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

Working in Norway A weekly roundup of the latest job

Unemployment fell in Norway in July

Monthly figures from the Norwegian Labor and Social Welfare Administration (NAV) revealed that the number of job seekers in Norway has fallen to just under 150,000.

Overall, unemployment fell by 5,500 from June after adjusting for seasonal variations.

According to NAV, the drop in the number of job seekers in July is due to the easing of pandemic restrictions.

“The decline in the number of job seekers continued in July, in line with the relaxation of infection control measures,” NAV director of labor and welfare Hans Christian Holte said in a statement.

About 3.5% of the Norwegian workforce is currently unemployed.

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The industries that saw the largest reductions in unemployment were the travel and tourism sectors, and the area that received the largest increase in employment in July was Oslo.

Live events industry suffers shortages following mass exodus

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, nearly a fifth of all stage technicians in Norway have left the industry since March 2020.

Now, those still working in the industry fear that if Norway lifts all measures, live events would face a massive shortage of technicians.

Figures from the Industry Association for Stage Production (BFSP) revealed that 19.4 of all permanent employees had left the industry since March of last year.

“I think everyone in the industry lost their spark during the lockdown. It’s hard to stay out of work for such long periods of time, ”Morten Buvik, managing director of the Sound Team in Bodø, northern Norway, told the trade union newspaper Klassekampen.

Best Norwegian company offering letters of recommendation to unsuccessful applicants

One of Norway’s most prestigious companies offers some applicants who reach the final stage of the interview process, but are not selected, letters of recommendation to help them in their job search.

Norges Bank Investment Management, which manages the Norwegian oil fund or government pension fund, will offer applicants who reach the final interview stage of its graduate program letters of recommendation to help them with their search. employment.

Nicolai Tangen, CEO of Norges Bank Investment Management, said the move was inspired by a zoo in Kristiansand, southern Norway, which offers all applicants who have not made the final cut a letter of recommendation to help them in the job search process. .

In a post on LinkedIn, Tangen said he hoped it would help empower young job seekers.

Norway’s sixth richest man says wealth tax will prevent businesses from employing more people

Norway’s sixth-richest salmon baron and sixth-richest man Gustav Witzøe has warned of a proposed wealth tax as part of a possible red-green coalition.

Witzøe, the owner of Salmar, one of the largest salmon farmers in the world, said the proposed tax would prevent wealthy owners from increasing the size of their business.

“It depletes the company’s resources, making it difficult for you to save jobs or develop new ones. It doesn’t make sense, ”he told financial site E24.

The proposal by Norway’s Red and Green parties would mean that ultra-rich individuals would be subject to much higher taxes than they currently are.

Witzøe said the tax would put Norway at a global disadvantage as well, and said he would consider moving his company’s headquarters to London or Cyprus, where taxes are lower.

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More than half of inspected workplaces in Norway violate the working environment law

More than half of the 5,000 workplaces LO inspected this summer revealed a violation of the Work Environment Act.

This summer, 58 percent of all premises inspected were found to be in breach of labor rules.

The reason for this, according to the union, is due to the Covid-19 epidemic in Norway.

“A year with many unemployed and laid off can probably lead many to accept worse working conditions than they are entitled to, LO’s Bjarne Lagesen” told the Nettavisen online news site.

Young people, in particular, have fallen prey to poor quality work practices. One in six summer employees under the age of 18 works without a contract. In addition, the union has seen an increase in the number of employers monitoring employees with cameras with worker permission.

Did you know?

Norway does not really have a national minimum wage. But that doesn’t mean your employer can pay you whatever they want.

While wages in Norway are respectable, people who have recently moved to the country may be surprised to learn that there is no official general minimum wage.

Instead, wages tend to be agreed through negotiations between unions and individual employers or employers’ organizations (tarifavtale). In Norway, a country of around 5 million people, 1.4 million workers were covered by a tariff agreement in 2015, according to data from Statistics Norway.

In addition, the tariff agreement also regulates working hours, overtime, public holidays, pensions and rules regarding temporary layoffs.

To learn more about this, read: Why Norway does not have a national minimum wage and how fair pay is guaranteed

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