Mercer Executive Remuneration Guides

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  • Do you have an easy-to-use source for comparing compensation and benefits, focused on your Top Executives?
  • What are your competitors doing for upcoming salary reviews and incentive design?
  • Are you able to evaluate the competitive position of each element of your total remuneration?
  • Would you like up-to-date information on global and European trends to support your executive remuneration strategy?
  • Are you able to generate instant, automated and fully customized comparisons between your organization and the market?
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  • Mercer Executive Remuneration Guides provide the market data and analytical tools to support executive remuneration programs for leading organizations in Europe.
  • Mercer Executive Remuneration Guides covers all aspects of total remuneration for up to 85 benchmark top executive positions (depending on the survey) at the executive board and the next two reporting levels.
  • The guides provide consistent and accurate market data, covering the full reward package, including all forms of cash remuneration, long-term incentives and benefits. The surveys are available in 11 markets across Europe, including Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

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Key features and benefits:

  • Targets Europe's largest organizations ensuring the relevance of comparator group to participating organizations
  • Valuation of the total remuneration package, including base salary, bonuses, long-term incentives and non-cash benefits, enabling comparisons to be made of the value/replacement cost from the executive's perspective
  • Survey roles underpinned by Mercer's International Position Evaluation methodology, ensuring that positions are accurately compared on a like-for-like basis
  • Pre-completed questionnaire (job matching, job grading and policies and practices) for previous year participants
  • Information from Europe's largest businesses, ensuring the relevance of the comparator group to participating organizations
  • Unlimited refined comparisons and analyses, for example, how one specific aspect of a package compares with your own values
  • A detailed report with comprehensive valuation tables of total remuneration for each role, and an overview of benefits for various levels of executives – with our online Mercer WIN® tool enabling detailed customized reports against relevant peer groups
  • Analysis on trends and emerging practices, enabling participants to keep up to date on the latest executive pay practices

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Job families and positions surveyed

Mercer Executive Remuneration Guides covers close to 2,000 cross-industry executive jobs, from the following job families:

  • General Management
  • Administration, Facilities & Secretarial
  • Communications & Corporate Affairs
  • Construction
  • Creative & Design
  • Customer Service & Contact Center Operations
  • Data Analytics/Warehousing, & Business Intelligence
  • Engineering & Science
  • Finance
  • Healthcare/Pharmacy Services
  • Hospitality (Food Service & Lodging)
  • Human Resources
  • IT, Telecom & Internet
  • Legal, Compliance & Audit
  • Production & Skilled Trades
  • Project/Program Management
  • Quality Management
  • Real Estate Management, Property Development & Investment
  • Sales, Marketing & Product Management
  • Supply Chain

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What do you receive?

  • Online access – Data delivered online through Mercer WIN® accessible anywhere, at any time – fully customized searches and statistics according to your individual needs, and receive instant comparisons of your organization's data against the market.
  • Survey overview – A general review of typical salary practices and compensation mix, employment trends, and other economic indicators related to human resource management decisions in Europe and/or at the country level.

Available countries and contact information

If you require more information about the survey or wish to participate, please contact the local Mercer consultant.

Western European MERG

As organizations move from local peer groups to European peer groups for benchmarking executives, Mercer has developed a Western European executive remuneration survey, with more than 400 of Europe's largest organizations.

The results can be viewed for the whole Western Europe or for one of the five, smaller zones:

Zone 1

Zone 2

Zone 3

Zone 4

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This database can be customized to provide regional data:

  • By industry: consumer goods, durable, energy, finance/banking, insurance, non-durable goods, retail/wholesale, services
  • By size: assets, employee numbers, Position Class, revenue
  • By scope of the role: geographic responsibility, level in organization, executive board membership
  • By specific peer groups of named organizations from the database (minimum 10 organizations)


Over 900 of Europe's largest organizations participated in the MERG surveys in 2018. For a sample of the organizations please contact your local Mercer consultant.


2019 Survey

Location MERG Price Data Submission Deadline Report Delivery Date
Western European EUR 8,000 20 Dec
Pan-European Financial Services (PEFS) EUR 4,200 27 Jun 26 Sep
Denmark EUR 5,900 7 Jun 16 Oct
Finland EUR 4,950 19 Jul 22 Oct
France EUR 5,300 26 Jul 23 Oct
Germany * EUR 4,500 5 Aug 25-Oct
Italy EUR 4,800 31 May 6 Nov
Netherlands EUR 4,250 19 Jul 28 Oct
Norway EUR 5,490 22 Aug 27 Nov
Spain EUR 4,600 3 Sep 27 Nov
Sweden EUR 6,900 21 Jun 11 Oct
Switzerland * EUR 4,000 5 Jul 3 Oct
United Kingdom * EUR 5,050 16 Aug 19 Nov

* Note: Germany, Switzerland and United Kingdom surveys are covering only Total Direct Compensation (Total Remuneration excluding Benefits).

Please note that this is a participant only survey, and all above prices are applicable for participants only.
There are various discounts available for multiple-year and multiple-survey purchase, please contact your local Mercer consultant.

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