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Working in Norway: A weekly roundup of the latest jobs news and talking points 

Every week The Local brings you a roundup of the latest jobs news and talking points related to working life in Norway. This week we're looking at which industries are growing and which might shrink, in addition to asking for your views in this week's poll. 

Working in Norway: A weekly roundup of the latest jobs news and talking points 
Here's this week's roundup of working life in Norway. Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash

Tourism sector expecting redundancies if government schemes aren’t extended

An employer organisation, The Federation of Norwegian Enterprise, has said it’s heard from several businesses in the tourism industry that have said that jobs will be cut if the government’s scheme for laid-off workers and other support for companies is not extended beyond October 1st. 

“Yesterday alone, we received several inquiries from companies that write that they have no choice but to go to redundancies if the scheme for laid-off workers is not extended,” Astrid Bergmål from the Federation of Norwegian enterprise told press agency NTB. 

Several government schemes are set to end at the beginning of October as the Norwegian government winds down its Covid support schemes. 

“These companies point out that they have not yet taken part in the reopening and that international travel restrictions mean that in reality, they are still closed,” Bergmål said. 

Jobs minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen said he understood the problem but couldn’t promise any further measures.

Significant demand for workers and growing job vacancies in IT 

There has been a surge in demand for skilled workers in Norway in the IT and software sectors, according to industry experts. 

“We need a lot of people in IT and software, but we also need skilled workers for industrial production,” the HR director from the Kongsberg group, Hans Petter Blokkum, told public broadcaster NRK

The Confederation Of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) has echoed this view. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the rise of remote working and digitisation in Norway has led to a much greater demand for IT workers. 

“There is a great need for IT expertise because the corona crisis has given us a great leap towards digitisation,” Øystein Dørum, chief economist at NHO, told NRK. 

Which other industries are growing?

Recent figures have revealed there are around 50 percent more job listings in Norway than there were at the same time last year. 

The figures from listing site have also revealed which industries have seen the biggest jump in vacancies compared to last year and 2019, the last year to be undisrupted by the pandemic. 

Industry and production is the largest growing sector in Norway at the moment, seeing a 78 percent increase compared to last year and a 31 percent jump in jobs compared to pre-pandemic levels. 

In the retail and trade sector, there have been over 60 percent more job postings compared to 2020 and a fifth more than in 2019. 

Education and childcare have also seen a sharp rise in job listings, with 46 more than last year and 16 percent more than the year before. 

Healthcare has seen just under 30 percent more listings this year and a smidge below 40 percent more than in 2019. 

Construction and building have seen the fifth largest growth in terms of job listings, with a five percent increase compared to last year and seven percent more than in 2019. 

Poll: How important is it for foreign workers to be able to speak Norwegian in the workplace? 

For this week’s poll, we want to hear how important you think it is to be able to speak Norwegian in the workplace. 

There are many companies in Norway where the working language will be English or another language, and some jobs may not even list Norwegian as a requirement. Let us know your thoughts as part of the survey. 

Did you know? 

Norway’s parental leave is both flexible and generous. If both the mother and the father have been in the workforce for at least 6 out of the 10 months leading up to the birth of their child, then they are both entitled to paid parental leave.

Parental leave provisions allow for the mother to choose between 15 weeks’ parental leave with 100 percent of their original wages or 19 weeks with 80 percent of their original wages.

The father is entitled to the same and can start his paternity leave after the newborn is seven weeks old. In addition, there is a joint parental leave time that can be divided up between both mother and father under certain guidelines. 

Useful links

Below you’ll find a couple of helpful articles, guides and resources put together by The Local, which cover key aspects of working life in Norway.

‘Feriepenger’: What you need to know about holiday pay in Norway

What you need to know about setting up as a freelancer in Norway

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What you need to know about summer and seasonal jobs in Norway 

Norway's economy is doing well, unemployment is at record-low levels, and figures show the demand for seasonal workers is high. Here's what you need to know about summer and seasonal jobs.

