The report is based on the assessment of 2,169 Moroccan households.
Rabat – Morocco’s High Commission for Planning (HCP) declared in a comparison of the lockdown and pre-lockdown period that the average monthly income of employed individuals has halved.
The statistic came as part of HCP’s report on the repercussions of COVID-19 on the socioeconomic situation of Moroccan Households.
In rural areas of Morocco, the monthly income decreased by an average of 62%. The figure is 46% in urban areas. In terms of gender, it decreased by an average of 52% for men and of 42% for women.
HCP revealed that income declined by an average of 74% for skilled artisans and other skilled workers in the handicraft sector.
Monthly income also declined by an average of 65% among agricultural workers in Morocco, 40% among employees, and 32% among mid-level managers.
The average decrease was 24% among senior managers, 70% for independent workers and employers, and 44% among formal sector employees.
For other sectors, the decrease came to 68% among construction workers, 55% for industrial workers, and 39% for those in the service industry.
Beyond monthly income: Public aid in Morocco
HCP revealed that one out of four working-age individuals have benefited from public aid. This includes 30% who solicited it either from the government or their employer.
“Three-quarters of them (73%), representing 22.4% of the working-age population, or 6 million people, benefited from this support,” stated the report.
In addition, nine people out of 10 (87%) who received aid have benefited from a stipend within the RAMED and the TADAMOUN COVID programs.
This translates to 5.2 million people, following the loss or suspension of their jobs in the informal sector.
Meanwhile, 12% (740,000 people) who received aid benefited from stipends from the National Social Security Fund (CNSS). Approximately 1% benefited from aid from their employers.
In detail, HCP’s report shows that 60% of working-age Moroccans who operate within the sector of construction benefited from aid, as well as 51% of those in trade and 43% of those in industry.
The public aid granted to private sector individuals who stopped their work was able to compensate for 35% of their lost income.
Outlook on resuming work
“More than three-quarters of the self-employed / employers on leave plan to resume their activities,” declared HCP in its report.
Over eight out of 10 self-employed workers and employers (78%) are planning to resume activity. Approximately 25.5% envision doing so with no difficulty, and 52.5% with difficulty.
“The main constraints on the resumption of the activity of the self-employed / employers are: lack of customers (51%) and lack of financial means (29%).”
The level of difficulty in resuming work varies depending on the sector of activity. Primary obstacles are the lack of consumers and the lack of financial means.