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.

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UK IT Jobs Market Review

For those tech companies on a mission to find top software engineers, developers, data scientists or Board level executives right now, a lot of factors are in play that are making this extremely tough (something of an understatement). 

If you already have recent, direct, experience of this you will have found job postings plus wider recruitment activities returning few suitable applicants; stiff competition for the attention of top flight candidates; salaries that are several levels beyond those being paid pre-Covid.

Here are some of the factors that have led to this: 

Placing the Tech in MedTech and BioTech

A strong growth in market interest in medical technology (MedTech) and biotechnology (Biotech) companies, driven by an ageing population, a global pandemic and increased healthcare spending, has seen the UK leading the way in the development of: medical devices; diagnostics and monitoring software; digital health tech; pharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and genomics.

Interest in UK Jobs from non-EU Candidates

During the past year, interest in UK jobs from candidates based outside the EU has increased by 20%, according to a new survey by Indeed.

For the first time in seven years, UK based jobs advertised on Indeed.com are attracting a greater number of clicks from outside the EU than from EU countries. 

Interest from the EU has seen only a slight increase of 1.3% since 2019. Overall, there has been a steady decline in EU interest since the 2016 Brexit referendum as EU citizens will face visa restrictions for the first time with the end of freedom of movement on December 31st.

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