IT Recruitment

Richard Wheeler Associates (RWA) specialises in technical IT recruitment for a core client base in the Home Counties and London, though is frequently engaged by wider EU/US-based clients seeking bridgehead partners elsewhere in the UK and Ireland.

Founded on over 30 years’ experience of emerging and leading-edge technologies, RWA has built a gilt-edged reputation and demonstrable record for tracking down scarce talent at the most challenging end of the market.

Clients are market leading, often pioneering, world class technology-oriented businesses operating in AI, Mobile Software, cyber security, Data Analytics or the cleantech sectors.

Candidates will have demonstrable experience within the required sector, twinned with proven competence developing with specific tools and languages (Java, Python, Linux, C++, C#, .Net, SQL etc). Such experience is invariably underpinned by cross-over skills within AI, open source software, big data, cloud computing, distributed systems, embedded systems.

RWA has worked extensively within these sectors, specifically identifying IT professionals - from intermediate level to senior management, permanent or Contract - by the following job functions:

Software Engineers – Python / Java Developers – QA Engineers – Artificial Intelligence R&D Engineers - Data Analysts - Mobile Developers – IT Consultants – CTO/Technical Directors - Back/Front End Developers - Embedded Software Engineers – Software Development Managers – Systems Architects – Security Consultants – Data Scientists

In partnering with RWA, hiring managers are 100% confident they will receive only the right quality IT candidates, a fact borne out repeatedly on the Client Testimonials page.  Our focus is on quality (pure and simple).

IT Recruitment Testimonials

Richard Wheeler Associates provide a Search and Selection service which is second to none.

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David Burton, Projects Manager, Oracle

Richard Wheeler Associates have consistently found us very high calibre people in what is by any standards a highly specialist software area.

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Laurence Shafe, Non-Executive Director, Intelligent Environments Europe

Your focus on high technology search is clearly showing benefits and all the appointments have met or exceeded our expectations.

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Ray Anderson, Founder & CEO Bango

Richard Wheeler Associates provide us with a steady stream of high quality candidates – which means we can fill our vacancies in a timely fashion, and we don’t have to deal with any other agency!

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Pete Roberts, Director, Device Engineering, PassivSystems

You guys are doing a great job. You are definitely better than any consultancy I have ever personally worked with!

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Brett StClair, former Development Director, Empower Interactive

Richard Wheeler Associates are by far the most professional and focused Selection consultancy I have ever dealt with. I trust RWA to find the best talent in the market place for my unique needs.

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Simon Reed, Senior VP, SophosLabs

The people we have recruited through Richard Wheeler Associates have, without exception, been some of our most successful employees.

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Ruth Knap, Director of Development for Unified Messenger, Avaya

Richard and his team provide a technology Search and Selection service which is second to none. Professional, technically competent and efficient, yet friendly and personal.

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Andy Wilde, former VP R&D, Superscape

Wirefast has retained Richard Wheeler Associates for a number of years with great success. In what is unquestionably a phenomenally demanding and niche technology environment, RWA have consistently proven they can deliver at this level.

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Barbara Davies, former Technical Director, Wirefast

Richard Wheeler Associates is the only recruitment firm that I recommend to any company I work for.

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James Wilson, Customer Success Director, Diffblue

We have found RWA to be an excellent antidote to 'spam recruitment-consultants'! They only ever supply CVs of the very highest quality and of direct relevance to our open roles.

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Steve Draper, former Chief Architect, iOra

RWA did a fantastic job helping us to fill our web development vacancy. They are the very antithesis of the bulk CV merchants and instead provided a properly curated set of candidates who actually fitted our requirements.

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Stuart Butterfield, MD, Canary Care

I have experienced Richard Wheeler Associates from both perspectives - as a job hunter and an employer looking to find new recruits. Richard really listens and is prepared to spend the time to get to know you.

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John Roper, Senior Software Engineer, Pure Storage

I have really appreciated the professional yet personal attention, time and advice afforded me by Richard Wheeler and the team.

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Andrew Watson, Product and Consulting Manager, Strategic Blue

RWA contacted me with regards to a position. They were incredibly professional and helpful in handling my application and preparing for an interview.

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Dr James Broughton, Data Scientist & Particle Physics Researcher
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Oxford’s Tech Sector Moves Into Second Place Behind London

Oxford’s growing technology sector has helped it move into second place, behind London, in a table of UK cities ranked by total economic output.

According to the Q4 2017 UK Powerhouse report, Oxford’s output was valued at £498m and its economy £8.3bn, a rise of 2.2% in the 12 months to the end of June.

The report was produced by law firm Irwin Mitchell and the Centre for Economics and Business Research and estimates growth and job creation across 45 UK cities.

2016 A Record Breaking Year for Europe’s Tech Startups

Europe is expected to hit $13.6 billion in tech investments in 2016, up from $12.6 billion in 2015, as newer technology hubs crop up outside traditional capital centres, according to a report produced by venture capital firm Atomico released at the Slush startup conference in Helsinki this week.

The report suggests Munich, Zurich, Lisbon, Madrid, and Copenhagen will be ones to watch over the coming years. Paris is starting to seriously challenge London and Berlin in terms of the number of VC-financed deals and deal volume.

Richard Wheeler Associates: Now is the Time to Partner with a Consultancy

RWA is open and is a firm with ideas - with new hiring options and tailored recruitment solutions to complement what you already do. 

Are your current recruitment strategies delivering the results your business needs? Or fast enough? We recognise that hiring post BREXIT is harder for tech businesses, especially those located outside London. Hiring has not been put on hold and job advertising activity has not reduced. 

Startup Recruitment - Sponsorship

It is paramount for startups to hire talented people who want to work hard to build something from the ground up. However, the costs of sourcing and hiring a Developer or Software Engineer in the UK, especially in London, can be high, so many founders end up outsourcing the work to remote contractors based offshore.

Startups can look to India, Spain, China or many remote locations to get a job done but that doesn’t replace an in-house team of permanent hires with a shared vision for the longer term.

Digital Business Growth - the Thames Valley vs London Tech Clusters

The digital economy in the UK is thriving. The UK-wide nature of the industry was supported by the Tech Nation research report from Tech City UK - the agency originally created by the government to promote the east London tech cluster but which now promotes tech business growth UK-wide.

Using data from fast-rising digital businesses like Duedil and Adzuna, the Tech Nation 2015 report predicts that digital job growth will outperform all other occupation categories by 2020 - with digital employment itself set to grow by 5.4% by 2020.

Cyber Security - Threats and Budgets Growing Exponentially

Commitment to combating the ever morphing security threats across industry, not least fuelled by the high profile attacks on the likes of Sony Pictures and Home Depot, is gathering serious pace.  cyber security start-ups raised more than $1bn for the first time in a single quarter - up from $540m for the first three months of last year and almost double the same period of 2014, according to data from private company research firm PrivCo.  Four years ago, total annual funding was less than $1bn.

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