Andela, the global tech talent network that connects companies with software engineering teams has gone fully remote, closing all its physical offices and allowing its employees to work from home in a new normal birthed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The company has also announced that it will now be accepting engineers and techies from all African countries to join its global network.

Previously, Andela had physical hubs in Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Egypt and Ghana, with the US being its remote office.

Speaking to CNBC Africa, Wambui Kinya, Vice President, Partner Engineering at Andela confirmed that COVID-19 pandemic has affected the cities where the firm operates, prompting the business to shift to remote working.

Jeremy Johnson, Andela co-founder and CEO, stated in the company announcement that by removing restrictions on location, it will double its pool of potential talent to the roughly 500,000 engineers in Africa who can now leverage Andela to work with top international engineering teams

Ultimately, our goal is to break down the barriers that prevent talent and opportunity from connecting by providing an easier, more efficient way for companies to scale global engineering teams”

Jeremy Johnson, Andela co-founder and CEO

In the developed markets, despite the economic downturn, high growth companies continue to need more engineering talent, and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are more open than ever to that talent being remote.

Some of Andela’s customers include Cloudflare, ViacomCBS, Coursera, FourSquare among others.

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