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).

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Making Job Offers IT Candidates Can’t Refuse

So, you’ve found the perfect Java Developer, Technical Architect or Big Data Analyst, and the candidate has sailed through the interview process. It may feel like the hiring process is over, the critical role has been filled and you can focus elsewhere.

But the timing and approach (rights vs wrongs) to extending the job offer is crucial, particularly in a highly competitive IT jobs market. Handle this crucial next stage poorly and you may start the relationship on the wrong foot or lose the candidate to another opportunity.

Here are some tips:

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

There has been 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 new 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.

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