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Buy and sell site named Norway’s best employer

For the second year running, Norwegian employees have named buy and sell website Finn.no the best large company in the country to work for.

Buy and sell site named Norway's best employer
Finn.no's administrative director Christian Printzell Halvorsen accepts the award from Jannik Krohn Falck (Photo: Eva Rose)

One of the biggest websites in the country, Finn.no topped the employee satisfaction list for companies with 250 or more employees.

Microsoft, the Reitan group and Accenture also scored high approval ratings in a survey of 40,000 employees in 149 workplace conducted by the firm Great Place to Work.

“There is little doubt that Norwegian managers are trying to understand the connection between the work environment and the bottom line.

“No one puts considerable resources into creating a good working environment just to be nice,” said Jannik Krohn Falck, managing director of Great Place to Work Norway, in a statement.

The results are based on the responses given by employees to 58 questions about issues including trust, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie in the workplace.

Winners 2012

Large companies (250+ employees) 

  1. Finn.no
  2. Microsoft
  3. Reitangruppen
  4. Accenture
  5. Berg-Hansen travel agency
  6. Steria
  7. Flytoget
  8. Bouvet
  9. Cisco
  10. Statnett

Medium-sized companies  (20-250 employees)

  1. Miles
  2. Webstep
  3. Kantega
  4. Skagen Fondene
  5. Meltwater Group
  6. Affecto
  7. Abbott
  8. Umoe Consulting
  9. Eiendomsmegler 1 Midt-Norge
  10. Columbus

Small companies (20-50 employees)

  1. Iterate
  2. Compendia
  3. Conceptos Consulting
  4. Eiendomsmegler 1 Ringerike Hadeland
  5. Increo

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JOBS

Norway posts record number of vacant job listings

A record number of openings have been listed on the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration’s (NAV) job portal this year.

The job market in Norway is recovering from the pandemic quicker than expected according to Holte. Pictured is two employee's going over some paperwork
The job market in Norway is recovering from the pandemic quicker than expected according to Holte. Pictured is two employee's going over some paperwork. Photo by Gabrielle Henderson on Unsplash

Job vacancies on NAV’s job portal, arbeidsplassen.no. are at record numbers already this year, with two months of 2021 still to go. 

So far this year, around 433,000 jobs have been listed on the portal, surpassing the figure for pre-pandemic 2019. 

“Already now, at the end of September, we have even more vacancies through this year so far than we had throughout 2019,” Hans Christian Holte, director of Nav, told public broadcaster NRK

NAV estimates that by the end of the year, well over 500,000 vacancies will have been registered in 2021. 

Some industries stand out in particular when it comes to the demand for labour. Tourism and catering, daycare, sales and health sciences are all areas with significant demand for workers, according to NAV’s director.

Holte rejected the idea that Norwegians may be too picky about the types of jobs they are willing to take as a partial explanation for the vacancies. He instead said it was about people having the necessary skills. 

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In addition, he also said that the job market had recovered from the pandemic much quicker than expected. 

“We see that unemployment, in general, is back to the level it was before the pandemic. We actually expected this to happen next year,” he said. 

One trend concerning Holte is the rise in long-term unemployment in Norway. According to the NAV director, the number of people who have been unemployed for between one-and-a-half to two years has more than doubled since last year. 

“This is perhaps the biggest concern I have right now – there are the many who have been out of work for a long time. Maybe there are special reasons for it, such as gaps in the CV, language challenges, or health-related things. Norwegian society must now be good and help them back into working life,” he explained. 

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