About us


Mercer | Kepler focuses on providing high-quality tailored and independent advice on remuneration. Our approach is to develop a deep understanding of each client’s business and then help ensure the reward strategy supports the needs of the business and reinforces success. Companies that select Mercer | Kepler see the way they remunerate their executives and staff as a potential source of competitive advantage.


We have strong capabilities in design of pay, including incentive design, performance measurement, target-setting, reward policy development, pay benchmarking, pensions and benefits and tax/accounting/legal issues. We offer strong support around remuneration governance, pay disclosure, shareholder engagement and consultation, and implementation/communication support. We have an excellent track record of helping clients obtain shareholder approval for their executive reward arrangements.


We believe that our experience of supporting over 250 companies in the UK and beyond helps us to provide our clients with high quality advice and responsive, relevant and practical support.


Trusted advisors for today’s rapidly changing world


The executive rewards and governance landscape is increasingly complex. Companies need effective reward programmes to attract key talent, motivate appropriate performance, and create an alignment with business imperatives and other talent strategies.


At the same time, scrutiny abounds from shareholders, proxy advisors, governments, and the media. Organisations need to ensure that executive pay is robust, well-articulated and aligned with performance and appropriate risk management.


Mercer | Kepler’s Executive Reward consultants are trusted advisors to listed and unlisted companies, not-for-profit, governmental and professional organisations advising senior management, remuneration committees, boards of directors and private equity houses. Our professionals provide best-in-class expertise in the areas of executive and director remuneration and benefits, pay-performance alignment, and corporate governance to meet the unique challenges facing our clients.


Secure and motivate executive talent


Attracting, engaging and retaining senior executives in a competitive talent market is a challenge for many organisations. In this context, we partner with clients to design incentives that are motivating and appropriate for their particular market. 


This means tailoring incentives to strategy, culture and operating model, and the wider employment value proposition.  It also means creating models to ensure outcomes are defensible in a wide range of performance outcomes. Finally, the plans we design need to take into account the market context, affordability and the expectations of shareholders, regulators and other stakeholders.



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Executive Reward with a sound foundation


Our Executive Reward advisory services are founded on:


  • A client focus: Our clients come first and paramount. We listen, we learn their businesses, we apply our deep understanding of market and industry practices to their unique situation, and we quickly address their needs with the highest level of service.

  • A collaborative approach: Our consultants work in partnership with our clients and adopt a team approach to provide counsel and share experience - we do not have a ‘cookie cutter’ approach.

  • Multiple viewpoints: Our team of senior consultants have diverse professional backgrounds meaning we can bring 360 degree experience to varying executive pay circumstances. We help our clients by using this to anticipate challenges and to ensure that our advice is robust and thoughtful.

  • Market data: We have comprehensive executive market data to meet your needs and we derive data from a number of different sources. We also custom design surveys and analytics on specific issues. We can provide sector/industry specific data and look at particular markets and/or geographies. We map trends and market practice on a real time basis.

  • Industry specialisations: We have sector specialisation with a comprehensive database of market practice and real time updates on market trends. We share information and experience with our expert practitioners across the world. We collaborate on international projects and our international network of specialists team up on a regular basis.

  • Global capability: We have local, boots-on-the-ground capability in all the world’s major economies and regularly help UK and European headquartered multinationals to cascade their reward arrangements to other key markets, collaborating with local resources as required

  • We are founder members of the UK’s Remuneration Consulting Group and comply fully with its Code of Conduct. We have established Global Business Standards to manage potential conflicts of interest inherent in advising boards of directors and management on executive rewards issues.

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