Tech talent accelerator Andela is dropping off 400 of junior engineers from its team reports TechCrunch.
According to Andela‘s CEO Jeremy Johnson, the staff cuts will affect these talents across Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria. “They are due to market demand for more senior engineering talent”
“We’ve seen shifts in the market and what our customers are looking for…toward more experienced engineers,” Johnson added.
The layoffs come as the startup released first-time earnings figures indicating it will surpass $50 million in annual revenues for 2019.
“We’re actually actively and intensely growing the mid and senior developer populations, and next year we’re going to bring in 500 more developers,” he said.
“We’ve hired more junior developers than we are able to place in remote roles.”
The laid off software engineers will gain severance packages and placement assistance, as Andela is working with partners such as CcHub and iHub to connect the developers to new opportunities.
“Many of these people will rapidly get jobs in the local ecosystem and some day may come back and work at Andela again,” he said.
Andela is solving the global technical talent shortage by building distributed engineering teams with Africa’s top software developers.
Founded in 2014, Andela has hired 1,000 developers out of more than 100,000 applicants and become known as the “Best Place to Work in Africa,” with tech campuses in Lagos, Nairobi, Kampala, and Kigali.
Backed by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV and Spark Capital, Andela is powering global engineering teams while catalyzing the growth of tech ecosystems across the African continent.