Norway has traditionally relied on its agricultural industry as the main source of income in the country. However, over the past century, Norway has become a high-tech country playing an important role in the global economy.
Norway boasts impressive working conditions, and the unemployment rate is much lower than the European average. Average wages in Norway tend to be higher than in the rest of Europe and workers are entitled to several weeks of paid leave per year. All of these factors contribute to the overall satisfaction of Norwegian employees with their working conditions.
Jobs for foreigners in Norway
For foreigners, the Norwegian job market is a different story, and they may find it difficult to find a job in Norway. Immigration to Norway has only grown in the past few years, and previously, Norway had no tradition of immigration. The result is that Norwegian employers feel very reluctant to hire foreigners.
Almost every person in Norway is of Norwegian origin, which makes the competition more fierce for foreigners trying to find work there. Many foreigners in Norway reported a “general fear of foreigners”. Compared to Norwegian workers, it is often difficult for foreigners to find employment that matches their education and previous work experience. For example, doctors often have to repeat much of their school work before finding a suitable job, and it is known that engineers have ended up working as cleaners.
You can increase your chance of finding work in Norway if you apply for jobs in certain sectors of the economy, especially in tourism, fisheries, services, and the oil and gas industries.
Available jobs for you who want to work abroad
There is a large variety of jobs available in many different industries throughout Norway. Demand is constantly increasing. Jobs available in industries such as oil and gas, technology, forestry, tourism, manufacturing, services, agriculture, culture, and much more. Some cities, such as Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen, and Trondheim, enjoy a large share of oil and gas jobs, which are very popular, on land and sea due to the high salaries/salaries. Overseas workers may have 14 days at work, then 3-4 weeks rest.
Skilled and unskilled jobs
There are all the available jobs that you can think of. A lot of open job positions require higher education, training, and skills according to work as lawyers, teachers, nurses, engineers, and doctors, but also there are a large number of unskilled jobs that you can have, as you only need more than high school.
Our neighbors, the Swedes, come to Norway in large quantities, 80,000 in total in 2011. The most common jobs that Swedes own in Norway are the fishing industry, nurses, hotels, and restaurants. There is no direct way to get a job, and nothing does it by himself.
In the construction industry, there is a growing growth of workers from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and the Germans. Many personnel agencies only contain workers from foreign countries.
oil and gas
In the oil and gas industry, Norway also has a large number of foreigners working in various types of jobs. The British and American character was historically necessary for the oil industry. In the early days, the Norwegians did not have the competence for this type of work. Norway has allowed many companies to search and prospect for oil in the North Sea. As a result, you will find most of the major oil companies in Norway today. Als recently started establishing oil companies with great opportunities in Norway.
Norwegian language requirements
Many large foreign companies are operating in Norway (mostly in the oil and gas industries) where the working language is English. For this reason, jobs in these industries may attract more foreigners. If you apply for seasonal jobs, agricultural jobs (such as strawberry picking), or unskilled jobs, fluency is not mandatory either.
For the majority of jobs in Norway, however, fluency in Norwegian is usually a basic prerequisite. You can find Norwegian courses in every Norwegian city, and you should note that depending on the job you are applying for, registration for Norwegian courses may be mandatory.
For example, if your work permit allows you to apply for permanent residence in Norway, you must complete at least 300 hours of Norwegian language lessons. This rule also applies to any dependents you bring to Norway under your work permit. If your work permit does not lead to permanent residence in Norway, Norwegian courses are not compulsory, although they are very useful.