Startup Recruitment

Richard Wheeler Associates is a leading startup recruiter with a particular understanding of the dynamic culture and commercial demands within the high tech startup community. 

Since 1987 we’ve played a pivotal role partnering with UK start-ups, scale-ups and university spin-outs to build software teams. These relationships have proved enduring. ALL (yes ALL!) are award winning. The bar to joining these top flight companies is high.

Through partnering with RWA over the longer term such companies have successfully built and grown their businesses from the ground up - Content Technologies (Clearswift), McAfee, Superscape (Glu), PassivSystems, Octel Communications (Avaya), Diffblue, Intelligent Environments, Insignia Solutions, Osirium - to name just a few. 

Identifying the ideal candidate is no fluke; we have the skills and contacts to hit the ground running, yet the closer and longer we work together the better tuned such skills become.

Startup Talent

Hiring talented software engineers - and at a competitive rate - remains one of the biggest challenges for tech startups.  Richard Wheeler Associates is aware of how critical the first employees are to the success of a business and works with founders, CTO’s or hiring managers, on unique startup jobs, to source permanent Engineering, Product, R&D, Data Analytics and Quality Assurance talent.

Candidates are experienced game changers who can make a real, quantifiable difference; frequently qualified to degree or PhD level and often people who don’t upload a CV onto job boards.

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.

Our focus is on quality (pure and simple).

Startup Recruitment Testimonials

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. 

Artificial Intelligence Startups Are Booming In The UK

AI is more than a trend in investment activity. Uniquely, AI is a sub-sector of technology which is set for a development surge as technologies associated with AI advance and the reliance on AI products for businesses across all sectors to stay competitive grows.

This is already happening according to Forbes.  A Narrative Science survey found last year that 38% of enterprises are already using AI, growing to 62% by 2018. Forrester Research predicted a greater than 300% increase in investment in artificial intelligence in 2017 compared with 2016. IDC estimated that the AI market will grow from $8 billion in 2016 to more than $47 billion in 2020.

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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