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Norway – Recruiters see strong growth despite market uncertainty

15 November 2012

The Norwegian staffing industry posted a +6.3% year-on-year growth rate in the third quarter of 2012, the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises (NHO) reports this week. However, for the first time in three years there has been no quarterly growth.

“In the political debate, many argued that the staffing industry is experiencing strong growth. Statistics for the third quarter provide a very different picture,” said Even Hagelien of the NHO.

When compared to the second quarter, there has been a decline of -0.7% in the industry. Firms are concerned over the introduction of new European-wide staffing legislation which is causing uncertainty in the market.

But the NHO said that some sectors showed strong growth rates, including the construction sector where temporary billings increased by nearly +23% year-on-year. Manufacturing (+11.6%) and technical services (+10.3%) also boasted positive growth. Declines were seen in the hotel and restaurant sector (-9.9%) as well as in office administration (-8.2%).   

Overall, the quarter showed high levels of activity, but the NHO warned that the introduction of equal treatment regulations in the staffing industry in January is a big concern for recruitment agencies. Last week, the organisation asked the government to delay the recruitment regulations as firms will find it difficult to adjust so quickly. 

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