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Oscar Williams

News editor

Channel 4, Virgin Money and Network Rail sign up autistic IT consultants

Auticon, a social enterprise that employs autistic IT consultants, has signed up Channel 4, Virgin Money, Network Rail and Allianz as its latest British clients.

The groundbreaking consultancy launched in the UK last year in a bid to address the autism employment gap and has since grown its staff by 200 per cent.

Auticon’s UK CEO, Ray Coyle, said unemployment among autistic adults is a major issue in the UK and that the firm is looking to further expand its workforce in the coming months.

“This year we are proud to have taken steps to address this problem, and hope to offer sustainable, long term employment to many more autistic individuals in the year ahead,” he said.

“Owing to the success of our business model in the UK, French and German markets, we are also looking into further international expansion to help autistic adults worldwide enjoy long term, sustainable employment,” he added.

Auticon started working with Experian and GSK – its first British clients – earlier this year, as NS Tech revealed.

GSK has hired Auticon’s consultants to work on two big data projects in its research and development team. At Experian meanwhile, Auticon consultants have been deployed to software testing projects.

Just 16 per cent of Brits on the autism spectrum are in full-time work, despite many autists displaying a natural aptitude for pattern recognition and other key skills.

When consultants start working in a new team, Auticon assigns a job coach with a background in autistic psychology to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

Auticon’s expansion in the UK comes after Richard Branson, a long-time champion of neuro-diversity, invested in the operation last year.