Our Approach

With decades of experience cutting code & building global teams within start-ups and global corporates, we're technologists in the business of recruitment. 

Steered by a senior leadership team of technologists with more than 30 years’ combined knowledge and experience, we’re all too aware of the frustrations of working with traditional recruitment agencies. So, we formed our own recruitment agency. Our objective is to eliminate the pain around hiring - inappropriate CVs, high volumes, wrong technical fit, misaligned values. For a better match first time theDIFFERENCEENGINE are here to help you.

theDIFFERENCEENGINE are an award-winning independent firm specialising in Technology Recruitment, Advisory and Consulting services. With global reach, we place top talent across the UK, continental Europe and beyond and provide expert knowledge to businesses ranging from start-ups to multinational enterprises.

theDIFFERENCEENGINE are technology agnostic. We're smart & agile enough to understand any technology you can throw at us.  We're also confident enough to work respectfully across all levels of an organisation, just as happy chatting with C-Suite board members as we are with those at the early stages of their careers.  No conversation is off-limits for us. 

Frustrated working with suppliers who are having difficultly arriving at elegant solutions around your technology challenges? Tired of sifting through an overload of applicants? Weary of dealing with agents who don’t understand your CV?  We can help.  For a different approach, get in touch.


I very much value the fact that the partnership is actually a friendship where trusting each other has long been a given.

[You] not only get top class service, but also get access to industry intelligence, flexibility in outlook and a highly skilled delivery team.  

I would absolutely recommend that you use The Difference Engine, because when a firm is invested in your personal success it makes a difference.

It’s great to have found an agency who offer flexibility, value for money and who don’t bombard you with CV’s that just don’t fit the bill!  

They understood our diversity initiatives in sourcing the best candidates.  

We feel genuinely valued and cared for as a unique customer at all times.

Very helpful and supportive throughout the process. What impressed me the most is that they have really taken the time to understand what I do and provide me...

Friendlier and more personal than most agencies – none of the typical reading from a script. Excellent service.  

An amazing positive experience. I would definitely recommend The Difference Engine!

They are true professionals who know what they are doing.   

I’ve never before come across this level of personal service from a recruitment consultant. I was coached every step of the way. 

An expert understanding of the IT industry

The Difference Engine were an oasis of calm in what was potentially a very stressful time for me.  

They seemed to really understand who I was and what I was looking for in my next job – a refreshing change from the usual recruitment experience.

I was so impressed with the level of knowledge the firm had in my technology space. 

Provided extensive additional information and industry insight

There are few agencies where one thinks “why aren’t they all like that?”  You can bet your hat I’d use the The Difference Engine service over and over again.