the moments that matter 1970–2020: 50 years strong in the UK

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  • 1970Jumbo jet takes first transatlantic flight
  • 1975UK votes to join the European Union
  • Mercer opens its first UK office
  • bringing retirement and investment planning to the people of Britain


  • 1980Rubik's Cube launched
  • 1985First UK mobile phone call
  • 1989Berlin Wall falls
  • Strategic M&A Duncan C. Fraser
  • we launched our health consulting team (the first of its kind in the UK)


  • 1995Internet search engines emerge
  • our Career business emerged, providing reward and talent advice
  • working with clients to navigate pension governance and the Barber Judgement
  • Strategic M&A Sedgwick Noble Lowdes


  • 2000New millennium
  • 2008Global financial crisis
  • we launch our solution for dynamic de-risking
  • we were the first to set up a responsible
    investment team
    advising the UN on its
    Principles for Responsible Investment


  • 2012London Olympics
  • 2016UK votes to leave the EU
  • the number of female leadersat Mercer rose by 50%
  • we were the first to fund trans benefits for gender dysphoria treatment
  • Strategic M&A Jelf Insurance Brokers
  • Strategic M&A Thomson Online Benefits
  • we launched Mercer Money to help individuals reach financial freedom
  • Strategic M&A Jardine Lloyd Thompson

Marking 50 years of change together…


A lot has changed in a year. But we look back half a century – to when Mercer opened the doors to its first UK office – and the world has evolved beyond recognition. So as our 50-year anniversary prompts reflection, we wanted to share a video to highlight what we’ve achieved together.


Not only have we helped our clients navigate periods of privatisation, expansion and economic crises. By working closely together, we’ve also tackled complex governance reforms. And we’ve been bold enough to challenge the status quo – leading the charge towards a more inclusive workplace while being the first to set up a responsible investment team.


Despite continued change, Mercer’s own role in the world remains the same. We fuse empathy with economics to help our clients execute well and make an impact – working together to deliver a brighter future.




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