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Employment in Mexico

By Yucatan Expatriate Services on March 30, 2010

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Federal Labor Law

If you are a foreign worker in Mexico, you may find some of the laws and practices to be different from those in your home country. Mexico has strong laws protecting its workers.

In Mexico, Federal Labor Law regulates labor relations, labor unions and labor courts (Labor courts are all part of the Board of Conciliation and Arbitration). The law establishes basic rules such as minimum wage, the length of the work week, length of work days, overtime, etc. The law is Federal, but it is enforced in some cases by state officials.

Article 123 of Mexico´s Constitution guarantees worker rights as constitutional rights, and according to this law, every worker has, among others, the right to a safe workplace, the right to equal pay for equal work, the right to indemnity if he or she is hurt on the job, and the right to be free from forced labor.

There is a single court in every state that deals with most labor and employment disputes, including collective labor relations, unjustified terminations, on-the-job injuries and equal pay problems. Each court is called Junta de Conciliación y Arbitraje (Conciliation and Arbitration Board). There are also labor inspectors in Mexico who inspect the workplace to ensure that employers follow occupational safety and health requirements, as well as other standards and laws.

If you will be hiring employees or are considering getting a job in Mexico, the following concepts are important to understand:

Elements of Labor Law

Minimum wage (Salarios Mínimos): There is a published listing in Mexico of minimum wages for general and specific categories of work. The minimum wage varies depending on the economic region of the country. Mexico is divided into three general zones: A, B and C. Each city or geographic area fits into one of these three categories. For example, Mexico City is included in Zone A, the city of Monterrey is included in Zone B and the state of Yucatan is included in Zone C.

The Work Week (Semana Laboral): An employee can work a maximum of 48 hours per week without being paid overtime.

The Work Day (Jornada Laboral): For every 6 days of work (Monday through Saturday), employees are entitled to one day of rest with full pay. Therefore, when you hire a full time employee, you will be paying them for 7 days per week, not 6 days. When hiring in Mexico and deciding on a salary, it is important to keep in mind that you are hiring per week and not per day.

Work Shifts (Turnos): There are 3 work shifts in a Mexican work day:

  • Day shift (eight hours)
  • Night shift (seven hours)
  • Mixed shift (7 1/2 hours). (The mixed shift is part day shift and part night shift.)

The hours worked that exceed these limits are considered to be overtime and must be paid as such. Overtime hours are to be paid double the hourly rate and cannot go over 9 hours per week.

Sunday Bonuses (Prima dominical): The preferred day of rest in Mexico is Sunday. Workers that are required to work on Sundays by law must receive a 25% bonus over their ordinary wage for that day.

Overtime (Horas Extras): Overtime hours (those hours over and above normal working shift hours) must be paid double. Hours worked over the allotted 9 overtime hours per week must be paid at triple the normal hourly wage. If the overtime hours fall on a holiday, they are to be paid at triple the hourly wage, even if they fall within the allowed nine overtime hours per week.

Salary (Salario): The law determines a minimum daily wage for every category of services in any given geographical area. The law also declares a minimum salary for each category of work, as well as a minimum increase after an annual salary review. Salaries vary depending of the type of work and the area of expertise. As anywhere, minimum salaries are not always a good reference when hiring specialized workers and should be taken as a rule of thumb and a number which the employer must not go below.

Additional Information

These are just a few of the laws and rules that any employee or employer in Mexico must be familiar with. If this subject is of interest to you, we encourage to learn more in our YES Employment Guide, downloadable in our Knowledge Store. The YES Employment Guide includes all the important aspects of employment in Mexico, both for a business and corporation AND for personal help such as housekeepers or albañiles. The YES Employment Guide covers the issues of hiring and firing employees, where to advertise for workers, what actions are valid justification for firing, acceptable firing practices, customs and laws for household help, and much more.

For more personalized information or for legal or other types of assistance in any of these matters, please contact us at info@yucatanyes.com.

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This article represents the opinions of the writers and does not constitute legal or accounting advice. It is recommended that before taking any action, you should consult with your own accountant or lawyer who is familiar with the laws and customs in Yucatan and in Mexico, and the circumstances surrounding your situation.
 

96 Responses to “ Employment in Mexico ”

  • JEFF CHARRON said on April 29th, 2010 3:38 am

    I’m a pharmacist in the USA and want to work in a hospital pharmacy in Merida or directly north, if there is one. How can I find more info about my opportunity there if I become a permanent resident? Thank you if you can give me any leads.

