London Matters 2017 reveals challenges remain
9th May, 2017: The London Market Group (LMG) and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), launched London Matters 2017 today, an update of the fact base around London’s position in the global insurance industry between 2013 and 2015. While several positive trends affirm the traditional strengths of the London Market, the data reveals significant challenges particularly in reinsurance, emerging markets and diversity.
Nicolas Aubert, Chairman of the LMG commented: “Despite the Market’s continued strengths, many of the key challenges identified in the first London Matters report in 2014 remain, and this should give us all cause for concern. The 2015 data is too recent to reflect the tremendous effort that has been committed in the last 18 months to grow and modernise the market. However, this latest intelligence confirms that things are not improving and we cannot afford to be complacent.
“Now is the time to maintain our focus and, indeed review and revisit our plans, so that we can build momentum in our work to protect and enhance the pre-eminence of the London Market in an increasingly global and competitive market.”
The 2017 findings revealed that London’s global reinsurance premiums declined, from 13.4% in 2013 to 12.3% in 2015, continuing the trend reported in the 2014 London Matters report which estimated a 15% share in 2010. London premiums from emerging markets declined from $10.5bn in 2013 to $9.3bn in 2015. Asia remains the highest growth market globally, but was also the region in which London lost most ground between 2013 and 2015.
The 2017 report reveals that diversity continues to remain a challenge. While the proportion of female staff at 41% is in line with the UK average, the proportion of female executive directors at 5% in 2015 remains very low in comparison to the FTSE 100 average of 21%.
Mr Aubert continued: “It is of particular concern for our industry’s future that attracting staff from diverse backgrounds remains a struggle for the London Market, and market players need to build a sense of urgency in how they identify, develop and promote women into leadership roles.”
Paul Clark, Partner at BCG said: “BCG's analysis re-affirms London's traditional areas of strength and unique position in the global insurance market. Yet London's long-term competitiveness is under threat. To respond, the Market will need to redefine its relationships with emerging markets and work with regulators to support market needs. The upcoming Brexit process could provide an opportunity to deliver on both."
London’s global share on commercial insurance premiums remains steady at 5.8%, and the Market has grown in established markets such as North American and the UK and gained share in its traditional specialist risk classes. It has also demonstrated its ability to innovate with an estimated 74% p.a. growth in cyber premiums from 2013 to 2015. Overall the Market remains the largest global centre for commercial and specialty risk and continues to be a significant contributor to UK and London GDP. The Market’s direct contribution to the UK economy is estimated at 0.9% of GDP in 2015 and accounts for 26% of the contribution of ‘the City’.