Work assessment allowance

Updated: 8 September 2021

Next update: Not yet determined

Recipients of work assessment allowance as a share og the population 18-67 years
Recipients of work assessment allowance as a share og the population 18-67 years
2020
4.8
%

Selected tables and figures from this statistics

Recipients of work assessment allowance by sex, age and education level
Recipients of work assessment allowance by sex, age and education level
2020
Recipients of work assessment allowanceRecipients of work assessment allowance, per cent of population
Both sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemales
18-67 years
Total165 67068 36397 3074.83.85.7
Basic school level60 38628 88031 5068.47.39.8
Upper secondary education63 54927 56235 9874.83.66.4
Higher education39 10110 50228 5993.01.93.8
Unknown or no completed education2 6341 4191 2151.91.82.1
18-24 years
Total15 2396 8018 4383.32.83.8
Basic school level11 2765 2805 9966.95.58.8
Upper secondary education3 5281 3792 1491.71.22.1
Higher education366982680.50.40.6
Unknown or no completed education6944250.60.80.5
25-34 years
Total35 84915 01620 8334.83.95.7
Basic school level16 7548 0908 66411.99.715.1
Upper secondary education11 5014 8206 6815.43.68.5
Higher education7 1391 8555 2842.11.32.5
Unknown or no completed education4552512041.01.00.9
35-44 years
Total36 14713 78922 3585.13.86.5
Basic school level11 3295 6105 7199.68.311.5
Upper secondary education12 8705 1727 6985.83.88.8
Higher education11 1212 5318 5903.41.94.5
Unknown or no completed education8274763511.91.82.2
45-54 years
Total40 58515 40225 1835.44.06.9
Basic school level10 3664 7545 6128.87.410.3
Upper secondary education17 8017 34810 4535.84.28.0
Higher education11 6812 9498 7323.92.35.1
Unknown or no completed education7373513863.32.54.5
55-61 years
Total25 38411 05914 3255.54.76.3
Basic school level7 7363 6444 0927.26.87.6
Upper secondary education11 2265 2895 9375.74.86.8
Higher education6 0301 9264 1044.02.84.9
Unknown or no completed education3922001924.44.05.0
62-67 years
Total12 4666 2966 1703.53.53.5
Basic school level2 9251 5021 4234.24.63.9
Upper secondary education6 6233 5543 0693.93.93.8
Higher education2 7641 1431 6212.52.22.8
Unknown or no completed education15497573.24.12.3
Explanation of symbols
Recipients of work assessment allowance by sex, age and country background
Recipients of work assessment allowance by sex, age and country background
2020
Recipients of work assessment allowanceRecipients of work assessment allowance, per cent of population
Both sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemales
18-67 years
Immigrants, total30 43714 53515 9024.44.04.9
The EU/EEA, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand10 0665 2394 8273.32.93.8
Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania except Australia and New Zealand, and Europe except the EU/EEA20 3719 29611 0755.35.15.5
The rest of the population135 23353 82881 4054.83.85.9
18-24 years
Immigrants, total8474733741.51.51.4
The EU/EEA, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand2551241311.31.21.3
Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania except Australia and New Zealand, and Europe except the EU/EEA5923492431.61.71.4
The rest of the population14 3926 3288 0643.53.04.1
25-34 years
Immigrants, total4 1602 0642 0962.42.32.4
The EU/EEA, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand1 2985637351.71.42.0
Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania except Australia and New Zealand, and Europe except the EU/EEA2 8621 5011 3612.93.22.7
The rest of the population31 68912 95218 7375.54.46.7
