Mercer Executive Remuneration Guide

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Do you have an easy-to-use source for comparing compensation and benefits, focused on your Top Executives?

Mercer Executive Remuneration Guides, available in 11 European countries, provide consistent and high-quality data covering various aspects of the full rewards package to support executive remuneration programs for leading organizations in Europe.

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  • Western European MERG
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Mercer Executive Remuneration Guides cover up to five components (depending on country).


Base salary
Monthly base salary times the number of months guaranteed


Total guaranteed cash compensation
Base salary plus the annualized value of guaranteed allowances


Total cash compensation
Total guaranteed cash compensation plus the annualized value of short-term incentive, sales incentive, profit sharing or other incentive awards


Total direct compensation
Total cash compensation plus the annualized value of any long-term incentive awards, valued using Black-Scholes methodology for appreciation-based awards


Total remuneration (available in selected countries)
Total direct compensation plus the annualized value of benefits

Country Coverage

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.  

map of 11 markets across Europe, including Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

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

Product Details

Online access

The survey results are delivered through Mercer WIN® which allows you to create custom views, analyze data across markets simultaneously, create unlimited peer groups, refine the market, compare your data vs. the market*, combine jobs, export to Excel, and much more!

More relevant data

With new aggregated roll-ups, relationships between jobs becomes clearer – with data that best reflects your jobs and labour markets. From deeply specialized industry roles to combinations of related jobs within the broader talent pool, analyze competitive compensation industry levels, across related industries, or across an entire labour market.

Survey overview

An overview of the market pay trends relative to the prior year as well as a summary of the economic, political and labor trends in the country.

Policy and Practice summary

A summary of organizations’ remuneration policies, which includes salary budget forecasts, compensation mix by Executive level, short-term incentive, long-term incentive practices, non-executive board fees and benefits (depending on country).

Actual market data

Market analysis by job including all remuneration values, helping you determine which jobs are more competitive within the market.

Market regression

Market analysis by Position Class (Mercer’s International Position Evaluation (IPE) methodology for job evaluation) for each of the major components of total remuneration.

Custom analysis

Custom statistics tailored to your needs, based on peer groups, industry, revenue size, total employees, and more, using Mercer WIN®.

*only available for participants

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
  • Hospitality (Food Service & Lodging)
  • Human Resources
  • IT, Telecom & Internet
  • Legal, Compliance & Audit
  • Media
  • Production & Skilled Trades
  • Project/Program Management
  • Quality Management
  • Real Estate Management, Property Development & Investment
  • Sales, Marketing & Product Management
  • Supply Chain
  • Transportation Services
  • Pricing

    2021 Survey

    Location MERG Price Data Submission Deadline Report Delivery Date
    Western European EUR 8,200   17-Dec
    Pan-European Financial Services (PEFS) EUR 4,300 29-Jun 28-Sep
    Denmark EUR 6,000 2-Jul 14-Oct
    Finland EUR 5,000 23-Jul 22-Oct
    France EUR 5,300 6-Aug 25-Oct
    Germany * EUR 4,500 12-Aug 26-Oct
    Italy EUR 4,800 8-Jun 8-Nov
    Netherlands EUR 4,375 26-Jul 27-Oct
    Norway* EUR 5,850 20-Aug 14-Dec
    Spain EUR 4,890 6-Sep 25-Nov
    Sweden EUR 6,900 18-Jun 12-Oct
    Switzerland * EUR 4,500 2-Jul 27-Sep
    United Kingdom * EUR 5,400 19-Aug 17-Nov

    * Note: Germany, Norway, 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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    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 publication that combines country MERGs, with more than 600 European largest parent organizations and over 1,000 entities.

    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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    Key features:

    • Coverage: from Base Salary to Total Direct Compensation
    • Delivered through Mercer WIN® with ability to create custom views, peer groups etc.
    • Survey Overview summary of the economic, political and labor trends in Europe
    • Actual and Regressed Data by Job and/or Position Class (Mercer’s International Position Evaluation (IPE) methodology for job evaluation)

    Contact us

    Country Contact Email Telephone
    Denmark Paulina Paczkowska +48 22 4366849
    Finland Teemu Korhonen +48 22 456 42 99
    Juha Soikkanen +358 9 86774319
    France Arnaud Delbourg +33 1 55 21 38 55
    Cyrille Bellanger +33 1 55 21 38 98
    Germany Tomasz Stachurski +49 69 689 778 472
    Italy Riccardo Bruno +39 02 7241 3228
    Mariagrazia Galliani +39 02 7241 3380
    Sara Bottaro +39 02 7241 3335
    Netherlands Joep Krekelaar +31 (0)6 1559 8240
    Norway Sjur Teigland +47 905 73 702
    Spain Enrique Torres +34 66 150 26 83
    Belen Martinez +34 66 145 10 22
    Sweden Denys Iuzefchuk +46 768 612 856
    Johan Österlund +46 768 612 809
    Switzerland Anke Coorens +41 44 200 45 40
    Mikolaj Jaszczuk +41 44 200 45 48
    United Kingdom Peter Boreham +44 20 7178 6993
    Neil Hurst +44 20 7178 3172
    Western Europe Joep Krekelaar +31 (0)6 1559 8240



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    • Short DescriptionMercer Executive Remuneration Guides provide market data & analytical tools to support executive remuneration programs for leading organizations in Europe.