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 […]

Wage talks break down already

After just three full days of negotiations, wage talks between trade union federation LO and employers’ organization NHO broke down Thursday night. That means the two sides will now take their differences to the state mediator at the end of this month. LO leader Hans Christian Gabrielsen and NHO chief Ole Erik Almlid launched the […]

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, […]

Huge new contracts fuel the oil industry

Just two weeks after a huge new drilling rig for Norway’s state-owned oil company was completed and towed away from Aibel’s yard in Haugesund, Equinor (formerly Statoil) was busy handing out billions of kroner worth of more contracts. The new wave of work for the oil service business confirms that Norway’s oil age is far […]

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. […]

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 […]