The year 1993 was a peak with 6%, and since then it has been down to 2.5% and the peak in 2016 is estimated to be 4%. The country has a booming energy and construction sector and a strong need for skilled workers and professionals to meet this demand.
According to statistics on Norway, 31% of businesses in the private sector currently have foreign nationals in their workforce and 28% of state enterprises employ foreign nationals. Furthermore, 1 in 6 workers in Norway are currently non-Norwegian nationals. 22 000 new work positions within Oil&Gas are expected in the period 2018 – 2020.
Norway also has some of the world’s highest salaries. Average salaries are 15 – 60% higher than the EU average for most sectors. Income taxes are generally high (36% on average), but the country has a generous system of benefits, healthcare and public services. Norway has been deemed the ‘happiest’ country to live by the UN’s Human Development Index.