One of the most critical tasks when starting any new business is hiring employees who will help take your company off the ground. However, hiring employees and setting up payroll in a foreign country is not a simple task.
Globalization Partners is the company you need on your side when you decide to expand to Norway. Instead of learning the ins and outs of employment compliance on your own, you can count on us for Norway hiring outsourcing.
How to Hire Employees in Norway
Hiring employees in Norway should start with a written employment contract. Employers must draft an employment contract within one month of the employee’s start date.
Norway employers often operate under a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that outlines separate labor laws. Your employment contract needs to meet or exceed the CBA’s requirements based on your industry.
An employment contract should spell out these terms:
- Compensation (in Norwegian krone)
- Termination and entitlement requirements
- Working hours
Norway Employment Compliance
Employment compliance in Norway starts with the workday. Employees typically work nine hours per day with a one-hour lunch. Any hours over nine per day or 40 per week is overtime and should be paid at 40% more than the employee’s standard rate. Employees cannot work more than 10 hours of overtime a week or 25 hours every four weeks.
Norway’s employment law is described in the Norwegian Employment Act of 2005 and is interpreted by the country’s general courts. The Working Environment Act also outlines Norway employment compliance rules that govern employment relationships whether the employee is engaging in permanent or temporary work.
How to Onboard Employees
The best way to onboard employees is to go over the employment contract. Although Norwegian law does not require you to have the employment contract ready by the employee’s first day, it can be helpful to go over it together on that date. Try to onboard multiple employees at the same time so that they can go through the process together.
Other helpful tips include:
- Determine the kind of workplace culture you want to promote and go over it with employees
- Discuss your company’s code of conduct and any other important documents
- Have key company players travel to Norway for your employees’ first day or week
Benefits of Norway Hiring Outsourcing
Norway hiring outsourcing services offer multiple benefits. As a global PEO, Globalization Partners can help you employ workers in a few days instead of a few months.
Instead of setting up a subsidiary, you can use our established subsidiary in Norway. We’ll hire employees and assign them to work for you. You won’t have to worry about how to hire Norway employees or the different employment compliance laws. We’ll take the risk onto our shoulders and off of yours.
Work With Globalization Partners
If you need help hiring employees in Norway, we are here to make your expansion easier. Contact us to learn more about our services.