“Is it easy to find a job in Morocco?” – that’s one of the most frequently asked questions I get in your messages. You, my Readers, inspired me to write this article. I will explain you what’s easy and what’s not easy about getting a job in Morocco as a foreigner.
YES, IT’S EASY TO GET HIRED IN MOROCCO!
I’ll take myself as an example. I speak Polish, English and French. I always knew that English was wanted in Morocco and European English teachers could find a job easily. Correct. I worked as a teacher is several schools and never complained about money. On the other hand, I was positively surprised when I found some offers for… Poles. All in all, since I came here in September 2013, I was jobless only for a month. As I am wanderer, I always took some weeks off between jobs and devoted this time for travels. I found interesting positions in many different fields. Not all of them were well paid (some of the first ones were paid as low as 350 EUR a month!) … But well, you have to start with something, right? Seek and you will find!
NOW THINGS ARE GETTING COMPLICATED WITH FINDING WORK…
I know a lot of Asians and Europeans who came here because of a contract. Their companies sent them on a mission to Morocco, which is the simplest way to get here legally and earn good money (salary is EUR or USD, cost of living in MAD). Not everybody is so lucky though! Most of people who send me messages and ask about working here, have no idea what they want to do and have no chances of being sent on a mission by a company from their country of origin.
So how to get employed if you come here on a tourist visa? Unfortunately not many Moroccan companies are willing to help employees to get a work permit(bigger ones do though!). It is a long (looong…) process, lots of stress, stamps, signatures, time, and money! If you want to get a contract, it is better to find a niche work (to prove that there is no Moroccan who can do this job, ie. you speak Bulgarian, Chinese or whatever, anything to prove your qualifications are impossible to find in Morocco). Alternatively, and that’s what many foreigners do, is to open your own company so you can work with whoever you want to. How to open your own entreprise? I wrote about it here.
BUT BEAR IN MIND THAT…
…in Morocco things rarely go as you expect them to go, so always be ready for suprises. When things get worse, just try to talk to different people and ask about their experiences. Each case is unique and there is always a solution. Morocco is a country of endless opportunities, you just need to know how to find them!
…if you speak niche languages (Asian languages, Slavic, Skandinavian languages), you are on the winning position. Morocco is a very fast developing country. Asian, Eastern European and Skandinavian countries trade with Morocco, thus, speakers of those languages are needed, yet not easy to find. Once you find an opportunity, you can be sure there are not many candidates who will meet the requirements and you can set your rules and the company will probably accept them.
…for the best tourism opportunities you should go to Agadir or Marrakesh. If you are more into art and culture, try Essaouira or Rabat. For business, work in corporations and international companies, I suggest Casablanca. When it comes to language teaching, you can try to contact particular councils and centres by email prior to moving to Morocco.
…last, but not least, if you speak good French, your chances of getting hired increase amazingly!
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