Austin Fraser & Austin Vita

We specialise in recruiting technology teams across all sectors, creating and owning technology communities for people with specific skill sets.
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Staff at this specialist recruitment company now have FlexAppeal, thanks to the new ways of working opened up by lockdown.

Being part of a sales business, the Austin Fraser and Austin Vita teams have historically thrived on spending time in a busy, dynamic office environment. Having tackled concerns such as wellbeing after lockdown began, the senior leadership team ran a survey asking how staff felt about flexible working.

The result is the FlexAppeal policy, which allows employees to work from wherever they are most productive. Also, core hours have been jettisoned. This means staff can have a mix of home and office working and factor other things, such as family responsibilities and exercise, into their working days.

Austin Fraser and Austin Vita started life in 2007 with the two founders working in a converted garage. Today the business, which specialises in tech and life sciences recruitment, has more than 200 employees in nine cities in Europe and America.

During the pandemic, the company became the first to pilot use of FormScore, an app designed to help people track their mental health and alert friends and colleagues to possible problems. Users mark themselves from 1 to 10, depending on how low or well they are feeling, and their scores can be seen by people they are connected with.

Other team initiatives include a Share the Love wall on Fridays, where staff can nominate people who have made them feel good, for whatever reason, during the week.

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My Manager

97% of staff agreed

My manager cares about me as an individual

Leaders have access to bespoke coaching to grow their skills. To support them with coronavirus-related challenges, 217 hours of bespoke coaching took place. This included a focus on traditional leadership topics with a remote angle, such as maintaining team culture remotely and running a virtual team meeting.

Leadership

97% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

An intranet and communications platform called GWEN (Got What Everyone Needs) was developed and rolled out during the pandemic. This enabled the business to provide instant updates to staff in addition to the weekly videos from the chief executive, which became known as Corona Comms.

Giving Something Back

83% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

The business's UK office has been designed to minimise its environmental impact. The lighting and the appliances are low energy – and low water, where applicable – and have sensors that turn them off when not in use. All Austin Fraser and Austin Vita offices are 99% paperless.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2007
Total number of employees
1
Number of UK locations
32
Employee average age
58% : 42%
Male : Female employee ratio
62%
Employees earning £35k+
11%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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