35-44 years
Immigrants, total8 8003 8384 9624.13.44.9
The EU/EEA, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand2 8141 3361 4782.82.23.8
Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania except Australia and New Zealand, and Europe except the EU/EEA5 9862 5023 4845.34.95.5
The rest of the population27 3479 95117 3965.54.07.2
45-54 years
Immigrants, total9 4934 2555 2386.65.67.8
The EU/EEA, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand2 9481 5271 4214.53.75.8
Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania except Australia and New Zealand, and Europe except the EU/EEA6 5452 7283 8178.47.79.0
The rest of the population31 09211 14719 9455.23.66.7
55-61 years
Immigrants, total5 1342 6902 4448.07.68.4
The EU/EEA, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand1 8271 0667616.56.26.8
Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania except Australia and New Zealand, and Europe except the EU/EEA3 3071 6241 6839.19.09.3
The rest of the population20 2508 36911 8815.04.16.0
62-67 years
Immigrants, total2 0031 2157886.17.15.1
The EU/EEA, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand9246233016.37.34.9
Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania except Australia and New Zealand, and Europe except the EU/EEA1 0795924876.06.95.2
The rest of the population10 4635 0815 3823.23.23.3
Explanation of symbols
New recipients of work assessment allowance by sex and age.
New recipients of work assessment allowance by sex and age.
2020
New recipients of work assessment allowanceNew recipients of work assessment allowance, per cent of population
Both sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemales
18-67 years62 23326 77635 4571.81.52.1
18-24 years6 6973 1113 5861.41.31.6
25-34 years13 9296 0237 9061.91.62.2
35-44 years13 0065 2017 8051.81.42.3
45-54 years14 4985 7528 7461.91.52.4
55-61 years9 5714 4085 1632.11.92.3
62-67 years4 5322 2812 2511.31.31.3
Explanation of symbols
Recipients of work assessment allowence by sex, age and work-intensity.
Recipients of work assessment allowence by sex, age and work-intensity.
2020
Recipients of work assessment allowanceRecipients of work assessment allowance (per cent)
Both sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemales
18-67 years
All intensity levels165 67068 36397 307100.0100.0100.0
None100 98446 35154 63361.067.856.1
Low23 4179 59813 81914.114.014.2
HIgh9 8883 2636 6256.04.86.8
Full31 3819 15122 23018.913.422.8
18-24 years
All intensity levels15 2396 8018 438100.0100.0100.0
None11 9095 5206 38978.181.275.7
Low1 8567711 08512.211.312.9
HIgh6021974054.02.94.8
Full8723135595.74.66.6
25-34 years
All intensity levels35 84915 01620 833100.0100.0100.0
None24 24610 97313 27367.673.163.7
Low5 2072 1213 08614.514.114.8
HIgh1 9456141 3315.44.16.4
Full4 4511 3083 14312.48.715.1
35-44 years
All intensity levels36 14713 78922 358100.0100.0100.0
None21 3569 22012 13659.166.954.3
Low5 3042 0633 24114.715.014.5
HIgh2 2837161 5676.35.27.0
Full7 2041 7905 41419.913.024.2
45-54 years
All intensity levels40 58515 40225 183100.0100.0100.0
None22 3279 78612 54155.063.549.8
Low5 6592 1743 48513.914.113.8
HIgh2 6528091 8436.55.37.3
Full9 9472 6337 31424.517.129.0
55-61 years
All intensity levels25 38411 05914 325100.0100.0100.0
None13 7346 7906 94454.161.448.5
Low3 6361 6322 00414.314.814.0
HIgh1 6115881 0236.35.37.1
Full6 4032 0494 35425.218.530.4
62-67 years
All intensity levels12 4666 2966 170100.0100.0100.0
None7 4124 0623 35059.564.554.3
Low1 75583791814.113.314.9
HIgh7953394566.45.47.4
Full2 5041 0581 44620.116.823.4
Explanation of symbols

