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Norway – Recruitment regulations should be postponed

05 November 2012

The National Federation of Service Industries (NHO) which represents the Norwegian staffing industry has asked the government to postpone new staffing regulations expected to come into force in January next year.

The demand is currently dealt with by the Government and a response has not yet made been public.

These regulations come as part of the European Agency Worker Directive (AWD) and will make both recruiters and staffing buyers responsible for ensuring equal treatment between temporary and permanent employees is in place.

Even Hagelien of the NHO said that this equal treatment principle is the “biggest challenge” with employers having to adapt their employment contracts to this. He said there was “a lot of uncertainty” regarding the interpretation of the new rules.

The NHO has welcomed the introduction of the staffing regulations which it believes will make the recruitment market more professional by also eliminating rogue traders. Mr Hagelien said that such rogue companies are already in decline and are now probably looking to other markets outside of Norway.

However he expects the staffing industry to face higher costs next year. Recruiters are likely to be “hesitant” initially although confidence should pick up again later in the year.

Click here to find out more about the new staffing regulations

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