Rabat – Maroc Telecom (IAM), Attijariwafa Bank, OCP, Royal Air Maroc (RAM), and the Moroccan Deposit and Management Fund (CDG) are the top favorite employers of Moroccan graduates from prestigious French schools.
With their promising and well-paid qualifications, the Moroccan graduates from major engineering and business schools in France tend to be quite choosy about pursuing their careers within the national and multinational companies of the kingdom.
According to a study conducted by the recruitment firm Careers in Morocco, these students show a distinct fascination for 20 highly-acclaimed companies. In its 2017 report, the firm shows that the OCP Group is in the top 20 favorite companies of Moroccan students and graduates from the Grandes Ecoles of France.
The study, based on data collected from 500 students from France’s 12 best engineering and business institutions, notes that the world’s phosphates leader is closely followed by Royal Air Maroc.
The groups CDG, Maroc Telecom, and Attijariwafa Bank respectively follow in third, fourth, and fifth positions after the national carrier, revealed the survey, which included the opinions of the students from Polytechnique Paris, Centrale Paris, Mines, Ecole des Ponts, Arts et Métiers, Telecom Paristech, Supélec, INSA Lyon, HEC, ESSEC, ESCP, and EM Lyon.
According to the results of the study, several multinationals are also on the list such as Orange Morocco, the audit firm EY, Nestlé, P&G, and Coca Cola Morocco.
The study also revealed that the consulting, banking and finance, and the new technologies sectors are widely acclaimed by the graduates. Among the top sought afters companies in these sectors, “we find several actors such as the SNI, Attijari Group, Crédit Agricole of Morocco but also other players in new technologies like IBM Morocco,” explained the firm.
Careers in Morocco also noted the presence of several groups in its list of winners, such as the Akwa Group and the CDG Group among the preferred employers.
According to the firm, the OCP, Maroc Telecom, and CDG groups have made an impressive breakthrough and are among the top three preferred employers. While Royal Air Maroc, followed by Procter and the Attijariwafa bank group, remain undeniable in the profiles resulting from commercial training.
The firm also noted that multinationals have a strong power of seduction on graduates since 52 percent of the surveyed students seek opportunities to work from them. Careers of Morocco also added that 13 percent of graduates wish to work in the public sector, which “constitutes an interesting rate in the context of the change that Morocco is experiencing especially in the civil service,” added the firm.
Start-ups, and especially companies operating in new technologies, are increasingly attracting graduates in search of meaning, challenges and responsibilities in Morocco. According to the firm, “these human-sized businesses, with strong growth and entrepreneurial dynamism, have agility that large corporations do not have; they will soon be a powerful pool of talent.”
In addition, the students have judged several multinationals like Dell Morocco, IBM, PWC, P&G, and Orange Morocco to be particularly attractive for the development of skills during their career.
The opinions of the students on employers with attractive products are just as interesting. “We are seeing the presence of multinationals such as Danone, IAM, Bayer, Renault and Nestlé. These companies have very strong and attractive brands, which are starting to invest seriously in their employer brand. The combination of both aspects will give them a major advantage in recruiting the best candidates,” the firm said.
It should be noted that the high salaries, the prospects of evolution and the interest of the missions and the responsibilities, are among the most important attractiveness criteria encouraging the graduates to choose their favorite employers in Morocco.
If the interest of a position goes through an opportunity to return to Morocco, it emerges from the study that the students are uncompromising in terms of wages and working conditions.
Thus more than 41 percent demand wages exceeding MAD 30,000 per month. “The work/life balance remains the dominant criterion for the students, all sectors combined, an even more pronounced trend for engineers,” concludes the study.