Norwegian vegetable and fruit industry asked NAV for 2,000 seasonal workers – only 270 got jobs

Seasonal workersPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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The Norwegian Labor and Welfare Administration (NAV) has put forward 1,363 candidates for 2,008 registered positions of seasonal workers in the green industry, which produces potatoes, vegetables, fruit, berries, and similar. Only 270 of them have found work.

The strict corona restrictions have meant that the green industry in Norway has, as a general rule, had to resort to Norwegian labor to pick strawberries and other vegetables and fruit.

The industry applied for a total of 4,902 seasonal workers from January to the end of May, of which 2,008 directly through the NAV, figures that newspaper Nationen received from the NAV show.

NAV: Uncertain figures

According to statistics, only 270 of the 2,008 positions have been filled. However, the NAV’s press officer told the newspaper that the figures may be uncertain because some employers do not inform them when candidates get jobs.

“In addition, there are a number of candidates that the NAV presents who, in the employer’s assessment, do not meet the competence requirements, so employers have found other candidates,” the press officer wrote in an email.

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

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