Our Writers

We aim to share with you our observations and experiences relating to employment trends and organisational models from home and away covering diverse topics from news on salary trends and surveys, the changing work places and consequential competency changes and how these differ across the globe.

We are an independently owned company made up of a team of innovative, creative people and true of our origins, you will find our views will be diverse, sometimes controversial, seek to challenge and hope to teach and learn.


Maria NunesMaria Nunes

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When Merit was started in 1987 the vision was to create a company and a team of people passionate about providing solutions, which made a difference to both client companies and job seekers alike. To this day we continue on this journey and base our success in terms of client and candidate retention on our passion for process, our integral values of honesty, honour and loyalty and eternal quest for knowledge, innovation and fulfillment. In a global economy our client’s both corporate and private, value our independence and holistic approach and within the Merit group we call this, looking after our clients money and finding them the right people, talent and solutions at the right time and on time. A guarantee we talk about thanks to the talent, dedication and sheer skill of team.

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Earlington LevendaleEarlington Levendale

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Earl joined Merit in 2000, having moved to the UK from Zimbabwe in 1999. One of Earl’s first roles in the UK was with Merit as an administrator. However, it was clear from the start that Earl had excellent communication and organisational skills and a star quality. As a result Earl developed into the roles of Junior Consultant, Consultant, Senior Consultant and Business Manager with in the recruitment aspect of the business which was between 2001 and 2009.

As a consultant Earl had focused on managing a team of consultants and juniors that worked tenaciously to meet the needs of Merit clients. At the fore front of Earls hard work had been the development of several key accounts. Driven by his enthusiasm for customer service Earl was well-respected and popular with both clients and candidates.

After 9 years of recruiting Earl sort change and was given the opportunity to focus more on Information and Technology planning and development within the organisation.

In Earl’s most recent position of IT manager he typically has many roles from overseeing IT systems and their maintenance to business planning, particularly in terms of defining the Internet presence of the organisation, tracking information collected from consumers visiting the sites to developing and monitoring online community tools, such as Social message boards, feedback forms, surveys, etc.

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Samantha NoorduijnSamantha Scott

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Being a strong, independent, ambitious, and flexible individual are all key traits that I possess and are ones which serve well at the Merit Group. My journey at the Merit Group commenced in August 2006 following the completion of my BA (Hons) Business degree during that summer. I had previously gained invaluable customer service and sales experience throughout my university degree by working for a Retail Marketing Company which I believe certainly put me in good stead when I decided to embark in a career in recruitment. I was particularly interested in the opportunities on offer at the Merit Group, the culture and forward thinking attitude of the company and people, which was why I knew it was the company I could see myself growing in.

After only having worked for the company for a short successful period of time, I was promoted from Trainee to Recruitment Consultant, Senior and Business Manager for the Merit Group.  In the last 12 months however my job role has evolved to Head of Merit Recruitment, and due to success have very recently been appointed Group CEO. I am passionate about what I do, the challenges I face daily and the people I work with, which I believe is one of the main reasons as to why my career has accelerated so quickly and why I enjoy coming to work every day.

As the Group CEO I am responsible for looking after the day to day operations of the business, whilst working very closely with our Chief Entrepreneur and Founder. I have worked on and managed projects overseas, outsourced recruitment projects and also worked as an onsite recruiter during my time with Merit Group. We pride ourselves in being able to find solutions for our clients staffing and HR issues no matter how big or small they may be.

For me the opportunities at Merit Group are limitless – as the brand and company grows the opportunities are there for its people to grab hold of!

If you would like to make contact with me please do on snoorduijn@merit.eu.com

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Jack Nicholls

Whilst I was studying at Basingstoke College of Technology for my Extended Diploma in Business, I had to carry out a set amount of hours work experience which were related to the course and I stumbled across Merit Recruitment. I started my work experience around November time in 2014, and completed the set amount of hours rather quickly finishing in February 2015. In Merit’s words I “Exceeded all their expectations” and went beyond what was asked to get the job done. Merit then offered me a position as a part – time Office / IT Assistant on a permanent basis and here I am today! Since then I have worked closely with Earlington and have even had a promotion to Brand Ambassador!

As the Brand Ambassador I am responsible for maintaining the website, social media sites and contributing to the Merit Talk Blog. With that in mind one of my top aims is to increase the brand awareness and to drive more traffic through our online presence possibly creating additional expansion of the business.

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