How to hire remote employees in

Morocco

In the next few minutes, we’ll clear up all your questions about hiring remotely in Morocco: You’ll learn how you can hire there without setting up your own physical entity, spending thousands of dollars in fees, or wading into months of legal red tape. Shall we?

Country snapshot

CURRENCY
Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
EMPLOYER TAXES
21.09%
PAYROLL FREQUENCY
Monthly
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
Arabic

What to know before you hire in 

Morocco

Hiring in Morocco is notoriously difficult—but not when you know what you’re doing. If you want to hire remote talent in Morocco, you have two options: Hire people as contractors, or hire them as employees.

If you want to successfully hire in 

Morocco

, you have two options:

Hire talent as contractors

Laws about hiring contractors are significantly more simple in 

Morocco

. Onboarding talent takes days, not weeks or months. Both you, the company, and your talent have more flexibility. And in many cases, since you’re remote, the talent you’re hiring is better classified as a contractor, anyway. Of course, it’s not possible in every case, but it’s what we built Panther for.

Hire talent as employees

This is the long route. You can either establish a physical presence with an entity and register as an employer, or you can use an Employer-of-Record (EOR) solution. Odds are, you’ll find using an EOR to be the easier route. Still, using an EOR in 

Morocco

 is expensive—it can often be $500 per month per employee—and sometimes prone to lengthy onboarding times.

Why hire independent contractors in 

Morocco

Hiring contractors is normally the easier, faster, more flexible choice—but don’t just take it from us. Below are the specific benefits and drawbacks to hiring contractors in 

Morocco

.

It’s the fastest way to hire globally

Hiring employees takes months, at the minimum. When you hire with Panther’s locally-generated contracts, it’s a matter of days or weeks. This means you can hire the best talent, fast, without losing them to a hellish procession of paperwork.

It’s a lot cheaper

It costs just $0 to sign up for Panther, then $49 per month to hire your contractors with Panther. If you hired employees manually (or did contracting on your own), you’d likely be on the hook for thousands of dollars each month. Setting up an entity alone can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

It’s more flexible for you & your team

Hiring contractors in 

Morocco

 means you’re generally not on the hook for things like health insurance and paid time off. This makes hiring flexible for you, and it gives your talent more options.

It’s less risky than hiring employees

Hiring employees is a bigger commitment, and generally puts you at a bigger risk for legal fees. When you hire contractors overseas, your biggest risk is misclassification—but even then, misclassification penalties are often minimal and just require you to pay off any compensation that the person would have been owed as an employee.

Some people want to be employees

The contractor life isn’t for everyone—some people want the security that being an employee often appears to provide. Though it’s rare, this does happen, and it’s one disadvantage of manage an all-contractor team.

You might not have as much control over your talent

Most countries’ contractor-employer relationship laws stipulate that the employer can’t set fixed working hours, among other things. These laws give contractors more freedom over how and when they do their work than an employee would have. In reality, however, most contractors are willing & able to work on the company’s schedule—it’s a matter of setting expectations beforehand.

How can I pay people in 

Morocco

?

If you’re hiring contractors in 

Morocco

, you can pay them with Panther in a single click. You won’t need to worry about complicated wire transfers, fees, or currency conversions. We’ll take care of it all. Just make a click and your contractor will get paid in their currency of choice. This is a valuable bonus for talent in countries where the local currency is particularly weak—most people appreciate the ability to receive their payment in stronger currencies.

Hiring and paying your team in 

Morocco

Hire and pay with Panther

Pay everyone with a single click
Get great currency conversion rates
Pay $0 in platform fees
Run payroll in seconds
Let Panther automatically create & store invoices
Let Panther automatically write locally-compliant contracts
Let Panther automatically file local tax documents

Hire and pay without Panther

Pay all your contractors individually
Do all currency conversions yourself
Shoulder the burden of platform fees
Spend hours each month making payments
Manually track & store invoices
Manually write & sign contracts
Manually file relevant tax documents

Let Panther save you from hiring headaches.

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If you want to hire employees in 

Morocco

If you’ve read up until this point, you’ll know that it’s easier, cheaper, and more flexible to hire contractors in Morocco than employees. Still, there are valid reasons why you might want to hire employees instead. The content below is for you—we’ll cover employer taxes and obligations in Morocco.

Taxes in 

Morocco

Employer tax

Family Benefits

Short Term Social Benefits

Long Term Social Benefits

Health Insurance

Professional Training Tax

* Social Solidarity (only for companies with annual net profits of 5 million to 40 million MAD)

** Social Solidarity (only for companies with annual net profits over 40 million MAD)

Individual tax

Leave

Paid Time Off (PTO)

PTO is calculated by the:

  • After six months of continuous service, an employee begins earning 1.5 days of leave per month giving employees 18 days of annual leave.
  • The duration of paid annual leave is increased by one and a half days every 5 years until a maximum of 30 days annual leave is reached.

Public Holidays

There are 12 public holidays.

Sick Days

The duration of sick leave entitlement provided to workers is dependent on how long they have been employed by their employer:

  • Employees are entitled to 4 days or 8 half days of paid sick leave annually.
  •  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.
  • An employer may have an employee resign if they miss more than 180 consecutive days during a period of one year due to sickness.

Maternity Leave

Pregnant employees receive 14 weeks of maternity leave, 7 of which must be used after birth.

Paternity Leave

Fathers receive 3 days of leave within the first month of the child’s birth.

Parental Leave

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

Other Leave

Leave for Circumcision: 2 days

Leave for surgery on the spouse or dependent child: 2 days

Marriage Leave

The employee: 4 days

child of the employee or of a child from a previous marriage of the employee’s spouse: 2 days

Bereavement Leave

Spouse, of a child, of a small child, of an ascendant of the employee or of a child from a previous marriage of the employee’s spouse: 3 days

Brother, a sister of the employee, a brother or sister of the employee’s spouse or an ascendant of the spouse: 2 days

Termination

Termination Process

In order to terminate an employee, an employer must have sufficient reasons and provide notice.

Notice Period

The notice period in Morocco is:

For executives and similar positions:

  • Less than 1 year – 1 month
  • 1 year to 5 years – 2 months
  • More than 5 years – 3 months

For employees:

  • Less than 1 year – 8 days
  • 1 year to 5 years – 1 month
  • More than 5 years – 2 months

Severance Pay

The employee in the contract is entitled to compensation in the event of dismissal after 6 months of work in the same company.

The amount of the termination indemnity for each year or fraction of a year of actual work is equal to:

  • 96 hours of salary for the first five years
  • 144 hours of salary from 6 to 10 years
  • 192 hours of salary from 11 to 15 years240 hours of salary for the period exceeding 15 years.

The termination indemnity is calculated on the basis of the average wages received during the fifty-two weeks preceding the termination of the contract.

Probation Period

All employment begins with a 1-week trial period.

Probation periods are set at:

  • 3 months for executives and the like
  • 1.5 months  for employees
  • The trial period can be renewed once.

The trial period with regard to fixed-term contracts may not exceed:

  • 1 day per working week within the limit of 2 weeks if the contract is less than six months
  • 1 month for a contract lasting more than 6 months.

Employee requirements in 

Morocco

Working Hours

Working hours for employees shall not exceed 8 hours a day or 44 hours a week.

Overtime

For additional hours between 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. employees will receive 125% their normal rate, 150% their normal rate from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and 150%-200% their normal rate for work done on one of the weekly holidays.

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