Mercer Skills-Edge Suite

Attract and retain critical skills by advancing pay-for-skills

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Only 8% of companies formally monitor supply and demand of skills

The skilled talent you need may be working for you today, but will they be there for you tomorrow? As industries develop and organizations change and grow, skill gaps appear and other skills become obsolete. To propel your organization forward, you need to fill those skill gaps efficiently, either through precise hiring or by redeploying or reskilling employees. Many organizations are finding it challenging to make timely decisions about whether to reskill, recruit, or outsource for a particular skill. While 80% of companies recognize that using skills-based approaches to rewards would afford them better retention of employees and 66% believe these approaches would help with attraction, only 8% of companies formally monitor supply and demand of skills. We can help.

Introducing Mercer Skills-Edge Suite

Mercer Skills-Edge Suite is an integrated service offering comprising consulting, technology, and data. The Suite gives you the information and insight you need to advance skills-based talent and pay practices across your company.

Understand which skills you have and which skills you need

Set up your organization for a successful future by implementing a robust skills strategy. By proactively filling skills gaps and paying for the skills most important to your organization, your team will become more agile, flexible, and future-proof.

Balance your short-term tactical needs with longer term transformational objectives using these flexible products within Mercer Skills-Edge Suite.

A skills taxonomy that is based on market data, curated by Mercer, and mapped to the Mercer Job Library. Knowing what skills your organization will focus on is the first step in using skills data to support your organization’s strategy.

This workflow-driven solution enables the rapid creation, review and approval of a unique skills taxonomy aligned to your jobs, leveraging the Mercer Skills Library’s vast set of curated data while remaining flexible enough to allow you to create your own unique skills.

This self-service web application reports which skills influence the pay of a selected job. Through this skills-based approach to the market, you can determine which skills are most valuable to your organization in attracting and retaining in-demand talent.

This AI-driven tool is designed to equip organizations with intelligent pay at the employee level – based on business strategy – combining skill scarcity and business criticality, along with other business-related employee performance data.
  • Products Overview
  • Skills Library
  • Skills Map
  • Skills Pricer
  • Skills Pay Planner
  • Moving from Jobs to Skills
  • For Whom
  • Related content

Products Overview

Mercer Skills-Edge Suite at a glance

  Skills Library Skills Map Skills Pricer Skills Pay Planner
Feature A market-derived, Mercer-curated skill taxonomy mapped to Mercer Job Library that aligns with our products to address any number of use cases. Mercer Skills Map is a workflow solution, underpinned by the Mercer Skills Library, that empowers you to quickly map skills and related proficiency levels to your jobs. This self-service web application reports which skills influence the pay of a selected job. Through this skills-based market approach, you can determine which skills are most valuable to your organization in attracting and retaining in-demand talent. An AI-driven tool designed to equip organizations with intelligent pay recommendations, based on business strategy, skill scarcity, and role criticality in combination with other business-related performance data.
Function Mercer Jobs Library is augmented with curated skills data to deliver a dynamically updated skills library. Facilitates the creation of a custom skill taxonomy. Map skills to jobs with skill demand market data to assign and validate skills with user-specific, system-guided workflows. Uses advanced modeling to evaluate market demand for skills, determine skill impact on pay, and highlight emerging and declining skills. Uses machine learning to aggregate multiple data sources on skills along with employee performance and other business-critical data, to provide a base pay recommendation for individual employees.
Benefit Add a skills dimension to your job library. By updating your job master data, you build a data foundation for other skills needs. Utilize a structured and informed process to map and validate skills to your jobs. Replaces segregated spreadsheets with an all-in-one, custom, and user-secured interface. Make informed talent acquisition decisions and address skills-based compensation throughout the employee life cycle. Skills value, relevance, demand and demand trend is provided per job. Manage talent effectively and impartially via skills-based reward. Make the transition with tools that link skills to pay at the employee level.
Data Requirement No data is required from you to use Skills Library. Your job titles and a unique identifier for job or job grouping is required to use Skills Map. Optionally, you can include pre-existing matches of Mercer Job Codes to your jobs to obtain a baseline skill list. No data is required from you to use Skills Pricer. Certain employee data is required in order for Skills Pay Planner to provide skills-based rewards recommendations at the individual employee level.

