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Morocco, a new oasis of IT talent? Pentalog is betting on it by opening a new agency.

Sophie Lelarge
Sophie Lelarge
Chief Revenue Officer

When you think of Morocco, you might think of the beauty of the Majorelle Garden – the effervescence of the souks – the calm of the riads.

You could also be familiar with its call centers, which took off in the early 2000s – though at the time, outsourcing was in its infancy, and concentrated mostly on low-value projects.

The beauty of Morocco and the wealth of its heritage are still there, but the skills of Moroccans have not stopped evolving and improving. Outsourcing to Morocco is no longer a taboo; it’s a strength for companies looking for speed and innovation.

It is in this oasis of skills that Pentalog has chosen to put down its suitcases to write a new chapter in its story, with its customers and future Moroccan collaborators.

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Morocco, oasis of IT talents

On Europe’s doorstep, Morocco is one of the African countries with the fastest growing community of developers. In 2021, it showed an impressive increase of 6%, against 3.8% for the whole of the African continent (report carried out by Accenture for Google).

With more than 50,000 developers listed in 2021, Morocco ranks 5th among African countries, with the largest developer community.

This illustrates the growth that, given the excellent training available in Morocco, promises to continue its momentum.

Start with the Mohamed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), which has partnered with the Deloitte Morocco Cyber Center to train future developers and accelerate cybersecurity research.

Then there’s Ecole 1337 – a partner institute of the France-based 42 School initiative of private, nonprofit, tuition-free computer science remote schools. The quality of the courses from Ecole 1337 was recognized during an online coding competition organized by CodinGame; with more than 18,200 registrants. Ecole 1337 came in 1st on the African continent, and 5th in the world.

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Morocco’s key IT skills?

Although the Kingdom is only at the beginning of its IT transformation, international companies are both sending aid, and setting up offices – indicators of the skills that predominate among Moroccan developers:

  1. Cloud solutions
    Opening of the first R&D center by Oracle
  2. Artificial Intelligence
    The Euromed school has opened its first AI training center in Fez.
  3. Cybersecurity
    Thales has launched a new IT Operations Security Center.
  4. Android and Google Cloud
    In association with PluralSight and Andela, Google has awarded more than 30,000 African scholarships dedicated to training African developers.
  5. Full-stack, front-end, back-end, Machine Learning, AR/VR, Blockchain
    The startup Holberton, specialized in training for IT professions, views Africa as the most dynamic continent. The company targets 250,000 new learners by 2022, and has announced plans to open a physical campus in Morocco.

A privileged relationship with European computing

While international companies may have their eyes on Moroccan developers, European companies have more than one asset in hand to succeed in their digital projects.

  • Physically close
    We could start by mentioning the simple geographical proximity of Morocco, which highlights several advantages. For example, Moroccan developers share the same working days as their teammates in the UK or France.
  • Time zones
    Time differences from Europe – winter or summer – either do not exist, or in no case amount to more than one hour.
  • Flight times
    If a personal visit becomes necessary, flight times from Europe are a short 3 hours from London or Paris.
  • Languages
    Close historical ties with Europe mean that Moroccan developers are proficient in many of its languages, including English, Spanish and French.

Our mission: we seek to bring companies and developers together around a meaningful project

Is Morocco on the way to becoming the new African Silicon Valley? At Pentalog, we’re pretty sure it is – so sure, in fact, that we have chosen to open our newest agency there.

With our 30 years of experience in outsourcing, we aim to provide companies and developers worldwide with the best tools and working methods, to enable them to carry out projects they can be proud of, and that will have a positive impact on society.

We are delighted to welcome new developers to our teams, developers who will help consolidate our collective strength. This approach has helped to get us into the Top 100 of outsourcing leaders, rewarding our commitment to our customers, our quality processes, and our social and environmental involvement.

Our consultants are at your disposal to answer your questions and provide profiles of Moroccan developers:

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