Pan-African software services and edtech platform Gebeya, has launched its developers marketplace in London, UK in a move expected to increase the accessibility of  software developers in Europe at competitive market rates, being the first African-based platform to do so ahead of its US-based Nigerian founded competitor Andela.

The Addis Ababa-based firm launched a year ago, to train , hire, and incubate the best of African tech talent. Today, Gebeya has more than tripled in size and tripled in presence by expanding to Nairobi (Kenya), Silicon Valley (U.S.) and launching in London (UK).

‘We are excited with our success so far but our growth reflects the increased demand for digital talent in the global market. On this regard, we have created a-self-sustainable ecosystem that trains, hires, and incubates the best of African talent so as to produce world class software developers and mitigate the global demand of digital talent,’’ says Amadou Daffe, Co-Founder and CEO at Gebeya.

The developers marketplace will match customers with highly skilled, certified and multilingual software developers to develop innovative technological solutions, improve development efficiency, scalability and mobile success. In-order to maintain quality, software developers will have to undergo an intensive 6 months hands-on practical training that focuses on cutting edge technologies that are running the global digital industry today. Only upon graduation will they be placed on the platform which currently has a pool of software developers who have worked on widely successful projects across Africa, Europe and USA.

According to Accenture, the UK needs 745,000 more workers with digital skills this year alone costing the economy around $63bn. IT staff job postings are on the rise, a 10% year-on-year growth, says a separate study by IT body COMPTIA. The digital skills gap has become one of the more pressing problems facing UK businesses and entrepreneurs. The developers marketplace aims to satiate this ever growing demand for qualified digital talent across Europe by enabling organizations, SME’s and entrepreneurs hire top software developers on demand.