Back in mid-September, Andela laid off 420 staffs from Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya in its bid to have more senior developers, and a few supporting junior developers. Less than two months on, the tech company is already making moves towards achieving its goal. Andela has announced that it would partner with Egypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) to employ the country’s senior developers.
After letting go 400 junior developers, Andela said it needed 700 senior developers by 2020 to be able to meet up with business demands, and everyone kept wondering how they were going to do just that – finding junior developers was much easier.
According to the CEO of Andela, Jeremy Johnson, one major reasons for the firm’s move to Egypt was the “incredible engineering talent” found in the country.
“Andela builds world-class engineering teams, and we are excited to be enhancing our talent pool as we expand into Egypt. We’ve been impressed by the incredible engineering talent we’ve seen so far across the country, and we’re excited to help raise the profile of Egypt’s tech ecosystem on the global stage.” – Jeremy Johnson
In a blogpost, Johnson emphasised the focus of Andela as being to provide high quality engineering-as-a-service with the skills of African tech talents.
All too often, opportunity is limited by race, gender, and nationality. We’re working to chip away at this by placing African engineers on global tech teams and, in the process, changing the world’s perception of talent. – Jeremy Johnson
It’s safe to say Andela is expanding to Egypt. Egypt would make a substantial contribution to Andela target of 700 African developers, and the pattern could be replicated all across the continent in countries where the company identifies as having a strong pool of senior-developer-talent.