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

Startup Recruitment - Sponsorship

It is paramount for startups to hire talented people who want to work hard to build something from the ground up. However, the costs of sourcing and hiring a Developer or Software Engineer in the UK, especially in London, can be high, so many founders end up outsourcing the work to remote contractors based offshore.

Startups can look to India, Spain, China or many remote locations to get a job done but that doesn’t replace an in-house team of permanent hires with a shared vision for the longer term.

Challenges Facing the UK IT Jobs Market

Are you surprised by the current UK technology jobs market? Advertising plus wider recruitment activities returning very few applicants?

Challenging jobs market (Spring 2021).

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 (to put it mildly). 

The UK Digital Skills Gap

Demand is growing for candidates with advanced digital skills, with 60% of employers expecting demand to continue rising in the next 5 years. 

Research by the Learning and Work Institute (LWI) found that over one in three employers say they face a skills gap within their current workforce for advanced digital skills, while 41% have struggled to recruit workers with the advanced digital skills that they need.

The LWI is an independent policy research organisation that conducted research exploring digital skills and the future of the labour market in the UK.

Countering Bias In Recruitment

As the push to diversify the IT sector picks up speed, so too has awareness of unconscious bias. Can technology-enabled ‘blind’ recruitment do a better job of identifying talent?  In these more enlightened times, companies have strategies to beat a kneejerk reaction to an unfamiliar name, the “wrong” gender, or the suspect “gut feeling”.

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