Mercer Acquires Authoritative Mining Salary Surveys And Consulting Services Of Hall Consulting Limited

Mercer, a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments, announced today that it has acquired the salary survey database, client relationships and consulting services of Hall Consulting Limited (HCL), a leading provider of expertise and information services for the mining sector in North America. HCL’s Coopers Mining Industry Salary Surveys have been the hallmark of salary survey initiatives dedicated to mining industry for many years. As a result of the acquisition, Mercer strengthens its suite of survey data and positions itself as a pre-eminent authority providing research, analysis and consulting services to the energy and mining industry.

“Mercer continues to add to our expertise in specific industries, and we believe that our experience in talent management can be of particular value to the mining and extractive industries as the sector grows and competition for talent heightens,” said Orlando Ashford, President, Talent, at Mercer.

Mercer’s Talent business, which includes compensation and benefits and human resources policy benchmarking data, software, tools and consulting services, provides HR information to many of the world’s largest organizations. The addition of survey data specific to the mining industry – covering some 150 positions collected from more than 200 mining operations in the US and Canada – expands Mercer’s overall service offerings and supports a growing sector.

“Programs designed to enhance attraction and retention of scarce talent must be based upon good data,” said Brian Brown, Mercer Senior Partner, Western Canada. “Building on Hall’s resources, Mercer has the breadth of expertise to advise clients in the mining industry on talent management and rewards programs essential to maintaining a competitive advantage.”

There are more than 2,000 publicly traded mining companies in Canada and the US. This provides an excellent opportunity for Mercer to grow it is talent information and consulting services in the industry.

“Mercer is recognized as a leader of information solutions around the world,” said Lou Vujanich, the founder of Hall Consulting. “Their HR knowledge, resources and global capabilities combined with comprehensive data on compensation practices for North American mining operations will greatly benefit the industry.”

Mr. Vujanich, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, will work closely with Mercer colleagues to ensure the smooth transition of HCL clients to Mercer. In addition, he will provide advisory services in relation to Mercer's Mining Industry Salary Surveys.

About Mercer

Mercer is a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments. Mercer helps clients around the world advance the health, wealth and performance of their most vital asset – their people. Mercer’s 19,000 employees are based in more than 40 countries. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), a global team of professional services companies offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and human capital. With 53,000 employees worldwide and annual revenue exceeding $11 billion, Marsh & McLennan Companies is also the parent company of Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management; Guy Carpenter, a global leader in providing risk and reinsurance intermediary services; and Oliver Wyman, a global leader in management consulting. For more information, visit www.mercer.com. Follow Mercer on Twitter @MercerInsights.

About Hall Consulting

Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Hall Consulting Limited is a leading niche provider of human resource expertise and salaried staff compensation practices for the North American mining industry.

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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