About the statistics

The statistics provide an overview of recipients of the work assessment allowance pursuant to the regulations of the National Insurance Scheme. A core part of the statistics is the description of work assessment allowance recipients according to various identifiers, as well as their attachment to the labour market.

Resident. The statistics cover persons who were registered in the National Registry as resident in Norway as of 31 December. The Act of Population Registration of 16 January 1970 (with subsequent amendments) and associated regulations from 1994 set out the criteria for classification as a resident in Norway. The total number of residents in an area is also referred to as the population.

Information on place of residence, gender and age is retrieved from the National Registry. Information on place of residence and age relates to the end of the statistical year.

Work assessment allowance from the National Insurance Scheme is intended to provide an income for persons between 18 and 67 years of age who, due to illness, injury or disability, have a reduced working capacity and are actively receiving treatment, or participating in a return-to-work initiative or receiving other treatment aimed at finding employment or remaining in work. The capacity for work must be reduced by at least half. The work assessment allowance is calculated on the basis of the income in the year preceding the reduction in capacity for work, or of the average of the 3 preceding years if this results in a higher amount. Everyone is guaranteed a minimum annual amount, including those without an employment history. The main rule for qualifying for work assessment allowance is that recipients must remain in Norway. The allowance can be paid for up to three years, but this may be extended by a further two years under certain conditions. Several changes were introduced to the regulations for work assessment allowance on 1 January 2018, including in relation to length of entitlement (see nav.no/aap2018).

Recipients of work assessment allowance are persons who receive work assessment allowance from the National Insurance Scheme for at least one month in a year. The vast majority of the tables in the statistics only include recipients of work assessment allowance who are resident in Norway (see definition). Two tables also include non-resident recipients, and a distinction is made in the figures between residents and non-residents.

New recipients of work assessment allowance are persons who received work assessment allowance in month m during the course of a year, but who did not receive it in month m-1. In cases where m represents January, m-1 will represent December in the preceding year. It is possible to restart the allowance several times following a break of at least one month in a 12-month period, but recipients are only counted as a new recipient once in such cases.

Access to work assessment allowance refers to the number of times that work assessment allowance was restarted after a break of at least one month in a 12-month period. Access to the allowance can be restarted several times during the period, and each restart following a break of at least one month is counted as a reaccess.

Work intensity is a measure of a person’s degree of employment as an employee whilst receiving work assessment allowance. The measurement requires receipt of work assessment allowance and paid employment to have occurred in the same month, and is calculated as ‘the number of months in which income from work and work assessment allowance is received / the number of months that work assessment allowance is received’. The results are shown as Zero (no months where both conditions occur), Low (employed for at least one but less than half of the months when work assessment allowance was received), High (employed for more than half but not all months when work assessment allowance was received) and Full (employed in all months when work assessment allowance was received).

Employees are defined as persons who performed paid work, with compensation in the form of wages or similar, for at least one hour in the reference week, as well as persons who had such work but were temporarily absent due to illness, holiday leave, paid leave or similar. Persons undertaking military or civilian national service are considered to be in employment. Persons on government employment initiatives who receive wages from an employer are also classified as employees. This follows the recommendations of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Statistics Norway’s statistics use the terms ‘employee’ and ‘wage earner’ interchangeably. Note that the self-employed are not therefore included in the measurement of work intensity in these statistics.

See also About the statistics at http://www.ssb.no/arbeid-og-lonn/statistikker/arblonn/kvartal

Immigrants are persons born abroad to two foreign-born parents and four foreign-born grandparents. Country of birth is normally the mother’s country of residence at the time of the person’s birth.

EU/EEA, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand include immigrants with the following countries of birth: Denmark, Greenland, Finland, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Sweden, Belgium, Bulgaria, Andorra, Estonia, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Ireland, Croatia, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Lithuania, Spain, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Vatican City, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania, except Australia and New Zealand and Europe except EU/EEA include immigrants born in the following countries: Albania, Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Asia, Africa, America excluding USA and Canada and Oceania excluding Australia and New Zealand. Persons who were stateless at birth or with an unknown country of birth are also included.

Data on education relates to 1 October in the statistical year. In these statistics, a variant of the Classification of education is used, where the highest completed education is classified as follows: http://www.ssb.no/klass/klassifikasjoner/36/varianter/843

The Norwegian Standard Classification of Education 2016 forms the basis for this classification:

http://www.ssb.no/utdanning/artikler-og-publikasjoner/norsk-standard-for-utdanningsgruppering-2016

http://www.ssb.no/klass/klassifikasjoner/36

The classification of municipalities is in line with the list of municipalities as of 31 December in the statistical year.

Classification of municipalities: https://www.ssb.no/klass/klassifikasjoner/131

Name: Work assessment allowance

Topic: Social conditions, welfare and crime

Not yet determined

Division for Income and social welfare statistics

Most of the statistics are published at national level, but some are also published for counties and municipalities.

Annual statistics. The census period is a full calendar year.

Publishing dates: see the statistics release calendar.

Not relevant

Sources at an individual level are stored long term and documented.

