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About Gavin

Gavin has served the tech market in the Thames Valley for over 10 years and specialises in partnering with businesses using Java as a tech stack. 

His role involves not only finding top talent but also managing our largest accounts from inception to expanding those client relationships, always ensuring continuity across the Austin Fraser brand. 

His passion is to provide the best possible bespoke service for both clients and candidates alike.

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

Gavin's clients naturally expect to be introduced to the best talent both from passive and active job seekers. Gavin prides himself on providing quality over quantity in the form of submitting profiles of only great people for any given role.

By operating in one specific region, Gavin isbest placed to advise on what is hot and what is not within the Tech landscape including hiring trends and patterns that you need to be aware of in order to stay ahead of your competitors.

Outside of work, Gavinenjoys his countryside lifestyle with weekends spent walking his cockapoo, popping on his wellies and sitting in the local pub by the fire with a glass of red. He is also a big rugby fan (Welsh of course)and has recently found a love for thai food.

Awards: Austin Fraser UK OVERALL TOP BILLER 2018,2019& 2020

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Gavin Stephens

about 1 year ago
Java Developer - Wokingham - 1 day a week in office - £80K


Up to £80000 per annum + 15% bonus and benefits

Senior Java Developer - Wokingham - Remote - £80K Austin Fraser is representing an ambitious software business that provides technology to the medical industry. You will work on projects that integrate real-time serve...

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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


​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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