The hourly minimum wage in the Moroccan textile and apparel sector edged up in December as part of the final instalment of a rise set out 18 months earlier.

According to AMITH, the Association of Moroccan Textile and Apparel Manufacturers, the basic hourly rate rose to MAD12.24 (US$1.49) from 1 December, from MAD11.97. Including benefits, a worker can expect to earn MAD15.13 an hour.

The country's minimum wage has risen in five increments since July 2011, when it was set at MAD10.91 (MAD13.48 including benefits).

The monthly wage for a Moroccan textile/garment operative working 191 hours is now MAD2,889 (EUR257 or US$327).