Group Life Insurance

Support for families when they need it most

Our life cover is an affordable workplace benefit. We’ll make a tax-free payment to beneficiaries chosen by the trustees if an employee dies while working for you. It also provides emotional support to those grieving their loved one.

Discover the benefits of Group Life Insurance, including who we cover, what support you’ll receive and how to apply.

About Group Life Insurance

As an employer, you can choose who you want to cover in your policy. For example, you might choose to include all permanent employees aged between 16 and 75.

Organisations we cover

We can cover a wide range of organisations, including:

  • Companies registered in the UK
  • Companies registered in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man
  • Branch offices of companies outside the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man, provided the branch is registered in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man
  • Equity partnerships
  • Limited liability partnerships
  • Trade bodies, charities or any other legal entity

Employees we cover

We can cover most employees who work in the UK, including:

  • Permanent employees
  • Part-time employees
  • Directors
  • Zero-hour contract employees
  • Fixed-term contract employees
  • Temporary employees

Please get in touch if you want to cover employees that aren’t on this list.

Setting up or using a trust

You’ll need a trust so that we can make a tax-free payment to the employee’s beneficiaries.

Setting up a discretionary trust

A discretionary trust lets you put money aside for specific beneficiaries. The trust is managed at the trustees’ discretion – they will follow the trust ‘rules,’ which state how and when the beneficiaries will receive the trust income or capital.

You should always seek independent advice to decide which trust arrangement is right for you.

Who can act as the trustees?

If you use a discretionary trust, the trustees could be:

  • People in your organisation
  • Named individuals
  • An independent third party

Joining a Master Trust

As an employer, you can set up your own registered or excepted discretionary trust. There may also be the option to use our Registered Master Trust or Excepted Solution Trust. By joining one of these, you'll provide valued life benefits for your employees, without the extra work of administering the trust.

Trusts explained. Find out about the different types of trust we offer.

Benefits we can cover

Multiple of salary

As an employer, you can choose to cover your employees by a multiple of their salary – up to 10 times their salary. For example, if you chose to cover an employee earning £25,000 by a multiple of four, their total benefit would be £100,000.

Fixed benefits

You can set a fixed amount for all employees, regardless of their salary. For example, all of your employees could receive a fixed benefit of £100,000.

Optional benefits:

Redundancy cover

We can cover any employee who’s been made redundant, for a maximum of two years. This will start from the date of redundancy.

Example policies

Here are two examples of policies you could choose:

  Policy one Policy two
Eligibility All permanent employees Pension scheme members All other employees
Benefit Six times salary Four times salary £50,000 (fixed benefit)
Redundancy cover Not selected Covered for 6 months Not selected 
Early retirement cover Not selected Not selected Not selected

Choosing when the cover starts

You can decide which employees you want to cover and when their cover begins.


You’ll need to set a minimum and maximum age limit to employees you want to cover. Our policy covers employees between 16 and 75 years old.

Entry date

Decide when you want your employees to join the policy. It can either be the day your employee joins the company, or on a set day of the year, such as the first of the month.

Minimum service

You can choose to cover employees after a set period of employment. For example, once they’ve passed a probationary period.

Support services

With our Group Life Insurance, your employees can access the following services.*

*These services are non-contractual benefits provided through Canada Life and can be altered or withdrawn at any time.


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Bereavement Counselling

They’ll get access to a dedicated bereavement counselling helpline and up to four structured telephone counselling sessions. If an employee dies when they’re covered by the scheme, their family will also have access to bereavement counselling.

Probate Helpline

This helpline gives employees access to experts specialising in family disputes, validity of wills, power of attorney and obtaining probate.

Getting a quote

To get a quote we’ll need the following information:

  • Employer details
  • The benefits you want to include
  • What age the cover should end
  • Cover details for individual employees (e.g. sex, date of birth, salary, occupation, work location, business travel)

We might need more information if another provider already covers the benefits.

Please send your quote request to:

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