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Working in Mexico

Your bags are packed, and you may already be dreaming of mixing cocktails in Cancún or setting up your own office in Mexico City. However, before you start working in Mexico as an expat, you need to do your homework: Learn more about local labor laws, self-employment, and job-hunting in our Expat Guide!
Lucrative job opportunities can be found in the petroleum and vehicle industries.
  • The leading economic sectors offer work opportunities, but teaching a language could also present a good job opportunity.
  • There are different places where you can start the job search, such as recruitment agencies or online job portals. Networking is also always a good option.
  • If you want to start your own business, it is important to pay attention to all the regulations by taking legal advice.
  • The taxation system is rather complicated, including both businesses and individuals. When it comes to wages and the amount of annual leave, they both tend to be quite low.


Working in Mexico brings with it many challenges, first among them the actual job search. In the last quarter of 2015, Mexico had an unemployment rate of 4.2%, and unskilled workers in particular have a hard time finding jobs. However, there is no reason for you to give up on your dream. Certain professions are on the rise, and skilled expat professionals are always welcome.

While your dream of working in Mexico may include making a living near white beaches, palm trees, and colorful cocktails, you should carefully consider your options before deciding to open a business in an already saturated market. It may be tempting for self-made expats to open a beach bar, a restaurant, or a B&B in Mexico, but keeping up with the competition can be quite a challenge.

The Leading Sectors

People interested in investing or working in Mexico might find what they are looking for in the major industries, such as tobacco, chemicals, food and beverages, iron and steel, mining, textiles, and tourism.

The logistics and transportation sectors as well as infrastructure and the service industry are going through major growth periods at the moment. So, if Mexico’s major industries are of no interest to you, looking into these might be a good idea.

A Good Option: Teaching Language in Mexico

Teaching makes a lot of sense if you are not yet fluent in Spanish. You can find such positions at preparatorias (high schools), universities, and language schools. Alternatively, you can even do some private tutoring. Job listings can easily be found online, for example on Teachers Latin America.

Especially Mexico City and Guadalajara are the places to go for prospective language teachers planning on working in Mexico. Positions at universities and high schools usually open up some time in advance of a new term. Ask for an interview appointment with the director of the school or the language department. Keep in mind, however, that academic teaching jobs require qualifications beyond being a native speaker.

The Right Places for the Job Search

While working as a teacher can be a good springboard for working in Mexico, your ideal professional experience may, however, involve more than teaching English at a local language school. If this is the case for you, be prepared to put a lot of effort into your job search. Begin by registering with your chamber of commerce, your embassy, or even different social clubs to learn more about Mexico’s business world

Many Mexican businesses prefer using recruitment agencies and contractors to find new employees intent on working in Mexico. If you bring lots of professional experience to the table and are looking for a high-salary position, utilizing an agency or a headhunter could be a wise decision.

There are many global recruitment agencies to help you find a job at the higher end of the job market. Most, if not all, will ask for considerable fees, but if you have high expectations, the price is most likely worth paying to be able to start working in Mexico.

Global recruitment agencies in Mexico include:

Online-based recruitment agencies operating in Mexico:

Networking, Newspapers, and Online Job Portals

Alternatively, other InterNations members and expats working in Mexico may be able to help you get in touch with companies offering open positions. Don’t hesitate to use your network. You can also look through online job boards and employment homepages. Jobsin Mexico, for example, advertises jobs in English. Your home country’s chamber of commerce may even have its own employment agency, giving you the option to search for vacancies and post notices online.

Another option that could work is the classic approach to the job search. Local newspapers usually have classified sections with job ads, and you should look at their respective websites, too, as you may be able to find more job ads online. El Economista, El Universal, and El Gazette are among the most well-known. Scouring internet classifieds such as Craigslist may also yield a few job ads, especially for local part-time positions, which could be a way to start working in Mexico.


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Francois Bertrand

"The last InterNations event was just great: I had some very nice chats with fellow expats (even Canadians like me) in Mexico City. "

Barbara Melington

"With InterNations, we had the chance to find a good bi-lingual school for our children in Mexico. They are gonna grow up as true 'third-culture kids'! "

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