IT Recruitment

Richard Wheeler Associates first began recruiting permanent IT talent back in the late 80’s for pioneering companies such as Insignia Solutions, Superscape, Bishopsgate Systems and Octel Communications. Unsurprisingly, we’ve made this software engineering focus a priority of our business ever since.

With 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.

Top Tech Talent

Candidates will have demonstrable experience within your sector, twinned with proven competence developing with specific tools and languages - Java, Python, C++, JavaScript, Docker, AWS, Node, React, Git, ES6, PHP, C#, .Net, SQL, Linux etc. Such experience is invariably underpinned by cross-over skills within AI, open source software, big data, cloud computing, distributed systems, embedded systems or project management.

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

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

RWA’s expertise and network of contacts means we are well placed to fill your hiring needs. In partnering with us, you can be 100% confident you will receive ‘right fit’ applications from candidates who have been thoroughly briefed, are keen to work with you and are interested in what you are doing. RWA aims for a conversion rate of an offer per 2 CVs shortlisted.

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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AI’s Impact on UK Jobs In The Future #2

The CBI is calling on the government to establish a joint commission tasked with examining the impact of AI on people and jobs across all sectors of the UK economy.

Based on research it conducted into the way that technology is changing the way we live and work, the CBI said recently that it had identified three technologies - AI, Blockchain and the Internet of Things - that are set to move from the fringes to the mainstream within the next five years.

However, it also found, that only a third of businesses currently have the skills and capabilities needed to adopt AI technologies, and that more needs to be done to help prepare those companies for the future.

UK Tech Start-up Landscape - Autumn 2017

Not only has the decision to leave the European Union not dented London’s start-up scene, it seems to have actually widened its lead as Europe’s leading fundraising destination.

According to a report from CB Insights, U.K. start-ups attracted $3.02 billion in venture capital in the third quarter. That’s a bit below the peak reached in Q4 2016, when U.K. start-ups attracted $3.5 billion.  But it’s more than triple the amount raised one year ago, and the third straight quarter-over-quarter increase.  The positive results were driven by six companies that raised rounds larger than $100 million in the quarter. 

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.

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