Startup Recruitment

Richard Wheeler Associates is a leading startup and scale-up recruiter. 

We have a deep understanding of the dynamic culture and commercial demands within the high tech startup community. 

Through partnering with RWA over the long term such companies have successfully built and grown their businesses from the ground up - Clearswift, McAfee, Superscape, PassivSystems, Diffblue, Intelligent Environments, Insignia Solutions, Osirium - to name a few. 

We’re aware of how critical the first employees are to the success of a high growth startup and work with founders, CTO’s or hiring managers to recruit permanent Engineering, Product, R&D, Data Analytics and QA talent.

Game Changers

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.

Our recruitment 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 Careers

We’re proud of our track record of successfully representing exceptional people - people with vision, experts in their field, many with PhD’s - who are looking to work in exciting high growth teams.

Since 1987 we’ve played a pivotal role partnering with UK startups, scale-ups and university spin-outs to build software teams. These relationships have proved enduring. ALL (yes ALL!) are award winning. 

If you would like to explore your career options we would like to hear from you.

We partner with award winning technology-led companies to recruit for jobs based in London, Oxford, Birmingham, the high-tech M3, M4 corridor, as well as part and fully working from home across different countries and time zones.

Startup Recruitment Testimonials

Celebrating 33 Years in Business!

Richard Wheeler Associates is celebrating 33 years in business! By my maths that’s nudging a third of a century. RWA’s success has always come from identifying standout people for standout tech clients - through extreme quality and forging long term partnerships.  

Top flight, ambitious, individuals and businesses within Cyber Security, MedTech, CleanTech & Renewables, AI & Data Analytics, IoT, technology startups.  Along the way we’ve helped build tech businesses from the ground up and are still doing so today. 

Recruiting EU Tech Talent Post Brexit

It’s clear that with freedom of movement ending in a handful of weeks, tech firms in the UK fear an immediate shortage of talent and lack of access to talent pools and technical expertise as a result. For many years the sector has benefited from accessing talent by tapping into the flexible EEA labour market and importing talent from further afield when needed. 

New Immigration System: What Do Employers Need to Know?

Hiring people from the EU will not be as easy as before Brexit.  There will be additional financial and administrative costs from 1st January 2021 when freedom of movement ends.  

Businesses will need to sponsor EU nationals to work in the UK by applying for a sponsor licence under the government’s points-based system. 

Companies are being urged to check now that they are prepared for the new immigration rules using the government’s transition tool.

AI Trends - The Big Picture

It comes as no surprise that 2020 has witnessed an explosion in the deployment of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies; increasingly finding their way into everything from advanced quantum computing systems and leading-edge medical diagnostic systems to consumer electronics and “smart” personal assistants.

Revenue generated by AI hardware, software and services is expected to reach $156.5 billion worldwide this year, according to market researcher IDC, up 12.3 percent from 2019.

The Joel Test - 20 Years On

The Joel Test was created in August 2000 by Joel Spolsky, a software developer from New York City, who is a founder and CEO of Stack Overflow, creator of Trello project management software, and ex-Microsoft employee.

The test is designed to rate the quality of a software team, all in about 3 minutes! It consists of 12 ‘Yes / No’ questions that are intended to be quick and simple to answer.

Seed-Stage Funding for UK Startups Falls by Over 80%

There was an 83% fall in seed-stage investment in UK startups between 23rd March and 17th May 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, according to research by Plexal and Beauhurst.

Overall UK tech startup funding saw a 50% drop year-on-year during the same period, confirming that, although many startups are struggling to raise funds, seed-stage startups have been the hardest hit.

Remote Working: Coronavirus Could Cause a Permanent Shift to Home Working

The Covid pandemic could result in the permanent move to remote working for many people, as companies are forced to encourage home working to slow down the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

After being forced to set-up a home office and get used to using cloud remote working tools, employees will be reluctant to return to commuting to the office 5 days a week and asking if they need to do this. This might be an opportunity for huge change in the way we work.

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