Niche technology recruitment site Andela.com has laid off 135 employees of its non-engineering staff across — Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya and Ghana.

This decision was revealed at the company’s 1,300-plus team via a video conference call led by CEO, Jeremy Johnson.

“While our customer base has held up better than most, the majority have still been impacted by the economic downturn,” Johnson said. “Andela expects to see churn spike this year as well as a decline in new customers due to the economic uncertainty. Expectations for slow growth necessitate cost-cutting measures to ensure that we make it to the other side.”

Affected employees will receive severance packages and will continue to receive health benefits for the next four months. The layoff is expected to save the company about $5 million.

Andela’s directors also agreed to a salary cut of between 10% and 30%, depending on hierarchy. Andela also expects to save another $25 million by cutting back on software, travel and other operational costs.

Nigeria-based Andela recruits, trains and connects remote software developers to employers, most of which are based in the U.S.

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