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There are several ways to successfully find good workers, however a lot of business owners are having trouble with finding good, qualified employees while also focusing on their business. It is not only time-consuming, but also distracts from more important business tasks that need attention. The standard procedure in order to find a good employee usually follows something like this:

  1. the owner needs to post an ad,
  2. look through hundreds of CVs and cover letters,
  3. evaluate prospective candidates, conduct interviews,
  4. do their background checks,
  5. and only then make the hard decision of who is the best to do the job.

All this needs to be done while also trying to focus on business development, finances, paying salaries, and working on projects.

So how do you find good workers quickly and also manage to focus on your other day to day activities and business issues without a headache?

  • The answer is simple, and after reading the last part, you will know they key to successful staffing. Here are the best ways to find good, qualified workforce:
  • You can hire a professional HR manager to do all that work, and then you will be able to focus on other tasks at hand. However, this is quite an expensive way, as you need to be sure that you will actually need this HR manager to work full time.
  • You can hire a recruitment agency to find and recruit the needed workers for you. The service will cause additional expenses, but you will have professionals working to make sure you get the right worker, and you will not need to worry about the whole process and small details.
  • You can also consider renting the needed workforce from a personnel recruitment and rent company. In this way, you don’t pay extra for the service of search and recruitment, you will only need to pay for the actual hours worked by the employee.

Personnel recruitment agencies

Personnel recruitment and rent agencies are a great choice in order to save time, find good workers, and still be able to focus on the development and growth of your business. All they need to know is your requirements for the candidate and a little bit of time to do all the needed steps for you. It is a good choice, because people screening resumes, conducting interviews and doing background checks are professionals with years of experience in that area and big databases of potential candidates. All you will have to do in the end is make a choice between a couple of candidates, or even leave that up to the recruitment company, and confirm their chosen one.

Do you have any useful tips or experience with recruitment agencies? You can share your stories below…

According to the Department of Statistics of Norway, the Placement Services of Personnel industry accounted for 735,8 million NOK turnover in 2007. Many companies, which are looking for temporary staffing solutions, are struggling to determine the criteria for a reputable staffing agency. There are many ways to do that, but we provide you with the most important questions to answer before choosing a staffing agency.

1. Does the staffing agency specialize in any field?

If the company is focusing on one or several industries, it is more likely to have more knowledge and experience in it, and so they can offer a better quality service.

2. Does the staffing agency industry-specific experience?

It is important that the company has established themselves in an industry and have made contacts and relationships, and have a good reputation in the industry.

3. What is the employer’s typical temporary recruitment process?

An experienced company with specific knowledge in the field will know what qualities of the workers are necessary for a certain field so that the needs of your company would be met.

4. How long has the staffing agency been in business?

Staffing industry is rather hard to understand quickly, so the longer the company is in the industry, the better. Also, word-of-mouth is very important in this industry, so ask your partners or look for recommendations on the Internet in order to make the best choice.

5. How are you treated during the initial contact?

All companies must know that first impression makes a huge difference, and staffing agencies are not exclusion. Look at how polite they are, what kind of emotion they carry throughout the conversation. If you have a chance to meet them, look at their professionalism as well as humanism. Try to see what the atmosphere inside the team is. If you manage to read between the lines, you will be able to determine how they treat their clients and workers, and what the overall satisfaction within the company is.

6. Does the staffing agency understand your needs?

What kind of worker exactly do you need? Will you need seasonal employment, or a longer term employee? What are the specifics of your company? Take a look at how the company is dealing with the details, because it is a good measure of their professionalism.

7. How well is the company doing?

Ask for references; look up the company on the Internet. Temporary employment agencies work directly with people, so they must be good with people, and if they are not, people will most likely complain. Thus, do some research to find out what is the experience of other companies with that specific staffing agency.

8. What are your responsibilities stated in the contract?

Read through the contract and check if it does not have any unclear areas. If there is any suspicion, ask the company about it, and if they are not able to answer it clearly, they might be either not very good at dealing with people, or trying to hide something. In any of these cases, you are likely to find a more suitable partner somewhere else.

