Contracts in Norway

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The Active Population in Figures

Main Indicators 2004200520062007
Labor Force 2 382 0002 400 0002 446 0002 507 000
Labor Force (Annual Growth, %) 0.300.762.002.50
Rate of Activity (%) 72.672.472.072.8
Unemployment Rate (%)

Source: Statistics Norway

Employed Persons, by Occupation (% of Total Labor Force) 2007
Legislators, senior officials and managers 5.8%
Professionals 11.3%
Technicians and associate professionals 25.2%
Clerks 6.9%
Service workers and market sales workers 24.2%
Agricultural, forestry and fishery workers 2.5%
Craft and related trades workers 11.3%
Plant and machine operators and assemblers 7.3%
Other occupations and unspecified 5.6%

Source: Statistics Norway

For Further Statistics
Statistics Norway
For Further Information About the Labor Market
International Labor Organization

Management of Human Resources



Method of Recruitment
Usually an advertisement is placed in the classified advertisements of the daily newspapers. Largest newspaper for recruitment ads is Aftenposten. Aftenposten's ads are also available in Internet at Aspiring candidates can call for more information and send their CV accompanied by a letter after which a number of candidates are selected for an interview. Usually majority of the vacancies are also listed in the Internet.
Recruitment Agencies
The Public Employment Service is available throughout the country and widely used. The number of private recruitment agencies is limited, although increasing. Manpower and Adecco are the largest recruitment and temping agencies.
Recruitment Websites
The Public Employment Service
Manpower Norway jobb
Monster Norway
Adecco Norway
Norges Vikar

The Contract

Type of Contract
Legal clauses regulate employment contracts and to a lesser degree collective agreements and individual negotiations. The terms of employment contracts are rather rigid.
Breach of Contracts
  • Retirement
Retirement age is 67, but early retirement is allowed at 62.
  • Dismissals
Termination of employment contracts is extensively regulated in The Working Environment Act. Minimum notice period for termination and dismissal varies from one to six months based on the period of employment and the age of the employee. The employer is obliged to discuss with the labor union if a member of the union is about to be given notice due to economic or personal reasons. 
  • Other Possible Methods
To be legal, dismissals must be based on either the circumstances directly related to the employee's work performance or the changed conditions of the company. In many situations, the employer is required to inform employee representatives before any economic decisions (restructuring, closing a department) are made. Please consult the The Working Environment Act.
Labor Laws
The Working Environment Act

Dispute Settlement


Conciliation Process

Cases of Dispute
Working conditions, unfair dismissal, sexual and moral harassment, verbal violence, physical violence.
  • Legal Framework
Please consult The Working Environment Act
  • Procedure
The Working Environment Act

Judicial Structures

  • Legal Framework
The Working Environment Act
  • Competent Legal Body
See the The Working Environment Act.

Social Partners

Social Dialogue and Involvement of Social Partners
Norway has strong traditions in collective bargaining and trade unions hold a prominent position. Strong emphasis is placed on central organizations of employers and employees. Compulsory collective agreements supplement legislation in wages, working conditions and benefits. Results of central wage negotiations between the large employee's and employer's organizations serve as guidelines for the local wage negotiations.
Unionization Rate
60 %.
Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions
Confederation of Unions for Professionals
Federation of Norwegian Professional Associations
Regulation Bodies
Ministry of Labor and Social Inclusion

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