Finding a job and working in Morocco

Updated 2020-05-19 14:57

There are several sectors that you might consider for job opportunities in Morocco, and they vary by city. Remember that foreigners cannot easily get positions that could be filled by Moroccans, so consider positions where you might have specialised training or language skills not commonly found in Morocco. This article will give you information on what kinds of jobs are available in each city.

Jobs in Casablanca

Casablanca's labour market is essentially based on the maritime sector and the export industry. It is also easy to find a job in the cement industry and in the production and distribution fields. Moreover, a large number of multinational, national, and international companies have set up in the area over the past few years.

The tourism sector is also an important part of the labour market. You can easily be hired in hotels, in restaurants, as well as in the trade sector. The information and communication technologies field has also really taken off in this Moroccan city.

Another sector that is always open to expats is education. Many Moroccan, French, American, and other international schools look for native speakers to fill teaching positions each year. Language centres also hire native speakers of English, French, German and Spanish. These positions are often uniquely open to expats.

You can also expect to find a job easily in Casablanca in marketing, media production and as of recently, call centres, technology and outsourcing companies. Sidi Maarouf and the incubator Casa Near Shore are the most vibrant business hubs in the country nowadays, and many expats have successfully secured jobs in these areas.

Jobs in Rabat

The city of Rabat hosts not only local and regional authorities, but also embassies, international organisations, and non-governmental organisations. There are also new companies specialised in different sectors, including information technology and communications, industry, trade, finance and engineering. It is also possible to find a job in the fields of construction, education, and health.

Rabat is also a city with many jobs in education in both schools and language centres. As the administrative capital of Morocco, there are many opportunities in NGOs and charities. These organisations often seek foreigners who might have specialised qualifications, language skills, or connections to international organisations.

Jobs in Agadir

In Agadir, you might consider the fields of hospitality, information and communication technologies, transportation, logistics, distribution, and advertising. It is also possible to find a job in the fields of construction, industrial subcontracting, engineering, and accounting. The services sector has been growing in recent years thanks to the measures implemented by the Moroccan government to facilitate business development in the region.

Given the development of hotel infrastructure in Agadir, tourism has become one of the sectors with the highest rate of direct and indirect job offers.

Jobs in Tangier

The city of Tangier is the second economic centre of Morocco after Casablanca. There is a large concentration of industrial activities, particularly in the fields of textiles, chemical and metallurgical products, and in the mechanical and shipping sectors, and as of recently automobile manufacturing. The port area and the free zone are experiencing a high rate of daily activities.

Tangier is also one of the largest resorts in the country, with its modern hotel infrastructure and its various tourist, commercial, and craft activities. You can easily find a job matching your profile in one of these areas. Many jobs have also been created in the fields of transport, construction, and agriculture.

Job hunting in Morocco

This process is not very nerve-wracking in Morocco, depending on the city where you live. For example, in Casablanca, you have more chances as there are more companies and employment opportunities. However, in smaller cities like Rabat or Tangier, there are fewer opportunities, but you can almost be certain as there is significantly less competition. The first step is to register at the local commissioner's office and the ANAPEC to begin this process. Afterwards, you create your CV in French and the language used in the company process (this differs depending on the market targeted by the company. It's usually French and English in Casablanca, Spanish in Tangier.) and a cover a letter (although most companies don't require it). Much of the job-hunting process has now been dematerialised in Morocco so you'd have to apply online. However, some companies would require that you present your CV in person.

The CV creation is quite simple. You can find many free Google docs or Office templates as well as CV creation online apps. Also, before sending your job application, consider getting a free CV review at TopCV.

To look for jobs in Morocco, rely on the internet. A good idea to use LinkedIn and create an account on Indeed Morocco, as it aggregates employment ads from different local websites. In some instances, it's better to visit the company websites to look for vacancies. Check websites like Glassdoor and JobNet Africa, which are specialised in job ads for expatriates. Don't hesitate to ask for assistance from the office of your local community or cultural centres.

After the presentation of your CV, you may be asked to sit for a job interview immediately or to report for a later date. Be prepared to sit for a two-interviews process before validation, and usually a written examination. Job interviews shouldn't take more than 30 minutes, but be always prepared for more, as each company has its own procedure.

You will be presented with your contract negotiating your salary and bonuses, during the training or before, as well as a list of documents to present to your employer (background check, filled form of social security, medical certificate, bank account number, etc.)

You will have to work for 3 to 6 months as a probation period before validation, after which you will be either or let go (depending on your performance), after which you can benefit from the medical insurance and social security.

Promising fields for expatriates in Morocco

Since the main restriction for expatriates seeking to work in Morocco is the fact that if the required expertise for a certain position can be found in Morocco, it won't be held by an expatriate. Your best bet is to look for a middle-level management position to an executive position. Mostly in fields that are only recently beginning to develop the country, such as telecommunication, IT, computer science and tech in general (keep in mind that if you possess the adequate academic pre-requisites, you can find a teaching position even in higher education in these fields). You can also find a job in engineering, architecture, medicine, advertising and media. Other scientific fields are a good bet, but you won't find many job opportunities besides teaching.

 Useful links:

Jobnet Africa
Indeed Morocco

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