While considering the European standards, most of the Norwegian farms are small, but many of them are well mechanized. There will be variations in the workers’ labor market in the agricultural sector of Norway according to the different times of the year. But the skilled farmers can get jobs both full-time and part-time, including work around the year. Mostly these jobs consist of general works of a farm like in animal, milk, and plant production.
The summer season of Norway will feature seasonal farming like planting, trimming, weeding, and harvesting of berries and fruits, plants and flowers, vegetables, trees, etc. The growing season in Norway is mostly from May to September, which is comparatively short.
Things to Consider
Most of the Norwegian farms are in the countryside, the rural communities will be remote and small. For those people who would love to enjoy great outdoor sceneries, Norwegian life can be an amazing experience. Farming can turn tough and dull at times and you may have to work overtime, even at unfriendly timings. Most employers wish to have reliable workers who can stay for work as long as the work ends without a deadline. Employers may be ready to provide accommodation, mostly in communal housing, where the workers will have to share the kitchen, living space, and bathroom with the co-tenants. Some employers offer rooms as well as camping facilities. The rent of the accommodation largely depends on the facilities and the standard of the accommodation provided. Mostly basic furniture for the living space and the kitchen essentials will be available with the accommodation. The rural areas of Norway have limited public transport facilities. Therefore, you will have to arrange your transportation facilities to travel.
Demand for Workers
The farm segments of Norway are turning to be bigger and farmers have started to integrate framing with some work other than farming. Thus the demand for farmers in Norway has increased considerably in recent years. Several farmers are members of certain organizations that help employers to hire workers for their farm full time. But these farmers share work time between various farms. The average age of farmers in Norway is also high, which is also a factor in increasing the demand for both full-time and temporary farmers in the country. Seasonal employment in Norway has an average length which is just below four months.
Applicants looking for permanent jobs should have an education as well as some experience in farming. A driver will need a compulsory certificate for a tractor. Capability to handle the milk robots is an essential skill for milk producers. Some employers ask for good writing and speaking skills in the Norwegian language or other Scandinavian languages. Some employers are satisfied with good English skills. Seasonal work does not require much skill and experience, but that can be an added advantage. Therefore the English language is important and good knowledge of Scandinavian languages can be an advantage. Citizens who apply outside EEA and EU will need a work permit before applying.