Anonymity can aid job applicants

Government Minister Monica Mæland thinks it’s probably much easier for people with names like “Lars” or “Kristin” to get a job in Norway than it is for those with names that suggest non-Norwegian heritage. Her ministry is thus launching a new approach to affirmative action by testing a digital form of anonymous job applications. “In the […]

Brokers earn most, then oil workers

Annual wage talks got underway this week, right after the traditional handshake between the leaders of Norway’s largest labour and employer organizations. Negotiations begin amidst debate over pay gaps and household income differences in Norway, and after an eye-opening survey that ranked monthly paychecks in the country’s most- and least-lucrative professions. “This year it’s our […]

Immigration can limit social mobility

The numbers of unemployed immigrants and refugees have fallen sharply over the past three years in the Oslo area, and around the country as well. That’s good news for integration advocates, but another new study shows that immigration from low-income countries has also led to less work for Norwegians in lower social classes, hindering social […]

New NHO boss for Norway’s employers

Ole Erik Almlid is formally taking over as chief executive of Norway’s powerful national employers’ organization NHO (Næringslivets Hovedorganisation). The former journalist and editor succeeds Kristin Skogen Lund, who left NHO earlier this autumn to take over a chief executive of media company Schibsted. Almlid and Lund had the same employer themselves when Lund was […]

Extended sick leave aims to cut it

The Norwegian government, national employers’ organization NHO and major national labour federations have agreed to extend employees’ rights to call in sick, but don’t fear the system will be abused. Rather, enhanced confidence in employees aims to keep them healthier, and reduce the work load on physicians. Workers earlier have been able to call in […]

Au pair case heads for Supreme Court

Norway’s highest court (Høyesterett) has agreed to hear an appeal filed by a wealthy Oslo businessman and his wife, who’ve been convicted of violating Norway’s au pair program. The violations resulted in alleged exploitation of young women from the Philippines, who came to Norway under what’s supposed to be a cultural exchange program but ended up […]

Employers plan to hire more workers

Employment prospects are looking up again in Norway. A new survey shows that many companies are planning to do more hiring by the end of the year, while employers in four out of five reagions in Norway plan to increase staffing. “Employers looking for new talent will need to prepare for tough competition,” Maalfrid Brath, […]

Debate erupts over cuts in sick pay

Employees in Norway can currently call in sick and still collect full pay, with a doctor’s evaluation only required after three days away from work. Now a Member of Parliament from the Conservative Party wants to cut sick pay benefits, setting off immediate objections from the opposition. “This comes like a gift to us,” declared […]

Oil industry faces labour shortage

The rapid recovery of Norway’s oil industry is suddenly leaving some offshore oil and oil service companies short of workers. State welfare and employment agency NAV reports that a labour shortage is beginning to resurface in several sectors, with the decline in unemployment greatest among engineers and information technology experts. Unemployment in Rogaland County on […]

Job satisfaction: How it shapes identity

After several difficult years following the collapse in oil prices, Norway’s job market is picking up again. Nicola McCaffrey, a clinical psychologist based in Norway’s hard-hit “oil capital” of Stavanger, has helped clients tackle the pain of a job loss and thus pondered the importance of just how much our work can mean to us. […]