“Hard workers who give everything their best shot.”
The business has been built on the back of graft and dedication, with the work put in building a firm foundation for future success.
“Be accountable, take ownership and have the discipline to produce results.”
We succeed when the team is prepared to rise to the challenge and consistently deliver results, providing a platform for continued growth.
“Adaptable, not fazed by challenges, find solutions.”
To prevail we’ve adapted our methods, services, and approaches to recruitment, evolving to overcome commercial challenges.
“Positive team players who are excited about how they can influence the team and business.”
The team is strongest when we’re positive and help others as well as ourselves to succeed; when the team prospers the business prospers.
The Aardvark Swift story begins in 1989 when the specialist recruitment agency began servicing what are now the founding companies of the UK games development industry, working closely with studios like Gremlin Graphics, Codemasters, and DMA Design.
As the UK games industry grew so has Aardvark Swift.
Over the years we’ve adapted our working practices and evolved alongside the industry we serve, creating a solid base from which we can continue to thrive in the future.
We took the opportunity during the “lockdown Summer of 2020” to plan the future of the business and decide what type of company we wanted to create for ourselves and for our people, this is The Aardvark Swift Mission.
We've implemented a number of changes to the business, how we operate, and how we reward our team.
Recruitment Team Leads
We’ve introduced Team Leads to better support our recruiters and foster an even greater collaborative spirit.
We’ve created career development pathways for our team to go on their own Aardvark Journey.
We’ve invested in cutting-edge data analytics and recruitment software to ensure we can keep on providing a great service.
We've introduced flexible benefits allowing the team to choose the benefits that matter the most to them.
Perks & Benefits Include...
Westfield Health Cover
Life Enriching Travel
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2004 | 2017 | 2022
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Birth of Aardvark Swift
Aardvark Swift was created to serve the founding companies of the UK games development industry, working closely with studios like Gremlin Graphics, Codemasters, and DMA Design.
UK Wide Expansion
As the UK games industry flourished we expanded our range of operations from the North and Midlands to the whole of the UK.
Games Publishing Desk Established
The turn of the millennium saw us extend our capabilities further by creating a specialist desk to work with games publishers on non development roles. The establishment of the publishing desk also saw the arrival of Ian Goodall, future MD.
Future MD Ian Goodall led a management buyout to bring in a new investment and growth. The young team of Directors ran their own recruitment desks while developing new trainee team members. Hard work and dedication established a firm foundation for the business in the years ahead.
Expansion Into Europe
As the games industry continued to grow so did Aardvark Swift. 2006 saw us expand our horizon from being a primarily UK focused business to include the rest of Europe, establishing relationships with games studios and publishers throughout the continent.
Expansion Into North Amercia
In 2008 we began to work with studios and developers in North America, expanding the territories we operated in, providing clients with more hiring options and individual game devs with a wider choice of potential employers.
Graduate Recruitment Service Launched
2009 saw us establish a Graduate team working on graduate and junior games industry roles and helping games grads with CV and portfolio advice. Over the years this team would see their work evolve, supporting games students before graduation with workshops on portfolio building and CV advice.
Grads in Games Founded
We're passionate about ensuring the games industry has a healthy pipeline of talented grads. This led to the foundation of Grads in Games; improving links between the games industry and education, providing more opportunities for games students to develop and present their skills to the industry.
Senior Management Team Formed
Forming a Senior Management Team allowed us to operate on a more strategic level and provided a framework for regular planning and review of operational activity in line with business goals. Since it's inception we've reacted better to changes in the industry and enjoyed year on year growth.
Game Dev Heroes Founded
As a founding partner of Game Dev Heroes, we look forward to annually celebrating the achievements of individuals throughout the industry. Recognising the contributions of the industry's unsung heroes, from brilliant dev's and resourceful support staff, to inspiring management and positive role models.
Aardvark Swift Mission Launched
We took the opportunity during the 2020 summer lockdown to plan the future of the business, deciding what type of company we wanted to create for our team. This become known as The Aardvark Swift Mission, we've made big changes and we're working to a rolling three year plan to ensure we keep evolving.