UK General Insurance adds 40 head office jobs

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UK General Insurance has created 40 jobs in its Leeds head office, after it saw its income rise 11 per cent to £24m in 2013.

It is the latest major insurer in the city to expand its workforce in the city, QBE European Operations added 100 jobs in its new claims handling centre.

UK General Insurance has recruited 25 to its Leeds office and is now seeking a further 15 employees.

The company now employes 270 people, mostly in its Leeds and Harrogate offices.

Its Rural Insurance brand, located in Harrogate, has supported the expansion and aims to be the second-largest rural insurer in the UK.

Peter Hubbard, chief executive at UK General, said the firm plans to grow and cement its position as the second-largest managing general agent (MGA) in the UK.

He said: “To achieve that means hiring the best people on the market and we’re always impressed with the talent we find and employ from the Leeds and wider Yorkshire area.”

Group human resources director Debra Johnson told The Yorkshire Post the positions spanned technical and back office roles. The firm has also recruited 10 apprentices across the group.

“It’s part of our business strategy to grow and develop our workforce,” she said.

“We are a growing business and we’re ensuring we have a strong recruitment pipeline. Succession planning is part of that and that means looking for talent both outwardly and internally.”