Pay gap persists between men and women

Women in Norway continue to earn just 86 percent of what men in Norway take home in terms of average monthly earnings. The latest figures from 2016, compiled by statistics bureau SSB, indicate that the pay gap has narrowed, however, and pay growth for women has been a bit higher than for men since 2000. […]

Lobbyists target new cut-rate hair-cutter

Lobbying forces led by Norway’s national employers’ organization NHO are promoting new regulations that could snarl the business plan of the cut-rate hair-cutting chain called Cutters. NHO usually supports innovative business ventures like Cutters, but the popular and fast-growing chain poses new competition for the full-service and much more expensive hair salon branch that NHO represents. The […]

New haircut chain challenges salons

In a country where a haircut can routinely cost as much as going to the dentist, Norwegians are flocking to a new chain that offers only quick haircuts for a fixed, relatively low price. The arrival of Cutters has left established salons tearing their own hair out over the new competition that they claim violates professional […]

Norway hard on expats’ careers

An international survey seems to confirm what many expatriates living in Norway have experienced for a long time: It’s hard to build a career. Norway and the Nordic countries in general ranked poorly regarding career prospects for foreign nationals. Norway ranked 53rd out of 67 countries in terms of career prospects for expats, followed by Sweden in 54th […]

Shell cuts another 231 jobs

The oil industry crisis isn’t over for the Norwegian subsidiary of Dutch oil company Shell. Its Shell Norge unit plans to lay off 75 full-time employees later this year, plus another 156 workers hired in on a temporary basis. The job cuts come as work winds down on Shell’s Draugen platform in the Norwegian Sea and at its gas plant […]

Unemployment declines, but fewer working

Both Norway’s employers’ organization NHO and its largest trade union confederation LO are warning against getting too optimistic about the decline in unemployment. A downturn in new job creation means overall employment is down as well. “These numbers can look good,” Øystein Dørum, chief economist at NHO, told news burean ANB after the latest unemployment […]

Kværner wins huge Statoil contract

A contract for upgrading Statoil’s Njord A platform was being formally awarded to the Kværner Stord yard on Norway’s West Coast on Friday. The contract is said to be worth around NOK 5 billion (USD 588 million) and expected to generate as many as 3,000 jobs. “This is one of the most important contracts in the market this […]

Jobs moving out of Oslo, and Norway

Hundreds of public-sector jobs look set to be intentionally moved from the Norwegian capital of Oslo to other locations around the country, and, in the private sector, possibly out of the country. The pending job relocations are generating both outcry and some praise. The most reaction has erupted over the conservative state government coalition’s announcement that it plans […]

Immigration tests the welfare state

Norway has not succeeded in ushering refugees and many other immigrants into the workforce, notes the leader of a commission that’s been studying the consequences of immigration. In the long run, immigration can thus challenge the country’s carefully crafted welfare state, according to Professor Grete Brochmann, who handed her commission’s latest report to the government this […]

Even more post offices set to close

The Norwegian postal service is quickly becoming a shadow of its former self. After a wave of post office closures earlier this year, more loom now as well. The mountain town of Førde was having a hard time this week, for example, after first Telenor announced it was shutting down operations and slashing jobs and […]