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WORKING IN NORWAY

Working in Norway: A weekly roundup of the latest jobs new 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 crunch talks over support for laid-off workers and asking whether you love or loathe working from home. 

Working in Norway: A weekly roundup of the latest jobs new and talking points
Here's this weeks roundup. Photo by Elle Hughes from Pexels

Government to hold crunch talks as schemes for laid-off workers set to end 

Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, will hold crunch talks with employers and major players in working life on Friday as the government prepares to scrap schemes supporting workers laid off due to the pandemic. 

Currently, schemes will be phased out in October, and the government doesn’t expect its stance to change following the talks. Around 80,000 people will see their finances impacted by the cuts, but Prime Minister Erna Solberg said the focus should be on getting people back into work rather than extending support. 

“Full focus must now be to ensure that we get people into work, and ensure we get workers into sectors lacking labour,” Solberg told public broadcaster NRK.  

Last week parties opposed to the cuts said they would join forces to block the government from scrapping support. 

On Tuesday, this was put to a temporary halt when it was decided that parties should hold off being able to block the government from ending schemes until after talks had taken place. 

Poll Results: Is income tax in Norway fair? 

Last week we asked you whether you thought income tax in Norway was fair after we revealed which parties have pledged to cut income tax as part of their election campaigns

Norway is known for its notoriously high taxes, which help fund its subsidised health care system and generous welfare state. 

Readers were split down the middle on whether they thought income tax in Norway was fair. Half said it was reasonable, and the other half said it wasn’t. 

William, a software engineer, said income tax in Norway was fair as the money was used well. 

“The money is put to good use,” he said. 

Mihai, who lives in Ensjø and works in IT, disagreed and thought those on middle-to-high incomes are taxed unfairly. However, he did think that various proposals to cut income tax for the lowest earners are a good idea. 

“Taxing the medium-to-high wages more is not fair, as some of these earners spent years in schools and worked a lot to get to that income. I agree that low-income jobs should be taxed less, but not at the expense of those that invested time and effort in their education,” he argued. 

Home office here to stay? 

Working from home has been under the spotlight this week, with a new study offering a glimpse into the future of working from home. 

In short, it looks like working from home has made itself at home in Norwegian working life and is here to stay for the foreseeable future. 

“For those who can offer a home office, the pandemic has taught us that it is entirely possible and that in many cases it gives both the company and the individual employee new opportunities,” Ole Erik Almlid, head of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) told newspaper VG.

A survey from the NHO revealed that 45 percent of employers who answered the survey said that they would offer a home office after the pandemic ends. 

Poll: Do you want to continue working from home once the pandemic ends?

The home office, do you love it or loathe it. Let us know in the poll below whether you want to keep working from home or not. 

Did you know? 

For most people looking for a winter sports job, a seasonal job in hospitality is the most straightforward option for foreigners.

Every resort will have a number of restaurants, hotels and after-ski venues, and they all need seasonal staff in the form of waiters, waitresses, receptionists, cleaners and housekeepers.

Other winter sports jobs in Norway include ski instructors, park shapers at snowboard parks, lift operators and resort reps.

There are also some office-based jobs in marketing and advertising, but these are hard to come by, especially for foreigners. Furthermore, a strong grasp of Norwegian will be required as you’d often be liaising with Norwegian businesses.

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

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. 

How to get a work permit in Norway

What is the future of home working in Norway?

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WORKING IN NORWAY

Record job vacancies in Norway: Which sectors need workers?

During the first quarter of 2022, there were a record number of job vacancies in Norway available, but which sectors are most in need of workers?

Record job vacancies in Norway: Which sectors need workers?

Norway passed 100,000 job vaccines during the first three months of the year, figures from Statistics Norway have revealed.

Compared to the same period a year before, the number of job openings increased by 7.3 percent when the figures are adjusted for seasonal variation.

“The number of vacancies was a record high throughout 2021. This quarter we see a further increase, and the number of vacancies is now over 100,000, the highest in over ten years,” Tonje Køber, from the labour market and wages section at Statistics Norway, said.

Unemployment fell to its lowest level since 2009 in the first quarter, also, figures from the Labour Force Survey show. During the first quarter of 2022, unemployment in Norway was 3.1 percent.

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Statistics Norway noted that construction was one of the industries with the highest number of vacancies, but the number of job openings was not yet back to pre-pandemic levels.

In the administration and support sectors, more than 11,200 vacancies were registered. Hospitality and accommodation was another sector with a high number of openings throughout the beginning of the year. Across these sectors, 7,000 vacancies were listed.

More than 6,000 openings were also reported for the comms and information sectors. The professional, scientific, and technical industries had just under 8,000 roles available during this period.

The technical and scientific professions were also the industries with the highest growth in the number of vacancies.

The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) has previously said Norway needs more skilled workers. 

“We now see a strengthened and persistent imbalance between the competence that employers demand and the competence that jobseekers offer,” director of labour and welfare at NAV, Hans Christian Holte, said in a report on unemployment published last month.

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