Remote work creates access to engineering talent
Pandemic-related lockdowns and stay-at-home orders have dramatically changed the way employees work, driving a boom in remote and flexible working arrangements across industries across the globe.
This rapid shift to remote working is shaping the post-pandemic workforce as companies that need work in the office will lose top talent in the market.
“For companies that are not open to remote work, it will be extremely difficult in the coming years to remain competitive and attract the best talent”, Mike Ndimurukundogeneral manager at Andela Rwanda, PYMNTS said in an interview.
But long before remote work became mainstream, the software developer training and outsourcing company, founded in 2014, was already capitalizing on the growing trend of connecting selected and skilled talent from emerging markets to global opportunities.
“Andela was built as a first remote company developing talent in Africa and placing them with [global] companies, [and] who helped us adapt and grow [over the years]Ndimurukundo explained.
Today, the “remote-first” business has grown from an Africa-focused platform operating in a handful of countries – Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Egypt and Ghana – to a global talent network with remote engineers in over 90 countries. on six continents.
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As remote work gains traction around the world, the outsourcing company recently launched a new platform to optimize one-to-one work and make the hiring and matching experience as seamless as possible for employees. candidates – which now include designers, product managers and data talents – and recruiters. .
The launch follows a $200 million Series E funding round last year that valued the company at $1.5 billion.
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New platform uses machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to better match employers with talent based on need, location and time zones, while dramatically reducing the time it takes to complete the process from about two weeks to just 48 hours.
According to Ndimurukundo, the company understands there is a lot at stake for businesses. Since wasting time stuck in a lengthy hiring process is not helpful, Andela helps these companies find the right talent quickly, allowing them to spend more time on growing and developing the business.
African developers are leading the workplace revolution
In emerging markets like Africa, the lack of infrastructure and technological development has held back the continent for many years. However, there has been a significant improvement in recent years with the boom in smartphone adoption and internet usage in many African countries.
This easy access to internet-connected devices has helped African-based developers hone their skills and prepare for roles in global multinational companies, Ndimurukundo said, adding that it has led to a growing Andela Learning Community network. (ALC) of more than 175,000 technologists today.
“Once you’re self-taught, the next thing is to connect and get the opportunities, [and] what we see is that people who level up and join our network connect to [these] opportunities,” he said.
He also noted that Andela is aware that remote work has exposed companies and their employees to growing security risks and an increase in identity fraud since the start of the pandemic. That’s why they help customers and workers protect their virtual presence by integrating tools into their systems and promoting cybersecurity awareness, best practices, and procedures.
“As we connect talent to these opportunities, we would fail if we just tossed them around and exposed them. [to all sorts of risks]“, he remarked.
Breaking down digital borders
Moving forward, Ndimurukundo said the one thing that needs to change for the continent’s inherent digital opportunities to reach their full potential is the will at government level to enact policies that enable Africa to function as one. common market.
This means that solutions built in Rwanda are not limited to this one country, but are accessible throughout the region.
Breaking down these digital borders will open the continent to more opportunities and unlock its “huge opportunities”, he noted, boosting the prospects for growth for African tech startups.
There also needs to be an overhaul of the education system, he continued, with political leaders working hand-in-hand with tech companies that understand market needs to ensure that talent joining the global market is empowered. good skills. for available jobs.
But while there is still a long way to go to fully address the education gap, Ndimurukundo referenced the number of African companies that made it into the latest batch of Y Combinator, W22 – the first time a country African, Nigeria, appeared in the first three countries. represented with 18 startups — as an indication that the continent is on the right track.
To get it right, equipping the younger generation with the right skills cannot wait until a certain age. “We have to start early so that by the time they [are ready for employment]they’ve built their little ecosystems and circles, and we can build on that to upgrade them,” he said.
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