WTW has launched the outcomes of its newest international survey entitled ‘IFRS 17: Will we make it?’, polling 270 insurers from 45 international locations – together with 26 giant multinationals – on materials progress they’ve made since WTW’s final IFRS 17 ballot in 2021.
The outcomes reveal an enormous quantity of labor to finish with a view to efficiently ship IFRS 17 forward of the 2023 deadline, most respondents expressing ongoing supply issues leading to the necessity to apply extra shortcuts and simplifications to fulfill the deadline.
Notably, solely 40% of the 26 giant multinationals polled and solely 20% of the opposite 244 firms anticipate to ship totally ready programmes on time. Whereas 14 of the 26 taking part giant multinationals are planning a 2022 investor replace on IFRS 17, most survey members should not. Equally, whereas some companies plan to publish Q1 2023 IFRS 17 accounts both voluntarily or due to native statutory necessities, most firms should not planning Q1 2023 accounts.
WTW estimates the price confronted by the worldwide insurance coverage business to implement IFRS 17 at US$18 billion to US$24 billion, representing a 20% improve from its authentic estimate in 2021 and reflecting firms’ collective realization that extra work is required than first envisioned.
“The following 12 months are important for the business to ship IFRS 17 programmes on time. The survey outcomes lay naked the true scale of the problem that inevitably means pushing extra work publish the ‘go reside’ date with a view to maximize supply confidence for the programme,” mentioned Kamran Foroughi (pictured), international IFRS 17 advisory chief at WTW.
Different key findings from the WTW research embrace information, programs, and processes rising as prime present issues from firms’ dry runs of IFRS 17, requiring a number of the best funding. Greater than 10,000 folks might be required to ship IFRS 17 within the subsequent couple years, main WTW to foretell challenges in insurers’ recruitment and retention in IFRS 17 programmes and associated impacts. Most firms additionally anticipate a major improve in folks required to run valuation processes beneath IFRS 17 – however they’re more and more turning to transformation and harmonization throughout metrics to resolve this, together with by way of the usage of automation.