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

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 Coronavirus 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.

Weaker Pound Secures Record Investment in UK Tech Sector

Fast-growing UK tech companies secured a record £5.5bn in foreign investment in the first seven months of this year, according to research for the government’s digital economy council. The study for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) revealed that the UK has overtaken the US for the amount of investment per capita.

Funding growth was driven by US and Asian investment in private companies valued at more than $1bn, such as a renewable energy company Ovo Energy and takeaway business Deliveroo.

Women In Tech

Further to National Women’s Day on the 8th March, RWA delves into statistics to find that women are a minority in modern day tech. Despite the fact that women have always been instrumental in technology development, according to a survey by PwC, only 15% of employees in STEM roles in the UK are women and only 3% of females say that a career in tech is their first choice.

AI’s Impact on UK Jobs In The Future #2

The CBI is calling on the government to establish a joint commission tasked with examining the impact of AI on people and jobs across all sectors of the UK economy.

Based on research it conducted into the way that technology is changing the way we live and work, the CBI said recently that it had identified three technologies - AI, Blockchain and the Internet of Things - that are set to move from the fringes to the mainstream within the next five years.

Oxford’s Tech Sector Moves Into Second Place Behind London

Oxford’s growing technology sector has helped it move into second place, behind London, in a table of UK cities ranked by total economic output.

According to the Q4 2017 UK Powerhouse report, Oxford’s output was valued at £498m and its economy £8.3bn, a rise of 2.2% in the 12 months to the end of June.

The report was produced by law firm Irwin Mitchell and the Centre for Economics and Business Research and estimates growth and job creation across 45 UK cities.

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