ThoughtWorks closes Uganda office, leaves workers stranded

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US based global software development and products company ThoughtWorks, has officially pulled the plug on their Uganda office. This comes at a time when the company has for sometime been rumored to be struggling to sustain their operations in Uganda. Sources close to the matter have told Techjaja that their exit was due to no business visibility beyond 2017. This closure has reportedly left several workers perplexed and some stranded.

According to our sources, the company last week sent its Chief Technology Officer Rebecca Parsons and the Managing Director – Pan Africa Wambui Kinya to deliver the sad news to the unsuspecting employees. The duo reportedly walked into the office and calmly told workers how they are closing the office with immediate effect. All employees were, however, given two months salary payment as compensation in accordance to the labour laws of Uganda.
ThoughtWorks has given some employees the option to relocate to other global offices, but on condition they process their own work permits, something which is close to impossible or very costly in some countries. ThoughtWorks has 30 offices in 13 countries which include; South Africa, India, Australia, USA, Germany, Turkey, United Kingdom, Brazil, Ecuador Singapore and Uganda which has been closed.

Since August 2012, the company’s Kampala office has been a collaborative space that houses several technologists who are passionate about making a difference.  They recently shifted from Soliz House Lumumba Ave to a more spacious office space in the heart of Nakawa at UAP Nakawa Business Park. Thoughworks Uganda has also been the weekly home for GeekNight Kampala and Ruby Fridays catering to increase the awareness of the programming language.  Keep it at techjaja for more.

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