How much do Norwegians earn? We take a look at the minimum wages payable in selected industries. It's widely known that Norway has some of the best salaries and best working conditions in the world. While that's absolutely true, there is a slightly complex situation when it comes to how much people actually earn. Norway salaries Salaries in Norway are much higher than in many European … [Read more...]
Work in Norway
Norwegians value work-life balance and so long working weeks are not commonplace. A typical working week is no more than 37 hours, often with an early finish on a Friday. Hours are flexible although most workplaces will have set core hours.
The biggest employer in Norway is the vast public sector, but fluent Norwegian is required to the majority of positions. Even expats who’ve been learning Norwegian for years can slip up here. The biggest industry in Norway remains the energy industry, and demand remains high for all types of professional engineers. Other popular industries include marine, shipping, seafood and ICT.
In Norway, trade unions have a greater influence on employment than in most other countries. A huge proportion of employees become members, and the trade unions enter into collective bargaining agreements with employers, which are then binding for all employees. What is a trade union? A trade union is an association of employees in one or several enterprises generally working within the same … [Read more...]
Espen runs the shop atop the highest mountain in northern Europe. American news organisation WPXI ran a story this week about Espen, the person that has the "highest paid job in Norway", if you are talking altitude. He runs the cabin at the 2,469 m (8,100 ft) summit of Galdhøpiggen, the highest mountain in Norway, Scandinavia and northern Europe. You might expect a remote mountain cabin to … [Read more...]
Only dear neighbours Denmark have happier young professional workers than Norway, a new survey has revealed. The fact Norway was placed second in the international survey from the branding research firm Universum will surprise few, as the Nordic nation consistently places well in all kinds of measures of standard of living. In addition to Denmark topping the chart, Nordic neighbours Sweden (4th) … [Read more...]
Since finding a job here a little over a year ago, I’ve done my best to share the transition process with other expats who are hoping to move to Norway (Trondheim, specifically, since that is where I have settled). I’ve been lucky enough to trade emails and meet with many people searching for work in this city. Most come here chasing love, hoping to find a job so that they can stay with their … [Read more...]
Poorly educated immigrant women qualify rapidly for a life in work as part of a Norwegian pilot project involving an “all-in-one” language tuition and vocational training programme. -- This article was originally published on GEMINI, which publishes up-to-date research news from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway’s main science and engineering university, and SINTEF, … [Read more...]
Becoming self-employed in Norway is a popular choice for expats, especially the partners of oil industry workers or citizens of EEA countries for whom residency is a relatively simple process. I've been working for myself for two years now and am frequently contacted by people considering a move to Norway who want to know more about working for yourself, so here we go... Why freelance in … [Read more...]
As an employment counsellor at Kulturkoordinator in Trondheim, I meet foreign job seekers every day. Most of them have lived in Norway for a while already, ranging from 6 months to several years. When I meet them, I often tell them some facts about job seeking in Norway that would have been very helpful to know from the start. Here are my five most important tips to becoming a successful job … [Read more...]
I made a pact with myself in my mid twenties: learn something new every year. The idea was to challenge myself, to push me out of my comfort zone and to maintain the sense of thrill in my life. Over the years I have accomplished some big things like: learning to downhill ski, running a marathon, trekking the Great Wall of China, travelling alone (albeit only for two days!), practicing Bikram … [Read more...]
When I arrived in Trondheim four months ago, I knew that it would be difficult to find work, but I had no idea how difficult. I hit many failures initially but I quickly learned what works, what doesn’t, and how to maximize time and effort to get interviews. First, a few hard facts: Trondheim is a small city with about 170,000 residents It is the definition of a networker city, where … [Read more...]