E&Y report predicts non-life insurers will be hit by reduced incomes and jobs fears

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The outlook for the insurance industry is set to get worse this year with sluggish growth continuing to impact creditor and consumer behaviour.

That is according to the Ernst & Young ITEM Club Outlook for financial services which also predicts that while life premiums are expected to remain fairly flat this year, growth should pick up to around 5% per annum by 2014/15, pushing gross life premiums to £155bn, above their pre-crisis peak, by 2015.

Demand for non-life insurance, however, will continue to be hit by downward pressure on disposable incomes and rising fears of unemployment. Non-life premiums will expand by just 0.9% this year and will remain below the £75bn peak in 2003 until after 2015, said the report.