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Why auticon

Business analytics, test automation, data governance, and complex software development projects are important. IT departments demand precision and lateral thinking. This is where auticon’s experienced consultants come in. All of our consultants are on the autism spectrum and have unique cognitive strengths, such as:

  • Attention to detail
  • Systematic approach to tasks
  • Logical analysis
  • Pattern recognition
  • Error detection
  • Sustained concentration

Autistic people bring cognitive diversity and new perspectives to the workplace. In addition to the cognitive strengths, autistic individuals also possess an affinity for areas such as IT, physics, mathematics, and technology. Autism-specific cognitive skills can also significantly enhance output quality in the areas of IT or compliance. Many blue-chip organisations across the globe rely on auticon in these areas:

  • Quality Assurance & Testing
  • Data Science
  • Cybersecurity

Our consultants deliver:

  • High quality of work
  • High degree of accuracy and precision 
  • Unbiased and evidence-based feedback
  • Highly detailed reporting
  • Innovative and creative solutions to complex problems

Autism

Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition which impacts a person’s cognition, communication, and elements of sensory processing. auticon currently employs 300+ autistic professionals across the UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Canada, Australia, and the USA.

Despite autistic adults often having advanced technical or cognitive skills, many find it difficult to secure or maintain mainstream employment due to work environments which create environmental, practical and communication barriers. auticon leverages this potential and is the first enterprise to exclusively employ autistic adults as IT consultants. By following the social model of disability, auticon focusses on the strengths of our consultants in order to create autism-positive work environments. Through tailored and sustained support mechanisms, auticon is able to provide its clients with a means to tap into the amazing talents of autistic people while creating rewarding long term careers for our consultants.

It is our business…

…to create rewarding careers within the mainstream labour market for autistic people.

The auticon business model is based on that of a classic IT consultancy: highly talented IT experts are employed by auticon on a permanent basis. Each consultant’s particular skill set is then matched to a specific client project, and clients are charged a day rate that matches industry standards. The talent of our autistic consultants is what makes auticon unique: pattern recognition, sustained concentration, enhanced attention to detail – these are just some of the cognitive strengths that would deliver value to our clients.

By taking the time to get to know each of our autistic colleague’s skills, interests, and challenges, and carefully matching those with the right tasks and support mechanisms, auticon creates careers that allow autistic people not only to work, but to work in projects that meets their academic potential. The significance of employment for mental health, confidence and quality of life is also widely acknowledged.

This model is mutually beneficial for autistic adults, for corporate clients, and for society. Autistic adults start rewarding careers that utilise their strengths and talents appropriately. Our clients benefit from receiving outstanding value of work and the widely acknowledged shortage in STEM professions is addressed in an unique way. This benefits society through the acceptance of cognitive and neurological diversity.

Our clients

“Our experience with auticon has been that any adjustments we need to make to accommodate the needs of their consultants are far outweighed by the extraordinary abilities and skills they bring to the firm.”

Owen Clay | Linklaters Partner

„We needed to get people in who we knew we could get up to speed quickly and could do a good job for us in a relatively short period of time. The whole experience was positive.“

Paul Hill | Head of Global Propositions Development at Experian

“The auticon consultant’s technical know-how has been firmly implemented within our internal systems and procedures as best practice standard. The entire team has now taken on his structured approach to new tasks.”

Andrea Schulz | Allianz Group IT Reporting

“The auticon consultants familiarised themselves with the work very quickly and within the first week they were able to surpass the average number of processed test cases of 125 per day by almost 50%. Their creative reorganisation of the testing procedure enabled the processing of more than 1000 test cases within two days.”

Rainer Degenhardt | Siemens Program Manager

Our consultants

Martin Neumann, auticon Consultant, sitting at a desk admist several monitors.

“auticon enables me to work the way I want to work: I can fully focus on the quality of my work and don’t have to worry about those factors that may stop me from doing an excellent job. The best thing about working for auticon is that I can do what I’m good at.”

Martin Neumann

Read about Martin in the Financial Times

“We have back-office support from line managers and job coaches. This takes off some of the pressure if a difficult situation arises. The job coaches encourage consultants to take regular time off, which helps to avoid the build up of anxiety or sensory overload. They also assist with prioritising tasks and ensure the workplace environment is comfortable.”

James Neely

Read about James in the Guardian

“I like to feel useful. Society is made up of people who make something bigger than themselves. And that means work. That means being able to contribute to a shared idea.”

Tom Cowley

Find out more about Tom on BBC News