Labor and Education
Unbeatable value for skilled labor
Very few cities in the world can match the skill level for cost ratio of Mexicali’s 1.2 million people. Among adults, 20% are college educated, and many at all levels have direct work experience in technology industries. The price for that talent is a bargain: skilled laborers average $2.50/hour, compared to $25/hour for comparable positions north of the border. And the average salary for qualified technology engineers is $25,000/year, compared to $75,000+/year in the U.S. As a nation, Mexico produces over 75,000 new engineers each year.
- UABC + UC San Diego = A+: State University, best state university in Mexico, 40,000 Students 8,000 in Engineering
- CETYS: Private University, bachelor, masters
- ITM: Federal University, bachelor, master, PhD
- Polytechnic Universidad: Polytechnic University
Union Activity in Mexicali
Union activity in Mexicali has traditionally been lower than on the coast (Tijuana, Tecate, Rosarito and Ensenada). The city has been described as having a peaceful labor climate. Unions, labor attorneys and authorities treat each other on a first name basis and usually work and even socialize together.
Although unions are not largely embraced by the maquiladora industry in Baja California, there do exist some companies that have either active or protection Union contracts.