Is death in service benefit the same as life insurance?

1 min Read Published: 09 Feb 2022
Is death in service benefit the same as life insurance?Yes and no - death in service benefit and life insurance both pay a sum of money if you die whilst you're covered but there are differences between them in terms policy ownership and some of the options that you can use.

What is death in service benefit?

Death in service benefit ensures a lump sum of money can be paid to your nominated beneficiaries if you die whilst employed by a company. It usually forms part of an employee benefits package that can also include income protection insurance, critical illness cover and health insurance.

How much does death in service benefit pay out?

The amount of money that your death in service insurance pays out is decided by your employer and is usually a multiple of your gross annual salary (your annual salary before tax is deducted). It can be anywhere between 1 and 20 times your gross annual salary but most employers offer a benefit of between 2 to 4 times your gross salary.

Who will my death in service benefit be paid to if I die?

A nomination form allows you to name one or more beneficiaries and how you wish for the benefit to be split between them.

Death in service benefit vs life insurance

Death in service benefit Life insurance
Who pays the premium? Employer You
Who decides on the amount of cover? Employer You
Application form and health assessment required? No Yes
How is the benefit paid? Lump sum if you die Lump sum or income if you die
When does the policy terminate? When you leave your employer or your employer withdraws the benefit When the policy term is reached or if you stop paying the premiums

How to work out what life insurance you need

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