Business and industry leaders will be gathering in Oslo early next month to discuss ways of attracting and retaining foreign talent in the Norwegian workforce, which has faced labour shortages in certain areas for years.
As Norway’s economy continues to grow, fueled by its oil and gas industry, workers will be in demand. State statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) has estimated that Norwegian companies will need 220,000 new workers within the next three years, and the majority will come from abroad. That can be good news for immigrants already in Norway and looking for work. For companies, it means recruitment efforts will be important and that Norway needs to become a more attractive place for foreign professionals and their families.
It’s all part of what industry players call “global mobility” as Norwegian companies compete in the global marketplace. The Norwegian Business School (BI), the Oslo Chamber of Commerce and the intercultural c0nsulting firm Kulturtolk are among those organizing the Oslo Global Mobility Forum at BI on November 2. It aims to help companies understand and manage challenges in the global workplace and influence policy changes, to improve Norway’s cultural acceptance and competitiveness.
Speakers will include Rikke Lind of the trade ministry, Paul Chaffey of Abelia and Jie Zhang of Huawei Technologies Norway among others.
Views and News staff