|[December 04, 2013]
National Customer Satisfaction Index Results for Financial Services
LONDON --(Business Wire)--
Customer satisfaction at the national level slipped 0.1% in the third
quarter of 2013, according to a report released today by the National
Customer Satisfaction Index (NCSI-UK). The index is currently 75.1
on a 1-100 scale. The latest NCSI-UK report covers consumer survey
results for financial services including retail banks, credit cards,
home and motor insurance, and mortgage lenders.
The launch of the UK Current Account Switch
Service has challenged banks to improve service and value in order to
keep their customers, but according to current account holders, the
industry is no better than it was a year ago. Customer satisfaction with
retail banks is stagnant at an NCSI benchmark of 74, below the national
Among the High Street banks, HSBC (including First Direct) continues to
distinguish itself with superior service, and improves yet again this
year (+ 4% to 78), matching smaller banks and building societies.
"Smaller financial institutions have always had high customer
satisfaction because they offer more personalized service," says Claes
Fornell, ACSI founder and chairman. "However, an influx of new customers
will pose new challenges, making it more difficult to sustain high
After reaching a record-breaking score of 81 in 2012, the combined score
for smaller banks and building societies, including the beleaguered
Co-operative, retreats 4% to 78. Barclays edges up 1% to an NCSI score
of 74, overtaking Lloyds Banking Group, which slides 1% to 73 ahead of
the re-launch of TSB. Santander and RBS remain the lowest-scoring retail
banks, but for the first time in six years, Santander advances from last
place (up 3% to 72), as RBS Group falls behind (down 1% to 71).
Customer satisfaction with mortgage lenders
slips 1.4% to 73 after reaching an all-time high a year ago. Nationwide
bucks the industry trend, rising 1% to an NCSI benchmark of 79. This is
the sixth year of steady improvement and a record-high for the building
society, which posted a 155% profit rise in the first half of the year.
In second place, Barclays also shows improvement, up 3% to 76. The
aggregate of smaller mortgage lenders and building societies is down 1%
to 74, tied with Lloyds Banking Group (unchanged). RBS Group (+4%) and
Santander (unchanged) remain at bottom of the industry, both at 71.
Customer satisfaction with credit cards is up
1.3% to a benchmark score of 77, a six-year high for the industry, as
card providers offer increasingly competitive deals. Card usage has
increased by 6% and the level of borrowing is 4% higher than the same
period a year ago. The large banks all register some improvement in
credit card satisfaction, but smaller issuers and store cards have lost
what was once a large lead over big banks.
HSBC improves by 5% to 78. Smaller credit card issuers have always led
the category, but ebb slightly this year to tie HSBC at 78. Barclays
gains 5% to 77, followed by RBS Group (+3%) and Lloyds Banking Group
(+4%) at 76.
Home & Motor Insurance
Customer satisfaction with home
and motor insurers is up 1.3% to 77. Online insurance aggregators are a
major reason for rising satisfaction as they provide quick and easy
access to comparative prices across a range of companies, making it
easier to find and customize coverage to meet needs and fit budgets.
Among the larger insurers, Aviva jumps to first place (+4% to 78). This
is the largest gain of the year, and a record high for Aviva. Smaller
home and motor insurers once held a healthy lead in customer
satisfaction, but are now stalled at 77 for the second year in a row.
Churchill Group and Direct Line both edge up 1% to 77, tied with RSA (News - Alert)
Group. Zurich follows closely behind, up 1% to 76.
About NCSI-UK (www.ncsiuk.com)
National Customer Satisfaction Index (NCSI-UK) is a national economic
indicator of customer evaluations of the quality of products and
services available to household consumers in the United Kingdom, and is
produced by the American
Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Results are based on survey data
from more than 5,750 customers collected via online panel during Q3 of
This methodology was developed at the University of Michigan and has
been adopted worldwide as a leading macro- and micro-level indicator by
universities, governments, and countries including the United States,
the United Kingdom, Sweden, Singapore, Korea, Turkey, South Africa,
Mexico, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, and Barbados.
According to research from the University of Michigan, customer
satisfaction - as measured by the NCSI-UK and ACSI - is directly linked
to stock market performance. Companies with high scores on the ACSI and
NCSI-UK produce higher stock returns than competitors and greatly
outperform market indices.
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