Norwegian businesses and the public health care sector needs the equivalent of 26,500 people, 5,700 more than last year, according to new labour statistics released by state welfare agency NAV. The needs are strongest within health care and elder care, along with construction.
The situation reflects the “divided” yet overall resilient economy in Norway at present, as people in the oil and offshore industry lose their jobs because of lower oil prices while there are labour shortages in other branches.
Norway currently needs, for example, around 3,000 nurses in addition to nursing assistants, specialized nurses and other health care workers. The health care sector has signalled a need for around 8,050 people in total. Around 4,500 workers are needed in the construction industry.