Skills Library

Lay the groundwork for skills-based decision making

Do you have the skills you need to succeed? Are you looking to understand your skills requirements and current bench strength?

Create a skills adoption roadmap, align your organization to it, and identify and map the highest priority skills needed to succeed in the future. The Skills Library helps your organization in multiple ways, including building up skills on current roles that can lead to insights on employee career paths and reskilling opportunities.

Incorporate skills into your talent strategy fast with the Skills Library

Don’t waste time digging through data or trying to create your own custom taxonomy. Skills Library maps over 4,000 unique skills to over 10,000 jobs in our Mercer Job Library

The Skills Library offers a skills taxonomy based on market data — the first step in adding skills to your organization’s pay strategy. We update our Skills Library regularly throughout the year, so you can stay up to date on emerging, evolving and declining skills.

The goal of the Skills Library is to provide an integrated, data-driven framework to help deploy skills-based solutions across a wide range of business domains. Organizations that start with a common agreement on what skills are most important for their strategies experience the best success in using skills for hiring, learning, and rewards.

Skills are mapped to a global job taxonomy — the Skills Library includes data that is globally applicable, allowing you to implement a skills framework across your organization, quickly.

How does Skills Library work?

  • Skills Library enables you to quickly overlay a detailed, structured and fully curated skills taxonomy onto all of your jobs.
  • Raw skills data are obtained via large-scale data collection efforts that target millions of online job profiles/descriptions.
  • The Skills Library is updated routinely throughout the year, adding new and emerging skills, modifying existing skills, and removing obsolete skills.

What’s included?

The skills included in the Skills Library span a variety of traditional categories such as: competencies, qualifications, certifications, hard and soft skills, as well as regionally specific needs. By including all these under the skills umbrella, clients can define roles by the critical needs to succeed in the job.

Example use case:

We naturally describe a role by listing the needs for the person we need. You might be seeking to fill a cost account role and need someone that is obviously good at: accounting, possesses excellent communication skills, has experience with budgeting, is familiar with variance analysis, and holds a certification for a particular country. Those elements underlined are in the Skills Library, because they are what naturally a person lists as skills for the role.

Skills are structured in two Mercer Job Library arrangements that are orientated around type of work and organizational level: Job and Specialization plus Career Stream:

Mercer Skills Library content

Mercer Skills Library content

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Skills Map

Leverage the Mercer Skills Library data and insights to map skills and related proficiencies directly to your jobs

Do you know what skills are relevant to your jobs in the market? Do you want to leverage best-in-class skills data to design your organization’s unique job and skills library?

Upload your jobs, explore recommended job matches, map related skill data, and then tailor skills and proficiency levels according to your organization’s unique business needs and priorities, all through workflow-driven review and approval.

Incorporate skills into your talent strategy fast with the Skills Library

The goal of the Skills Map is to provide a workflow-driven process to help organizations orient their jobs to skills most relevant to them, utilizing the Skills Library’s set of over 10,000 curated jobs and over 4,000 skills as a baseline.

Organizations that start with a common agreement on what skills are most important for their strategies experience the best success in using skills for hiring, learning, and rewards.

How does Skills Map work?

  • Quickly map your jobs to Mercer Skills Library using a proprietary Artificial Intelligence matching algorithm to establish a baseline of skills
  • Customize skills for your organization
  • Optionally assign an ideal proficiency level to each skill mapped to your job
  • Validate, refine and adjust the skills mapped to your unique org structure
  • Export jobs with validated skills and utilize in your HR tech stack to elevate your skills-centric organization strategies

What’s included?

