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Mexico Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Mexico


Mexico City


Mexican Peso (MXN)


Spanish, Nahuatl

Payroll Frequency

Bi-weekly and monthly

GDP per Capita


Employer Tax

35.1% - 43.73%

Talent Overview

Major economic sectors in Mexico are services, agriculture, manufacturing, commerce, mining, and energy production. Mexico houses the highest number of Spanish speakers in the world, and it is the 10th most populous country in the world.

Major economic hubs:

Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey

Skills in demand:

Automotive-related skills, Aviation-related jobs, Project Automation, Data Analyst, AI & Machine Learning, Digital Marketing & Strategy

Mexico Map

Local Universities

The top local universities in Mexico are as follows:

Uni1 3

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


Local: 1

World : 44

Uni2 14

Tecnológico de Monterrey (Monterrey Institute of Technology)


Local: 2

World : 274

Uni3 3

Instituto Politécnico Nacional (National Polytechnic Institute)


Local: 3

World : 280

Uni4 11

Universidad de Guadalajara (University of Guadalajara)


Local: 4

World : 331

Uni5 10

Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (Autonomous University of Nuevo León)


Local: 5

World : 542

Salary Data

A few jobs in Mexico and their salary ranges are as follows:

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (MXN) Average Monthly Salary (USD)
Engineer 28,200 MXN 1,663 USD
Software Developer 30,600 MXN 1,804 USD
Data Analyst 31,800 MXN 1,875 USD
UX Designer 22,600 MXN 1,333 USD
Project Manager 36,200 MXN 2,134 USD
Mexico Talent Source

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards:

Bumeran Mexico, Buscojobs, OCC Mundial, Vacancy Open

Number of LinkedIn users:


Top Recruitment Agencies:

Coders Link, Prometeo Talent, Remote Team Solutions

Employing in Mexico

Below listed are the key points an employer has to keep in mind while seeking
employees in Mexico.

Employee Contract

Written contracts are not required to be in Spanish. But in cases where a
contract will be used for evidence, it must be presented in Spanish before labor

Probation Period

The probationary period for new employees is 30 – 90 days.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year’s Day National holiday
5 Feb Constitution Day National holiday
18 Mar Benito Juárez’s Birthday Memorial National holiday
28 Mar Maundy Thursday Bank holiday
29 Mar Good Friday Bank holiday
1 May Labor Day / May Day National holiday
5 May Battle of Puebla (Cinco de Mayo) Common local holiday
16 Sep Independence Day National holiday
18 Nov Revolution Day National holiday
12 Dec Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe Bank holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day National holiday, Christian


Employee Leaves

Type of Leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual/Earned Leave Up to 12 to 20 days Yes
Maternity Leave 3 months Yes


Payroll 1

Payroll Cycle

Mexican employees can be paid either bi-weekly, or monthly depending on the employment contract.

Payroll 2

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Mexico is 248.93 (Mexican pesos) per day. The minimum wage in the North Border Free Zone (ZLFN) is currently MXN 374.89 per day.

In addition, there are professional minimum wages for 61 professions, ranging from MXN 250.36 to MXN 557.41 per day.

Payroll 3

Overtime Pay

Overtime is permitted in Mexico with a limit of 3 hours a day and not exceeding 9 hours a week. This is compensated at twice the regular pay. If overtime exceeds 9 hours, the compensation allotted in Mexico is thrice the regular pay. For working on Sundays, an extra 25% of the regular pay is provided.


13th Month Pay

The 13th-month pay, also known as Aguinaldo in Mexico, is mandatory and has to be paid by 20th December every year.

Employee Benefits

  • Sick Leave
  • Paternity Leave
  • Social Security
  • Housing Fund
  • Retirement Fund


Type of Insurance Employer’s contribution Employee’s Contribution Government’s Contribution
Retirement 2%
Unemployment in old age 3.15% 1.125% 7.143% of the employer’s contributions (0.225%)
Life and Disability 1.75% 0.625% 7.143% of the employer’s contributions

Employee Income Tax

Taxable Income (MXN, Mexican Pesos) Basic Tax
Over Not Over Tax on Column 1 (MXN) Tax on Excess (%)
0.01 8,952.49 0 1.92
8,952.50 75,984.55 171.88 6.40
75,984.56 133,536.07 4,461.94 10.88
133,536.08 155,229.80 10,723.55 16.00
155,229.81 185,852.57 14,194.54 17.92
185,852.58 374,837.88 19.682.13 21.36
374,837.89 590,795.99 60,049.40 23.52
590,796.00 1,127,926.84 110,842.74 30.00
1,127,926.85 1,503,902.46 271,981.99 32.00
1,503,902.47 4,511,707.38 392,294.17 34.00
4,511,707.39 and above 1,414,947.85 35.00

Non-residents are taxed at 15% on income exceeding MXN 125,900 and at 30% on
their income over MXN 1,000,000.


VAT in Mexico is 16%.

Offboarding & Termination

Both the employee and the employer are entitled to terminate the employment.

The notice period for permanent employees is a minimum of 30 days, and for employees on probation, it ranges from 7 – 14 days.

If the termination is with a clause, employees are entitled to all benefits including commissions on a prorated basis until the termination date and the seniority premium of twelve days’ salary for each year of service.

If the termination is without a clause, employees are entitled to the following lump-sum payment:

  • Three months of the employee’s aggregate salary, plus
  • Twenty days of an employee’s aggregate salary for each year of service
  • A seniority premium of twelve days’ salary for each year of service
  • Benefits due


Visa and Immigration

A temporary resident visa with a work permit (work visa) will allow you to enter Mexico, receive a temporary resident card and undertake paid activities in the country. All temporary resident visas with a work permit must first be requested from the National Migration Institute (INM) directly by the employer. Only the employers registered with the INM can apply for a Work Visa. The Visa holds validity for 6 months and includes 1 entry.

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Minimum Wage

Overtime Pay

Visa & Immigration