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Women still lagging men in life insurance

  • by The Quotesonline Team

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Australian women are less ikely to hold life insurance than men, according to research by Australia’s largest life insurer, TAL, released ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March

Life insurer TAL discovered 47% of women hold some form of financial protection, compared to 57% of men. Women significantly lag behind men in each of the four forms of life insurance, life, disability, income insurance and critical illness cover[1].

At the same time, 37% of women have spoken specifically about life insurance with a professional advisor, compared to 40% of men[2].

TAL Group CEO Jim Minto said: “On the one hand these results highlight that women are willing to seek professional advice about their finances and life cover needs – a good start in bridging the life insurance gender gap.

“However, despite the take-up of advice and some recent improvements in the gender pay gap in Australia[4], these cover levels are way too low. Life and related insurance is essential for protecting hard earned assets and safeguarding future lifestyle and family commitments – for women every bit as much as men.

Facts and figures:

Table 1: Type of insurance held (by gender)

Insurance type Total Male Female
Life insurances – one or more types held 52% 57% 47%
Life insurance 43% 47% 38%
Disability insurance 24% 28% 21%
Income protection insurance 26% 31% 20%
Critical illness 20% 21% 18%

Table 2: Amount of people that have spoken with a professional advisor specifically about life insurance (by gender)

Total Male Female
Yes 38% 40% 37%
No 62% 60% 63%


[1] TAL Galaxy Poll

[1] TAL Galaxy Poll

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