Pioneer Search

What Hunted Says

Pioneer Search is a Technology & Electronics Recruiter who truly practices what they preach as technology recruitment experts operating at the quality end of the market. They conduct morning scrums to create a culture of collaboration, openness and support for all levels of recruiter. In addition, training is provided with a blended method of on the job, online, board room academy and coaching from the owners. Pioneer Search also know how to enjoy their successes: go-karting, royal ascot, themed nights, fine dining and 28 days holiday, to name just a few incentives.

Key Info


Recruitment Sectors

About Us

Mark Warburton set up Pioneer Search 7 years ago to deliver a consultative recruitment experience for candidates within IT and clients within Financial Services. Since then Pioneer has grown and evolved into the business it is today. We have 5 teams; Core Technology, Change & Transformation, Data & Analytics, Cyber Security & Cloud and Electronics Engineering. Within the teams Consultants focus on different areas such as; Software Development, Infrastructure & Cloud, BI & Big Data, Embedded, Data Science, Electronics and Agile & Change.

3 words to describe working at Pioneer; Collaborative, Gratifying & Stimulating Outside of work you’ll find me: Trying different types of gin or shopping! India - Office Manager

Pioneer Office

Why Choose us?

At Pioneer, we're realistic with our targets and expectations of you, we will give you on the job training and access to an external training programme so you can reach your full potential and become a fully fledged Pioneer! We offer a competitive salary dependent on experience, and commission scheme paying up to 30% of what you generate + 100's of benefits in our Perkbox portal! You will get the chance to work in amazing new offices in Southwark with aa pool table, coffee machine, and 'epic' team nights with your 'amazing' colleagues! Overall we want you to enjoy working at Pioneer. If you're happy and making money that means the business is happy too!

Pioneer in Barcelona

Meet our Director Mark!

Commission Scheme

Actual GP pm - Percentage paid at each level £0 - £5,000 - 5% £5,001 - £10,000 - 15% £10,001 - £15,000 - 20% £15,001 - £20,000 - 25% £20,001+ - 30% Split Deals - Split Roles 100% - Account owner + Candidate 80% - Account Delivery + Candidate 60% - Candidate only

3 words to describe working at Pioneer Search; Weird, Wonderful and Fulfilling Pratap - Associate Director

Technology & Change - Sectors and Expertise

Sectors; - Agile & Change - Digital & Development - Business Intelligence & Big Data Areas of technical expertise; - Development; Java, C#.Net. C++, Oracle, SQL Server, Front End Developers - Tactical hires; Business Intelligence, Application Support, Testers, Reporting Developers - Change; Business Analysts, Project Management, PMO, Programme Directors, Scrum Master, Agile Coach

Ollie and Gav loving the Christmas Meal

Cyber Security & Cloud - Sectors & Expertise

Sectors: - Cloud Security - Network Security - Information Security - Identity & Access Management Areas of technical expertise: - Cloud – Migrations, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, Backup & Storage - Network – WAN/LAN, VPN’s, Firewalls, TCP/IP, IPS & Anti-Virus/Malware - Information – Governance, Risk & Compliance, Assurance, Security Principals & Standards - Identity & Access – Privileged Access Management, Single Sign-On, Protocols & Frameworks, Authentication, Public & Private Cloud IAM

The Perks

Quarterly High Achievers lunch 28 day's holiday Office closed over Xmas and NY Phone insurance 12% off Apple Charity Day off Pool table! Perkbox- 100's of discounts and offers Dress down Fridays and early Friday finish Monthly sales meeting with evening team event Beer fridge! Sonos speaker so you can choose the tunes for the day

A word from a Pioneer...

"I joined Pioneer Search over two years ago as one of their Research Consultants. From joining a week after finishing off my degree it was a quick jump from University to the working world. From day one I had an incredible support network around me, offering training and personal development to help me succeed. Not only was I coached on our method of recruitment but how to conduct myself professionally and have the gravitas to deal with a variety of personalities that you come across in IT. Since starting I now moved into a Consultant position after being awarded “Top Trainee of 2017” and now “Top Biller of 2018”. I now manage my own desk and looking to grow out my own team. Through the support and tools I have been provided through Pioneer, this is something I aim to be accomplishing soon." Oliver - Consultant


Being a small office means culture and fit is imperative for us. We all get on and like banter but we're also well aware we have a job to get done. Joining Pioneer at this key stage in it's growth means you have a massive impact on the future of Pioneer and who we hire next. The candidates and clients we work with are corporate and usually pretty senior which means that we do have to be serious some of the time, but when we're not on the phone to clients and candidates there is usually lot's of jokes and banter whizzing across the office, with discussions of next team nights out top of the chat! We like to do a monthly night out like crazy golf, bowling or go-karting, but we will also do drinks after work as and when people are around.

