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If I change my job, will it affect my cover?

You do not need to notify us if your occupation changes. However, a change in job might lower your premiums (just like any other change, like getting married, smoking status, etc.) so best to contact us to see whether your new occupation decreases your premiums. If it turns out your premiums would increase, we’ll all just pretend we didn’t see that 🤫.  

A change in occupation won’t affect your cover for Funeral Cover, Death Income Protection, Life Cover or Critical Illness Cover. But your payout might be affected if you claim for Disability Cover or Income Protection.

That’s because any claim tied to disability will be denied if you’ve switched to one of these jobs:

  • Sport as an occupation

  • Pilot (including hang-gliding, parasailing, sky-diving, etc.)

  • Air traffic controller

  • Jockey

  • Driver of public transport, including taxi driver

  • Stay-at-home parent

That means if you at some point switch to one of these occupations, you’re better off cancelling your Disability Cover or Income Protection rather than paying the premiums only to be denied at claims stage. 

If you’ve switched to a new job that is not on this list, you will still be covered and the payout amount will not be affected. However, we will consider the disability claim according to your ability to do your current job. For example, if you’ve switched from being an accountant to being a tour guide and you lose a leg, we will pay out your disability claim even though you could perhaps still do the original occupation that you had when you took out the policy.

We won’t pay a disability claim if it directly or indirectly resulted from:

  • normal pregnancy

  • normal childbirth

  • an elective caesarean section

  • a rehabilitation or detoxification programme to treat alcohol or drug dependency or abuse, or any medical condition related to such dependence or abuse

  • motor sport, motorised racing or speed contests

  • diving to depths of more than 30 metres, including but not limited to wreck penetration, cage, cave, solo, rebreather diving, free diving, apnea diving and all other diving not considered to be recreational.

📝NOTE: The cover amount for Life Cover, Critical Illness Cover, Death Income Protection, or Funeral Cover isn’t affected in any way by a change of occupation.

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