Employment in the state now requires at least one qualified applicant with gaps in their CV to be called for an interview, introducing moderate quotas.
The changes to the rules for employment in the state were approved by the Cabinet on Friday.
Local Government Minister Monica Mæland (Høyre/Conservative Party) believes the changes will make it easier for businesses to recruit more broadly and not overlook skills when they need to hire new staff.
In practice, the changes mean that at least one qualified applicant with gaps in their CV should be called for an interview, and that this type of applicant can be hired if they are almost as well qualified as the best qualified applicant. There are also changes to the rules for hiring through the so-called trainee program.
Applicants with gaps in the CV are defined as persons who at the time of application have been absent from work, education or training for a total of at least two years in the last five years.
Will reach the target of 5 per cent
The government aims to have at least 5 per cent of the new employees in the state have a disability or a gap in their CV.
The changes to the hiring rules come after feedback on challenges in this work, according to Mæland.
“People with disabilities and gaps in their CV deserve an opportunity to get a job. Many of them find that despite being qualified for the job, they are not called for an interview. Now we give the leaders our tools that will help them to better recruit from this group,” she says.
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