3 words to describe working at Pioneer Search; Great, Rewarding and Exciting. Outside of work you’ll find me playing Football and Golf (Not actual Golf but Top Golf) Abs - Associate Consultant

Kitchen Area

My experience of recruitment at Pioneer-Search in 3 words: Efficient, calculated and rewarding. Outside of work you’ll most likely find me on a Rugby pitch or golf course. Paul- Associate Consultant

Electronics Engineering - Sectors and Expertise

Sectors ; - Electronics - Semiconductor - Software Development - Technical Support Areas of technical Expertise; - Software Development - Engineer- C/ C++/ Python, DSP, Firmware, Tester - Electronics - Chip Design, PCB Layout, FPGA, Testers - Semiconductor - Engineer, Analog Layout, IC Design - Technical Support - 1st, 2nd, 3rd Line Support, Applications Support, Commissioning Engineers

Day touring around Barcelona ended with drinks in the square!

Oliver Mutch, Top Biller of 2018 and Paul Parker, Top Trainee of 2018

Our Charity for 2019

Pioneer Drinks!

Anniversary Celebrations!

Pioneer Giving

As part of Pioneer Search's journey I felt it was important to give something back. To select a charity each Pioneer pitched a charity they would personally like to work with and as a company we all voted for the charity Pioneer Search would support in 2019. For 2019 we will be working with YoungMinds, taking part in individual and team fundraising events including; Ollie - London Landmarks Half Marathon Mark & Paul - RideLondon Gavin, Abiodun & Jonny - 3 Peaks Challenge Tough Mudder

Growth Plans

Pioneer have some serious growth plans! Year on year we have and are looking to increase our turnover and staff; since 2016 we have seen 80% in growth each year with the aim to be an £11,000,000 turnover company by the end of 2020 with 24 staff.

A word from a Pioneer...

In February 2017, I did something epic. I moved from South Africa to London. On the Sunday I moved… on the Monday I interviewed at Pioneer Search… on the Tuesday I accepted and on the following Monday I begun my (very fresh) career in recruitment. Guess what, I am still here! After three years in England I have learned a few things. Not all recruitment companies are born equal and not all recruiters care. At Pioneer Search we are driven by an approach to quality that sets us above the rest and learning the business this way is something I am grateful to Pioneer Search for. Alex - Consultant

Investment in Tech

We have a snazzy phone system where all you have to do is click a button and it will dial out whilst also opening the correct CRM (Bullhorn) tab to make notes. We have Cube19 built into our CRM which is set up on an individual basis, so you can see how you're doing throughout the week. This also links to the 2 TV screens in the office that show team events, stats for the month taken directly from the CRM and show all new deals- where you'll get to pick your own deal music! We also use Broadbean which sits within our CRM system so you post adverts out at a click of a button. It also allows you to flag candidates within the CRM which will automatically add your star candidates to the system! We aim to try and make your life as easy as possible so we are always looking for new and innovative products to achieve this!

Data & Analytics - Sectors and Expertise

Sectors; - Data Science - Insight & Analytics, Marketing & Visualisation - AI & Machine Learning Areas of technical expertise: - Data Science: R, Python, PhD, structured & unstructured data, Predictive modelling, Machine Learning - Insight & Analytics, Marketing & Visualisation: Tableau, Plotly, RAW, Datawrapper, Ad Tech, Econometrics, Statistical Analysts - AI & Machine Learning: Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Computer Vision, Image/signal processing NLP, Supervised, unsupervised, Decision trees, Neural Networks

Pioneer Pool!

Events 2019

Jan - Pool Feb - Ping Pong Mar - Bowling Apr - Crazy Golf May - Escape Room Jun - Flight Club Darts Jul - Summer Party - Sandown Races Aug - Pimms Garden Sept - Shuffleboard Oct - Go-karting Nov - Meal/Drinks Dec - Christmas Party in BARCELONA!!!!!!

Pioneer Search

Key Info

Industry Recruitment/Search
Headquarters London
Company Size 11-20

Recruitment Sectors
Technical Technology Telecommunications


  • Company Wide Trips
  • Early Friday Finish
  • Clear Progression Structure
  • Visible Commission Structure
  • Beer Fridge
  • CSR
  • Recruit to Music
  • Investment in Tech
  • Closed Xmas & New Year
  • Breakout Area
  • Friday Drinks

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