Remote’s guide to employing in

Morocco
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  • Capital City

    Rabat

  • Currency

    Moroccan dirham (DH, MAD)

  • Languages

    Arabic

  • Population size

    3,71,12,080

Services available in this country:
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Facts & Stats

Morocco Map Illustration
  • Capital City

    Rabat

  • Currency

    Moroccan dirham (DH, MAD)

  • Languages

    Arabic

  • Population size

    3,71,12,080

  • Ease of doing business

    Very easy

  • Cost of living index

    36.85 (2021)

  • Payroll frequency

    Monthly

  • VAT - standard rate

    20%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    2.5 (2019)

Land of deserts, date palms, djellabas, the Kingdom of Morocco is a semi-constitutional monarchy nestled just off the Mediterranean and on the northern edge of Africa.

Morocco has been ruled by the Alaouite dynasty since the 15th century, under whose reign Morocco has grown to Africa’s fifth-largest economy, built on a robust tourist industry, agriculture, and a foray into renewable energy.

Grow your team in Morocco with Remote

Looking to employ workers in Morocco? Companies hiring in Morocco must either own a legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solutions provider, usually one that provides employer of record services.

Remote can employ your team in Morocco on your behalf through our local legal entity in the country and handle payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance for your Morocco team. You can also pay contractors now in Morocco with Remote.

Risks of misclassification

Morocco, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in Morocco may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.

Employing in Morocco

Labour relations in Morocco are governed by the Moroccan Labour Law of 2003 and the Decree on Public Holidays, both of which spell out provisions for employee protections and workers’ rights applicable to Morocco’s workforce of 11.5 million.

Employees in Morocco enjoy protection against discrimination based on age, religion, gender expression, and race.

Common questions that could come up during the hiring process include the minimum wage, overtime rates, and guaranteed paid time off. Remote can help you offer a complete, competitive, and compliant benefits package to your employees in Morocco.

Minimum Wage

Morocco’s minimum wage is set a 3,000 MADs ($336.98) per month for government employees, 2,570.86 MADs ($288) per month for private-sector employees, and 69.73 ($7.83) MADs per day for agricultural workers.

Payroll Cycle

For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly instalments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.

Onboarding Time

We can help you get a new employee started in Morocco fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 20 working days.

Our team ensures your employees are onboarded and paid as quickly as possible while keeping your business compliant with all local employment legislation. The minimum onboarding time begins after the employee submits all required information onto the Remote platform. The onboarding timeline is also dependent upon registration with local authorities.

For all non-nationals of the country of employment, the Right to Work assessment (if applicable) will add three extra days to the total time to onboard. There may be extra time required if we need to follow-up on the right to work assessment.

Please note, payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote has a payroll cut-off date of the 10th of the month unless otherwise specified.

13 Public holidays

Jan
Monday 1 January, 20241New Year's Day (يوم السنة الجديدة)
Thursday 11 January, 20242Independence Manifesto Day (يوم الاستقلال بيان)
Apr
Tuesday 9 April, 20243Festival of Breaking the Fast (عيد الفطر)
May
Wednesday 1 May, 20244Labour Day (يوم العمل عيد العمال)
Jun
Sunday 16 June, 20245Feast of the Sacrifice (عيد التضحية)
Jul
Sunday 7 July, 20246Islamic New Year's Day (رأس السنة الميلادية)
Tuesday 30 July, 20247Throne Day (يوم العرش)
Aug
Wednesday 14 August, 20248Oued Ed-Dahab Day (يوم وادي الدهب)
Tuesday 20 August, 20249Revolution Day (يوم الثورة)
Wednesday 21 August, 202410Youth Day (يوم الشباب)
Sept
Sunday 15 September, 202411Birth of the Prophet (ولادة الرسول)
Nov
Wednesday 6 November, 202412Green March (المسيرة الخضراء)
Monday 18 November, 202413Independence Day (عيد الاستقلال)

Competitive benefits package in Morocco

At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practising “fair equity,” which means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive (and that will allow you to attract the best local talent).

Our benefits packages in Morocco are tailored to fulfil the local needs of your employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Mental Health Support

  • Pension or 401(K)

  • Life and Disability Insurance

Taxes in Morocco

Learn how employment taxes and statutory fees affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Morocco.

  • 6.4%

    Family benefits

  • 1.05%

    Short terms social benefits

  • 7.93%

    Long term social benefits

  • 4.11%

    Health insurance

  • 1.6%

    Professional training tax

  • 2.5%

    Social solidarity contribution (for employers with annual profits between 5 – 40 million MADs, i.e., $561k – $4.5 million)

Types of leave

After spending six months working, employees start accruing 1.5 days of paid leave per month, equivalent to 18 days of paid leave annually. This leave entitlement increases by a day and a half every five years, capped at a maximum of 30 days of annual leave.

Employment termination

Termination process

Employee contracts can be terminated if a just cause is established, such as dishonesty, negligence, fraud, or any other work-related offences and prior notice should be provided in advance.

Notice period

Notice periods under Moroccan law are dependent on an employee’s tenure, i.e., how long they’ve worked with the employer.

Notice periods for executive staff

  • 1 month: up to 1 year of employment

  • 2 months: 1 – 5 years of employment

  • 3 months: More than 5 years of employment

Notice periods for non-executive staff

  • 8 days: Up to a year of employment

  • 1 month: 1 – 5 years of employment

  • 2 months: 5+ years of employment

Severance pay

Employees are entitled to a severance package after having worked with the employer for at least six months, structured according to the employee’s tenure with the employer.

  • First five years of employment: 96 hours pay

  • 6 – 10 years of employment: 144 hours pay

  • 11 – 15 years of employment: 192 hours pay

  • 15+ years of employment: 240 hours pay

Probation periods

Probationary periods are allowed and may be renewed once. For indefinite term contracts, their initial durations are:

- 3 months for executives

- 1 1/2 months for white collar workers

- 15 days for blue collar workers

Fixed term contracts may have probationary periods of up to one day per week of the contract, with a cap of 2 weeks for contracts of less than six months and a cap of one month for contracts of longer than six months.

Fair Pricing in Morocco

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  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localised contracts

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Top features

  • Reduce costs by centralising payroll management

  • Ensure local compliance for every country

  • Direct support from in-house local payroll experts

  • Accurate, on-time, compliant payroll to level-up your employee experience

  • Tax and labour authority reporting handled for you

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  • Guided onboarding and offboarding

  • Employee profile and document management

  • Time and attendance (time off and tracking)

  • Expense management and reimbursement

  • Employee self-serve on the platform and mobile app