The demand for labor has dropped in last year, but there is still a great need for more people, according to Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (Nav) business survey for 2013.
– There is still a good job in Norway. A quarter of companies expect employment growth next year, while 11 per cent expect a decline. This is the same expectation level as last year, says Labour, and Welfare Director Joakim Lystad to ANB.
The biggest growth is expected in property management and services, followed by mining and quarrying. Within the construction industry, a slow growth is expected, while pulp and paper and printing industry are expected to have a negative development.
The largest proportion of companies expecting higher recruitment level is found in Oslo, while Oppland and Aust-Agder are at the opposite end of the scale.
– The labor shortage is greatest in health, nursing and caring professions, engineering, ICT and teaching. This is the same pattern seen in 2012, but the engineering shortage is reduced from last year, says Lystad.
15 percent of companies surveyed say they have experienced problems with recruitment, and most say it is due to lack of applicants. In particular, firms in Møre og Rogaland experience recruitment difficulties.
The survey is based on responses from 12,200 firms.