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A Workweek in Mexico: Shifts, Costs and Labor in Maquiladoras

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CPI INSIDER SERIES: THE NUTS & BOLTS OF MANUFACTURING IN MEXICO
An Interview with Teresa Luna, CPI’s Director of Human Resources
About Teresa Luna:

Teresa has over 28 years working in this industry with a majority of that time in human resources. Previously as the HR Manager for Greatbatch Medical and Hunter Industries, she knows HR from the client’s perspective. Specializing in talent recruitment, leadership development and overseeing all HR activities, her goal is to find CPI clients the best and the brightest for their operations.


What are the typical shifts in Mexico?

The workweek in Mexico is 6 days a week, typically Monday to Saturday. Compared to the United States, the addition of the 6th work day means increased productivity each week. Shifts are most commonly divided up like this:

labor workweek in mexico


What is a typical salary for manufacturing labor in Mexico?

The typical salary for entry-level assembly in Mexico is $2.66 USD/hour (fully burdened). Managers and supervisors are paid commiserate with experience and company policy. Sounds pretty good right? Click here to run your own labor cost comparison at no-charge


Is there holiday work and overtime in Mexico?

Yes. Overtime is permitted for a period of three hours per day without exceeding 9 hours per week, and with a compensation of 100% over the regular hourly pay. If overtime exceeds 9 hours, compensation is 200% over the regular hourly pay. Employees who work on Sunday are entitled to a 25% bonus over their daily salary.


Mexican Federal Holidays

If an employee is required to work on a holiday they receive a compensation of 200% over their regular daily pay.

  • January 1st - New Year
  • February 5th - Constitution Day (Moved to the first Monday of February)
  • March 21st - Benito Juarez Day/President’s Day (Moved to the third Monday of March)
  • May 1st - Labor Day
  • September 16th - Independence Day
  • November 20th - Revolution Day (Moved to the third Monday of November)
  • December 1st - Presidential Election year (every 6 years)
  • December 25th - Christmas Day
  • Holy Thursday and Good Friday are not federal holidays, but it is common for a lot of employers to give Friday or both off

What are Mexican labor laws and mandatory employee benefits in Mexico?

Mexican law requires the following benefits to be supplied by the employer. When you work under CPI’s Shelter Program, these costs and their management is handled by CPI’s Administrative and HR Team. Outside of mandatory benefits, our retention strategies include benefits like transportation or transportation bonuses.

mexico employee benefits by law


How does CPI work with its clients for talent recruitment/HR management?

When you work under CPI’s Shelter Program, talent recruitment and HR are included in your contact. CPI assesses the clients’ needs/company culture to develop a recruitment strategy that includes defining the positions, compensation and salary package, benefits required by law, motivational and incentive programs.

Our recruitment campaigns often include advertisement (online and in the field), recruitment booths at strategic locations, and for large hiring drives we may hold special events and mixers. CPI has its own recruitment website and on field recruitment team. We handle the selection process, job offer and on boarding.


Is there anything else I should know?

There’s always more to know and we love questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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