Nuevo Laredo - Post Report Question and Answers

What types of jobs do most expatriate spouses/partners have? Locally based or telecommuting? Full-time or part-time? Can you comment on local salary scales?

The Consulate management work hard to provide work opportunities for the EFMs. I don't think that it was quite the case that anybody who wanted work had it, but it was close. The choice of work might be limited, as it's a smaller post, but there were positions available. As for working on the local economy, I think most Americans would not find local wages enticing. There were a few EFMs within the community while I was there that worked online, and this seemed to be a good option. Specifically, as this post is on similar timezone as the US. (only one hour after East coast) - Dec 2022

Jobs in the Consulate have dwindled since the hiring freeze began. Some people work remotely. There are jobs in Laredo, but crossing the border every day makes it more complicated. Many end up volunteering, taking online classes, taking care of their kids, etc. I pay $20 for an hour of physical therapy at a private clinic here in Mexico, which will give you some idea of the salary scale here. - Jun 2018

Decent pay for a local job would range around 15,000 MNX monthly. Volunteer work is available with NGOs and jobs are available in Laredo, TX. - Apr 2017

There are job opportunities in the Consulate, and in Laredo. Speaking Spanish is a plus. - Feb 2016

No - Dec 2015

Not really. - Jun 2014

Post has several EFM positions. Beyond that, there are very few job opportunities for non-Spanish speakers. You can't get a job at McDonalds in Laredo unless you speak fluent Spanish. - Nov 2011


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