Jobs in Morocco are plentiful, varied and with plenty of room for career advancement. The country’s largest industries include textiles, construction and pharmaceuticals, which means there is a demand for skilled employees to fill the growing labor market.
If you’re looking to live in a different country where the word “vacation” takes on a whole new meaning, then Morocco may be the place for you.
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The applicant must have finished high school and be at least 23 years old. He or she also needs to be able for work.
This article will provide you with a clear outline of the steps that you need to take in order to secure a position as an employee in Morocco. If there is anything you are unsure about, arm yourself with these tips. If there’s any doubt whatsoever, better search for yourself for more information about the topic.
I. Job Search
A steady increase in the number of job vacancies, an estimated growth in the average salary and a diversification of job sectors are some of the indicators demonstrating the growing demand for online job searching in Morocco. This increase has been felt by thousands of Filipinos that make up one of the largest contingents in seeking jobs abroad. For this reason, we have created a list for Filipinos looking to land their dream jobs through online Moroccan job postings.
These are three websites that will help you find a job in Morocco.
Actually, Naukrigulf.com is an expat website for Moroccans and job seekers from communities all around the globe. It facilitates the whole Job Seach Process for its users by allowing them to search for jobs posted by employers from different parts of the world.
To start searching, follow the steps below.
1. Click the link above to access the website.
2. Scroll down until you see a list of countries under ‘Jobs By Location’. Click ‘+37 More’.
3. Scroll down until you see ‘Morocco’ on the list. Click ‘Morocco’.
4. List of job offers will appear.
5. You can click the job offers to find what’s best for you. Here is a sample of the opened job offer.
There are numerous websites in Morocco that offer job vacancies. Well, at least some of them are real. As a matter of fact, there is this new job-oriented site in Morocco, Bayt .Its tagline is “where Moroccans find jobs & expats find work”. Bayt is a job website specifically made by Moroccans for Moroccans and foreigners who wish to take up jobs here.
Please follow the steps below for easy searching.
1. Click the link above to view the website.
2. In the right search bar, select ‘Morocco’ from the drop-down menu. Hit ‘Search Job’ to proceed.
3. Here are the job offers from Morocco.
Filipinos who want to find out more about the Department of Migrant Workers can easily go to https://dmw.gov.ph, which is the official government website. This is a brand-new website that was made to give accurate and up-to-date information about the Department of Migrant Workers’ programs, services, goals, and job openings.
The website is easy to use because it has a clean interface that is easy to understand. Visitors can quickly find what they want by using the search function or by looking through the different sections.
Start searching for jobs in Ireland by following the steps below.
1. Click the link above to open the website.
2. In the search bar, enter ‘Morocco’.
3. Job offers will appear.
Note: You have to sign up for an account on these websites before or after looking for a job in Morocco if you want to read the job listings and contact the hiring company. Before you apply, make sure you have your CV, cover letter, high school diploma, and birth certificate ready. These must be given to the employer as soon as possible. Up until you get a job, keep applying for jobs. You need to get a work permit after giving the organization or employer any other paperwork they ask for.
II. Getting a Work Permit/Work Visa
The US, EU, Japan, and Australia can enter Morocco visa-free. Foreigners need a work visa to work in Morocco. Foreign workers prefer long-term work visas. According to the reason for entry, this visa has three subtypes.
Morocco Work Visa
This is the most common Moroccan work visa for foreigners. A Morocco work permit is also required.
Morocco Student Visa
International students seeking Moroccan education receive this visa.
Morocco Reunification Visa
Foreigners joining family in the country receive this long-term visa.
Morocco Work Permit Requirements
Foreign workers in Morocco need a work permit. Employers must obtain this work permit for foreign workers. Work permit holders can apply for visas. A work visa for Morocco requires the following documents, which may vary by nationality and occupation:
- Morocco visa form
- Passport copies
- Ministry of Education-certified employment contract Flight tickets
- Country residence proof
- Bank statements showing sufficient funds to stay in the country
- Travel insurance
- Morocco visa fee receipt
- Invitation or recommendation letter from relevant industry (for a business visit)
- Physical health certificate
- Employees must also provide a police certificate from their home country certifying no criminal record.