These are probably the most important questions to answer before choosing a staffing agency. If you are in doubt of how to determine the credibility of your partner, use this model to make your task easier.

Also, I invite you to share how you determine the reputability and credibility of your partner temporary staffing agencies. What criteria do you use?

For many of us, Norway is rather different from our home countries. Even the Swedes or Danes would have things to contrast their country to their neighbors. Moving to another country can be a challenge, but it is a much smaller one when you know what to expect. Here are some things that you will probably face while living in Norway.

6 Things to Know Before Moving to Norway

Healthcare can be frustrating

Norway offers healthcare coverage, but only after you reach a certain amount of visits to the doctor. The first visits cost, but when you reach the threshold of 2040 NOK, you finish paying and are entitled to free medical care. A typical appointment costs 135 NOK. Dental and vision are not covered. Also, you might be surprised by how old and outdated some of the medical facilities and equipment are. The procedures can sometimes also be rather frustrating, but in general it does not take long to see a family doctor. For more information about the healthcare system, visit Helfo.no.

Everyone is alike

People usually dress rather simply, and the style trends are the same in the whole country. People in Norway are not at all into having their own style, being outstanding and individualistic. This applies to other areas as well – sports, for example. Everyone in Norway is sporty, meaning everyone skis. It wouldn’t be that difficult to find people, who occasionally play soccer or basketball, but it is not as common as everywhere else in the world.

Transportation takes much longer and is rather expensive

Norwegian road

Norway has beautiful nature – mountains, fjords, lakes, rivers, etc. All of this is great, but it also comes with a price, namely a price for the transport. Oslo public transport ticket costs 30 NOK. 50 NOK if you buy it from the driver (check out the pricelist). Also, if you go from city to city, be prepared for a real journey, because unless there are tunnels drilled under mountains, you have to either go through mountain roads, or drive around the mountain, and that might take hours. Also, waiting for the ferries slows down the pace.

Many things are computerized

Probably the rather inconvenient geography forces Norwegians to get the best from Information Technology. Debit cards are accepted in most places, but that’s only the beginning. You can pay for doctor’s appointments via a machine at the office, and you can book a hairdresser’s appointment online. This is also partially due to the fact that manpower is expensive in Norway.

Norwegians love their country (and language)

Norwegians love their country

Norwegians can be nationalists in a certain sense. Nobody will harass or attack you because of your nationality, but Norwegians love their country and aren’t that fond of foreigners. Therefore, while most of them speak English and are fine to speak it when it comes to public services, casual social situations, such as buying groceries at the supermarket, or asking for help on the street. But if you want to work for a Norwegian company, especially a white-collar job, Norwegian is mandatory.

Driving is a luxury

Public transportation is expensive, but not as expensive as owning a car. Starting from car prices and taxes on them, which can go above 100%, to gas prices, maintenance, and even large fines for traffic rule violations. However, the tendency is that many Eastern Europeans face a real challenge giving up driving, so they manage to find ways to drive in Norway.

Norway has one of the highest levels of income in the world. However, the cost of living is also significantly higher than in many other places. If you are wondering, how much it would cost for you to actually live there, and how much you could save up while living in Norway, you will probably find the answer in this article. These prices have been taken from an open online source (Numbeo), and can change over time. Use them only for reference, but do not take them as a fact.

Norway city map

For your reference, here are the exchange rates as of today:

1 Euro = 8,50 Norwegian kroner
1 U.S. dollar = 6,20 Norwegian kroner

All prices are in NOK:

Food

Oslo

Stavanger

Bergen

Tromso

Trondheim

Milk (1 litre)

14.65 15.28 14.45 15.00 14.96

Bread (white, 500 g)

24.72 25.32 26.88 25.00 22.50

Cheese (1 kg)

81.06 84.49 85.43 125.00 87.35

Apples (1 kg)

20.75 22.43 23.17 18.50 22.67

Domestic Beer (0.5 litre)

27.65 30.00 26.97 33.00 28.08
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) 94.00 92.50 94.50 120.00 93.00

Being the capital of the country, you would think Oslo is the most expensive city. Yet it turns out that others, like Stavanger or Tromso can be even more expensive to live in. However, the food price levels are generally not that different across the country, and differences can be seen only on specific items.

