Working Life

The welfare state creates jobs

A wide variety of occupational groups are needed for the Norwegian welfare state to function.

A few examples:

  • Teachers, office workers, cleaning staff and other positions in schools
  • Doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, office workers, cleaning staff and other positions in hospitals and nursing homes
  • case officers, office staff and other NAV staff

Most people who work in the education and health sectors in Norway are public sector employees. That means that they are employed by the state, county authority or municipality. The public sector also sometimes buys services from private businesses. One example is the regular GP scheme, where the state and municipality pay doctors in private practice.

Facts

A welfare state needs lots of workers!

Approx. 30% of today’s working population in Norway are civil servants.