Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- The Moroccan government is set to increase the minimum wage to 1500 Dhs, currently standing at 1000 Dhs.
The increase will occur in three stages according to Abdelhak Al Arabi, one of the advisers of Morocco’s head of the government.
“An initial 200 Dhs increase will take place starting from the first of the upcoming October,” Al Arabi said.
“The second increase will occur on the first of January 2017, making the total minimum wage stand at 1350Dhs,” Al Arabi added.
“And then, it will finally stand at 1500 Dhs on the first of January 2018,” Al Arabi stressed.
The PJD party, leading the current government coalition, had promised to increase the minimum wage to 3000 DHs in 2011.
In 2014, the government even announced an increase of the minimum wage to 3000 Dhs, but was soon forced to abandon its plan after receiving staunch critics from Morocco’s Confederation of Enterprises (well-known under its French acrynym CGEM), among other notorious Moroccan enterprises federations. Back-then, they stressed that such an increase in the minimum wage can be fatal to Morocco’s middle and small enterprises, including battering down Morocco’s competitiveness, among others.
The Moroccan Times.