Specialist contract and recruitment agency for when you need a Technical Author

Our contract and recruitment services

Hire a contract technical communicator

Recruit a permanent technical communicator

Cherryleaf’s recruitment team focuses on these roles: Technical Authors, Technical Writers, Online Help Developers, Instructional Designers, UI Writers,  Web content Developers, Training Courseware Developers, Content Curators, Content Strategists, Editors, Publications Managers and Technical Copywriters.

Hiring a Technical Author can be hard. You may need a specialist recruitment agency

Fewer than two in every one thousand (0.2%) IT vacancies are for Technical Authors or similar technical writing roles (source: ITJobswatch). This means the mainstream IT recruitment agencies often have little experience of filling these positions. They can struggle to find suitable people from a limited pool of candidates.

Cherryleaf’s recruitment team specialises in finding you great Technical Authors, API documentation writers, and courseware developers. We also have a projects team, so we understand the role.

We’re talking to technical communicators all the time, because Cherryleaf does more than just recruitment. For you, this means we can use our wide network to connect you to a larger pool of candidates. You’ll get access to a great selection of candidates with less effort, risk and stress.

Delays in filling a Technical Author position can mean your project deadlines aren’t met, or the amount of unfinished work increases. Let’s start to solve this: use the “Contact Us” button below to tell us about your situation.


We see an ongoing role for Cherryleaf as consultants who can help to get better documents out of the vast material we have added to the system. Very importantly, Cherryleaf were able to rapidly respond to our issues with the system and help us understand.

Dave Hughes, HCC Embedded CEO API documentation writing

I first worked with Cherryleaf when I was with Zetex Semiconductors. We had a requirement for authoring/editorial support on some of our technical publications. Ellis initially made sure he fully understood our specific requirements and profile of the person we were looking for, then supplied us a selection of carefully vetted resumes. This saved us valuable time in selecting a shortlist of candidates. Ellis has also been an excellent source of help and advice on subsequent occasions. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending the valuable services Ellis and Cherryleaf provide.

Mark Tamblyn, Zetex Recruitment services

As a freelance technical communicator I have often used Cherryleaf to help find interesting work, and the technical writing courses the company provides are second to none.

Kevin Chilton Recruitment services

When we needed a complete re-write of two of the product manuals for our specialised and complex server software, Ellis walked us through the different approaches we could take to this project, found us an author who was ideally suited to the task and managed the project with the light-touch it required.

The professional approach of Cherryleaf was in marked contrast to our previous experiences with documentation projects and I have no hesitation in recommending Cherryleaf.

Will Sheward, Isode Marketing Manager Contract and Recruitment services


How it works

Hire a contract technical communicator

You can have a contract technical communicator for a period that suits your needs – two weeks, a few months, or a year. Contractors normally work onsite, at your location. They can work remotely, if you prefer.

The contract will state the duration of the contract, the work, and the rate. At the end of each month, you’ll sign the contractor’s timesheet. This confirms the hours they worked. A few days later, we’ll send you an invoice for that time.

It’s straightforward and flexible. You get the skilled people you need for your projects.

Recruit a permanent technical communicator

We can help you find the right employee. We’ll talk to you about the type of person you’re looking for, your job description and salary. We can help you develop these, if you want.

You’ll send us details of your vacancy. We’ll send you our recruitment Terms and Conditions for you to sign. This means everything is agreed up front. Then, we’ll start searching our network, and speak to potential candidates. We’ll assess their CVs to see if they suit your needs. You’ll receive CVs of the people whom you should consider.

If you want to speak to any of the candidates we’ve submitted, we’ll arrange the date and time. We’ll also liaise with you and them, if you wanted to make a job offer.

A clear and simple fee structure

There’s no charge if you don’t hire any or our candidates. There is a fee if you recruit one of our candidates. This is a percentage of the base salary.


Useful information on hiring a Technical Author

Free writing test for assessing Technical Authors

Contact us if you’d like a copy of Cherryleaf’s free writing test.  Sorry, not available to candidates.

What salary should you offer for a Technical Author vacancy?

Contact us if you’d like advice on the current salary rates for Technical Authors.

From the Cherryleaf Podcast – recruiting the right Technical Author

This is a recording of a webinar we did a while back on recruiting the right Technical Author.

We cover:

  • What are the key skills to look for in a Technical Author?
  • What are the key personality traits in successful Technical Authors?
  • What is the salary range?
  • Hiring graduates as Technical Authors
  • Where do you find good candidates?
  • Interviewing a candidate Technical Author

Selected posts on recruitment from the Cherryleaf Blog

Cherryleaf 2017 European technical communicators survey results – Part 1

Cherryleaf 2017 European technical communicators survey results – Part 2 UK Salaries

Starting a career as a Technical Author

Is there gender bias in your Technical Author job advert?

Becoming a Technical Author – writing your CV

Deciding between a contract and a permanent Technical Author

How many Technical Authors are in the UK? Here’s the answer

Should Technical Authors be allowed to work from home?

A day in the life of a technical communicator – interviews on YouTube

The importance of documentation in business

What is technical communication, actually?

Technical writing career paths in the UK

Do you need a Documentation Manager when Technical Authors are embedded into Agile project teams?

What are your transferable skills?


How to contact Cherryleaf if you have a Technical Author vacancy you need to fill

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