Hello Job Seekers in Norway,
Despite of several request or queries received from many people regarding the life in Norway & seeking a job in Norway after coming in job seeking visa, I thought of sharing my experience in Norway about Norway job prospects.
Firstly, Norway is not a land of Immigrants like Canada or Australia. The unemployment rates of immigrants are v.high. Employers' lack of trust towards non-national workers especially from India & Pakistan is one of the major factors affecting the employment prospects of immigrants. Employers are unwilling to recruit immigrants due to lack of trust, which prevents them from considering non-national applicants. In fact, other than Norwegian applicants, they would prefer Scandinavian nationals such as Swedish, Danish or Spanish because they assume that the culture & work ethics are similar.
Therefore, they indirectly discriminate with demand of excessive Norwegian language competence even though the performance of the job tasks in practice may not require full command of the language.
As an example, the requirement of excellent language proficiency has repeatedly been mentioned in advertisements for cleaning jobs, painting, restaurants, and cattle fields, shops, picking & packing.
The demand for competence in the Norwegian language made by employers is so vague that, when needed, it could be used as a reason to reject all the non-native candidates. In fact, unnecessarily high language requirements in application procedures are a common mechanism of indirect discrimination.
Finally, the employers did not perceive immigrant workers as competent and tended to doubt
qualifications and skills obtained outside Norway.
Another major problem of immigrant unemployment is the reserved attitudes of employers.
In short, due to these all reasons it is very very hard to get a job in Norway. Even though if you have many masters or decades of experience, it wont be counted due to discrimination of Norwegians towards Indians & Pakistani’s. I have seen many Indian job seekers arrived in Job seeking visa went back after spending huge money, time, effort & jobs from their home country. Since Norwegian language fluency is must in all fields such as marketing, sales, accounting, pharmacy, admin, HR, law, nursing,care taker, IT, hotel, cleaning and many other fields and lack of education & experience from Norway, it is almost impossible to get a job in Norway…Please take ur decision wisely..Those who are interested to spend their entire money in Norway and wants to return home with out a job can apply for job seeking visa..Good luck…