About Us

Autistic adults often have extraordinary technical or cognitive abilities, yet many find it difficult to secure or maintain mainstream employment. The ongoing STEM skills shortage poses a real challenge to UK businesses.

auticon recognises this potential and is the first enterprise to exclusively employ autistic adults as consultants. By creating autism-positive work environments and offering highly individualised, sustained support mechanisms to autistic employees, auticon provides its corporate clients with a means to tap into the amazing talents of autistic people while creating well paid long term careers for its team.

The auticon business model is based on the traditional IT consultancy model: highly talented IT experts are employed by auticon on a permanent basis. Each individual’s skill set is then matched to a specific client project. Corporate clients are then charged a day rate for the auticon consultant, at a level that matches industry standards.

The extraordinary talents of its autistic consultants are what makes auticon unique. Pattern recognition, sustained concentration, exceptional attention to detail – these are just some of the cognitive strengths that our consultants bring to their client engagements.

Key facts

  • International IT consulting business
  • All consultants are on the autism spectrum
  • More than 250 colleagues across the UK, USA, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Australia
  • Projects in quality assurance and testing, data science, and cybersecurity
  • Clients range from major corporations (Experian, Linklaters, Channel 4, Allianz, Siemens, etc.) to SMEs and start ups

Our vision

Equal employment opportunities for autistic people.

Company timeline

Founded by Dirk Müller-Remus in Berlin in November 2011 with investment from the London- and Munich-based Ananda Social Venture Fund, auticon is the first enterprise that exclusively employs adults on the autism spectrum as IT consultants.

Inspiration for the company came when Mr Müller-Remus’ son was diagnosed with Asperger’s. Mr Müller-Remus was dismayed by the lack of employment prospects on offer for autistic people, and decided to build a company which created long term sustainable jobs for adults on the autism spectrum.

auticon appointed Kurt Schöffer as Group CEO in 2013 to grow and expand the social enterprise. An international entrepreneur in the IT, energy and media sectors, Kurt was also an original investor in auticon.

Following significant growth and investment in the German market, auticon appointed Ray Coyle as UK CEO and Viola Sommer as UK COO in 2016 to lead the company’s expansion in the UK.

On 20 October 2016, auticon announced Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, and UK charity Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, as new investors in auticon.

Our mission

To improve the employment prospects of autistic people through:

  • Providing high quality careers for skilled autistic adults
  • Shifting perceptions in the workplace by placing consultants into client teams
  • Acting as a catalyst for clients to bring more neurodiversity to their wider workforce

Our services

  • Quality Assurance & Testing
  • Data Science
  • Cybersecurity

Our values

  • We put people first and cultivate our team spirit
  • We prize individual difference
  • We operate a commercially sustainable business
  • We act transparently with all stakeholders
  • We change perceptions by delivering excellence

Our job coaches

auticon’s consultants and clients are offered the support of our in-house job coaches who ensure that consultants’ work environments enable them to deliver to their full professional potential.

auticon job coaches

  • prepare consultants for their prospective workplaces and brief them about specific corporate cultures
  • brief future team-members in terms of autism and any specific requests their new autistic colleague may have
  • offer initial support with travelling to and from work
  • facilitate reasonable adjustments
  • mediate feedback between the client and the consultant
  • offer any other individual support that consultants require in order to be productive at work

Our management team

Our experienced management team guides our consultants in technical and professional matters and supports them in their professional development. The approach is collaborative and the focus is always on individual strengths and interests. We want our consultants to have rewarding careers at auticon, and promote them into more senior positions as they accumulate experience.