Startup Recruitment

Richard Wheeler Associates is a leading recruiter for startups 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 recruitment 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

Rock-Star Software Engineers: Worth Their Weight in Gold?

Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, has described his hiring rules as following the ‘rock-star principle’: paying a significantly higher salary to hire one rock-star software engineer, than hiring 10 less outstanding engineers.

Hastings says: “In the first few years of Netflix, we were growing fast and needed to hire more software engineers. With my new understanding that high talent density would be the engine of our success, we focused on finding the top performers in the market.

The Future for Smart Cities

With a global population explosion underway and increasing numbers of people migrating to urban centres, some argue that cities will have to get smarter or face collapse.  Which is why the “smart city” is already a fast booming marketplace comprising a vast array of complex elements.

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.

Now is the Time to Partner with a Top IT Recruiter

Approaching 33 years in IT recruitment at Richard Wheeler Associates, such longevity has been built on extreme quality twinned with a focus on offering employers tailored recruitment solutions to complement what you already do. Adding the power of considerable in-house SEO investment (YES we will attract new names to your hiring project) together with a client focus on quality that aims for ‘an offer for every two CVs shortlisted’.

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