8 of 10 health educated are employed
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Nearly 82 per cent of all persons with a health care education were employed by 4th quarter 2015.

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8 of 10 health educated are employed

Nearly 82 per cent of all persons with a health care education were employed by 4th quarter 2015. The employment rate among physicians and nurses were 89 and 84 per cent respectively.

Health care personnell, 15-74 years1
1As from 2015, the statistics are based on new data sources. This gives a change in the time series.
Persons with a health care education483 682100.0
Men73 14915.1
Women410 53384.9
Employed persons with a health care education397 150100.0
Men63 91016.1
Women333 24083.9
Employed persons with a health care education in health and social services316 85479.8
Figure 1. Immigrants and non-resident health personnel 15- 74 years in health and social services. Share of selected educational groups. 2015

A total of 398 000 with a health care education were employed in 2015. Of these, nearly 80 per cent were working within the health and social services, 3.3 per cent within public administration and 5.6 per cent within the educational system. The remaining persons were working within other industries.

More than 1 in 10 had a foreign background

About 37 200 immigrants and non-resident health personnel were working in the health and social services in 2015. Nurses were the largest group, with 11 000 persons in total. Physicians amounted to 5 200 persons. More than 42 per cent of the health personnel with a foreign background came from countries outside Europe. Nevertheless Sweden was supplying 14.3 per cent of personnel with a foreign background.

Women are dominating health and social services

Women constitute 84 per cent of the employed personnel within health and social services. They also dominate most health care educations. In some educational groups, as for midwife and health visitors they amount to more than 99 per cent. Men are in majority within six educational groups e.g specialized physicians, dentists and paramedics.

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With the transition to the new data source, we obtain more precise figures on the number of employed persons. When using this new source, the number of employed persons, which include all sectors, is 60 000 lower than in the old data base, which used the number employed in the country from the Labour Force Surveys as the base. This is a modest difference of 2.4 per cent compared to the total number employed, but as a result of the change in the data base the register numbers for the number employed in the 4th quarter of 2014 compared to the 4th quarter of 2015 do not express an actual change.

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The main source for information about wage earners in the statistics Health care personnel, is the register-based employment statistics. From the year 2015, these statistics are 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”. “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.