Payroll and Benefits Guide - Morocco

Morocco
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Capital

Rabat
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Employer Taxes

20.71% or 25.71 %

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Date Format

dd/mm/yyyy
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Fiscal Year

1 Jan – 31 Dec

Fun Facts

Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city and a major economic hub.

The Moroccan city of Essaouira is a UNESCO World Heritage site and known for its beautiful beaches, strong winds, and annual music festivals.

The ancient city of Chefchaouen is famous for its blue-painted streets and buildings.

Morocco is one of the world’s largest producers of argan oil.

Arabic and Berber are the official languages of Morocco, while French is widely spoken.

The traditional Moroccan garment for men is called a djellaba, while women often wear kaftans or hijabs.

Morocco

Contributions

Employee Payroll Tax

Contribution TypeRate
Social Allocation/Benefits4.29%
Health Insurance2.26%
Social Solidarity1.50%

Employer Payroll Tax

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Contribution TypeRate
Family Allocation6.40%
Social Allocation/Benefits8.60%
Health Insurance4.11%

Payroll

Payroll Cycle

The usual payroll frequency is monthly, with payments typically made on the final day of the month.

13th Salary

While there are no specific legal requirements for 13th salaries, it is customary to provide 13th-month bonuses and/or seniority bonuses to employees as a common practice.

Work Hours and Week

In accordance with Law Article 184 “code du travail” (Labor Code), the standard workweek consists of 44 hours, with a maximum limit of 10 hours per day.

Overtime

All working hours of more than the standard working hours per week are to be paid as overtime and are regulated by employment contracts/collective agreements. It must also be mutually agreed upon before any overtime work is done.

In general, maximum overtime limits must not exceed 138 hours over four months and 250 hours annually.

Morocco

Leave

Paid Time Off

After six months of continuous service, an employee accumulates 1.5 days of leave per month up to a standard entitlement of 18 paid days of annual leave. This can be increased to 24 days per year for employees under the age of 18 years old.

Public Holidays

Public holidays that fall on the weekend are usually lost.

Religious holidays are determined by the lunar cycle and will show as tentative until they are confirmed nearer the date of the holiday.

Sick Days

Employees are entitled to four days (or eight half days) of paid sick leave per year. If the absence lasts more than four days, the employee must inform the employer of the probable duration of absence and provide a medical certificate justifying the absence reason. An employer has the right to request the employee resign if they have more than 180 consecutive days sick during one year.

Maternity Leave

Pregnant employees receive 14 weeks of paid maternity leave, seven weeks before birth, and seven weeks after. The maternity payment is at the rate of the regular salary rate and paid by the employer. Mothers can also request to take up to a year of additional unpaid leave.

Paternity Leave

Fathers are entitled to three days of paid paternity leave within the first month of the child’s birth.

Parental Leave

There is no parental leave apart from maternity and paternity leave.

Termination

Termination Process

Employers can terminate a fix term contract for the following reasons – business, personal, or worker’s misconduct. It requires notice and a written explanation for the termination. If the reason is misconduct, a warning needs to be given and the employee gets a chance to explain actions.

Notice Period

Collective agreements may contain provisions on notice periods. If notice periods in the collective agreement differ from the statutory notice periods, the employer and the employee observe the notice periods in the collective agreement.

The amount of notice is dependent on the function of the employee and the length of service.

Severance Pay

Employers should pay severance pay (if applicable) if an employee has at least six months’ service at 96 hours of salary per year of service, increasing to 144 hours per year after five years of service, 192 hours per year after ten years, and 240 hours per year after 15 years.

The severance hourly rate is calculated based on the average wages received during the 52 weeks preceding the termination of the contract.

Probation Period

Probation Period

All employees are subject to a 1-week trial period for any role. The following probation period differs dependent on job position/status, i.e., 15 days for blue-collar workers, 45 days for white-collar workers, and three months for management.

Immigration

Foreigners wishing to work in Morocco must obtain a work permit (attestation de travail) from the National Agency for the Promotion and Employment of Skills (Agence Nationale de Promotion de l’Emploi et des Competences) more commonly known as ANAPEC, before entering the country. The documents required for getting a work permit include:

  • Application forms with the appropriate stamps
  • Passport copies
  • Photographs, passport-size
  • Employment contract copy (legalized by the government office)
  • Copies of degrees and diplomas

The Ministry of Labour and Professional Integration requires all employers seeking to sponsor foreign nationals for employment in Morocco via the online portal Taechir. Upon completing the online application process, the system will generate three copies of E-Work Permit forms which must be printed, stamped, and signed by the foreign national and the authorized signatory of the sponsoring entity. Both signatures must be certified by a notary public or legalized by the respective Moroccan consular post abroad.

Once finalized, the foreigner must submit the original forms and all documentary requirements to the Moroccan Department of Employment for approval.

Once this is complete, the foreigner may enter the country to commence work.

VAT

The Standard rate of VAT in Morocco is 20.00%.