  • Adriana said on April 30th, 2010 6:52 pm

    Hi Jeff, there is a growing expat community in the Yucatan, and many entrepreneurial opportunities. You might consider starting a business that consults with, buys and delivers medication to retirees here. Maybe even a whole in-home care support business, employing a few nurses to come and do daily checking on people who are house-bound due to illness or old age. In the next ten years or more, there will be a growing retirement community here and they will be in need of many services with English-speaking service providers. As for opportunities for working in a hospital pharmacy you should try it, although there are times in which employers prefer to hire Mexican employees, although it’s not a general rule, it’s more of a case by case basis. However, the first thing you will need to do is to validate your pharmacist degree in Mexico before Education authorities; here at YES we can help you do that. If you need further info. please contact me at adriana@yucatanyes.com

  • TONI said on May 8th, 2010 10:19 pm

    Hi there, just wondering if an upholstery business (commercial and residential) will be a good option for Merida? Even if my husband and I are going to retire in Merida next year, we would like to have some source of income. We have been in the upholstery business for over 60 years. We don’t have any idea how much demand there is for that kind of business….any ideas?…tips, advice??

  • Sabina Rowlison said on June 6th, 2010 8:43 pm

    I am looking to relocate and was wondering if you can point me in the right direction for administrative work. I understand spanish and speak some, still learning.

  • Adriana said on June 10th, 2010 11:22 am

    Hi Sabina, we could give you a list of people and companies from whom you could request a job. Please contact me at adriana@yucatanyes.com for further discussion. Thanks!

  • Kay said on June 12th, 2010 4:59 pm

    Hi, What can you share with me about teaching in the Yucatan, Merida area? Is there a list of schools? Also what TESL schools are legitimate?
    Gracias!

  • Ann said on June 13th, 2010 4:22 pm

    Love your website, very informative. I have a BS degree in Business Admin and have lived in SE Asia for 17 years. I worked as a gourmet food and cheese specialist, importing mostly from the US and local suppliers. Are there any employment opportunities in this field?

  • Adriana said on June 14th, 2010 1:45 pm

    Hi Kay, there is a growing demand of native speaking english teachers. If you are interested we could provide you with a list for sure, just write me to: adriana@yucatanyes.com About TESL schools i will have to do some research.

  • Adriana said on June 14th, 2010 1:51 pm

    Hi Ann, thank you! There are few places in Merida that distribute the type of food you mention, but is a market that is increasing and a new place that offers new variety of products can be greatly appreciated among our community. Please read this article which we published today in our site: http://www.yucatanexpatriateservices.com/professional-services/starting-a-business-in-mexico.html, I’m sure it will give you a better idea of what is like to open a business in Mexico and maybe you could consider this option rather than be someone’s employee.

  • Sharon said on June 27th, 2010 6:48 am

    Hopefully moving to Merida in the next year and a half…and wondering what is the possibililty of working part time as an RN in a hospital or clinic. Would I need to apply for a different license? Thank you.

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on June 29th, 2010 9:50 pm

    Hi Sharon, if you want to work in a hospital or clinic here you have to validate your current degree of studies before the Ministry of Education of Yucatan. For the procedure you have to submit the documents that prove your knowledge and the studies you took abroad (all documents must be apostilled and certified by notary public and translated to Spanish by certified translator):

    - Birth certificate.
    - Proper visa status (tourist, Fm3 or Fm2)
    - High school certificate.
    - Bacherlor’s degree.
    - Grades of your bachelor’s degree.
    - Study program of your bachelor’s degree, authorized by the educational institution and translated to Spanish.
    Hera at YES we can help you with all the procedure, if you need further information please write an e-mail to adriana@yucatanyes.com

  • Ruben said on September 12th, 2010 2:52 pm

    My wife and I are in our 40′s, both of us are bilingual , we are in the banking industries, we would like to move to Merida, but would like to know, what is the salary for someone in the banking or hopistakity industry in Merida?

  • Adriana Cruz said on September 13th, 2010 6:21 pm

    Ruben, it will depend on the position you occupy, it is a wide range between a manager of a branch and the executives that work directly with the people; please e-mail me at adriana@yucatanyes.com and tell me more about your professional experience and which position you are considering you will be apt for so I can give you an estimate of salaries.

  • Zelmy said on October 13th, 2010 11:13 am

    How hard would it be or if at all possible for an American citizen in the medical field to get a job in Merida?

