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Working in Norway: A weekly roundup of the latest jobs news and talking points 

Every week The Local brings you a roundup of the latest jobs news and talking points related to working life in Norway. This week we're looking at which industries are growing and which might shrink, in addition to asking for your views in this week's poll. 

Working in Norway: A weekly roundup of the latest jobs news and talking points 
Here's this week's roundup of working life in Norway. Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash

Tourism sector expecting redundancies if government schemes aren’t extended

An employer organisation, The Federation of Norwegian Enterprise, has said it’s heard from several businesses in the tourism industry that have said that jobs will be cut if the government’s scheme for laid-off workers and other support for companies is not extended beyond October 1st. 

“Yesterday alone, we received several inquiries from companies that write that they have no choice but to go to redundancies if the scheme for laid-off workers is not extended,” Astrid Bergmål from the Federation of Norwegian enterprise told press agency NTB. 

Several government schemes are set to end at the beginning of October as the Norwegian government winds down its Covid support schemes. 

“These companies point out that they have not yet taken part in the reopening and that international travel restrictions mean that in reality, they are still closed,” Bergmål said. 

Jobs minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen said he understood the problem but couldn’t promise any further measures.

Significant demand for workers and growing job vacancies in IT 

There has been a surge in demand for skilled workers in Norway in the IT and software sectors, according to industry experts. 

“We need a lot of people in IT and software, but we also need skilled workers for industrial production,” the HR director from the Kongsberg group, Hans Petter Blokkum, told public broadcaster NRK

The Confederation Of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) has echoed this view. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the rise of remote working and digitisation in Norway has led to a much greater demand for IT workers. 

“There is a great need for IT expertise because the corona crisis has given us a great leap towards digitisation,” Øystein Dørum, chief economist at NHO, told NRK. 

Which other industries are growing?

Recent figures have revealed there are around 50 percent more job listings in Norway than there were at the same time last year. 

The figures from listing site have also revealed which industries have seen the biggest jump in vacancies compared to last year and 2019, the last year to be undisrupted by the pandemic. 

Industry and production is the largest growing sector in Norway at the moment, seeing a 78 percent increase compared to last year and a 31 percent jump in jobs compared to pre-pandemic levels. 

In the retail and trade sector, there have been over 60 percent more job postings compared to 2020 and a fifth more than in 2019. 

Education and childcare have also seen a sharp rise in job listings, with 46 more than last year and 16 percent more than the year before. 

Healthcare has seen just under 30 percent more listings this year and a smidge below 40 percent more than in 2019. 

Construction and building have seen the fifth largest growth in terms of job listings, with a five percent increase compared to last year and seven percent more than in 2019. 

Poll: How important is it for foreign workers to be able to speak Norwegian in the workplace? 

For this week’s poll, we want to hear how important you think it is to be able to speak Norwegian in the workplace. 

There are many companies in Norway where the working language will be English or another language, and some jobs may not even list Norwegian as a requirement. Let us know your thoughts as part of the survey. 

Did you know? 

Norway’s parental leave is both flexible and generous. If both the mother and the father have been in the workforce for at least 6 out of the 10 months leading up to the birth of their child, then they are both entitled to paid parental leave.

Parental leave provisions allow for the mother to choose between 15 weeks’ parental leave with 100 percent of their original wages or 19 weeks with 80 percent of their original wages.

The father is entitled to the same and can start his paternity leave after the newborn is seven weeks old. In addition, there is a joint parental leave time that can be divided up between both mother and father under certain guidelines. 

Useful links

Below you’ll find a couple of helpful articles, guides and resources put together by The Local, which cover key aspects of working life in Norway.

‘Feriepenger’: What you need to know about holiday pay in Norway

What you need to know about setting up as a freelancer in Norway

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Record job vacancies in Norway: Which sectors need workers?

During the first quarter of 2022, there were a record number of job vacancies in Norway available, but which sectors are most in need of workers?

Record job vacancies in Norway: Which sectors need workers?

Norway passed 100,000 job vaccines during the first three months of the year, figures from Statistics Norway have revealed.

Compared to the same period a year before, the number of job openings increased by 7.3 percent when the figures are adjusted for seasonal variation.

“The number of vacancies was a record high throughout 2021. This quarter we see a further increase, and the number of vacancies is now over 100,000, the highest in over ten years,” Tonje Køber, from the labour market and wages section at Statistics Norway, said.

Unemployment fell to its lowest level since 2009 in the first quarter, also, figures from the Labour Force Survey show. During the first quarter of 2022, unemployment in Norway was 3.1 percent.


Statistics Norway noted that construction was one of the industries with the highest number of vacancies, but the number of job openings was not yet back to pre-pandemic levels.

In the administration and support sectors, more than 11,200 vacancies were registered. Hospitality and accommodation was another sector with a high number of openings throughout the beginning of the year. Across these sectors, 7,000 vacancies were listed.

More than 6,000 openings were also reported for the comms and information sectors. The professional, scientific, and technical industries had just under 8,000 roles available during this period.

The technical and scientific professions were also the industries with the highest growth in the number of vacancies.

The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) has previously said Norway needs more skilled workers. 

“We now see a strengthened and persistent imbalance between the competence that employers demand and the competence that jobseekers offer,” director of labour and welfare at NAV, Hans Christian Holte, said in a report on unemployment published last month.