Application for a Work Visa in Morocco
How to apply for a work visa in Morocco is as follows:
- Make an appointment at the Moroccan embassy or consulate.
- Complete the visa application for Morocco.
- Assemble and submit all required paperwork
- Cover the visa fees
- Wait for the visa to be processed.
- Obtain the visa
Your employee may apply directly to the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation if there is no Moroccan embassy or consulate in the area where they currently reside. At the airport, you can pick up the visa. But first, find out if Moroccan visa applications are handled by another diplomatic mission or external organization.
Morocco Work Visa Processing Time
A work visa for Morocco typically takes two weeks to process. However, the length of time depends on the type of visa. Therefore, employers should begin the process of obtaining a worker’s work permit in advance so that the worker can show it and then immediately apply for a work visa in Morocco.
III. Preparation in Going to Morocco
In preparing to move in Morocco for work, you must have a brief knowledge about your host country. Here is some information about Morocco that you should know.
Citizens: Morocco has Islam as its official state religion, and 99% of the people there are Sunni Muslims. The remaining 1% is Christian, and less than 0.2% are Jewish.
Language: In Morocco, Modern Standard Arabic and Tamazight are the two official languages. However, at least one third of the population is native Berber speakers, and they speak a variety of Berber as their native language.
Weather: Morocco is in the northwest corner of Africa. The Strait of Gibraltar separates it from Europe, and the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, Algeria, and the Western Sahara are its borders. Most expats live near the Atlantic, where the winters are mild and the summers are hot.
Moroccan Culture: Morocco has Berber, Arab, Spanish, and French cultures. Morocco’s daily life revolves around Islam. Most Moroccan cities have a Medina and a new town (villes nouvelles). French colonial towns were built outside the old city walls, leaving the culturally rich medinas untouched. Fès hosts the World Sacred Music Festival in summer. Morocco observes 13 holidays, including Eid al-Fir, Eid al-Aḥā, and the Prophet’s birthday. National holidays include Independence Day, Throne Day, and the king’s birthday.
Social Life: Moroccan social, economic, and political reforms are moderate and peaceful. Though more liberal than other Muslim countries, expats should be aware of several things. Homosexuality and extramarital sex are illegal, and women should wear loose clothing that covers most of their bodies. Patience is needed in Morocco because administrative processes take longer than at home.
Ramadan: The Islamic holy month of Ramadan changes each year. Devout Muslims must pray at sunrise, noon, afternoon, sunset, and nightfall. Each night, a big family feast is eaten, and Eid al-Fitr celebrations last several days at the end of Ramadan. Ramadan slows life, and restaurants close during the day. During Ramadan, non-Muslim expats should not eat or drink in public.
Morrocan Dish: Moroccan food uses cumin in almost every dish. Morocco’s national dish is semolina-based couscous with meat stew. Harira is a hearty lamb soup. B’stillah, pastry-wrapped pigeon, and mechoui, slow-roasted lamb, are two meat dishes. Moroccan cuisine uses tomatoes, peppers, onions, and eggplants. Berber tagine, a rich stew of meat and vegetables, is named after its earthenware pot.
Parties: Conservative Muslims attending Moroccan dinner parties should remove their shoes and bring flowers, sweet pastries, nuts, dates, or figs, but no alcohol. Only the portion in front of them is eaten from a communal bowl or plate. Since the left hand is unclean, eat and drink with the right.
Daily Life: The work week in Morocco runs from Monday to Friday, with prayers and a long break for lunch on Friday.
Money: In March, 10 Moroccan dirhams (MAD) equaled 1 USD. In March 2016, 10 Moroccan dirhams (MAD) equaled 1 USD. Open a convertible dirham or normal dirham bank account. A passport and money are needed to open a convertible account, which accepts only foreign currency.
Accommodation in Morocco: Morocco rents 80-150 square-meter apartments for 7,200 MAD (about 740 USD) per square meter, including utilities. Use the internet and your expat network to find a rental without a commission.