  • Adriana Cruz said on October 15th, 2010 6:36 pm

    Zelmy, it depends on the skills and knowledge each individual has. It is common that Mexicans are hired over non-Mexicans, but if he/she contributes in something that the Mexican person doesn not have, that is an added value subject to be appreciated. I think it all depends on each case, there are no general rules that apply to everyone.

  • Shasha said on December 20th, 2010 1:59 pm

    What is the best way to travel to Merida from Port of Spain in Trinidad & Tobago West Indies inexpensively. Also is there a spiritual community in and/or around Merida that would value energy healing, massage therapy and other self development workshops?

    I am seriously considering relocating to Mexico and am looking for somewhere that is first of all safe, peaceful, tranquil and cost effective to live. I speak both english and enough spanish.

    Your response would be welcomed.

  • Adriana said on December 29th, 2010 11:05 pm

    Shasha, I think the best would be for you to travel to Cancun and then take a bus to Merida. The bus takes 4 hours and costs approximately 30 usd.
    Regarding your other question, please contact Trudy Woodcock at Iluminado Tours (www.iluminado-tours.com), they may have something that could be interesting for you.
    Merida is a safe place to live, tranquil and peaceful I think so too, but it´s a city with almost 1 million inhabitants, so don´t expect a small village.
    About cost of living, Yucatan is one of the cheapest states in Mexico, in fact almost all southeastern Mexico is cheap compared to north and central Mexico.
    Good luck!

  • Pat said on January 16th, 2011 9:39 am

    Does anyone know what the possibilities are of being hired as a Clinical Social Worker? I am currently the Director of Mental Health at a drug rehab.

  • Adriana said on January 19th, 2011 2:23 pm

    Pat, first of all, you would have to validate your studies with the Mexican Ministry of Education. After that it will depend on your skills and experience to be hired or not. Just so you know, it is possible that Mexicans can be chosen over you, either for the language or because we tend to support nationals having employment, unless of course you have certain characteristc that gives you an edge. If you have further questions please contact me at adriana@yucatanyes.com

  • alicia said on January 20th, 2011 1:32 pm

    My soon to be husband (who is Mexican) and I are considering moving to Merida from the USA depending on employment opportunities. I know it will be harder for me to find work but is it impossible? I am a licensed cosmetologist and don’t know if I will be able to find work. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  • Adriana said on February 3rd, 2011 7:57 pm

    Alice, it is not impossible to find a job, specially for the kind of specialty you have, maybe you can contribute to the existing market with new techniques and skills. However, my recommendation will always be to start your own business. What I can tell you is that in Merida there is a boom of people wanting to look better or younger if possible and few good cosmetologists that can provide a quality service. If you need further information, please contact me: adriana@yucatanyes.com

  • Deena said on February 4th, 2011 1:24 pm

    We are considering relocating to progreso. I am canadian and my husband is mexican. I am a reflexologist and zumba instructor. Is this something that would be of interest in this area? Now to start up my own business, what do I need to do? Any advice would be appreciated.

  • Kristen said on February 9th, 2011 11:57 am

    My family (husband, 6 yr & 2 yr) and I are seriously thinking of relocating to Merida. I’m a certified Massage Therapist and Energy worker in USA and my husband is a Graphic Designer. Is it possible to work in these fields (start our own businesses, perhaps) in Merida? We know little Spanish but are learning more every day. I’d really appreciate any advice. Thanks!

  • Emma said on February 10th, 2011 6:00 pm

    i’m mexican but my husband is an american and we have 2 kids. I’m graduated of UAM in graphic design and I’ve been working in customer service (bilingual) for the past 7 years. We are thinking to relocated in Mexico (Merida or Cancun are one of our options) but we are clueless about what kind of job we can do. He is a truck driver instructor. Could you give me any advise? Thanks

  • steven Bluestein said on February 15th, 2011 2:29 pm

    Hello, I have a window tinting business in the us for 30 years. We tint homes, buildings, and autos. I was interested in some type of business, but can be versatile in my choosing. I have considered scooter/jetski etc. rentals. Any ideas for what would do well there in Progresso? Our plans are to move there in the next 1-2 years. Thanks Steve

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on March 1st, 2011 4:18 pm

    It is not difficult to start your own business in Mexico. Of course, you need to get an accountant and lawyer to be sure you are doing things correctly. Massage therapy is gaining popularity here, but seems to be more popular with expats than with Mexicans. Graphic designers are more plentiful in Merida, but as a graphic designer, your husband could certainly work on the Internet and doesn’t necessarily have to work with local clients.

