The oil and gas sector in Norway is considered to be one of the most internationally successful, mainly due to the careful management of the resource and a strong HSSE regulatory regime. Norwegian HSSE regulations in the oil and gas industry are widely regarded as highly successful, primarily for its effectiveness in addressing occupational health, safety and environment issues.
One of the biggest problems Norway is facing is the ongoing skills shortage. This is inevitably limiting growth, particularly in Stavanger and Oslo; for this reason Fircroft Norge
AS offers recruitment solutions to both clients and candidates. We assist both Norwegian nationals and also all overseas candidates with the necessary expertise to relocate to Norway.
Living in Norway
Norway is renowned for being not only one of the most beautiful places in Europe, but also one of the most laidback and peaceful regions to live. Norway is generally found towards the top of lists for things such as life expectancy, average salary, education levels, lack of crime and equality between men and women. Besides impressive statistics, the Norwegian people, culture and landscape (famously laced with fjords
) are captivating. English is the unofficial second language in Norway due to it being widely used within the business world on a daily basis. Many large businesses within oil and gas now operate entirely in English, however people who move here are still encouraged to learn the language, with some free courses available.
Norway has a very strong and highly efficient welfare system which provides extra confidence and peace of mind, particularly for those who relocate from overseas. Everyone has access to child benefits, unemployment benefits, pensions, maternity/paternity and medical benefits no matter what their wage or social status is. Another beneficial element in the Norwegian welfare system is that it is highly supportive of pregnant women and children – there is an extremely generous maternity and paternity leave policy, encouraging both parents to have extensive paid time off with their newborns.
Accommodation In Norway
Renting or buying can be expensive, particularly in Oslo, yet this is a similar case in the majority of capital cities across the world. However, many companies will contribute towards living costs, and one of the advantages is that accommodation is generally to a good standard in terms of architecture and design as well as being well heated and insulated. Fircroft is able to provide you with a guarantee letter for a deposit, as well as assisting you with other aspects of arranging accommodation.
Food in Norway
Food can be expensive, particularly when eating in restaurants; however, the trick is to eat like a Norwegian - eat homemade meals and buy fresh fruit and vegetables when shopping. Fresh items in the shops are much cheaper when they are in season, and Norwegians often tend to be into organic foods, based on both price and quality. Alcohol (particularly spirits) is expensive, but most supermarkets sell a variety of reasonably priced local beers and a good range of wine can be bought inexpensively.
Tax in Norway
The Norwegian tax system is based on everyone paying tax according to their ability to pay, so that all taxes are perceived as fair. In general, foreign workers living in Norway must pay taxes to Norway. Tax rates in Norway are generally high; however this is due to a strong welfare system and is reflected in the remarkable public transport, health and welfare state of the country. You can find more information on http://www.skatteetaten.no/en/
It is mandatory for workers to take five weeks holiday a year. There are also many public holidays throughout the year and various workplace perks, such as canteens that provide free lunches, reduced work hours and flexi-time for parents. Many people work from 7:30-15:30 affording far more free time and an excellent work/life balance, and the majority of companies will pay for overtime. In addition to this, most workers are provided with laptops, mobile phones and the option to occasionally work from home.
All education is free in Norway, including university. Prior to starting primary school, children in Norway attend ‘barnehage’ (kindergarten), followed by starting primary school at the age of 6. The Norwegian state-run kindergartens are heavily subsidised at the equivalent of just £5 per day, meaning that pre-school childcare is open and affordable to all.
Norway is the ideal environment in which to raise a family, based on factors such as free education, free healthcare and low crime rates. As mentioned earlier, the Norwegian culture puts great emphasis on the importance of work/life balance and spending quality time with your family. For these reasons, relocating with children and raising your family in Norway is a far more attainable concept than it would be in many other countries.
Norway’s environment and landscapes is primarily what Norway is known for. The climate is very cold and snowing in the winter, and the summers are mild but bright. The landscape dramatically changes in each season, bringing countless visitors from outside the region to enjoy activities such as hiking, camping and fishing.
Fircroft Norge AS will be able to assist you to obtain permission to work in Norway. Please see below highlighted steps to go through the process.
EEA and non-EEA nationals can obtain a skilled worker jobseeker permit (same qualification criteria as the residence permit) provided you are here to seek work and you are allowed to remain in Norway for 6 months.
It is very straightforward to work in Norway if you are a European passport holder. In order to obtain a right to residence & work, you do not need a residence permit – it is a very simple case of registering yourself with the authorities (UDI) and visiting a police station or foreign service centre to obtain the necessary clearance for you and your family members. All that's needed for this is a copy of your passport and a signed copy of your employment contract and offer letter to work in Norway which will get automatically cross referenced with your employer.
Non EEA nationals:
A residence permit is required – there are many different types but in the main, most people will come and work in Norway on a skilled worker visa. In order to qualify you must have a university level or upper secondary vocational level education & a full-time offer of employment in Norway. Your employer can make this very simple for you and apply on your behalf if you hand over power of attorney as well as the relevant documentation (such as certificates, proof of identification etc). Once you have been granted the skilled worker residence permit, it is then possible for the remainder of the family to apply for a family immigration permit in order to come & live together in Norway.