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Andela Announces Global Talent Expansion in Latin & South America

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Andela Announces Global Talent Expansion in Latin & South America

Andela, the global talent network that helps companies build remote engineering teams, has today announced the global expansion of their engineering talent.

Expanding into new regions allows Andela clients to tap into regional expertise and nuances that can support their international growth. Andela has a proven track record connecting remote engineers with opportunities from businesses across the globe and is perfectly positioned to support global talent for businesses worldwide. With engineers from 37 countries across five continents, Andela clients have access to a truly global network of talented engineers.

According to Andela, applications from qualified engineers outside of Africa have increased by more than 750% in the past six months. In March alone, more than 30% of Andela inbound engineer applications came from outside of Africa, half of which came from Latin America, creating significant increases in time-zone coverage for Andela clients. Even with the fast global growth, Africa is also expanding rapidly, with 500% growth in the past six months. 

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“Andela’s mission is to connect brilliance with opportunity. This expansion has always been part of our long term roadmap, and we’re excited that the world is ready for it. When we began inviting developers from across Africa to apply last year, we more than doubled the number of countries represented. We’re already seeing the same effects in new regions, and we’re excited to welcome new talent into our growing community,” said Jeremy Johnson, CEO at Andela. “The future of work is now, and this expansion continues our march towards bringing us all closer together.”

Andela’s global expansion provides clients with greater diversity, which McKinsey reported to be a major factor in delivering innovation and company growth. Andela clients will have more flexibility to build diverse teams across country borders, skill sets, time zones, and cultures. The future of remote work is global, and Andela provides a vital link to talent wherever it is found.

Dana Lawson, VP of Engineering at GitHub confirms, “As a business in the developer tool space, a lot of us are trying to enter those areas of the world (Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Africa) where the emergent developers are coming so we can better understand their needs. Having a local presence there with amazing talent is super valuable to building a global product.” 

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Last year, in a company-wide video conference call attended by over 1,300 staff from Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana, Egypt, and the United States, the company’s CEO Jeremy Johnson announced that it has laid off 135 staff across four countries. A situation the company attributed to declining in customers who have been impacted by the pandemic.

Then later on the same year, the company announced that it had gone fully remote across all of its locations with all engineers and enterprise staff working from home.

Founded in 2014, with offices in New York, Nigeria, Kenya,  Rwanda, Uganda, and Egypt, Andela is one of the best-funded African venture firms having banked US$181 million in VC from investors including the Chan Zuckerberg initiative.
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