Transportation & Utilities

 Oslo

 Stavanger

Bergen

Tromso

Trondheim

One-way ticket (public transport)

30.00 32.00 29.00 42.00 40.00

Monthly pass

630.00 650.00 690.00 680.00 600.00

Gasoline (1 litre)

14.61 15.00 15.07 15.85 14.87

Basic utilities (electricity, heating, water, etc.), 85m2 apartment

1,635.15 1,991.85 1,915.54 1,416.67 2,341.28

Internet (6 Mbps, unlimited)

307.47 339,33 299.50 562.50 299.30

Rent (1 bedroom, city centre)

10,079.96 13,090.00 9,250.00 10,250.00 10,062.50

Rent (3 bedrooms, city centre)

18,575.00 23,987.50 18,375.00 25,000.00 16,142.86

Cinema ticket

110.00 110.00 110.00 110.00 110.00

Furthermore, in terms of housing and transportation, Tromso is the most expensive city to live in. It is in the North of Norway, therefore the distances are longer and the logistics are more difficult, so the prices are higher accordingly. The price levels in other cities are similar, and it is difficult to determine, which of the cities would actually be the most expensive to live in.

If you are looking for a job in Norway, but the expenses seem overwhelming, Europex helps with housing and transportation for all of its workers. Submit your CV, and we will keep you posted about the latest job offers.

Have you lived in Norway? What’s your experience?

It is difficult to tell whether there finding a job in Norway is a difficult task or not, because it depends on a lot of circumstances. Norway has strict work laws and regulations, and the procedures can sometimes be overwhelming even for EU residents. So how to get a job in Norway?

Why working in Norway is so attractive?

In general, the primary reason is the wages. Norway has one of the highest wage levels in the world, and strict labor laws, which ensure good working conditions – five weeks of paid holiday a year, a paid maternity and paternity leave, and other social benefits.

Also, if we compare the wage levels of Eastern European countries, which are not that far away (Latvia, Lithuania, Poland), the wage levels are sometimes 5-7 times higher than in those countries. Therefore many people choose to work in Norway rather than in their home country.

What is the downside?

What often gets overlooked is the cost of living in Norway. The country has a progressive tax system, which means that the income tax is on average 36%. The living costs are also much higher than in many other countries, and taxes on luxury items such as expensive cars can be over 100%. Also, some sectors require acquiring special work permits, such as Bygge ID-kort for the construction industry workers. All the bureaucracy can make your experience in Norway rather confusing.

How to become employed?

There are different ways to find jobs. One is browsing the ads, asking for help from friends and trying to find connections in Norway. This has a few problems – Norwegians are rather nationalistic, therefore they require you to know at least the basics of Norwegian language. Also, it is difficult to find a decent job without any references. Thirdly, the documentation procedures can sometimes be overwhelming.

Another way is working through an agency. Some agencies offer their help in finding a job, and then take a fixed fee, and the worker is employed directly. Others take a commission off the wage of the worker. The benefits that agencies usually include finding a job and dealing with administration of all the documentation. Some offer free travel, accommodation, and other benefits.

What does Europex offer?

Europex hires workers in the automotive industry (car mechanics, painters, bodywork specialists, PDR’s, etc.) and construction industry workers (carpenters, brick layers, concrete workers, etc.). Along with all the administrative work (documentation and registration, Bygge ID-kort registration, etc.), Europex also offers free housing and compensations for transportation to the workplace. Also, Europex pays for four worker’s trips back home a year.

One requirement that is compulsory for all the workers is sufficient command of English language. Norwegian is not required in most of the vacancies. Other requirements depend on the client’s needs.

