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Jobs news in Norway: Increase in sexual harassment and is work-life balance worsening? 

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 the work-life balance and an increase in sexual harassment. 

Jobs news in Norway: Increase in sexual harassment and is work-life balance worsening? 
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More young people experience sexual harassment at work 

Nearly one in five young employees say that they have been the subject of sexual harassment in the workplace, according to the Norwegian Institute for the Working Environment. 

The proportion of all employees who were harassed increased by a slight amount from 4.1 to 4.5 percent. However, 17 percent of employees aged between 17 and 24 said they were sexually harassed while at work. 

Tom Sterud, one of the researchers who worked on the report, said changing attitudes and increased awareness was leading to people reporting behaviour that they may have let slide before. 

“We most believe that the numbers can be explained with increased awareness and changed attitudes to what is defined about acceptable behaviour, but can not quantify it,” Sterud said. 

The figures also showed that those in temporary positions and roles with lots of contact with others were more likely to report harassment.

Cross border workers fume at Norway’s Covid testing policy

Workers who commute between Sweden and Norway have hit out the strict testing rules on the Norwegian end, with some saying the constant testing has led to health issues. 

At five test stations on the southern part of the border, 309,000 Covid tests have been done, but only 457 have come back positive since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Frederica Bronstedt is a teacher who commutes across the border and has done around 70 tests. She says the constant testing has lead to health problems. 

“You end up with pain and ailments you have not had before. I have had sinusitis a number of times now. People I know have had a lot of nosebleeds, something they have never had before,” Bronstedt told public broadcaster NRK

The Assistant Director of Health at the Norwegian Directorate of Health, Espen Nakstad, has said the current test strategy is set to be changed, but he didn’t provide any details. 

Is work-life balance in Norway getting worse?

Norwegians are working more evenings, weekends and nights than they were six years ago, the working life barometer from The Central Confederation of Trade Unions has revealed. 

In 2015, 52 percent of Norwegian employees worked evenings. By this year, this had risen to 58 percent. 

In addition, the proportion of those working Saturdays has increased from 43 to 47 percent.

Previously, mostly men worked nights, but the proportion of women working nights has begun to increase. 

The following industries were more likely to require workers to clock on for evenings and nights. 

• Nursing and care

• Defence, police and the judiciary

• Transport / transport

• Business service and service provision

• Tourism and hotels

• Restaurant and dining

• Oil, gas and energy

• Agriculture / forestry

Did you know? 

Areas with a higher density of tourists are more prone to accept workers who don’t speak Norwegian. The popular tourist destination Lofoten, for example. Located in the North of Norway, the area is highly dependent on international visitors to support their economy. English is the dominant language used to communicate with foreigners. Food menus are printed in both Norwegian and English, and it would be surprising not to be greeted in English at a restaurant in Lofoten.  

The country’s capital, Oslo, is also rich with tourism-related jobs and home to many international companies where English is the working language. 

READ MORE: Tips for finding an English speaking 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.

Cost of living: What do workers in Norway spend their salaries on?

Salaries in Norway: Which jobs have seen wages rise (and fall) the most?

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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.