Lowest unemployment in 10 years

A total of 59,500 people in Norway were registered as being without work and receiving unemployment benefits in October. That’s the lowest level recorded by state welfare agency NAV for more than 10 years, reports news bureau NTB. The number of unemployed amounted to 2.2 percent of the work force in Norway last month, adjusted […]

Alternatives sought for EU agreement

Norway’s 25-year-old trade and policy pact with the EU survived yet another round of attacks from labour unions this week. The so-called EØS/EEA agreement remains subject, however, to a search for alternatives to it, through a compromise that came only after Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre was roundly scolded over his support for the deal. […]

NAV reports conflicting jobless rate

Norway’s state welfare agency NAV has reported a slight decline in the numbers of Norwegians registered as out of work and applying for unemployment assistance. It’s not the first time NAV’s numbers have conflicted with those of state statistics bureau SSB, which just reported an unexpected rise in unemployment. While SSB reported that unemployment rose […]

Fishing firm convicted of exploiting foreign workers

A court in Lofoten, Northern Norway, has convicted a fish processing facility in Finnmark for exploiting 11 workers from Lithuania who were not compensated with overtime pay even after working considerable amounts of extra hours. News bureau NTB reported that Norwegian colleagues at the firm received overtime pay, but not the foreign labourers. The firm, which […]

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 […]