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Talent Wiki - Morocco

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Morocco

Capital

Rabat

Currency

Moroccan dirham (MAD)

Languages

Arabic, Standard Moroccan Berber

Payroll Frequency

monthly

GDP per Capita

$3,628

Employer Tax

22.59% - 26.09%

Talent Overview

Morocco, a relatively liberal economy, is the 5th largest economy in Africa based on GDP. The main contributing factor to their economy is the services sector (tourism and telcom) which covers more than half of their GDP. It is then followed by the agricultural sector due to the country’s rich soil resources. 

Major economic hubs:

Rabat, Marrakech, and Fez

Skills in demand:

Accountant, Receptionist, HR Recruiter, Project Manager, PHP Developer

Local Universities

Below are the top universities in Morocco:

Université Cadi Ayyad

Ranking

Local: 1

World: 2553

Université Mohammed V

Ranking

Local: 2

World: 3159

Université Al Akhawayn

Ranking

Local: 3

World: 3597

Université Hassan II de Casablanca

Ranking

Local: 4

World: 4044

Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah

Ranking

Local: 5

World: 4838

Salary Data

Below are the average monthly salaries for some positions in Morocco:

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (MAD) Average Monthly Salary (USD)
Accountant 12,800 1,251
Software Engineer 18,700 1,829
Financial Analyst 25,800 2,523
Graphic Designer 12,600 1,232
Project Manager 22,800 2,230
Sales Manager 31,800 3,110
Customer Service Representative 6,970 681

 

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards:

Bayt ; Naukrigulf ; Careers in Africa

Number of LinkedIn users:

3,933,000

Top Recruitment Agencies:

Michael Page Recruitment Agency; Moroccan Agency; Adecco Maroc

Employing in Morocco

Moroccan employees are protected by the country’s labor code. Employers are expected to conform to the provisions stated in the employment law and provide the employees with the minimum required benefits. Below are some items that businesses need to be aware of when hiring employees.

Employee Contract

Employment contracts and other business documents must be written in the Arabic language.

Probation Period

Probation period for employees in Morocco may vary depending on their nature of work and employment classification. It can be as long as six months.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year’s Day National holiday
11 Jan Anniversary of the Independence Manifesto National holiday
22 Apr Eid al-Fitr (Tentative Date) National holiday
23 Apr Eid al-Fitr holiday (Tentative Date) National holiday
1 May Labour Day/May Day National holiday
29 Jun Eid al-Adha (Tentative Date) National holiday
30 Jun Eid al-Adha holiday (Tentative Date) National holiday
19 Jul Hijra New Year (Tentative Date) National holiday
30 Jul Feast of the Throne National holiday
14 Aug Anniversary of the Recovery Oued Ed-Dahab National holiday
20 Aug Anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People National holiday
21 Aug Youth Day National holiday
27 Sep The Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday (Tentative Date) National holiday
28 Sep The Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday Holiday (Tentative Date) National holiday
6 Nov Anniversary of the Green March National holiday
18 Nov Independence Day National holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of Leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual Leave 18 days Yes
Sick Leave 180 days Yes 
Maternity Leave 14 weeks Yes

 

Payroll

Payroll Cycle

The payroll cycle in Morocco is generally monthly.

Minimum Wage

The Minimum wage in Morocco is different in each industry sector. For the public sector, minimum wage is at MAD 3,500.00 per month. For the private sector, the rate is at MAD 2,902.00 per month.

Overtime Pay

Overtime Pay rate will depend on when the extra work was performed. Below are the rates:

  • Overtime work on a regular day – 125% of employee’s hourly rate
  • Overtime work during a night shift – 150% of employee’s hourly rate
  • Overtime work on a weekly rest day – 100% of employee’s hourly rate

Bonus

13th Month Pay

Employee Benefits

Moroccan employees are entitled to the following benefits during their employment:

  • Paid Leaves
  • Health Insurance
  • Family Assistance
  • Old age Pension
  • Disability and Survivors Pension

Taxes

Employer Payroll Tax

Below are the rates for Morocco’s social security scheme known as the Caisse Nationale de Sécurité Sociale (CNSS):

Type of Contribution Tax Rate
Family Allocation 6.4%
Social Allocation 8.98%
Professional Training 1.6%
Mandatory Medical Care 4.11%

Additionally, companies are expected to make contributions to the Social Solidarity Program based on their annual net income. Below are the following:

Net taxable income (MAD) SSC rate (%)
Between 1 million and 5 million 1.5
Between 5 million and 10 million 2.5
Between 10 million and 40 million 3.5
More than 40 million 5

Employee Payroll Tax

Below are the rates for Morocco’s social security scheme known as the Caisse Nationale de Sécurité Sociale (CNSS):

Type of Contribution Tax Rate
Social Allocation 4.48%
Mandatory Medical Care 2.26%

Additionally, employees are also expected to make a Social Solidarity contribution of 1.5% if their annual income exceeds 120,000 MAD 

Employee Income Tax

Annual taxable income (MAD)  Tax rate (%)
0 to 30,000 Exempted
30,001 to 50,000 10
50,001 to 60,000 20
60,001 to 80,000 30
80,001 to 180,000 34
More than 180,000 38

VAT

The Standard VAT rate in Morocco is 20%

Offboarding & Termination

Any employee dismissal in Morocco must undergo fair trial to justify the reason to terminate. A notice period is expected to be observed except for two reasons: fair dismissal for a serious misconduct and fair dismissal for 4 cumulative non-serious misconducts within a year. 

The Notice Period for Moroccan employees may be up to 3 months, depending on their years of service with the company.

Severance Pay varies depending on the employee’s years of service. The calculation will be the employee’s average hourly rate X the number of hours they are entitled to based on how long they have worked for the company.

Years of Service Entitled number of paid hours
>5 96 hours pay (50% of one-month pay)
6 – 10 144 hours pay (75% of one-month pay)
11-15 192 hours pay (100% of one-month pay)
15 + 240 hours pay (126% of one-month pay)

Visa and Immigration

Foreign workers must apply for a work visa with the Department of Labour in Rabat to be allowed to stay in Morocco for employment purposes. They must also secure a residency card to stay in the country.

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