Fireman Joe or Actor Joe? Confused.com Asks Which Job Gets I'm a Celebrity's Jungle Joe

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Eating witchetty grubs! Flirting with Esther Rantzen. Timmy Mallet's laugh. I'm a Celebrity's Joe Swash is probably cursing the day he ever ditched fire fighting for acting. But if he'd stayed a fireman, he wouldn't just be saving lives, he'd also be saving nearly £500 on car insurance, says Confused.com.

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Treading the boards is perceived as a high-risk profession by car insurers, hence the hike in premiums compared to fire fighting. This is largely due to risk association. For example, if an actor gives a celebrity mate a lift then injures them in a crash, imagine the compensation claim if the celeb has to pull out of a job.

Cheeky cockney Joe Swash was well on the way to becoming a fireman before landing the role of Mickey Miller in Eastenders, but as job title is one of the key deciders for how much you pay for car insurance, Confused.com thought it would be fun to see which profession would grab him the cheapest car cover - acting or fire fighting.

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Confused.com quoted Joe on a Toyota RAV4, a car chosen as the basis for quotes because, like the man himself, it's compact, fun, and able to cope with both the streets of Walford and the Oz jungle. Also, to best match Joe's actual address, details were entered for a house in Highbury, North London, just a stone's throw from the Emirates Stadium, home to his beloved Arsenal football team.

Will Thomas, head of motor insurance at Confused.com, explains the almost £500 price difference: "Treading the boards is perceived as a high-risk profession by car insurers, hence the hike in premiums compared to fire fighting. This is largely due to risk association. For example, if an actor gives a celebrity mate a lift then injures them in a crash, imagine the compensation claim if the celeb has to pull out of a job."

Thomas adds, "The big discrepancy in prices from insurers for the same job title - nearly £700 for Fireman and almost £1,700 for Actor - highlights the breadth of the market, the importance of shopping around to find the right deal, and how using a price comparison site is the easiest way to search."

So when it comes to cheap car insurance based on job title, 'Fireman' may beat 'Actor', but Joe's probably not too bothered; after all, when was the last time a fireman got to teach cockney rhyming slang to one of the cast of Star Trek?

  • Quotes correct November 2008.Quote based on a male aged 26, 5 years NCB, £250 excess, with a London N5 postcode. Data provided by Confused.com.

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About Confused.com:
Confused.com is one of the UK's biggest and most popular price comparison services.

Launched in 2002, it generates over one million quotes per month. It has expanded its range of comparison products over the last couple of years to include home insurance, travel insurance, pet insurance, van insurance, motorbike insurance, breakdown cover and energy, as well as financial services products including credit cards, loans, mortgages and life insurance.

Confused.com is not a supplier, insurance company or broker. It provides a free, objective and unbiased comparison service. By using cutting-edge technology, it has developed a series of intelligent web-based solutions that evaluate a number of risk factors to help customers with their decision-making, subsequently finding them great deals on a wide-range of insurance products, financial services, utilities and more. Confused.com's service is based on the most up-to-date information provided by UK suppliers and industry regulators.
Confused.com is owned by the Admiral Group plc. Admiral listed on the London Stock Exchange in September 2004. Confused.com is regulated by the FSA.

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