Working in Mexico
Though Mexico's coastal communities are largely a nesting-ground for pensioners living out their golden years among its tropical beaches, the country's large cities are a stomping ground for expats working in Mexico.
Mexico City, in particular, has cultivated lucrative industries that are pulling in young and industrious entrepreneurs and professionals. Over the years, Mexican industry has been integrated into the economies of the US and Canada, and has become a common branch location for large international companies.
Expats working in Mexico will find themselves in a colourful and fast-paced business environment that values interpersonal relationships.
The job market in Mexico
Due to cheaper manufacturing and labour costs, many companies that were once established in the US have moved to Mexico.
These industries often source management and professionals from other countries, especially for the high-paying occupations of manufacturing plant managers and IT managers.
English teachers, needing at least a TEFL certificate, also make up much of the expat workforce in Mexico. There are also a fair number of job opportunities in Mexico's tourism and hospitality industries.
Finding a job in Mexico
Nevertheless, unemployment in Mexico is high and finding employment can be challenging.
Companies must prove that hired expats are not taking jobs that Mexican workers would be able to do. Expats looking for employment in Mexico often accept salaries that are less than those available in other countries.
Possessing qualifications and being able to speak Spanish are crucial for expats looking for employment in Mexico. There are a number of useful job listings websites, which are great places to start the job hunt. Mexico City and Guadalajara are the best places to look for jobs as an English teacher.
Work culture in Mexico
Mexico offers a dynamic business environment, but expats will need to familiarise themselves with the cultural nuances of the working world.
Business in Mexico is largely built around personal relationships, and networking is thus central to successful business in Mexico. It’s also important to learn Spanish. Although most executives within the large cities will likely be able to speak English, learning the local language will go a long way to successfully integrating into the work environment.
Business hours in Mexico are long: 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. There is often a two-hour siesta, however, between 2pm and 4pm. Offices in the tourism industry are usually open on Saturdays as well.