Skills Map is a workflow solution, underpinned by the Mercer Skills Library, that empowers you to quickly map skills and related proficiency levels to your jobs, share with other users in your organization for review and approval, then export the final skill-to-job configurations to enable skills-centric initiatives within your organization.

Example use case:

You need to know what skills are most relevant to jobs similar to yours in the market so you can make sure they are included in your job descriptions, postings, and internal mobility discussions. You also need help determining proficiency levels for the skills at each level and might need to somehow categorize different skills to allow substitution. Mercer Skills Map facilitates mapping skills to your jobs so that managers can make informed hiring and talent management decisions that drive business forward.

Mercer Skills Library content

Mercer Skills Library content

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Skills Pricer

Reward the critical skills that are driving impact in your organization

Skills Pricer is a self-service web application that reports which skills influence the pay of a selected job. Through this skills-based market approach, you can determine which skills are most valuable to your organization in attracting and retaining in-demand talent. Our interactive platform facilitates the exploration of how critical skills impact pay. Skills Pricer uses advanced modelling to report skill values, market demand and relative importance for the most crucial skills by job.

Mercer’s proprietary algorithm uses our Total Remuneration Surveys, the world’s most robust salary data source, alongside real-time labor demand data, to provide pricing and guidance on which skills are most valuable to your organization when rewarding, attracting, retaining, and upskilling talent.

How does Skills Pricer work?

  • Skills Pricer uses proprietary modelling coupled with industry-leading data sources to analyze which crucial skills drive pay, the value for each skill, and relevance and demand information for each job.
  • Human-curated by rewards experts and utilizing advanced analytics, Skills Pricer enables reliable and respected data to use in acquisition, retention, compensation and development strategies.
  • Skills Pricer provides a viewpoint on the relevance and value of each skill to each job.

Skills Pricer: Sample use cases

Understanding the value of skills is essential in the talent management lifecycle:

  • Recruiting can review pay premiums, market demand, and skill relevance to adjust offers for candidates who exhibit critical skills.
  • HR teams can evolve foundational job architecture and career paths to include skills and enable a more flexible talent marketplace.
  • Compensation teams can use the data to ensure competitive pay plans and retention of key talent via skills-based pay adjustments and bonuses.

Skills Pricer in three steps

  1. Draws on the comprehensive Mercer Skills Library to map globally-consistent jobs to the skills that drive pay.
  2. Maps the premium for each skill by combining criticality and market data.
  3. Delivers dynamic data sets to an interactive web-based dashboard.


Skills Pricer in action:

  1. Search via job or skill keyword and select job.
  2. View market base pay and skills premium information.
  3. Adjust which skills are included based on your organization’s roles or individuals.
  4. Gain insights into the impact your curated skill profile has on pay.

Why use Skills Pricer?

  • Attract and retain key talent by using skill premium information to drive pay review decisions.
  • Understand the potential impact of incorporating skills before factoring them into your total rewards strategy.
  • Implement simple best practice processes that introduce managers and HR professionals to skills as a decision factor.
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Skills Pay Planner

Reinvent your rewards program with pay-for-skills

Skills Pay Planner enables you to incorporate understanding of premiums of certain skills into your annual compensation planning review, to prevent your most valuable skills from falling behind the market and becoming a flight risk. It is an AI-driven tool designed to arm organizations with intelligent pay recommendations at the employee level, by combining internal skills strategy, skill scarcity, business criticality, and business-related employee performance data.

Automate the process for pay recommendations

Skills Pay Planner helps you to eliminate individual bias in your pay philosophy and align reward with critical skill sets while automating the pay recommendation process. By providing intelligent pay suggestions, Skills Pay Planner helps ease decisions about how to reward your employees.

The system provides you with control on how to make pay recommendations within budgets. Mercer advisory partners with you to tune the system using your data to meet business strategies. The system can be also configured without skills in the equation, using prior historical data and current ranking systems to drive decisions.

How does Skills Pay Planner work?

