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Morocco Recruiting & Hiring

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One of the problematic parts of an expansion is hiring talented employees who you trust to fill your open positions. However, recruiting and hiring can look different than hiring for your parent company. You have to learn all of Morocco’s employment compliance laws, discuss the best way to onboard employees, and continue to run a new business location.

Globalization Partners will help you simplify the process through Morocco hiring outsourcing. As a global PEO, we will act as the Employer of Record and take matters of compliance on for you so that your only concern is expanding across borders.

Recruiting in Morocco

Morocco’s stable and growing economy attracts professionals from all over the world. There’s also a large local talent pool that you can tap for your open positions. However, when it comes to working with people of a different nationality, you need to understand their culture, work ethic, etiquette, and beliefs. Below are three things to understand before staffing and recruiting your Morocco business. 

1. Language

The official language is Darija — also known as Moroccan Arabic — and it’s spoken in government agencies and courts. However, various regions of the country have their own Arabic dialects, and many people speak Classical Arabic. 

Most private sector companies conduct business in French but write in Arabic. It’s important to have a thorough knowledge of both languages when recruiting employees. We also recommend understanding English, as many younger Moroccan professionals will speak a combination of the three languages. 

2. Clothing

Many Moroccans will form a first impression based on what a person is wearing. Professionals often dress very formally and tend to buy from brand names. Men wear dark-colored business suits every day, while women will dress conservatively and keep their knees and arms covered. If you’re meeting a prospective candidate, avoid excessive makeup, jewelry, and accessories. 

3. Greetings

The meeting etiquette you must follow depends on the other person’s sex. Two people of the same sex will generally shake hands. If a man and a woman are greeting, the man will wait until the woman offers her hand. If she doesn’t, the man should bow his head in greeting. 

It’s best to schedule all meetings a week or two in advance and confirm around two days beforehand. Most locals will plan their day around prayer service times, so make sure any interviews or meetings do not conflict. Figure out what language everyone will speak before the meeting and ensure all reading materials use that language. 

The Recruitment Process in Morocco

The country’s progress and development mean that new opportunities have opened up in several industries. For example, technology and communications sectors are now in high demand. However, recruiting in Morocco isn’t always easy. You’ll have to assess which languages the candidate should speak, what educational requirements they must have, and whether they must provide additional documentation if they’re an expat. 

If you decide to hire a foreigner, they must obtain a work permit from the National Agency for the Promotion and Employment of Skills (ANAPEC). They will need these documents to get the permit: 

  • Application forms with the appropriate stamps
  • Passport copies
  • Passport-sized photographs
  • Copy of their employment contract legalized by the government office
  • Copies of their degrees and diplomas 

The entire process can take several weeks or months, so we recommend that applicants follow up regularly. If you’re staffing your business with expats, give yourself enough time to complete the permit procedure. 

Where to Find Top Talent 

Some of the best places to advertise positions and look for candidates include: 

  • ReKrute.
  • Option Carrière.
  • Maroc Emploi.
  • Bayt.
  • Wzayef.
  • Learn4Good.

Once you have a small staff, you can start a referral process to find other local candidates. You can also choose to work with a recruitment agency or headhunter, but you will still be responsible for all compliance laws. 

Recruiting Laws and Regulations

Recruiting in Morocco is less strict than in other countries. The only requirements concern the hiring of foreign workers, and you’re allowed to conduct criminal records checks, medical history checks, and drug screenings. You are also permitted to check an individual’s immigration status and social media accounts. 

How to Hire Employees in Morocco

Morocco’s environment has been slowly growing over the years, and its straightforward business regulations make it relatively easy for foreign companies to expand. However, the country has extensive employment compliance laws that cover all employees and can make it difficult to hire.

When you hire employees in Morocco, you must hire them under a written employment contract in the local language. The contract should include information about compensation, benefits, termination terms, and more. You should also make sure you list all salary and compensation amounts in Moroccan dirham instead of a foreign currency.

Morocco Employment Compliance Laws

Morocco’s employment compliance laws are meant to protect laborers’ rights, including the right to collective bargaining. Just under 6% of the population is unionized, so it’s important to make sure you meet all of the union’s regulations in an employment contract. The Moroccan Labor Union is the largest labor union group and has a significant amount of power throughout Moroccan commerce.

Other areas covered by the Moroccan Labor Code include:

  • Conditions of employment and work.
  • Termination of employment.
  • Wages and minimum wage.
  • Minimum age for employment.
  • Maternity protections.
  • Workweek hours and overtime.
  • Paid annual and holiday leave.
  • Labor inspections.

Onboarding Employees in Morocco

You do not have to onboard employees in one specific way per Morocco employment compliance laws. Instead, you’re free to decide how you want to introduce employees to your company. We recommend reviewing the employment contract, company code of conduct, and other key documents with new employees during their first day or week. If you’re not available to travel to Morocco for the onboarding process, try to recruit another company executive to help make employees more comfortable.

The Benefit of Morocco Hiring Outsourcing Services

When you decide to hire Moroccan employees yourself, you have to ensure that you’re compliant throughout every step of the process. Plus, you need to find the time to travel back and forth to Morocco to make the hires. Although you can work with any Morocco hiring outsourcing company, you’ll still be held responsible for Morocco employment compliance laws.

Globalization Partners offers the greatest benefits through our Employer of Record platform. We’ll use our existing subsidiary to help you get started in a few days instead of going through the lengthy process to set up your own subsidiary. Then, we’ll hire talented employees who will work on your behalf.

Contact Globalization Partners

If you’re planning an expansion to Morocco, work with Globalization Partners to make the process easier. Contact us today to learn more.

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