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on March 1st, 2011 4:19 pm

    As a Mexican citizen, you have the same chance of finding a job as any other Mexican… it will depend on you, your training, the openings and who you know. We don’t know about Truck Driver Instructor, though your husband could consider starting his own related business. There are not many driving instruction companies here, though we dare say there is a growing need for that sort of thing.

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on March 1st, 2011 4:21 pm

    It is fairly easy to start your own business here in Mexico. A jetski rental business in Progreso may be a good idea, but keep in mind that most of Progreso’s activity happens in the summer. Winters are fairly quiet, and during the winters the beaches are populated more with retired Snowbirds than with local young people.

  • Olivia said on March 7th, 2011 6:45 am

    I am an Australian Primary School Teacher looking to teach English in Merida. Any ideas on what other types of qualifications (Tesol/Tefl) needed if any? Any other advice that would point me in the right direction to get started would be great too…

  • Adriana said on March 7th, 2011 12:42 pm

    Olivia, the ones you mention are fine and also you would need to have a working visa Fm3. Some schools also want that the teacher speaks some Spanish. If you have other questions or list of schools contact me to: adriana@yucatanyes.com

  • Rachael said on May 4th, 2011 11:42 am

    My dream is to move to merida and get away from the us. I have a love for the mexican culture, it’s people, and the mayan history. I have always done customer service work (mexican restaurants, and bartending) When i was in quintana roo a few months ago, I saw several young us expats bartending. I do not have the money to start my own business but need a source of income. Is this a real possibility? I appreciate your help

  • Adriana said on May 5th, 2011 1:35 pm

    Rachel, it’s certainly a possibility but it isn’t necessarily easy. Those types of jobs are mostly only available in the high volume tourist areas, and only if you know someone. Mostly, Mexican employers try to hire Mexican workers, and there are plenty of Mexicans who are waiters and bartenders. We would suggest perhaps traveling to the area for a vacation and approaching owners and managers while you are onsite. Or, if you know someone who lives in the area, ask them for referrals. Sorry we can’t be more helpful in this regard… this is how we understand the situation, but there are always exceptions to the rule.

  • Pam said on June 8th, 2011 11:29 am

    My husband (16 years in manufacturing with a Fortune 500 company & builds/repairs computers for fun) and I (Masters degree in Archaology never used for work, 14 years as a paralegal, 6 years as a Customer Service Manager) are moving to Merida in May 2012 with our 7 yr old son. Thinking of starting a computer repair/network building business. Is there such a market? Neither of us speak Spanish (yet!) so maybe the expat community could use a PC repair place with gringos? Thanks!

  • Adriana said on June 14th, 2011 6:22 pm

    Pam, there are many businesses that repair computers here, however, your advantage could be the fact that you and your husband speak English and the expat community could be interested in hiring you because of that, rather than dealing with the language barrier.

  • Dallas said on September 5th, 2011 10:58 am

    Hi, I’m 16 living in Merida, Yucatan. My parents are missionaries here. We have our FM3′s and I would like to start saving for a car, and my friend thinks he can get a job for me. Is it legal for me to get a job here in Mexico as a US citizen?

  • Adriana said on September 9th, 2011 5:19 pm

    Dallas, in Mexico 16 year olds can work but it is restricted to some types of work, for example: that the amount of hours is less than the regular, that do not work at night, that do not work in risky places, etc.; if you find a job that goes accordingly to what the Mexican Labor Law says, you will be able to obtain also your FM3 for working purposes and that is all you need to be legal for Mexican laws to start working. If you need additional information please contact me to adriana@yucatanyes.com

  • debbie said on October 23rd, 2011 11:16 pm

    I am a Lab technologist in alberta with 30 years experience in a microbiology lab. Would I be able to work in a lab in Merida?

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on October 24th, 2011 1:48 pm

    Debbie,
    Can you speak Spanish?

  • debbie said on October 24th, 2011 3:56 pm

    no, can’t speak spanish…but willing to learn…most of microbiology is greek!

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on October 25th, 2011 3:59 pm

    Debbie, there are a few labs here. But like most professions in Mexico, and certainly in the Yucatan, the pay levels for similar jobs are a fraction of what you are making in Canada or the USA. Also, there are plenty of Mexicans able and willing to fill those jobs. We cannot in all honesty tell people that they can find jobs here in their professions, because honestly, its very difficult if not impossible. What you CAN do easily is be an entrepreneur… find a niche and fill it! There are opportunities everywhere, either to fill a niche in the local economy or in the growing expat retiree micro-economy. Hope that helps!