Skills Pay Planner generates intelligent automated pay recommendations by integrating company, employee and external benchmark data with your unique business strategy via a predictive machine learning algorithm. Skill needs within the organization, the difficulty to obtain those skills, employee base pay competitiveness, performance, career potential and even retention risk are all reflected in salary increase recommendations.

Data plays a pivotal role: the models needs market, company, and employee level data.

  • The machine learning model looks at each individual’s past performance rating and other metrics such as base-pay competitiveness.
  • The model requires inputs that inform it about skills that are a priority for the business and desired investment levels.

Applications of Skills Pay Planner

  • Use Skills Pay Planner as a simulation tool for compensation and rewards teams to test the impact of skills and other factors on pay. It allows organizations to see the shifts from current process to new philosophy, in order to prepare for implications and change management.
  • Advance to using Skills Pay Planner to guide managers when it comes to compensation adjustments creating equity in how pay adjustments across the organization.

Skills Pay Planner in 3 steps:

  1. Combines business strategy and company data
  2. Runs a predictive machine-learning algorithm
  3. Makes pay suggestions at the employee-level

Bring a skills lens to your salary review process:

  • Log in to see your pay recommendations based on company skill strategy as first step in compensation review cycle
  • Review detailed rationale for each employee pay adjustment
  • Deploy compensation changes with supported AI recommendations for robust compensation discussions


  • Drill down into recommendations on an individual employee basis
  • Explore influencing factors at a granular level
  • Make pay recommendations with confidence

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Moving from Jobs to Skills

The way we think about compensation is changing:

  • agile workforce management increases the need to identify, retain and move high-demand skilled talent
  • COVID landscape demands efficiency and not losing the right talent
  • digital and tech skills, as well as gig workers are becoming more prevalent in the workplace

In order to secure top talent without overpaying, companies need a better understanding of demand & competitive rates. A skills-driven approach is needed to help you future-proof your business.

Mercer provides a comprehensive solution that includes data, technology and consulting to help you implement a skills-based approach throughout the entire talent management lifecycle.

By moving from jobs to skills, your workforce will become more agile and flexible. It also helps you improve employee engagement, turnover rates, talent acquisition and productivity.


For Whom

Set your organization up for a successful future by implementing a robust skills strategy.

By proactively filling skills gaps and paying for most important skills, your team will become more agile, flexible & future-proof.

Benefits for your HR functions:


For compensation specialists looking to optimize their budget: Our solutions allow you to match skills to jobs for better, more productive employee placements. When you have the right skills in the right positions, teams can be more productive and save you money. Unlike other solutions, our skills are already curated and mapped to our job library to simplify the process of onboarding skills to your jobs.

Learning & Development (L&D)

For L&D professionals seeking to create and recommend learning opportunities: Mercer Skills-Edge Suite lets you focus learning on skills, which can have more impact on your company and individual employees. Unlike other solutions, Mercer Skills-Edge Suite enables skill gap analyses which help you identify which segments of the workforce to focus on.

Talent Management

For Talent Managers who must attract & retain top talent, Mercer Skills-Edge Suite allow you to focus on key skills, not just job descriptions. Unlike other solutions, not only can you focus your search on skills, but also have more data on trending & high demand skills. A transparent, skills-driven culture allows you to get the right people in the door and retain them, so you don’t have to fill the same spots over and over.

Workforce Planning

For workforce transformation specialists looking to future-proof their organizations: Mercer Skills-Edge Suite highlights what skills to focus on in your workforce. Unlike others, we provide data which allows an understanding of which employee segments should be the focus of upskilling efforts – delivering a more cost-effective way to prepare for the future.

HR Business Partners (HRBPs)

For HRBPs who need to retain top talent and create an engaging company culture: Mercer Skills-Edge Suite enables you to create a skills-based culture that drives engagement throughout the company. We provide offerings across the entire talent management lifecycle to give you the most holistic approach to skills.

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