What you need to know about summer and seasonal jobs in Norway 

Norway has made a strong recovery from the pandemic. The economy is strong, and unemployment is at an almost 14-year low. Companies are struggling to find labour, and competition for workers is fierce

With all the current buzz around labour shortages in Norway, it’s no wonder that the interest in job opportunities in the country is rising.

“The job market is really good now; the chances of getting a job – if you want to work – are excellent. Opportunities and the number of jobs tend to follow big cities – Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger. These are all cities where we’re looking for people,” head of information Sven Fossum at ManpowerGroup Norge, a leading workforce solutions company working in the country, told The Local.

Is there a difference between summer and seasonal jobs? 

Many may think that summer and seasonal jobs are interchangeable, but that’s not quite the case. A seasonal job in Norway is one that can only be done at a specific time of the year. For example, working a winter at a ski resort or a summer picking fruit are seasonal jobs. 

Whereas many companies in Norway offer contracts specifically for the summer to cover for holidaying staff or due to business being busier during the winter months. These aren’t seasonal jobs as they can mostly be done all year round. Summer jobs are available in a much wider variety of industries than seasonal ones too.

Although, there are some jobs that can only be done during the warmer months that may be classed as a summer job for example. Jobs like lifeguarding, working in hospitality at summer venues are examples of summer jobs that aren’t quite considered seasonal jobs.  

Another difference is that with a seasonal job you’ll mostly be competing with other foreigners to get a job, however you’ll typically be going head-to-head with more Norwegians for a summer job.  

Where is there a demand for workers to work in seasonal and summer jobs? 

There is a demand for people in several industries – call centres, logistics, sales, IT… Really, there’s a lot of possibilities,” Fossum noted, adding that there is demand year-round and that, at times, there’s no benefit to distinguishing between summer jobs and ordinary jobs.

“Our clients do have extra need for workers in the summer, but the jobs are the same all year round. Banks and call centers are typical examples of industries looking for workers at the moment.

“Many big companies need people to work in restaurants and hotels in Norway. Look at media reports; there’s a shortage of workers in these industries. These opportunities will also be here during the winter.”

When to start applying for summer jobs

When looking for a summer job in Norway, you should begin the search while it’s still winter. Large Norwegian corporates like Telenor and big banks like DNB like to start planning positions early, so recruitment for jobs begins early. According to Fossum, people should start looking for jobs in February. 

“You will be able to find jobs as early as February. When it comes to Manpower, you can register at our homepage and start looking for opportunities on our pages quite early,” the ManpowerGroup Norge recruitment expert stated.

What about the winter? 

Applications tend to open in September and will run through to the beginning of November for seasonal winter jobs in Norway. 

Outside of the cities and in smaller places, such as some of Norway’s most popular ski resorts, contacting the hotels, restaurants and resorts directly via phone or email to enquire about the possibility of applying for a job or any potential vacancies is one of the best bets for securing a job. September and October are usually the best times to start this process as businesses begin planning for the winter ahead.

READ MORE: How to find a winter sports job in Norway

You may need to be flexible when applying for summer jobs

Furthermore, Fossum believes people looking for jobs in Norway next summer should be flexible. 

“Be flexible when it comes to when you can and can’t work. Many jobs are getting more complex, and we need to invest in training for them. Some jobs have training periods early in the summer, at the end of May, or the beginning of June. It’s important that you as a worker can be present for the training. 

“I would also say that people who are able to work the whole summer will get ahead. If you don’t really have to, don’t ask for three weeks of vacation in the middle of summer. That’s a major part of the reason why there’s high labour demand in the summer – companies need people to cover for absent workers. If possible, try to plan a late vacation instead,” Fossum recommends.

Summer job advice for students

If you’re studying in Norway, a relevant summer job could be a precious addition to your CV later on.

“Every student in Norway stands to benefit from a relevant summer job on the side; having that in your CV means a lot later on. It shows you’re more than just a good student – you’re able to work and can be relied upon. So, if you’re studying in Norway, try and find a summer job,” Fossum concluded.