Up to 100 staff could be transferred

Up to 100 staff at Aon Benfield may be outsourced as the company revamps its UK client services model.

It is believed the reinsurance broker, created following the merger of Aon and Benfield last year, will transfer its reinsurance client services team to Xchanging, the same outsourcing company Aon used in 2006 to outsource its back-office client division.

In December, the company said it could axe between 500 and 700 back-office jobs over the next three years to reduce costs.

The deal with Xchanging is expected to be finalised before the end of the month, with the new operation set to begin in March. Between 50 to 100 staff are expected to be transferred.

Aon Benfield said it would retain key personnel, including those who handled claims, accounting and contract wording.

David Ledger, chief executive UK of Aon Benfield, said that by growing the number of senior client service leaders, it was strengthening the team that interacted directly with clients.

Rival broker Marsh outsourced 600 staff to Capita in June. Cooper Gay has a similar agreement with Xchanging for 66 staff.