Work in Mexico


Foreigners seeking jobs perspectives are most welcome in Mexico. But how to proceed to find a job in this North American country? Find out in this article.

Moving to a foreign country involves a different lifestyle and new opportunities. It also means that you will probably have to find a job to earn your living there. Mexico can offer what you are looking for, from a pleasant lifestyle in a calm and peaceful environment to a well-paid job inside a developed economy and a dynamic labor market. In fact, this South American country has proved its stand over the years through its modernism and economic resilience despite the world economic crisis. Thus, finding a job there should not be difficult, provided you have the required qualifications and skills.

 Good to know:

Mexico's unemployment rate stood at 4,8% only as a January 2014. This not only demonstrates a robust economy but also its openness towards foreign expertise.

Labor market

Mexico proves to be a real job mine with a constant decrease in its unemployment rate. As regards expatriates, they are likely to be hired in various sectors such as hospitality and catering, financial services, contact centers, large scale distribution, engineering, as well as chemical and automotive industries.

Moreover, mastering foreign languages such as English and French can open the doors to the teaching field. In fact, many foreign language teaching jobs are available in different Mexican cities, whether in schools, colleges, universities or other higher studies institutes. You might as well be hired in call centers.

Work conditions

Mexican workers are entitled to a maximum of 48 working hours per week, that is a maximum of 8 working hours per day.

The average monthly salary is fixed at 5,660 pesos, that is some US$ 430. But the minimum salary generally varies from one region to another, between 52,50 and 49,50 pesos.

Employers are required to make a social contribution at a rate of 2% to the Social Security fund while the worker's contribution amounts to 10,5%.

There are different types of employment contracts: short term contracts in the case of a specific mission, long term contracts or indefinite duration contracts referring to permanent employment.

Unionization rate in Mexico stands at 30%, but their power is quite restricted.

Find a job

There are different ways to find a job in Mexico, but you first have to decide what kind of job you would prefer to perform. Young professionals who are between 18 and 28 years old may choose the International Corporate Volunteer program which will allow acquiring professional experience in the country. You can also seek the assistance of the Chamber of Commerce in your home country before proceeding. You can then apply for an appropriate visa.

During your job search, you can check out job websites and classified ads in local newspapers. You can also register with a recruitment agency or on professional networks on the internet.

 Useful links:

Mexico official job portal
Opcion empleo
Red Trabajar
OCC Mundial

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