High demand for summer temps in Norway – businesses are struggling to find people

Ivar Horneland KristensenPhoto: Terje Bendiksby / NTB
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As many as one in three tourism companies are looking for temporary summer workers this year. At the same time, the business community says that it is demanding to get hold of people.

After two lean years as a result of the corona pandemic, there is a fierce demand for summer temps in Norway. Half of the tourism businesses that want holiday help this year did not get it in 2021.

“We are approaching a normal state when it comes to the demand for summer temps, and the pandemic effect seems to be fading away,” Ivar Horneland Kristensen, CEO of Virke, noted in a press release.

At the same time, there are new challenges on the way back to normal. Two out of three large and medium-sized companies say that it is a little or much more difficult to get people this year than last year, according to Virke.

“The consequences of not finding workers for the companies this summer include reduced earnings, reduced quality of services, and increased use of overtime,” Horneland Kristensen stated.

The organization points out that close to six out of ten tourism companies say a shortage of labor will reduce their possibility of recovering from the pandemic.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayFinance

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