If you are interested in working in Norway, see the jobs we offer, and send us your resume. We will contact you as soon as we find you a well-matching place to work.

In general, the messages received by Barnevernet about child’s welfare violation can be formal or anonymous. Messages can be received from public institutions (schools, kindergartens, health institutions, and police), neighbors, and parents.

Public bodies have a duty to provide information to the child welfare when there is reason to believe that:

  • A child being mistreated at home.
  • There are other forms of serious neglect.
  • When a child has shown persistent severe behavioral difficulties.

In short of applicable procedures when Barnevernet receives the message on children rights violation:

Consideration of the message/report

Barnevernet decides whether to open an investigation or not within one week after they got the message. If the message is from the police or other public bodies Barnevernet is obliged to start an investigation. About 45% of all messages/reports are rejected as having no grounds for investigation.

Investigation

The duration of investigation is 3 (6) months. Barnevernet visit family at home, has a talk with a child, with parents, collects information from school, kindergarten, neighbors, etc. All information must be recorded in writing. The investigation report is protocol which is the final document.

Assistance for family and the child

If violations of the child’s rights are identified, Barnevernet is obligated to give help for parents and children. The goal is to do everything that the child could live with his biological parents.

Anyone can sometime in life come in a difficult situation where they need help and support to protect their child care need. In such cases, Child Protection Service has a responsibility to help the family. Child Protection Service can insert various aid measures to increase parenting skills, compensate for lack of care or relieve parents.

The aim of the assistance is to contribute to positive change in the child or family. Remedial measures should be directed towards the concern that is reported about the child and the child care situation.

Some aid measures may be directly related to the child, while others will target parents.  Remedial measures can be inserted for shorter or longer periods, depending on which measures are appropriate for the individual family. Under certain circumstances, aid measures extend over many years. Such measures could be, for example personal support, day care, respite care etc.

What families get the assistance? For example, kid does not comply with his obligations, alcoholism, drugs, criminal offenses; the parents have mental problems, violence, teen intoxication or behavioral problems and other factors that affect the wrong child development.

The assistance depends upon the individual situation – it might be an advice and guidance, or Barnevernet employees visit family’s home regularly and many other methods and aid measures.

Children in foster families

When and how children are taken from their parents?

If the parents ignore the assistance or situation has not changed, then children can be taken from their parents and placed in foster homes or foster parents. But this does not mean that they cannot be brought back to parents.

When children are taken from their parents these actions always must be approved by a judge. However when it comes to difficult cases (for example violence in family, high consumption of alcohol, drugs and where children are left unattended), then child can be taken without investigation right away. But the very next day, Barnevernet head must present a written explanation – a report to the judge, why these measures have been taken.

Barnevernet always has to take into account the individual situation. For example, it’s not the same to leave your children at home after school for an hour and to leave a child for eight hours and come back home before a midnight. It always needs a broader approach to the situation: to see the context and details of the situation.

You can also read:

http://www.bufdir.no/

You should know that public bodies: kindergartens, schools, health care workers, first are trying to solve the problems with the child’s family, and if only they are unable to solve the problems then they have to inform the Child’s Welfare Service (Barnevernet).

According to the Kindergarten Act the kindergartens undertake to:

  • Provide education and training (in cooperation with the child’s family).
  • Ensure security (take care of a child).
  • Provide a translator when there is a conversation with the parents (to avoid misunderstandings).
  • Kindergarten staff obeys the confidentiality rules, e.g. not to talk about your children with other people.
  • Parents are responsible to report that the child will not come to kindergarten – this develops a better dialogue with employees.
  • Workers are confident that they will be notified of important events in what is happening in the family (divorce, death, etc., to know how to communicate with the child).
  • Kindergarten worker expects that parent will tell when the child was sleeping badly, when a child complains of unpleasant situation in the kindergarten.
  • Parents should notify employees about their expectations.

All children are entitled to free medical care.

