Workmen Compensation

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Workmen compensation insurance tariffs are determined based on the valuations of Insurance Information Bureau of India (IIB). The premium amount depends on:

  • The average salary you would want the insurer to consider for benefits estimation,
  • The occupations of employees to be covered, and
  • The Trade or business of the proposer

There are two types of employer liability policies insurers can issue:

Table A Policies: Can be issued to cover all employees, whether falling under the definition of ‘workmen’ of Worker Compensation Act or not.

Table B Policies: Can be issued only to workers who do not fall into the definition of workmen as per the Act.

Average premium rate per thousand varies from Rs. 10 to Rs. 170 per thousand sum-insured under the policy depending on the risk of the occupation.

As an employer, you may have employees working with varying degree of risks across your business. The insurer will average out the tariff for all your employees’ risk.

Read More: What is covered under Workmen Compensation Insurance Policy?

After loading for office and distribution expenses, the overall premium for a standard policy ranges between 0.1% to 1% of total annual wages paid. See the case below for a better understanding.

Case on Workmen Compensation Insurance Cost

Shrijan Creations is a clothing manufacturing (designing and stitching) and export house and employs more than 50 workers and office staff. The organization is buying a workmen compensation insurance to cover all the staff employed in and by the firm. The insurance will include the 5 drivers who transport goods or ferry workers at times.

The breakdown of workers in Shrijan Creations is as follows:

 No. of Emp.W.C. RateAvg. Wage P.M.Annual WageMax Wage Insured!Pure Premium
Clerical staff62.4525,0001,800,000864,0002,116
Marketing Staff53.930,0001,800,000720,0002,808
Skilled Workers74.920,0001,680,0001,008,0004,939
Unskilled Staff224.915,0003,960,0003,168,00015,523
Drivers 52.4515,000900,000720,0001,764
Total50  11,028,0007,152,00033,096

The employer has chosen a medical cover of Rs. 40,000 as well. Therefore, the final payable premium for Shrijan comes out to be:

Additional Premium for medical cover8,274.00
Total Pure Premium41,370.00
Office Expenses Loading5%
Gross Premium43438.5
Rate of Interest6%
Advance Premium Payable40,979.72!

! This is a sample calculation and should only be used as a reference, click here to get a real quote for your organization.

The premium of Rs. 40,979.72 is only payable in the first year, next year’s premium will be decided based on any change in staff numbers, average wages or claims made within this year. The premium comes out to be approximately 0.37% of total annual wages paid by Shrijan Creations.

As Shrijan Creations grow the higher number of employees and workers will reduce their cost of Workmen Compensation Insurance. The insurer explained that a good claim history would make the firm eligible for discounts on future premiums.

Read More: When to File Claim Application under Workmen Compensation Insurance?

Additional Premium

Insurers may charge additional premium to renew the policy if there are claims in the last year.

Shrijan has also been communicated the same. There was a small mishap with one of the vehicles when its tire burst on a busy road. The driver, an employee of Shrijan got injured and was hospitalized for two weeks. His injuries resulted in a claim on the workmen policy.

Shrijan’s renewal premium was Rs. 41,082.

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