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Employer of Record (EOR) in Norway

What you'll learn

  • Country Introduction
  • Tax Breakdown for Employers
  • Statutory Leave Laws
  • Minimum Wage and Working Hours
  • Termination Process
  • Additional Information
Norway Introduction

Norway is a nordic country in northern Europe, located in the Scandinavian Peninsula. It is bordered by Sweden, Finland, and Russia, and includes the remote Arctic island of Jan Mayen and archipelago of Svalbard. Norway is known to be one of the world’s happiest, most developed, and wealthiest nations.

Paid Leave and Statutory Leave

Parental Leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to 54 weeks of paid maternity leave, which is paid at a rate of 80% of the regular rate for 54 weeks (or 100% if the employee only takes 44 weeks of the leave entitlement). Partners can share the mother’s maternity leave entitlement except for the 3 weeks before and 6 weeks after the birth. Employees can also take leave for adoptions.

Sick Leave

Employees in Norway can take up to 52 weeks of sick leave. The first 16 days are paid at 100% of the regular wage by the employer, and days 17-52 are paid by social security with a maximum benefit.

Paid Leave

There are 10 public holidays in Norway, and employees are entitled to a minimum of 20 days of vacation each year (more for union workers). Vacation is not compensated at the full salary, and is usually paid at a minimum of 10% of the salary. Employees can also take leave for hospitalizations.

Wage Requirements and Working Hours

There is no standard minimum wage in Norway, and employers can bargain with unions and individuals based on their role and industry. Despite having no minimum wage, Norway has one of the highest average wages in the world, at around NOK 52,180 per month.

The standard workweek is 40 hours at a maximum of 9 hours per day. Overtime compensation is regulated by collective agreements, and usually has a maximum of 200 hours per year.

Termination Process

Process

Employment contracts can be terminated with just cause (such as dishonesty, negligence, fraud, or other work offenses). Before the decision to terminate is finalized, employers are required to discuss the intention to terminate with the employee.

Notice Period

The minimum notice period in Norway is 1 month, but can be more depending on how long the employee has worked at the company or their age:

  • 5-10 years at the company = 2 months notice
  • 10+ years at the company = 3 months notice
  • Employees 50-55 years old = 4 months notice
  • Employees 55-60 years old = 5 months notice
  • Employees 60+ years old = 6 months notice

Severance Pay

There are no provisions for severance pay in Norwegian law.

Additional Information

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OVERVIEW
Language(s):
Norwegian
Currency:
Norwegian Kroner (NOK)
Capital City:
Oslo
Population:
5.5 Million
Cost of Living Rank:
6th
VAT (Valued Added Tax):
25%
Employer TaxES
14.1%
(estimated)

★  14.1% - Social Security

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How Remofirst employs in Norway

It can be prohibitively expensive to establish an entity in every country you want to hire talent in, so Remofirst will hire and pay your employee on your behalf while you manage their daily duties. Remofirst will handle formal HR procedures and employment contracts that adhere to local laws, so that you can simply approve invoices via our platform. When you work with an Employer of Record (EOR) you can compliantly hire the best employees around the world.

How employees in Norway get paid
Your employee's hours, time off, holidays, bonuses, and commissions are automatically calculated into payroll. Remofirst will invoice you in either US Dollars (USD), Euros (EUR), British Pounds (GBP), Canadian Dollars (CAD), or Singapore Dollars (SGD) around the 15th of each month to make sure your employees in Norway are paid on time in Norwegian Kroner (NOK). To make it even easier, you can summarize your entire global team's salaries to aggregate them into one payment (instead of many individual payments).
Full-time Employees vs Global Contractors

Unlike full-time employees, contractors work on projects with multiple companies at a given time and are technically self-employed. Full-time employees are solely focused on their employer and usually receive benefits (such as health insurance, equity or stock options, and time off) as an additional form of compensation. While it can be cheaper to work with international contractors instead of paying benefits to a full-time employee, you run the risk of misclassification. It's recommended to work with an EOR for contractor onboarding and payments, so you can know that your international contractors are paid compliantly and on time.

Dependable support for employees
Whenever the employee or employer has a question about benefits, Visas, or anything else related to international employment in Norway, they can use our platform's chat function to get answers from our team of experts. Every client of Remofirst also receives a dedicated account manager that will serve as a point of contact for global HR support.