About techfolk. How may we help?

The team

"I discovered technology in 1997 and by 2000 had established my career in software and product training. I’ve worked with technology driven companies ever since. I’m as comfortable being part of the teams using tech to solve problems as I am leading teams that create new solutions. My more recent roles have included delivering Web and SaaS projects, and managing remote development and commercial teams. Hiring technical and commercial colleagues has been my responsibility in most of these. Working with recruitment agencies as an employer has given me an excellent understanding of what’s needed to support the people we now help. I met Andrew in 2008 whilst we were working to deliver icould.com; we make an effective team and complement each other well. My natural strengths are organisation, project management and communications and I have a lasting passion for technology (obviously) and ancient history (I’m Italian, so no surprises there)."

Vittoria Rubino - Operations Manager

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Andrew Gifford | techfolk

"In many ways the role of a recruiter is easy. We're the middle people. We risk very little, besides our professional reputation. We undertake the operational costs of the campaign and our output is high, but the real talent lies within the teams we help build. Our role is to build networks, to guide and orchestrate. We're the sounding board, the impartial facilitators. We remain open minded while weighing the strengths and aspirations of the people we meet with the values and engineering objectives of the employers we support. I consider techfolk fortunate to represent the organisations it does, many of whom placed trust in us following a personal recommendation. This is year eleven for me, plus seven years working inside technology providers such as the ISP UUNET during the early years of the Web and the systems software provider Zeus Technology. Outside of work, I'm into cycling, the outdoors and exploring all that Bristol and the sunny South West offers. "

Andrew Gifford - Founding Director

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"I've been fascinated by computing since my school bought an Apple computer. As they became more accessible in the eighties my father bought the family a BBC Model B, and I taught myself BBC Basic. The 'Internet' was born whilst I was studying Computing at University and I set myself up as a Web Designer a couple of years later. My first foray into database driven websites led me to learn ASP. Eventually I moved towards open source products and took all development over to OSX and Linux. I taught myself Drupal, rebuilt my websites and nowadays I'd describe myself as a 'Drupal Themer' who dabbles in 'development' - I'm still learning - aren't we all? Andrew and I share a passion for cycling and he's quite happy with me remoting in from the Pyrenees on one of my long summer tours"

Jon Laurence, Web Guy

Ways we can help you

techfolk® is an technology R&D and IT recruitment agency, primarily supporting the ecosystem of technology firms across the South West region, notably Bristol, Bath, Swindon and Cardiff.

We do support organisations with teams based further afield too, for instance the technology hubs of London, Cambridge, and Manchester.

To give you an idea of the vacancies we may bring you, we're currently supporting a growing network of employers in domains as diverse as:

  • Linked Data and Semantic Web: JavaScript, Ruby, Java, Apache Jena, AWS, DevOps
  • Public cloud managed services: building AWS and Google cloud DevOps teams
  • IOT analytics and subscriber management: C++, Web, AI and data science
  • Terminology software and data tools: Java, JavaScript, ontologies, RDF, SPARQL
  • Network management software: C++, AI, Python, SDN, NFV, JavaScript
  • Recommendation engine content serving platform: Go, Node.js, AngularJS, AI, big data
  • High volume RDBMS: C++, database engine, PostgreSQL
  • Learning management application: PHP, Symfony / laravel
  • Image Management Server platform: native JavaScript, Linux, Open Source
  • UX and digital experience agency: UX, JavaScript, front end, Python, PHP, DevOps
  • Global silicon manufacturer: hardware, consumer devices, user tools, .NET
  • Energy provider and trading platforms: Java, .NET, Web, business processes

For an idea of our approach, please do check out what techfolk's hiring managers are saying about our work, many of whom came to us following a personal recommendation.

We’re usually the only agency representing the vacancy you see and we have long-term relationships with many of the organisations we represent, so we can give you a complete picture of their aims, values and engineering objectives.

Please do register with us to hear about current jobs and forthcoming vacancies too, as we can't always advertise each position for confidentiality or commercial reasons.

We aren’t qualified to offer career advice, but we are happy to share ideas and to pass on the benefit of our experience. Please do get in touch.

And we’ll be adding new material to the job search resources page and the techfolk blog over the coming months. Please feel welcome to join our social networks too.

We look forward to working with you.

With thanks,

The techfolk team


We're Affiliate members of the British Computer Society and we honour the BCS code of conduct.

We adhere to the principals of the Data Protection Act (reg. no. ZA084590).

Importantly, we're also members of the Recruitment and Employers Confederation (membership no. 00089203), and we adhere to the REC code of practice (our terms of buisness for employers are REC approved).