin 12
  Tel: 01 - 709 9850
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