Transportation: Morocco’s international airports include Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport, Rabat-Salé Airport, Fes-Saïss Airport, and Marrakech Menara Airport. Spanish expats can ferry to Morocco. Buses and ONCF trains connect Morocco’s major cities. Only the station sells intercity bus tickets. Morocco has express buses and taxis, with a nine-hour trip between Fes and Marrakech costing 160 MAD. Grand and petit taxis can carry three people in cities. Expats need a Moroccan driver’s license after one year. Rural roads are bad, and flash flooding is expensive.
IV. Arrival in Morocco
If you stay longer than 90 days in Morocco, you’ll need a residence permit (carte de séjour). Your district’s central police station’s Bureau des Étrangers can issue this permit. After moving to Morocco, apply as soon as possible because Moroccan bureaucracy is slow and stressful.
You must get a passport stamp when entering Morocco. To apply for a residence permit, you’ll need your entry stamp and the following:
- Two completed applications (available at the immigration office)
- 10 (with your face taking up three-quarters of the photo)
- Work permit— see working in Morocco for details.
- A previous home country criminal record check (which can take up to 40 days to process)
- A Moroccan bank statement showing your local balance
- A local doctor’s certificate that you’re disease-free
Legalize and duplicate these documents at your local district office (Muqata’a). After applying, you will receive a receipt and be told when to pick up your temporary residence permit. The latter covers your first three months in Morocco. Your official one will be ready.
To renew a residence permit, you need a birth certificate, a rental agreement, a passport, a medical certificate, and a check of your criminal record. Families must apply for residency and work permits on their own. Visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find out more.
On 7 February 2022, the Moroccan government reopened commercial flights, and passengers must download, print, and sign a passenger health form before arrival. Random rapid antigen tests and PCR tests may be required for randomly selected passengers after 48 hours of arrival.
Positive COVID-19 cases will be isolated at home and hospitalized. FCDO Travel Advice provides updated travel and transit advice for third-country transit travelers. British nationals in Morocco needing consular assistance should call the British Embassy.
British tourists can enter Morocco visa-free for three months.
Stamp your passport upon entry. Tourists without an entry stamp have had trouble leaving the country.
Your passport must be valid for your Morocco stay. The Moroccan Consulate General in London recommends a passport valid for at least three months on your date of entry to Morocco. Check with the Moroccan authorities and your travel provider before traveling if your passport does not meet this requirement.
Check your passport before leaving. Travelers with damaged passports were denied entry.
Moroccan citizens living in the UK who visit Morocco must show proof of their UK immigration status to return to the UK. This may be a UK biometric residence permit card or entry clearance.
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Frequently Asked Questions
This section will answer frequently asked questions about job searching in Morocco for Filipinos.
1. What is the basic salary in Morocco?
Moroccans earn 106,853 MAD annually. At February 2022 exchange rates, this is USD 11,339.24 per year. This is lower than the average American salary of USD 56,310 and several European incomes. Moroccan workers average 51.37 MAD per hour.
2. Can a foreigner get a job in Morocco?
Foreign workers in Morocco need a work permit. Foreign workers’ work permits are the employer’s responsibility. Work permits allow visa applications.
3. Do you pay income tax in Morocco?
Morocco residents pay a global income tax. Only Moroccan-sourced income is taxed for non-Moroccans.
4. What is the way of life in Morocco?
Moroccans are welcoming and religious. They are conservative and follow their culture. During Ramadan, Moroccans cannot kiss, eat, or wear above-knee garments.
5. Is English widely spoken in Morocco?
English is growing in Morocco, especially in larger cities. Museums, tourism companies, mid-range and luxury hotels, and tourist eateries use English-speaking staff.
A job opening in another country seems exciting but it could be very risky. You have to keep in touch with the agency hired by your company to know more about the job opening and the time of processing. If you are lucky enough, you would get a chance to visit for an interview. Be ready for any possible situation. The most important thing is to go with a positive attitude, be patient and courageous, because you are going to meet many new people and experiencing a new culture, this is part of the adventure.
So, there you have it! I hope that with our job search process template, checklist, and advice in this post, you will be able to find a job in Morocco relatively quickly!