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

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.

The study was compiled by BCS, the chartered institute for IT, and E-skills UK.

Other highlights from the report include:

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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