Most Swedes, Poles and Lithuanians
Labour market and earnings;Immigration and immigrants
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Employed short-term immigrants2015, 4th quarter



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Most Swedes, Poles and Lithuanians

In the fourth quarter of 2015, 77 431 wage-earners were staying in Norway short term. Most wage-earners on short term stays are young men, 25 and 39 years old, from Sweden, Poland and Lithuania. They work primarily in construction or through employment agencies.

Wage earners not registered as resident 15-74 years old, 4th quarter
4th quarter 2015
All countries77 431
Norway4 980
The Nordic countries else27 064
Western Europe else6 758
EU countries in Eastern Europe34 885
Of which:
Poland17 764
Lithuania9 721
Eastern Europe else1 531
North America and Oceania438
Asia1 177
South and Central America145
Stateless and unknown224

Wage-earners on short terms stays in Norway are expected to stay in Norway for less than six months and as such are not registered as residents in the Central Population Register. This includes people who commute to work in Norway for longer or shorter periods at a time, such as those living in Sweden who commute daily to work in Norway.

In the fourth quarter of 2015, 34 885 short-term employees originated in EU Countries in Eastern Europe.

Young men dominate

80 per cent of wage-earners on short term stay are men. The biggest age group, independent of gender is 25-39 years old. While men work primarily in construction and through employment agencies, women work in the health care, accommodation and food service industries.

A new data sourceOpen and readClose

As of 2015, the register-based employment statistics will be based on a new data source for employees. Until the end of 2014, the main data source was The Central Register on Employers and Employees (EE register), produced by the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Organisation (NAV). In 2015, this reporting to NAV was coordinated with the reporting of earnings and personnel data to the Tax Administration and Statistics Norway. This common reporting system is called “a-ordningen” (the a-system). A-ordningen provides a better data basis compared to the EE register, as it is more accurate on the individual level in addition to covering a greater number of employees. Furthermore, it provides more frequent statistics for wage earners and can provide highly detailed figures on the development in the labour market. These include figures at the municipal level by age and industry.

Change in the time seriesOpen and readClose

With the transition to the new data source, we will obtain more precise figures on the number of employed persons. A consequence of the new data source is that number for 2015 is not comparable to earlier years.