  • debbie said on October 26th, 2011 10:22 am

    Thanks so much for the info

  • Jen said on November 11th, 2011 3:19 pm

    Hello, I have been in the travel industry for about 11 years. I worked with a timeshare exchange company for eight years and was a travel agent/tour guide for three years. I have travelled throughout Mexico but my favorite place was Merida with Guadalajara as a close second. Are there many opportunities for a Canadian in the tourism feild? Any information would be appreciated.
    Thank you.

  • Adriana said on November 14th, 2011 6:27 pm

    Jen, there is a growing expat community in Merida from the US and Canada and they are happy to find service providers that speak their language so this may represent an opportunity for you; you may want to come and do some sort of market study (in which we could help you) so you could realize which areas of the tourism field have not been exploited yet so you could start your own business. Good luck!

  • Amy said on December 17th, 2011 2:37 pm

    Hi, I moved to Merida about 6 months ago with my husband (who is mexican). I was a financial analyst in the US, but don’t expect to find a similar job here. I was thinking of starting a business that caters to expats. Do you have any suggestions of what that community might need?

  • Adriana said on December 20th, 2011 7:29 pm

    Amy, we imagine that figuring out what the expat community might need here is a subject that will require some research. We can suggest that you participate in some forums on http://www.yolisto.com to get to know some people in the community. Also, you might consider reading through the Yucatan Living website (www.yucatanliving.com) to see what people are doing already. We do not have any specific business ideas, however. Good luck and let us know if we can help you with anything else.

  • Todd said on December 25th, 2011 12:08 pm

    Hi, I am a Canadian citizen, along with with my wife and 2 children. We have been vacationing to Mexico for the last couple of years and absolutely love your country, culture and people. It is our dream to live in the Yucatan. I have 20 plus years in the building industry and have my own renovation company. I was wondering how difficult it would be to obtain employment in Mexico in this field? Also, are there any possibilities in getting in with the resorts anywhere in the Yucatan in their maintenance departments?

  • Adriana said on December 26th, 2011 1:02 pm

    Todd, there is no such thing as a definitive answer to your questions; if you have the expertise in that area and you can prove you can provide added value to the companies, they may be interested in hiring you. This is something you will have to experience with interviews and sending your CV to different companies. As we say, in our experience, it´s better for an expat to start their own business rather to expect to be hired by a local company because local companies will favor Mexican people, unless, you have something of value to offer them. Good luck!

  • Sergio said on January 31st, 2012 11:01 am

    I am a diesel tech i work on trucks but also do auto work i am certified i am billingual would it be difficult to find a job their?

  • Adriana said on February 2nd, 2012 8:42 pm

    Sergio, being billingual gives you better chances of getting a job in Mexico of course. However, do not expect to be hired by somebody, instead plan to be an entrepreneur and open your own business, it will give you an edge to be able to assist both English and Spanish speakers.

  • Orval Simon-Bower said on March 11th, 2012 2:55 pm

    Hello –

    I am a retiring teacher of deaf student in Florida. Are there any schools for deaf students in Merida? Do they use American Sign Language do you know? I can also teach History or English. Are there any American Schools in Merida or nearby that teach children in English? Are there any schools that teach English to Mexican adults? Yo lo tengo un poquito Espanol pero no mucho. Muchas gracias.

  • Adriana said on March 14th, 2012 6:55 pm

    Orval, unfortunately we do not know of schools for deaf students in Merida; there are associations that help people who cannot hear though. About your other questions, yes there are schools in Merida that teach children in English, not many, around 5; and yes there are also schools that teach English to Mexican adults. If you need further information, please contact me through my e-mail: adriana@yucatanyes.com

  • Shell said on March 24th, 2012 4:03 pm

    I am considering relocating from the United States to The Yucatan Peninsula. I have traveled extensively in Playa Del Carmen, Tulum, Paamul area. I would like to make this area my permanent home. I am a certified Reflexology Practitioner. I would prefer to start my own business and wonder if you could guide me in the proper steps. Thank you.

  • Claude speliers said on March 27th, 2012 2:44 pm

    Would you please so kind to inform me if Merida has any buisness of renting Bucket trucks for maintenance? They are trucks with go 14 meters high with one person for electricity poles or tree leeves or announcements to be placed.

  • Claude speliers said on March 27th, 2012 2:48 pm

    My cousin wants to move to Merida and his question is if there would be any opportunity to start a seafood restaurant or a Belgian Coffeeshop with waffles and crepes etc.

