Core Facts

  • Population:  35M
  • GDP:  USD 101 billion
  • GDP per head:  USD 3,240
  • Workforce:  11M
  • Unemployment (2017):  10.7%


Moroccan labour law is governed by the Moroccan Labour Code of 2003 together with the various decrees that have since been issued under it. The code was designed to modernise Moroccan labour relations making them more flexible and therefore making Moroccan industry more attractive to outside investors and at the same time bring it more into line with international norms.

Contracts can be oral or written but fixed term contracts need to be in writing or they will be treated as indefinite. Restrictions apply to fixed term contracts which can only be used in certain circumstances.

Businesses that employ more than 10 permanent employees must allow the election of an employee delegate while those employing more than 30 must create an Employee Governance Committee.

International employment agencies play a large role in the Moroccan labour market.