Andela lays off 250 developers in Nigeria, Uganda

Contract-based Nigerian tech and software company, Andela said that it will be laying off about 200 people from its total headcount.

The move is part of its decision to restrategize its hiring model going. The decision could see the company lay off many of its junior engineers.

Known for selecting, training and placing developers on jobs of its clients around the world, the company confirmed in a statement that, “they are due to market demand for more senior engineering talent,” Andela’s CEO and CO-Founder Jeremy Johnson said.

The statement read: “Today, we are announcing that we are closing the D0 program in Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda. Moving forward, we will be focusing D0 training efforts on our pan-African hub in Rwanda. In addition, we will be letting go of approximately 250 Andelans in Nigeria and Uganda, with an additional 170 potentially impacted in Kenya, who we don’t believe we’ll be able to find meaningful work for over the next year.”

“Going forward, we will hire another 700 experienced engineers by the end of 2020 in order to keep up with demand from our partners. To continue creating junior engineering talent at scale, we will invest in the Andela Learning Community, through which we’ve already trained more than 30,000 learners in software engineering fundamentals. Over the next three years, we plan to cultivate more than 100,000 engineers across the continent who will, in time, contribute to the growth of their local tech ecosystems as well as the broader technology community.”

Although Andela also said it had made some arrangements with clients the the affected countries to provide placements for the impacted talents. “We’ve partnered with innovation hubs in each country (CcHUB in Nigeria, iHub in Kenya, and Innovation Village in Uganda) to help connect the impacted developers with opportunities in their local ecosystem – Jeremy stated.

“Together, we have identified over 60 companies who are looking to hire top quality junior engineering talent. In addition, these hubs will offer impacted engineers the opportunity to use their co-working spaces free of charge for the next three months.

Andela invests in Africa’s most talented software engineers to help companies solve the technical talent shortage and build high-performing distributed engineering teams.

The company is backed by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV, and Spark Capital.