Andela, whose local office is based in Kamwokya, distributes software developers to different tech companies, including Facebook, and Google. The company is paid and then it pays the developers.
Some of the Andela Uganda members
Andela, a software development outsourcing company, announced on Tuesday
it is laying off up to 400 junior engineers and staff in Uganda, Nigeria and
The company said it will now restructure to work with more experienced
engineers to align with global market demand.
Andela, whose local office is based in Kamwokya, distributes software
developers to different tech companies, including Facebook, and Google. The
company is paid and then it pays the developers.
Jackie Ochola, the Uganda Country Director, said their priority now is to
support all of the team members affected by today’s news, both directly and
indirectly. It is not clear how many are from the Uganda office.
She added that the changes will make the
company more sustainable going forward.
This is a blow to the young people that have been the company’s main
target for training. One didn’t have to have any prior training in IT to be
trained as a software engineer.
Jeremy Johnson, Andela co-founder and CEO, said: “As the talent world has
evolved, we have as well, and over the past few years it’s become increasingly
clear that the world needs what Andela provides: high-quality
He added that “It has also become clear, however, that the majority of
the demand is for more experienced talent, and to keep up with it, we need to
grow our senior talent base even faster.”
The laying of staff could be an indicator that the company is finding it had to
raise money for it to company the less experienced developers.
Andela is headquartered in New York.