Remote’s guide to employing in

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Make employment in Mexico easy. Let us handle payroll, benefits, taxes, compliance, and even stock options for your team in Mexico, all in one easy-to-use platform.

Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor ManagementPayroll
  • Capital City

    Mexico City

  • Currency

    Mexican peso ($, MXN)

  • Languages


  • Population size


Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor ManagementPayroll

Facts & Stats

  • Capital City

    Mexico City

  • Currency

    Mexican peso ($, MXN)

  • Languages


  • Population size


  • Ease of doing business


  • Cost of living index

    $$ (100 of 139 nations)

  • Payroll frequency


  • VAT - standard rate


  • GDP - real growth rate

    1.994% (2018 est.)

Mexico (Spanish: México), officially the United Mexican States (Spanish: Estados Unidos Mexicanos), is a country in the southern portion of North America. It has the world's 15th-largest economy by nominal GDP and the 11th-largest by PPP, with the United States being its largest economic partner. The large economy, area, population and politics make Mexico a regional power and a middle power, and is often identified as an emerging power.

Grow your team in Mexico with Remote

Looking to employ workers in Mexico? Companies hiring in Mexico must either own a legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solutions provider, usually one that provides employer of record services.

Remote can employ your team in Mexico on your behalf through our local legal entity in the country and handle payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance for your Mexico team. You can also pay contractors now in Mexico with Remote.

Risks of misclassification

Mexico, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in Mexico may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.

Employing in Mexico

Mexican employment law and employment rights are contained under the Constitution of the United Mexican States (Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos) as well as Federal Labour Law. The employment rights provided in these can apply to anyone providing subordinated services. Employment rights in Mexico are also inalienable, meaning that they apply to everyone deemed to carry out suborindated work in Mexico, regardless of the jurisdiction chosen in employment agreements.

Federal Labour Law and Mexican labour courts are very employee-protective and favours the employee. As such, Mexican employment law provides strong labour conditions and protections for employees, so employing people will generally be an important investment and commitment.

Temporary agencies are popular options for more flexible workforce arrangements. For these and many other reasons, the following are only guidelines in the broadest sense, and professional legal services are recommended when employing in Mexico.

Minimum Wage

There are two types of minimum wages: a general minimum wage that applies to everyone regardless of age, industry and experience and a "professional" minimum wage that applies to certain employees depending on their profession, craft or activity.

For the general minimum wage, there are two categories:

  • MXN 374.89 per day for workers in Mexico's Free Zone northern border municipalities that experience higher costs of living

  • MXN 248. 93 per day for the rest of the country

Payroll Cycle

For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in semi-monthly instalments by the 15th and 30th of each month.

Onboarding Time

We can help you get a new employee started in Mexico fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 3 working days.

Our team ensures your employees are onboarded and paid as quickly as possible while keeping your business compliant with all local employment legislation. The minimum onboarding time begins after the employee submits all required information onto the Remote platform. The onboarding timeline is also dependent upon registration with local authorities.

For all non-nationals of the country of employment, the Right to Work assessment (if applicable) will add three extra days to the total time to onboard. There may be extra time required if we need to follow-up on the right to work assessment.

Please note, payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote has a payroll cut-off date of the 10th of the month unless otherwise specified.

Disclaimer: Remote is committed to the highest standard of compliance to protect our customers. Mexico has unique employment laws, some of which include rules regarding the ratio between citizens and foreign nationals a company may employ in the country. To protect our customers, Remote may periodically pause the hiring of foreign nationals in Mexico and add any pending hires to a waitlist. The timeline for onboarding foreign national employees on this waitlist will depend on a number of factors, including offboardings, terminations, and new Remote hires of Mexican nationals.Remote is always able to onboard Mexican nationals who meet standard employment requirements. This disclaimer only applies to the onboarding of foreign nationals living and working in Mexico, including those with permanent resident status.

Telework Laws

In 2024, Remote adopted the new telework legislation. This law, which sets health and safety standards for teleworking, aims to prevent accidents and illnesses and promote a safe and healthy remote work environment.

In response to Mexico's new telework laws, Remote is implementing several measures. These include a partnership with a prevention health service, and support for remote workers' electricity and internet costs. Additional support must be provided to support the worker’s activities, which include a laptop and ergonomic chair.

8 Public holidays

Monday, 1 January 20241New Year's Day (Año Nuevo)
Monday, 5 February 20242Constitution Day (día de la Constitución)
Monday, 18 March 20243Benito Juárez's birthday (Cumpleaños de Benito Juárez)
Wednesday, 1 May 20244Labour Day (Día del Trabajador)
Monday, 16 September 20245Independence Day (Día de la Independencia)
Tuesday, 1 October 20246Change of Federal Government (Cambio de gobierno federal)
Monday, 18 November 20247Revolution Day (Día de revolución)
Wednesday, 25 December 20248Christmas Day (Navidad)

Competitive benefits package in Mexico

At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practising “fair equity,” which means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive (and that will allow you to attract the best local talent).

Our benefits packages in Mexico are tailored to fulfil the local needs of your employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Mental Health Support

  • Pension or 401(K)

  • Life and Disability Insurance

Fair Pricing in Mexico

Employer of Record

Hire and pay your global team

Starting at $599/month

for annual plans

Top features

  • Satisfaction guaranteed

  • No deposits or hidden fees

  • Zero onboarding or offboarding fees

  • Compliant equity incentives support including withholding and reporting

  • Built-in security and compliance

  • Fast onboarding (average 2-3 days)

  • Flexible, localised benefits

Contractor Management

Compliantly onboard and pay contractors


per contractor/month

Top features

  • Only pay for contractors you actively work with

  • Work with contractors in 200+ countries

  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localised contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility

Global Payroll

Consolidate your multi-country payroll


per employee/month

Top features

  • Reduce costs by centralising payroll management

  • Ensure local compliance for every country

  • Direct support from in-house local payroll experts

  • Accurate, on-time, compliant payroll to level-up your employee experience

  • Tax and labour authority reporting handled for you


Manage all of your employees in one place


Top features

  • Guided onboarding and offboarding

  • Employee profile and document management

  • Time and attendance (time off and tracking)

  • Expense management and reimbursement

  • Employee self-serve on the platform and mobile app