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on April 11th, 2012 12:38 pm

    Claude, we have no idea if any business idea will be successful here. We are here to facilitate opening a business, if that is what you need. To know whether it will be successful or not, we feel you must spend time here and do your own research. Good luck!

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on April 11th, 2012 12:39 pm

    Again, we have no idea if any business idea will be successful here. We do know that many services in the area, like CFE, have their own bucket trucks. We are here to facilitate opening a business, if that is what you need.

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on April 11th, 2012 12:42 pm

    We can help you start a business and guide you in the proper steps. We provide this service for a small fee. Give us a call or email us at info@yucatanyes.com.

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on April 11th, 2012 12:54 pm

    Orval, there are MANY schools in Merida that teach English to both children and adults. In fact, all the schools listed here that teach Spanish, also teach English. Contacting them would be a good place to start:

    http://www.yucatanliving.com/yucatan-survivor/merida-spanish-schools.htm

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on April 11th, 2012 1:15 pm

    Claude, we have no idea if these businesses would work here for your cousin. You must come to Merida and do your own research. Good luck!

  • Marcos said on April 12th, 2012 3:49 am

    Adriana, I immigrated to the United States when I was 15, I am 37 now, I speak English like a native and I also speak Spanish as a native of course. I have a bachelors degree in Spanish, a bachelors degree in computer science, and a masters degree in School Administration. I have extensive experience in computer programming and Management Information Systems as well as in U.S Immigration law and U.S Income taxes and in the restaurant business. Do you think I could be hired in Yucatan as either an English teacher (I taught ESL in the U.S as well as Spanish) or even go into MIS, or do you think my skills could help me better if I open my own business? I am planning on returning to Mexico next year… Muchisimas gracias….

  • Adriana said on April 12th, 2012 4:19 pm

    Marcos, you could be hired as an English teacher here but we think it´d be better for you to start your own business, that way you´d be able to obtain more income.

  • Leo said on July 17th, 2012 8:02 pm

    Hello there! I´m moving to Mérida in october, and will try to stay as long as possible since my girlfriend lives there. I´m hoping to find a job that will allow me to do so, maybe as a english teacher in one of the many schools. Do you think that I have any chance finding such a job, even without being native American/English?
    I talk spanish and english fluently, but I´m from Sweden.
    Gracias!

  • Ed said on July 23rd, 2012 3:39 pm

    Adriana, I am planning on relocating to Merida in the next 6-8 months (semi-retire). I am a registered nurse with an associate degree and 13 years of home health experience as both a director of nursing and administrator. Can I provide services as a private contract home nurse or set up a private home health service? I understand there are many retirees and I wonder if this is a service that would be needed.

  • Adriana said on July 25th, 2012 4:52 pm

    Leo, if you can speak English and/or Spanish fluently, we don´t think it´ll be an issue that you are not native American/English. It will depend on the type of profile the schools are looking for though. You should get in touch with them and send your CV. If you need help to make contact just let us know so we can assist you!

  • Adriana said on July 25th, 2012 5:10 pm

    Ed, I think it will be very much appreciated by the community to count with the type of service you provide. Nevertheless, you will have to validate your nursing studies before the Ministry of Education so you can get the proper visa status to perform your services.

  • Adelin Speliers said on July 25th, 2012 5:52 pm

    Hola Adriana
    Soy de Bélgica pero vivo desde 30 años en México Cuernavaca soy residente Mexicano
    Tendría alguna posibilidad de ensenar clases de
    Ingles ,Francés ,hablo Español casi perfecto

  • Adelin Speliers said on July 25th, 2012 5:58 pm

    Hola Adriana
    Tambien quisiera saber si un negocio de
    Comida corrida seria favorable estilo Europeo para llevar en Merida o desayunos con crepes y waffles omlettes ETC
    Te agradezco antemano

  • Adriana said on July 25th, 2012 6:58 pm

    Hi Adelin, I cannot say how language schools are in Cuernavaca since we are located in Merida; however if you are referring to giving classes in Merida, I don´t see why not, you should contact the local schools here and send them your CV, and they will decide if you have the experience and/or skills they need. Regarding the crepes and waffles business, it´s hard to tell whether or not you will succeed, it all depends on how attractive you make it to others and of course the quality, taste and prices of your products. Good luck if you decide to do it!

  • Leo said on July 25th, 2012 7:52 pm

    Thank you very much Adriana! Maybe I will need some help further on, so it´s great to know that there is people like you giving good advices! Do you have a working-visa in México? I plan to arrive with a normal tourist visa and find a job so I can get a working visa… Maybe it´s not that simple as I hope?
    Greetings from the summer up north in Sweden!

