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Working in Mexico

Famed for its sunshine, luxury beach resorts and, of course, tequila, Mexico is also an emerging economic powerhouse. Already the second-largest economy in Latin America and the fifteenth largest in the world, Mexico has a market size as large as Western Europe and numerous free trade agreements covering almost 50 countries — presenting excellent business opportunities for those looking to expand globally.

The country is also home to Mexico City, the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world, and occupies a strategic global position that serves as a bridge between Latin America and the United States and Canada.

Mexico is the third-largest trading partner of the US and has demonstrated stable economic growth in recent years. There’s enormous untapped potential here, with analysts predicting that Mexico will boast a higher GDP per capita than all but three European countries by 2050, making it the world’s eighth-largest economy!

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Working in Mexico

Famed for its sunshine, luxury beach resorts and, of course, tequila, Mexico is also an emerging economic powerhouse. Already the second-largest economy in Latin America and the fifteenth largest in the world, Mexico has a market size as large as Western Europe and numerous free trade agreements covering almost 50 countries — presenting excellent business opportunities for those looking to expand globally.

The country is also home to Mexico City, the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world, and occupies a strategic global position that serves as a bridge between Latin America and the United States and Canada.

Mexico is the third-largest trading partner of the US and has demonstrated stable economic growth in recent years. There’s enormous untapped potential here, with analysts predicting that Mexico will boast a higher GDP per capita than all but three European countries by 2050, making it the world’s eighth-largest economy!

Statutory benefits

Annual (Christmas) bonus (Aguinaldo)

Employees are entitled to a yearly bonus known as an ‘Aguinaldo’ (or a 13th salary). The minimum Aguinaldo each year is equal to 15 days of salary and may be pro-rated if an employee starts part way through the year. This is invoiced monthly and accrued to be paid out to the employee.

It’s possible to pay higher than this required minimum with many employers choosing to pay four weeks’ pay or up to six weeks in some larger companies. The Aguinaldo should be paid by 20 December, although companies which pay six weeks usually pay four weeks in December and two weeks in summer.

Vacation bonus

In addition to vacation entitlement, most employees are entitled to a vacation bonus of no less than 25% of their salary during the vacation period. The actual percentage is granted based on the annual leave entitlement days and paid on the anniversary of the employee with the company. This is invoiced monthly and accrued to be paid out to the employee.

PEO in Mexico
Benefit Spanish name Covers Approximate employer cost
Social security IMSS (Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social) Medical services, accident & sickness compensation, pregnancy benefits and disability pensions  

3.9%

Retirement savings system Sistema de Ahorro para el Retiro (SAR) Provides benefits when employees retire  

2.98%

Institute for the National Employees Housing Fund (INFONAVIT) Instituto del Fondo Nacional de la Vivienda para los Trabajadores Provides subsidised housing and loans to employees  

2.9%

Average total employer costs payable in Mexico are 15%.

Other provisions

Working hours

The standard is 48 hours per week, five days per week with a 60-minute rest/meal break in the middle of each workday. The employer is allowed to modify the workday in accordance with Article 59 of the Federal Labor Law as long as labour principles are respected.

Food/meal vouchers

While this isn’t a mandatory requirement, it’s common to provide these in Mexico. Usually, employees are provided with grocery coupons for personal use which usually come in the form of a pre-paid card which can be used at the supermarket.

Holiday entitlement

After the first full year of employment Six days
For every year the employee continues to work for the employer An additional two vacation days are granted
After four years Employees’ vacation period will increase only two days for each additional five years they work for the employer

Note, this is the legal minimum entitlement; however, it’s customary to provide increased vacation days based on seniority or role. It would not be unusual to offer 12 to 18 days of vacation for higher earning senior professionals.

Año Nuevo New Year’s Day 1 January
Día de la Constitución Constitution Day First Monday in February in commemoration of 5 February
Día de Benito Juárez Benito Juárez birthday Third Monday in March in commemoration of birthday on 21 March
Día del Trabajo Labor Day 1 May
Día de la Independencia Independence Day 16 September
Día de la Revolución Revolution Day Third Monday in November in commemoration of 20 November
Transmision del Poder Ejecutivo Federal Change of Federal Government Mexico’s Federal Government and presidency returns for re-election every six years. On the date of transition, which is December 1 every six years, Mexico observes a public holiday. The next holiday is due to be observed on December 1, 2024
Día de Navidad Christmas Day 25 December

Note:

  • In addition to the above, election days designated by federal and local electoral laws are also statutory
  • If a statutory holiday falls on a Saturday, the Friday before will be declared a day off for employees. Conversely, if the public holiday falls on a Sunday, Monday will be a day off for employees.

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Published date: 3rd Aug 2021
Review date: 3rd Aug 2022