  • Parents have an obligation that such assistance is provided. Health centers are free. Parents must take care of the child’s health. Other parents choose to visit the health center of the home country, and this is normal. However, the health center is committed to know what the child’s health is.
  • If you are coming to Norway and still did not register a child, go to the health center and check all the data, the vaccine passports and so on. Parents must take care of children’s health.
  • Parents have a right to request all the data of examination which is entered into the computer, this is not secret. Health center employees expect the cooperation of parents, that they will get all the information about the child (allergies, etc.).

Children have the obligation to go to school when they reach the age of 6 years.

  • Contact between parents and school representatives are very important, which takes place through the parents’ meetings, text messages, through a child on the phone. Parents have a right to request the translator.
  • Education is according to a Norwegian study plan.
  • The child can get the native language lessons in the afternoon.
  • If school is concerned then they contact the parents.
  • The child’s psycho-social environment is very important thing. In case of child bullying school takes actions.
  • The child should come to school not sleepy. It is considered that the child 8 years old – should sleep at 8.00 p.m. With each year, it can be extended by 30 minutes.
  • Before coming to school a child must eat healthy breakfast (vegetables, grains).
  • If a child is sick, then parents must report to school.
  • High quality clothes are important.
  • There cannot be any chips, cakes, cookies, lemonade in the food boxes. The main thing is to avoid sweets.
  • Check whether the child put everything to school (sports clothing, food, notebooks, etc.)

You can also read:

http://www.bufdir.no/

Norwegian Child Protection (Barnevernet) says that Norway requires that people live under Norwegian law. Recently, Barnevernet discovered that the Norwegian Child protection is a system which is difficult to understand to the foreigners who come to live in Norway. That is why we have prepared a set of recommendations for parents in Norway, which will help you understand the basic principles of how children should be treated in Norway.

We think it is important to know a few things for people who are planning to go to work or/and live to Norway:

  1. you come from another country and different cultural background;
  2. the laws and regulations are different in Norway;
  3. you are a newcomer and you have to respect and to conform to Norwegian rules.

There are many cases when people come to Norway from different countries and bring their family together, and apparently they have a vision that the laws in their home country and Norway are pretty the same. But it is not.

The laws supporting the child’s welfare in Norway are very strict when the rights of the child are violated. Sometimes children are even taken away from the family. We admit that it is important and sensitive topic. But on the other hand it is about respect too. We have to respect the laws of the country where we are. In this case, it is Norway.

You are the parents and you know what the best is for your child!

But you also have to pay attention to the laws of Norway.

Recommendations for parents in Norway

Here are several recommendations, which have been prepared based on information publicly available from the Norwegian child welfare institutions.

Alcohol and partying:

  • It’s ok a glass of wine at dinner. But constant drinking is quite a different thing.
  • After the party, late at night, mother drives home by car carrying children and drunken husband who is sleeping quietly at the back. The police stop the car. Will they inform the Barnevernet? Answer: – No, because no children’s rights are violated. One spouse is fully capable of looking after children. Of course pay attention to the safety in cars: kids have to be in the baby seat (depends upon the kid’s age) with the seatbelt on.
  • If there is a party (with alcohol and loud music) at your home, make sure that kids are asleep and have rest. Children must not play around where there are people consuming alcohol and listening to loud music.

Psychological and physical violence:

  • To shake, slap a child through the ass or other aggressive physical contact with the child according to the Norwegian Laws is violence.
  • Violence between spouses. If the violence does not stop, the children might be taken away.
  • If you are newcomer and want to rent a room for family (with kids), it might be that the Landlord will tell you that he cannot rent it because under the Norwegian law it has to be assured a separate room for a kid.
  • According to the Norwegian Penal Code if children see, hear and experience violence from one parent against the other, this is also violence against the child. So pay attention to the mentioned above because a child should not be a witness of parent’s quarrel (for example divorce cases and how you will handle it).
  • Sometimes parents feel powerless and act with frustration and anger when teenager comes home later than agreed or kid behaves totally opposite than the parents think is right. In situations like this parents end up threatening, shaking, hitting, and smacking the kid. That is not acceptable in Norway. Norwegian Child Protection suggestion – try to see the other way to react.