  • Adriana said on July 27th, 2012 5:06 pm

    You´re welcome Leo!. Before applying for the working visa, you will need to get a letter with a job offer; with that letter -plus other documents- you will be able to apply for the visa.

  • Janet said on October 1st, 2012 1:08 pm

    Hi Adriana, I do transcription (general, medical and legal) in English. Would I be able to work for either an American or Mexican company that needs English speaking transcriptionists?

  • Adriana said on October 2nd, 2012 6:04 pm

    Janet, yes you would be able, as long as you have the visa that allows you to do so.

  • Nancy said on October 13th, 2012 11:35 pm

    I am a USA citizen looking to start a business in Merida related to Computers Technology, Networking, Information Systems and Computer Systems Security however don’t know if this will be a good business for the area. What are the requirements to start a business in Merida? What type of Visa would I need to reach the residency status?

  • Adriana said on October 14th, 2012 9:18 pm

    Nancy, an IT business is always welcome, especially if you can provide it in English. We are sure expats will be glad to communicate in their own language with somebody that can fix their computers. Requirements to start a business in Merida depend if you want to set up a corporation or to be an individual with entrepreneurial activities. Under the current Immigration rules you could apply for an FM2 and after 5 years, you could become a permanent resident. However Immigration rules are changing now and you will have to apply for a temporary resident visa and after 4 years you will be able to become a permanent resident (new rules will come into effect November 12th 2012).

  • Alex C. said on April 9th, 2013 8:51 pm

    Hi,

    I played professional baseball in Merida in 2010 and 11. I am looking to return to Merida to try and play once again. I am a recent graduate from a military academy and have a bachelor’s in criminal justice. Do you know if it is possible to find jobs in the criminal justice sector in Merida? Or anything in that field?

    Thank you

    Alex

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on April 10th, 2013 10:17 am

    Alex, in order to work for the criminal justice sector in Mexico, first you will need to validate your studies taken abroad before the Ministry of Education in Mexico.

  • Heidi said on April 20th, 2013 5:18 pm

    I am traveling to the Yukatan region of mexico dec 1st 2013 to stay until aprit 1st 2014. i want to find employment working in spas or hotels,clinic maybe doing massage.how would i find out information on this? thank you

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on April 24th, 2013 10:35 am

    Heidi, I suggest you to upload your information in the “Jobs in Yucatan” section of the website Yucatan Living: http://www.yucatanliving.com/category/jobsyucatan. Good luck!

  • Nancy said on April 24th, 2013 3:37 pm

    I am bilingual (Spanish and English). I would like to move to Yucatan, but would like to know the opportunities to start a Security Information Systems business or find jobs in the similar line of work. Do you have any information to share or places to apply for jobs in Information Technology or Information System Security jobs in Yucatan, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, or Merida?

  • Nancy said on April 24th, 2013 3:39 pm

    What do I need for a Visa to be able to live and work in Mexico? Any recommendations?

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on April 26th, 2013 12:11 pm

    Nancy, we cannot provide you with information regarding Riviera Maya or Playa del Carmen since we are based in the State of Yucatan and those areas are in the State of Quintana Roo; regarding Merida, I suggest you to check the “Jobs in Yucatan” section of Yucatan Living: http://www.yucatanliving.com/category/jobsyucatan. Also you may want to check the local newspaper: http://www.avisoseconomicos.com.mx/empleos/ and these agencies: http://www.occ.com.mx; http://www.adecco.com.mx; http://www.manpower.com.mx. Good luck!

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on April 26th, 2013 12:14 pm

    Nancy, you´d need to get a temporary resident visa with a letter from the company offering you the job so that Immigration authorities can grant it to you. If you need further information, please contact us to info@yucatanyes.com

  • Carl said on June 13th, 2013 12:01 pm

    Good afternoon, i am a Fire fighter paramedic in florida for the past 10yrs. I am very interested in becoming a paramedic in some form in mexico. Not sure what jobs exist in mexico for someone with my training. Im looking for something maybe within a hospital or hotel tourist clinic. I am not fluent in spanish but am currently studying. What are my options, how do i go about getting or finding employment

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on June 20th, 2013 1:25 pm

    Carl, you can upload your information in the “Jobs in Yucatan” section of Yucatan Living´s website: http://www.yucatanliving.com/category/jobsyucatan. Good luck!

