Startup Recruitment

Richard Wheeler Associates is a leading startup recruitment company with a particular understanding of the dynamic culture and commercial demands within the high tech startup / incubator community. We are accustomed to working with Tech Startups located across different countries and time zones - startups looking to recruit developers that could be based anywhere.  

Since 1987 we have played a pivotal role partnering UK high tech companies setting up for the first time, together with US companies expanding into the EU. Such relationships have proved enduring.

Through partnering with RWA over the longer term such companies have successfully built and grown their businesses from the ground up. Successfully identifying the perfect candidate is no fluke; we have the skills and contacts to hit the ground running yet the closer and longer we work with our clients the better tuned such skills become.  

Clients include the likes of:

  • PassivSystems
  • iOra
  • Veeemotion
  • Ardenta
  • Osirium
  • Ecrebo
  • Flexeye
  • Supersolid
  • Gotham Digital Science
  • Oregan Networks
  • Secerno (now Oracle-Secerno)
  • Rovi
  • Content Technologies (now Clearswift)
  • Flexera Software
  • Superscape (now GluMobile)
  • McAfee
  • Insignia Solutions (now Myriad Group)

Hiring Top Talent

Hiring the top talent (and at a competitive rate) remains one of the biggest challenges for IT startups.  RWA is aware of how critical the first employees are to the success of a business and works in partnership with founders / CTO’s to source the top talent.

There are many benefits for candidates to joining a startup.  A few of these are:

  1. The people you work with will be some of the smartest you have ever met
  2. You will be an important member of the team and your ideas and input will make a measurable difference
  3. You will gain vast experience and exposure regardless of how much you have when you join
  4. If you have the capacity to learn (and learn fast) there is no better place to be than a company with the potential for rapid growth
  5. You will be a part of a tight knit workforce and collaborative tech start-up culture with all the fun and sense of pride and achievement that entails
  6. Startups have less bureaucracy due to a relatively flat organisational structure which will allow your ideas to be progressed rapidly
  7. You are much more likely to know exactly how you are making a difference and affecting the success of the company
  8. Jam tomorrow.  Joining a start-up pre IPO could - just could - make you seriously rich!
  9. ‘See the world’!  We don’t necessarily mean globally, but in business terms how and why things happen; working closely with BA’s, Marketing, Pre- and Post-Sales etc will provide this valuable insight
  10. Tech start-ups regularly create jobs that hitherto didn’t exist; in short, they’re business savvy and flexible enough to move on Top Talent when they come across it. YOU?!  

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.

Women in IT Careers - The Gender Gap

The UK faces a worsening gender gap in its flourishing IT industry, according to a new study.

The Women in IT scorecard looked at gender trends from secondary education through to the work place.

It indicates women account for just 16% of the UK IT workforce.  And the problem starts early - despite consistently out-performing boys in computing A-level results, girls account for just 6.5% of those taking the exam.

Andy Wilde, former VP R&D, Superscape

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.

It is refreshing in these days of mailshot CVs to receive candidate shortlists comprising high quality applicants, all of whom meet the required standards and could fill the vacant position.

Richard Wheeler Associates Celebrates 25 Years in Business

Richard Wheeler Associates recently celebrated its 25th anniversary as a leading Search and Selection consultancy based in the Thames Valley.  Our core recruitment has been for clients located in the Home Counties, Greater London and along the M3/M4 corridor, though we have also frequently partnered with US companies seeking their first move into EU/EMEA markets.

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