In this category there are several professions.
Some professions and occupations are listed below.
We are also interested in people with other professional backgrounds.
WORKING IN THE HEALTH SECTOR IN NORWAY
About the health sector
The health sector in Norway is organised in three main parts:
The Municipal Health
consists of general practitioners services, emergency room services, physiotherapy, nursing homes,
midwife services and nursing services, including health visitor services and home-based services. The health services are performed by personnel employed by the municipality or private practising personnel with a reimbursement agreement with the municipality. The municipality may also organise occupational therapy and occupational health services. The municipality also runs preventative health services for its inhabitants. For more information, see the web pages for Norwegian Municipalities.
The Regional Health
Authorities (Regionale Helseforetak)
The state has responsibility for specialist services such as public hospitals and psychiatric institutions, ambulance and emergency call services, hospital pharmacies, laboratories and some of the drug rehabilitation nstitutions. The hospitals and institutions are organised in enterprises/trusts under four Regional Health Authorities:
• Helse Nord (covers the
counties of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark)
• Helse Midt-Norge (Nord-Trøndelag, Sør-Trøndelag and Møre og
• Helse Vest (Rogaland, Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane)
• Helse Sør-Øst (Vest-Agder, Aust-Agder, Telemark, Vestfold, Østfold,
Buskerud, Oppland, Hedmark,Akershus, Oslo)
administration (fylkeskommune) is organising the public dental healthcare. Each
county has a number of dental clinics covering varying geographical districts. For more information about public dental services in Norway, please see Norwegian county administration
Private health services (Private
do not have a eimbursement agreement with the municipality. These may include general
practitioners and physiotherapists who are not connected to the municipal health services, as well as some dentists and chiropractors. There are also approved private hospitals and occupational health care services.
What is the demand for
workers in the health sector?
In recent years the demand for health personnel has increased. Especially for dentists, specialists
in urology, gastroenterology, anaesthesiology, psychiatry and many other areas. There is a demand for
various kinds of health workers in Norway, often in the outlying districts and coastal regions of the country.
The lack of nurses and auxiliary nurses to work in the municipal health services is particularly significant
at the moment.
How to find work in the
CVNorway is working with private healtcare institutions and goverment agencies in Norway and in
Language, education and
Notice that practising as a health service provider in Norway requires official registration by the Norwegian authorities. The Norwegian Registration Authority for Health Personnel (SAFH) grants the authorisation. To practice as a medical specialist you will also need a specialist approval issued by Medical Association (“Den norske legeforening”, www.legeforeningen.no).A job in the Norwegian health services requires good knowledge of the Norwegian language. Though many Norwegians speak at least some English, it is not often used for communicationat the workplace. Knowing Norwegian will
of course make your integration in Norway easier. Information about language courses in your
home country may be obtained from the Norwegian embassy/consulate.
Wages and taxes
In Norway there is no legal minimum wage that applies for all branches and professions. But
organisations (employers and unions) regularly negotiate wages and working conditions, resulting in a wage agreement, (“tariffavtale”). Member companies then commit themselves to pay wages according to agreements achieved between the parties. You will often find that your wages are set according to the above mentioned wage agreement for your occupation. According to SSB 2008 (Statistics Norway) the average salary per month for an auxiliary nurse(helsefagarbeider) is gross NOK 25.800. The average start up salary for a nurse is per year gross NOK 312.000 (after 10 years practise per year gross NOK 343.000). For more information please look up Norsk Sykepleierforbund.
According to SSB 2008 average salary for doctors working for the Regional Health Authorities is per
month gross NOK 61 114. For additional information please look at Legeforeningen. When you work for a
Norwegian employer, you are required to pay tax in Norway. If you reside in Norway for less than six months, special tax rules apply. Bring your employment contract and passport to the nearest tax office(“skattekontor”) and mapply for a tax card (“skattekort”). If you start working without a tax card,
the employer willm deduct 50% tax.mOtherwise the tax usually amounts to around 1/3 of your pay. See the Norwegian Tax Authority (www.taxnorway.no) for more information.
In Norway, trade unions play an important role in the workplace. Membership is not mandatory, but the majority of workers choose to join.see below to find links to trade unions for various kinds of health personnel.
•www.sykepleierforbundet.no (Union for Nurses)
•www.legeforeningen.no (The Norwegian Medical Association,
•www.tannlegeforeningen.no (The Norwegian Dental Associoation)
• www.fysio.no (The
Norwegian Physiotherapist Association)
•www.Psykologforeningen.no (The Norwegian Psychological Association):
• www.radiograf.no (The
Norwegian Society of Radiographers)
• www.fagforbundet.no (Norwegian
Union for Municipal and General Employees, Auxiliary nurses, dental hygienists,
ambulance drivers and others)
• www.ssb.no (Statistics
• www.safh.no (The
Norwegian Registration Authority for Health Personnel)
• www.atil.no (Norwegian
Labour Inspection Authority )
• www.udi.no (Norwegian
Directorate of Immigration)