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Andela lays off 135 staff in Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya & Egypt

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135 employees have been laid off by Andela, the software engineering talent company.

The lay off that was communicated by Jeremy Johnson, the company’s CEO was through a company-wide video conference call attended by over 1,300 staff from the seven different markets which included Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana, Egypt, and the United States. The only countries not affected by the layoffs were Rwanda and Ghana.

In an email sent to all staff after the call, Johnson cited the effect of shrinkage in the company’s customer base as the major reason necessitating the exits.

“While our customer base has held up better than most, the majority have still been impacted by the economic downturn,” Johnson said.

This t is the third round of dismissals in the company within the last 9 months.

In September 2019, 420 staff composed mainly of junior developers who entered the company via its fellowship program were let go, and an unspecified number between January and February this year.

According to Johnson, the technology team has been less impacted because it is integral to the company’s future strategic investments, hence no engineers were affected by the layoffs but every other department felt the wave.

Credit: Tech Cable

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