We are an award-winning specialist recruitment consultancy focused on placing talented individuals in roles across many sectors within the areas of Compliance, Credit Risk & Analytics, Customer Contact, Finance & Audit, Financial Crime & Fraud, Procurement and Risk Management

Driven by a desire to provide an excellent service to both Clients and Candidates, our rapid growth is testament to our team’s in-depth knowledge of the recruitment industry. As one of the UK’s most successful independently-owned recruitment consultancies, we believe that our core values of integrity and professionalism, as well as our unique approach to recruitment which is based on support and knowledge rather than KPIs and targets, has ensured that we create long-lasting relationships with the individuals and organisations that we partner with.

The History of MERJE

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    MERJE Ltd incorporated by founders Jonathan Abelson, Richard Abelson and Edward Manson specialising within Compliance, Risk and Finance permanent recruitment across London and the North West.

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    As MERJE grows, Financial Crime & Fraud and Customer Contact are added to our core markets and we broaden our focus to the whole of the UK.

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    We begin to develop our contracting offering. Turnover grows to £3.7m and staffing numbers to 23. We win 'Recruitment Company of the Year' at APSCo Awards for Excellence.

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    The business continues to grow and we reach over £7million annual turnover. Our back-office infrastructure is expanded and plans submitted and approved for a new purpose-built headquarters in Manchester.

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    Both our London and Manchster offices expand to bigger premises, MERJE Front-Line Talent is launched and we win ‘Recruitment Partner of the Year’ at the Credit Awards 2018.

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All About MERJE

Founded in October 2011, MERJE is led by Managing Directors Jonathan Abelson, Richard Abelson and Edward Manson, and has grown year-on-year to become a respected national firm with offices in Manchester and London. We have achieved this by staying true to our aim of providing an outstanding service whilst being personable, professional and friendly.

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    Our Values

    We do not chase the easy win and don’t believe in arbitrary targets and KPIs. Our service is based on long-term development of relationships and expertise in our markets

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    Our Team

    We are a group of talented, experienced and creative experts across the Disciplines that we recruit in, and don’t forget the back-office team keeping everything running smoothly

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    Work For Us

    The MERJE family continues to grow. We would love to hear from passionate recruiters with drive and ambition who are looking for the freedom and support to flourish

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    Since MERJE was founded we have strived for close relationships with our Clients and partners. Have a look at our testimonials to see what they say about working with MERJE.

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  • I was tasked with recruiting an entire Risk and Compliance function and met with MERJE to discuss our requirements. I left them to do the rest – and they did. They know the market and took the time to listen and understand our culture, providing good quality candidates. They are now our ‘go-to’ company.

    Talent Attraction & Selection Manager, UK Insurer

  • MERJE helped me make my first steps into the Interim market, from finding my first role, to setting up as a Contractor and getting paid! Regular contact at key points gives me the assurance they’re working on my behalf. They’ve been extremely helpful through some difficult times; they’re a trusted source of information and guidance.

    Interim Support Advisor, Leading Banking Group

  • MERJE really understands the markets that they operate in and goes to considerable lengths to really understand their clients’ needs. Finding exceptional Candidates in the very competitive Financial Services world is extremely difficult. MERJE has consistently sourced excellent candidates for us. I cannot recommend MERJE highly enough.

    COO, Management Consultancy

  • The difference between MERJE and other agencies is the simple principle that they take the candidates seriously and are absolutely open and honest. Candidates are supported before and after interviews, and receive constructive feedback from Consultants who are always professional.

    Process Improvement Manager, Global Financial Services Organisation

  • MERJE was not only very well organised, they had good communication skills and, more importantly, a thorough understanding of the business I was joining. They provided excellent guidance and support throughout a challenging process and the role has presented exactly the right challenge at this stage in my career.

    Senior Risk Manager, Commercial Lender

  • MERJE has a very good understanding of the AML markets and won’t put someone forward if they don’t think they’re capable or qualified. They regularly update you and you get the sense that they care about their clients, as well as the person they’re putting forward. All-in-all an excellent experience.

    Deputy MLRO, Corporate Bank

  • MERJE was extremely knowledgeable about roles, salaries, skills and businesses within the compliance arena, meaning they only contacted me about roles they knew were suitable. They were always truthful and honest throughout the process and my new role meant a significant uplift in salary and opportunities, so excellent all round!

    Compliance Manager, International Banking Group

  • I was very pleased with MERJE’s approach and particularly their understanding of the client. The recruitment process ran smoothly from start to finish and they demonstrated high levels of customer service throughout. I would not hesitate in working with MERJE again, or recommending their services within the finance space.

    Group Treasurer, Property Developer

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