Mercer celebrates 40 years in Singapore with HR Vendor of the Year awards

20 December 2018 3 min. read

The world’s leading human capital firm Mercer has marked its 40th anniversary in Singapore with another round of accolades at the HR Vendors of the Year Awards for 2018.

Established in Singapore in 1978 with only the three members of staff, the local branch of Mercer has since grown into a regional force, home to 400-odd local employees serving in excess of 1,200 clients – some of which were acknowledged with special tokens of appreciation at Mercer’s anniversary event in collaboration with inclusive employment support social enterprise Personalized Love (PLove).

Also in attendance and delivering an address on the transformational effect of technology on the workforce was special guest Zaqy Mohamad, the Minister of State for the Ministry of National Development and the Ministry of Manpower, who in his speech stressed the importance of human capital development – both for the individual and the economy but also for businesses to attract and retain talent – at a time of escalating regional shortages in skilled talent.

“It would’ve been hard to imagine that when we started the company with handful of people, we would end up where we are today… This anniversary is a celebration of Mercer success in Singapore over the last 40 years,” said Mercer Singapore CEO Peta Latimer, who took over the role earlier this year after crossing from KPMG. “We could not have done it without the trust and loyalty of our clients and partners – we recognise that our success is directly linked to theirs.”Mercer celebrates 40 years in business in Singapore with HR Vendor of the Year awardsWhile Mercer was deflecting attention from itself at its own celebrations, the tributes would follow in the form of another bag of awards at the prestigious HR Vendors of the Year Awards for 2018, hosted by dedicated Asian HR media outlet Human Resources. The firm took home top honours in the Best Total Rewards Consulting and Best Employee Benefits Consultancy categories, together with silver in the Best Employee Engagement Consultancy bracket.

“To mark the end of the year with these awards is a huge honour for us. It’s the perfect cherry on top of a fruitful year,” said Latimer. “These awards are highly coveted and to say that I am humbled by my team’s success would be an understatement. I am equally grateful to all of our colleagues who have been part of this incredible journey with us. That said, we’re just getting warmed up – our best years are ahead of us.”

The Singapore success was backed by a further win for Mercer’s Malaysian branch, awarded HR Vendors of the Year gold for Best Employee Engagement Consultancy in 2018. “We are delighted and grateful to have won this award and empowered to deliver not only better but the best to our clients,” said CEO of Mercer Malaysia Hash Piperdy of the accolade, which is decided upon by a panel of independent HR executives from leading cross-sector organisations.