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Mexico - Finding Employment

Mexico has a mix of vintage as well as newer industries with a lot of opportunities for expatriates. The major industries in Mexico that generate the most revenue are tourism, oil, tobacco, automobile manufacturing, mining, textiles, and tourism. Certain sectors within these particular industries are going through an expansion process where skilled workers are being hired.

According to recent studies, the rate of unemployment in Mexico was 4.7% in 2014. Currently, there are a lot of unskilled workers who are finding it difficult to get jobs. There is a higher demand for skilled workers, however this depends on the region and the industry you want to get into. The majority of the industries are spread in and around the capital of the country, Mexico City.

There are a large number of MNCs operating out of Mexico, with Queretaro, Mexico City, and Monterrey as the prominent locations where these companies are based. Employees of such companies who wish to live and work in Mexico can simply enquire within their company about the possibility of relocation. A lot of companies in Mexico are keen to hire English-speaking expats; however it is important that you know Spanish, the local language, to make your way with the locals.

English is widely spoken in the business world in Mexico, making it imperative for the locals to learn the language. This has created the need for a number of English teaching jobs in Mexico. Teaching becomes a convenient choice of employment for expats who are not fluent with Spanish. Expats have the option of teaching full-time by working in a school or else working part-time by private tutoring. There are also options to learn Spanish while you teach. It is important to note that a Bachelor’s degree is required for most of these teaching jobs, and having a CELTA or TEFL certificate is an added advantage.

Instead of working for a company, expats also have the option of working on the coast and starting up a small business in the tourism sector, such as a beachside bar / shack or restaurant. There are also opportunities to open a consultancy firm and offer services mainly in IT-related fields.

There are a lot of churches and social organizations that organize projects in Mexico, where foreigners come and help the local people by sharing their knowledge and experience. In such cases, the work permit is normally taken care of by the organizations that are sending the workers. Although this kind of work is sometimes unpaid, it still allows foreigners to get a permit to work in Mexico for up to six months.

Mexico has a labor law which allows work for a maximum of 48 hours per week. Those who are looking to start their own businesses need to be aware of this and of other labor laws. A more detailed and thorough look at the local labor laws of Mexico can be found here.

The typical way to search for work in Mexico is through a job portal. There are numerous job portals that provide options for expats to look for jobs based on specific parameters such as the required designation and the region. Here are a few popular and employment websites in Mexico:


OCC Mundial


Accion Trabajo


When applying for a job, it is advisable to attach a cover letter along with the CV. Sometimes, a separate application form may also be submitted. The Mexican government also has an ‘employment centre’ segment on their official website, which allows you to upload your resume and be notified about specific job opportunities.

Instituto Nacional de Migracion (INM)
The National Institute of Migration, a government body that oversees migration within the country
Tel: (55) 5387-2400
Email: reclutamientoyseleccion@inami.gob.mx

When applying for a job in Mexico, be aware of the different work permits required to work in the country, which depend on factors such as the length and purpose of the stay. Working without a permit in Mexico is a serious offence, for which the offender can be given a term in prison and then deported.

There are a large number of jobs given to expats on a temporary basis. Such contracts could vary from six months to a period of two years. Most of these temporary jobs lie in the education and training sector, where trainers or teachers are hired to train a particular group of students.

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