  • Jody said on August 7th, 2013 8:27 am

    Good morning! I’ve been a Recruiter in the US for more than 18 years and I’m very ready to begin the next phase of my life. With more than 18 years of sales experience, I think I would make a wonderful real estate agent. I have just begun reaching out to various agencies in the area and would love any advice you can give me in regards to finding a great opportunity.

    Additionally, do you have any recommendations for careers in the area that would be a good fit with my sales background? With a little bit of brushing up, my Spanish is not too shabby!

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on August 7th, 2013 2:20 pm

    Jody, we suggest you to upload your carreer information in Yucatan Living´s Jobs in Yucatan section: http://www.yucatanliving.com/category/jobsyucatan. Good luck!

  • Rachel said on October 2nd, 2013 9:40 am

    Thank you for all this helpful information and answering personal questions.

    I’m a second year nursing student and will receive my associates, NOT a bachelor’s, in December 2013. My fiancee will be starting a new job in Mérida this month, my son and I plan to meet him in the spring after I test for my license. I’m also a licensed EMT-basic. My Spanish is limited, I’m learning.

    Question is, are you aware of anyone who can help me research my options? Must I have a BSN (or will my ADN be acceptable) to work in México, if so I’d like to finish it there and work as an EMT during the process. Are there jobs for native English speaking nurses?

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on October 3rd, 2013 3:53 pm

    Rachel, in order to work in Yucatán you may have to validate your studies before the Ministry of Education (this is in case your employer requests it); it is not a matter of whether is a BSN or a ADN, but that your study plan matches closely the study plan of such carreer in Yucatan. We are pretty sure you will be able to find a job as a nurse within the expat community. Good luck! Feel free to contact us when you will be in Merida if you need our assistance!

  • Michele said on November 6th, 2013 3:25 pm

    Hello,
    Planning to relocate with family within the next two years but planning to purchase property within the year. We are currently learning Spanish. I am researching grant opportunities for women business owners to help start my internet business here in the states.
    Are there any incentives from your government or other agencies to help start up for new businesses in Mexico?
    I am a registered Dietitian and a chef. I am currently starting an online nutrition counseling service. My goal is to start a nutrition/culinary education services in Merida and the surrounding area that would also include hiring and training personal chefs.
    Other than confirming my credentials with the proper regulatory agency (can this be done from the states?), getting a highly recommended lawyer, accountant, and realtor…who else should I have on my team to get things rolling?
    I am also considering getting my teaching certification as well, as long as certifications are documented this would open my opportunities to teaching correct?

    Thank you!!

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on November 6th, 2013 6:05 pm

    Michele, we think you need a one-stop place that can help you fulfill your needs and we think YES can be that place for you, here we can provide you with referrals of reputable and trustworthy lawyers, accountants, realtors and so much more. Yes please get your teaching certifications and other relevant credentials; it is very important that you also get the apostille for such documents, this will be necessary to get a permit to work before Immigration authorities. Please feel free to contact us at our e-mail address if you have further questions: info@yucatanyes.com

  • Michelle Vance said on December 27th, 2013 11:46 am

    My husband and I are would like to relocate somewhere south of Cancun. I have an administrative background and he is an auctioneer. We both have construction backgrounds as well. Neither of us speak spanish but are willing and are going to start learning. Any help you can forward would be most appreciated.

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on December 27th, 2013 4:32 pm

    Michelle, unfortunately since we are based in the State of Yucatan and where you want to relocate is the State of Quintana Roo, we do not have the kind information you are looking for. We apologize and wish you good luck in your research!

  • Christie Garcia said on February 19th, 2014 11:14 pm

    I am a registered nurse in Utah. I do not speak Spanish fluently. Are there any nursing jobs available there

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on February 21st, 2014 8:08 pm

    Christie, we believe there are nursing jobs available, but it´d be important that you improve your Spanish skills and that you validate your nursing studies before the Ministry of Education.

  • Tara Akinslie said on February 24th, 2014 1:14 pm

    Me and my husband are planning to relocate to Mexico and start a business there and would like to know the average rent on commercial property in Mexico for businesses such as retail store or restaurant. What is an average start up cost for a business such as these in Mexico and best locations in Mexico for these type of businesses?

  • Yucatan Expatriate Services said on February 24th, 2014 1:49 pm

    Tara, Mexico as a country is very big and your questions have many possible answers. We could give you information about the State of Yucatan, which is where we are based. If you need information about Yucatan, please contact us at info@yucatanyes.com. Thank you.

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