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Norway – Norwegians on the job hunt

12 November 2013

More and more Norwegians believe that they will have a new job within the next six months, according to a new labour market survey from recruitment firm Randstad. In the last 10 years, the world’s second largest staffing firm, has produced a quarterly barometer to measure the welfare, safety, and mobility of international workers.

Camila Grana, President of Randstad Norway, speaking to hegnar.no commented: “It’s been a long time since our mobility index has shown such great confidence and movement for the next six months.”

“It has been three years since Norwegians have responded as positively as they have during the first quarter of 2014. Our index shows that 15.9% of respondents in the Norwegian part of the survey changed jobs in the past six years. Norway is also one of the countries surveyed with the highest level of satisfaction with their current employer,” she added.

During the first quarter of 2010, 8% responded that they would like to change job within the next six months. Three years later, the response rate increased to 12%. It corresponds to the average of all countries surveyed. The highest percentage of workers on the hunt for new jobs was found in India, with 33% looking to move job in the next six months.

“This confirms that the state of the private sector is good in Norway. Employees are satisfied with their job and the challenges they provide. They are also satisfied with their boss. However, it simultaneously has increased the need to do something new, and also the confidence that they can actually find a similar or more exciting job,” added Ms Grana.

The survey also showed that the fear of losing their job is the lowest across Europe, especially in the Scandinavian countries. Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish employees are also the least concerned about promotion prospects.    

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