Living conditions:

  • It is prohibited to live for children in the premises were the workers live.
  • The residential area requirements depend upon the municipality. Child Welfare Service representatives do not go and check.
  • A girl and a boy can live in one room.

Other recommendations:

  • If the parents do not want to vaccinate a child-it is their right to choose. 2, 6, 7 class children cannot be vaccinated without parent’s consent.
  • If the child was alone at home and the accident happened then the parents will be responsible. It’s not recommended to leave kids (grade 1-2) alone no longer than for 30-60 minutes.
  • There is no specific set age when children can be alone at home. It depends on the children’s own autonomy, what’s time of day and how long they can be alone. For example, 7 year-old child returning from school at 2.00 p.m. and is alone till 8.00 p.m., such a situation might pay attention of Barnevernet, especially when the situation is repeated systematically.

Conclusion

In conclusion, we can say that parents are fully responsible for welfare of their children. Children need to be safe, healthy, feel good and be happy.

From our experience as a recruitment agency we can tell that our workers go to Norway for the purpose. And the purpose is to work. But also they know that they will have to respect the laws of the country where they are working and living in.

You can also read:

http://bestill.bufdir.no/userfiles/products/45/8_samspillsENG__2005.pdf

The word Barnevernet in Norwegian means “protection of children” (barn – “child”, Vern– protection, custody). Organization full name – Norwegian Children, Youth and Family Affairs Directorate (Barne, ungdoms- og familiedirektoratetBUFDIR, or simply Norwegian Child Protection).

The main objective of Barnevernet is to ensure that children who live in conditions that are harmful to their health and development receive the necessary support and concern. This law applies to all children in Norway, regardless of their living status, education, nationality, citizenship. Norwegian law is designed to support the child’s well-being.

Convention on the Rights of the Child is a Part of Norwegian Law

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989 and ratified by Norway on January 8, 1991. On October 1, 2003, the Convention is incorporated into Norwegian law.

The Convention grants children the same basic rights, regardless of who they are and where they live. The rights are political, economic, social and cultural, and apply to all persons under 18 years of age, regardless of nationality, gender, social status, religion and culture.

All children have the right to:

  • All children are born free and are of equal worth.
  • Name and nationality.
  • Protection.
  • Best possible health care and sufficient food and drink.
  • To be heard and listened to.
  • Education.
  • To play, leisure and rest.
  • All children have the same rights.

The Convention is founded on the principle that the best interests of the child must always come first in all situations.

The public bodies in Norway understand and apply the Convention very strict. That is why the cases on child care in Norway raised so many protests and debates all over the world. Apparently, this topic causes a lot of emotions and pain. And many people question whether the requirements of Barnevernet for parental ability of take care of their own children have become too strict?

 

Norway has ratified the Hague 1996 Convention, which will take effect from 1 July, 2016.

The government hopes it can provide them with new means of resolving child care disputes where the child has ties to several countries in a more harmonious way.

One of the things that the Convention entails is that children, who are taken from their parents in Norway, can be placed with relatives abroad rather than in Norwegian foster care.

Ratification of the Hague Convention

The government’s proposal states that ratification would give Norway “a new means to prevent and resolve international parental disputes, child care and child abduction cases – and may facilitate more long-term care solutions for the affected children.”

– If a child has grandparents or aunts and uncles who can take care of them in another country, and that also have ties to the land, there will be a possibility that the family abroad assume care, says children Minister Solveig Horne.
The proposal further states that for the family abroad to assume care it has to “be prudent and to the individual child’s best. The child’s ties and attachment to the country should be given particular emphasis”.

Another consequence is that foreign governments may request access to the documents of cases of the child welfare services.

The Hague 1996 Convention has over 40 Member States, including all the states in the European Union.

Read more: https://www.regjeringen.no/en/aktuelt/norway-ratifies-the-1996-hague-child-protection-convention/id2478072/