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Working in Norway

Norway is eager to employ highly skilled and well educated individuals in an array of fields. Its own population is small and there are voids in the workforce. The largest numbers of foreign workers are found in computing & technology, medical, oil, and service industries. Skilled workers have an easier time finding jobs, and chances improve further if there is some working knowledge of the Norwegian language.

The type of skilled worker required varies in different parts of the country. The north requires labour familiar with fisheries, shipbuilding and petroleum, cities of Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim need people well versed in finance and business services.  Construction and tourism workers are spread across the country. Once you become employed in Norway, you automatically become a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, which entitles you several benefits. Temporary workers cannot benefit from this scheme.

English teaching is just about the most easily attainable job. Best part is that you don’t even have to be able to speak a word of Norwegian! This is because it is preferable to create an environment in which only English is spoken. This does not mean you should not make an effort to learn some Norwegian when the opportunity presents itself. While not having any teaching qualifications may get you a job, it will not pay as highly as if you are a qualified foreign language teacher. Casual hospitality work, and seasonal jobs related to tourism are another option for foreign workers, naturally the pay will not match with that of a skilled profession.


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