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About Gavin

Specialising in Technical Recruitment across the Thames Valley


Having worked as a Java Recruitment Specialist in the Thames Valley for almost 9 years I have established a network of like-minded individuals within the Tech space. My passion is to provide the best possible bespoke service for both my clients and candidates alike.


My role involves not only finding top talent but managing some of our largest accounts to ensure continuity across Austin Frasers brand. 


As a candidate, you can expect to be presented with multiple jobs from within my portfolio meaning you will have a broad range of businesses to choose from, from SME's to bluechip business across many different industries.


My clients naturally expect to be introduced to the best talent both from passive and active job seekers. I pride myself on providing quality over quantity in the form of submitting profiles of three great people for any given role.


By operating in one specific region, I am best placed to advise on what is hot and what is not within the Java landscape in the Thames Valley including hiring trends and patterns that you need to be aware of in order to stay ahead of your competitors.


I am a big rugby fan (Welsh of course) and also enjoy getting involved with the tech landscape attending various communities including Leaders in Tech. When I am not doing that my time is spent with my family and my 9 month old Cockapoo Beau.


Recently found a love for wine feel free to add me on Vivino: Gav Stephens


Awards: Austin Fraser UK OVERALL TOP  BILLER 2018 & 2019

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Gavin Stephens

29 days ago
Permanent
Java Developer - Fully Flex working- £65K

Hampshire

Up to £65000 per annum + Bonus and pension

Java Developer - Fully Flex working- £65K Austin Fraser's Technology brand is representing a company with a successful healthcare business who are going through an extensive digital transformation. This role is a grow...

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Gavin Stephens

29 days ago
Permanent
Java Developer - Fully Remote - Cyber - £85K

Oxfordshire

£70000 - £85000 per annum + Great Benefits

Java Developer - Fully Remote - Cyber - £85K Are you a Java Developer wanting to help improve everyone's Cyber Security? Austin Fraser are representing a leading Cyber business who have , for the past 10 years, been b...

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Gavin Stephens

3 months ago
Permanent
Senior Java Developer - South East - Remote - up to £130K

Basingstoke

£90000.00 - £130000.00 per annum + Benefits + Bonus

Senior Java Developer - South East - Mainly Remote - up to £130K Are you a Senior Engineer wanting to work in a leading fintech payments business with the view of moving into a principal engineer role or people leader...

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Gavin Stephens

3 months ago
Permanent
Software Engineer - Oxford - Java/Scala/.Net - £70K

Oxford

£60000.00 - £80000.00 per annum + + Benefits

Software Engineer - Oxford - Java/Scala/.Net - £70K **This role is mainly remote - 1 day a month in Office** Are you a Developer or a mid-weight developer looking to work in a greenfield functional programming environ...

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Gavin Stephens

4 months ago
Permanent
Principal Java Developer - South West - Remote - £130K

Bristol

£90000 - £105000 per annum + DOE + Benefits + Bonus

Senior Principal Java Developer - Bristol - Remote based Are you a Senior Engineer wanting to work in a leading fintech payments business with the view of moving into a principal engineer role while remaining hands-on...

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Working with Gavin

​Gavin is now my first point of call for any new role requirements in my teams. He is a trusted individual who has earnt my custom through results. Gavin's first engagement with Virgin was back in early 2012 to help me build a growing org. Close to 80% of roles filled have been filled by Gavin. Where other agents lost interest in our high criteria for new recruits, Gavin has kept close to the roles and found the high calibre individuals we've been seeking.

Director, Development

Virgin Media

​I have worked with Gavin at Nominet for just under two years as one of our PSL partners. He has worked hard to build a great relationship with me, my team and Nominet. His team have been one of our top performing PSL agencies and he is always happy to provide insightful market data which helps me set expectations with my manager community. Gavin has extensive knowledge of the java developer community and this is clear by his network and excellent candidates that he submits. I really enjoy working with Gavin and see him as a credible and professional consultant. It is nice to work with someone who is honest, will give you good insight and advice to help secure talent.

HR Business Partner

Nominet

​I approached Gavin after being referred by one of his colleagues, and since the first email he's been superb. His attitude to finding a role for me was the most important factor, as he took his time to work out what I wanted and more critically, what I didn't want. We spent time talking in person and on the phone as necessary to ensure I had the best chance of getting the role, and he demonstrated patience, understanding, and isn't afraid to push if he thinks you'll fit in a role.I'd strongly recommend Gavin if you're a Java bod, and I'll work with him again should I look for another role in the future.

Java Developer

Realistic Games

​Gavin contacted me via LinkedIn about some opportunities. From our first conversation it was obvious that Gavin is a good listener. Gavin ensured that I had all the details I needed about the interviews and was always swift to follow up with me after the interview. He was responsive to any questions I had and maintained his enthusiasm throughout the fairly long process to get an offer that suited my needs as a working parent. I would recommend Gavin as an agent to anyone looking for work in this area.

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