Norway’s welfare chief: Those who have been laid off for a long time should consider new careers

Hans Christian HoltePhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB
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If you are on long-term leave in an industry hit hard by the corona crisis, you should consider changing professions. That is the advice NAV chief Hans Christian Holte has for people.

The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) chief told newspaper VG that people must be realistic and ask themselves if they really think they can get back to the job they were laid off from.

“Many people experience great insecurity and face hard times. We will contribute as best we can, but if you are laid off in one of the hard-hit industries, make an honest and realistic assessment.

“Do you think you will return to work? It can take a long time until we return to normal,” Hans Christian Holte said.

He asked laid-off people to use the time to evaluate jobs in other industries, apply for other jobs, and to use the opportunity to further their education. 

Laid-off people who enroll in education will still receive unemployment benefits.

The corona crisis has particularly affected companies in the tourism and entertainment industries in Norway, as well as restaurants.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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