About Us

We combine specialist sector knowledge with a comprehensive understanding of overseas project hiring to deliver key personnel for the most challenging of opportunities. Our clients include global engineering services and construction industry providers with needs both in the UK and internationally.

Clients range from stakeholder / owners, consultancy service providers (PMC), contractor organisations (EPC) to manufacturers (OEM) and operators (O&M).

Specialist sectors include Power Plant / Transmission & Distribution, Transportation (Railway & Highway), Water Treatment & Desalination, O&G, Process Industries and General Construction / Infrastructure.

Our value to clients

We are dedicated to supporting your recruitment process and becoming an integral part of your growth and success. With an unrivalled search capability and access to a network of international engineering and project professionals we pride ourselves in our ability to deliver. Understanding the ever-changing international project landscape, our specialist knowledge of obtaining country working requirements, authorizations and approvals helps to ensure a low risk recruitment process.

We also appreciate the impact a lack of project resource will create, so our focus on meeting project targets and working intelligently with our clients to achieve an optimum result is always our first aim.

For further information please see our contact us page and speak with a managing consultant directly.

Our value to candidates

We offer honest, informative, professional career advice on roles, projects and locations from a wide range of UK and international employers. These roles may be working with owner operator companies, international consultancies, OEM's or contractor organisations.

On a personal level, we always listen closely to your requirements ensuring that you only hear about the most relevant opportunities that are realistic and meet your needs. To us it is mandatory that jobs are hand-picked and aligned with your expectations and experience.

If you would like to benefit from our professional & confidential service please contact us and one of our consultants will contact you immediately.

The Team

Gary Taylor


Gary’s 25 years of recruitment experience began following his initial roles on pipeline engineering projects. Having managed recruitment in two listed human resourcing group companies, Gary developed his experiences a leader along with a unique understanding of recruiting in the global project design and construction sector. With UK & international network connections developed over many years, combined with an in-depth understanding of approval processes and country regulations, Gary is highly equipped to both advise and source the best skills available in today's UK and international expat market. His industry sector expertise includes power plant& transmission projects, oil & gas/ process industries, general infrastructure/ construction & railway including metros, LRT's and HSR construction projects. Outside of recruitment Gary likes to keep fit in his local gym, as well as playing amateur league club cricket throughout the English season. He is also a lifelong fan of Liverpool FC!

Craig Gourlay


Craig began his career with a national recruitment firm in 1994 & after progressing he quickly realised a move into the IT sector in the late 90’s. As the firm's most successful consultant, Craig recognised his opportunity & left to set up Merit Resources in 2003, specialising in sales and commercial based recruitment. Craig brings 22 years business experience, of which 14 years have been as a founder in niche growth sectors, across commercial, sales & international senior appointments. Craig’s recruitment experience working at boardroom, commercial and executive sales levels enables Merit Engineering Resources to secure ‘proven industry professionals and strategic thinkers’ to strengthen our UK & International client base. Craig's other passion is long distance mountain biking and he can be found most weekends on rides across his local Pennine hills or even further afield.

Michael Prophet

President MENA

Michael is an industry professional with 35 years business management experience. In 2005 Michael relocated to the Middle East, to become pivotal in the growth and development of an international engineering recruitment organization. Michael’s reputation within the recruitment industry is respected across the region and he has fostered and managed many of the current relationships with some of Merit's most valued clients. Michael joined Merit in 2012 and regularly travels to meet and support our client’s requirements in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and of course within the UAE. As many international motor racing enthusiasts may already know, Michael’s other passion in life is driving with his notable successes including winning with the 24-hour Dubai Race with AUH Motors Sports Team (SP3 class) in the stunning Aston Martin GT4 Vantage!