Technology cuts jobs at Telenor

Norway’s newly expanded conservative government is still promoting job creation and rapid digitalization of Norwegian society, but in many cases the two are distinctly at odds. Employees at state-controlled telecoms firm Telenor are the latest casualty. Telenor recently announced record-high financial results for 2017 and dividends that will amount to more than NOK 12 billion […]

State may transfer 5,000 jobs to the counties

A commission set up by the state ministry in charge of local government administration and modernization has proposed shutting down three state agencies and transferring their functions and jobs to the county level. Agencies affected include Bufetat, in charge of children and family support, which currently has around 3,000 state employees. Also on the block […]

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 […]