One of the most important investments an agency can make in organic growth is in the hiring and developing of new producers. By measuring pure payroll costs, the NUPP benchmark allows an “apples-to-apples” comparison with other agencies regarding the amount of direct investment an agency is making in new producers. The NUPP benchmark is intended to be simple and is not designed to measure all other ancillary expenses that accompany the hiring and developing of new producers.
While the NUPP provides a general investment guideline, an agency should also consider the success rate of its new producers, i.e. the percentage of new producers hired during the past 5 year period that have achieved the sales goals set before them. By multiplying the NUPP by the producer success rate, an agency can further determine the effectiveness of its NUPP . High performing agencies typically achieve an Effective NUPP between 1.0% - 1.5%.