The purpose of the statistics is to provide a description of persons who have received work assessment allowance from the National Insurance Scheme, as well as combinations of work assessment allowance and employment. Developments are followed over time through annual publications of the statistics. The statistics also aim to meet the need for municipality level breakdowns of numbers and percentages of recipients.

Key users are various ministries and directorates, local and county authorities, as well as research institutions and organisations carrying out official studies. The general public and the media are also key users of these statistics.

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NAV’s statistics on recipients of work assessment allowance, https://www.nav.no/no/nav-og-samfunn/statistikk/aap-nedsatt-arbeidsevne-og-uforetrygd-statistikk (Norwegian only)

NAV publishes quarterly statistics on the number of work assessment allowance recipients. NAV’s statistics show how many people received work assessment allowance at the end of each quarter. Much of the source data for Statistics Norway’s statistics on work assessment allowance is retrieved from NAV. Differences in the measurement period mean that there are some discrepancies between NAV’s statistics and Statistics Norway’s statistics (see Definitions, Definitions of the main concepts and variables). In practice, Statistics Norway’s statistics will cover more recipients than NAV’s statistics because we count recipients of work assessment allowance over the year as a whole.

Recipients of work assessment allowance are also included as a group in existing income statistics (Table 12599 in StatBank, https://www.ssb.no/statistikkbanken).

For income statistics, see Income, http://www.ssb.no/inntekt-og-forbruk

The sources used for the register-based employment statistics are also the basis for tables on combinations of work assessment allowance and employment in the work assessment allowance statistics. For further details of register-based employment, see Employment, register-based (http://www.ssb.no/regsys)

For statistics on the population’s level of education, see Education, (http://www.ssb.no/utdanning/nokkeltall/utdanning)

For statistics on immigrants, see Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, (http://www.ssb.no/innvbef/)

Pursuant to Section 2-2 of Act no. 54 of 16 June 1989 relating to official statistics and Statistics Norway, Statistics Norway will use the information for the production of official statistics.

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Applies to persons registered as receiving work assessment allowance in a calendar year. One of the main qualifying conditions for work assessment allowance is being registered as resident at the end of the relevant year. For a definition of resident in Norway, see ‘Definitions, Definitions of the main concepts and variables’.

Data on the work assessment allowance is retrieved from NAV. The information is obtained from NAV’s case processing system Arena. See also information from NAV, https://www.nav.no/no/nav-og-samfunn/statistikk/aap-nedsatt-arbeidsevne-og-uforetrygd-statistikk/relatert-informasjon/om-statistikken-mottakere-av-arbeidsavklaringspenger

The information about employment is retrieved from the data source for register-based employment, ‘a-ordningen’: https://www.ssb.no/arbeid-og-lonn/statistikker/regsys

A-ordningen is a coordinated digital collection of data on employment, income and tax deductions from the Norwegian Tax Administration, NAV and Statistics Norway. The system was introduced in 2015. Further details are available at www.altinn.no/a-ordningen.

Data on highest completed level of education is retrieved from the National Education Database (NUDB; http://www.ssb.no/a/metadata/om_datasamlinger/nudb/nudb.html)

Data on gender, age, place of residence and immigrant category is retrieved from various population statistics. See About the statistics, Production, Data sources and sampling for the following:

Population and population changes: https://www.ssb.no/befolkning/statistikker/folkemengde

Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents: https://www.ssb.no/befolkning/statistikker/innvbef

Statistics Norway receives annual data from NAV on individuals’ receipt of benefits administered by NAV. The data contains monthly information about each individual, and Statistics Norway adapts the annual data for use in the statistics.

See also About the statistics, Production, Collection of data, editing and estimations for statistics listed under Data sources and sampling.

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One of the aims of the statistics on work assessment allowance is to provide statistics with combinations of identifiers, as well as for small geographical areas. The information in the statistics must not be traceable to individuals. For reasons of privacy, therefore, it is necessary in many tables to ensure that combinations of variable values that only appear once or twice are not identifiable. In table matrices, all 1s and 2s at the most detailed level for each are substituted with a 0 or 3. The numbers 0 and 3 also occur naturally, and the statistics must not show any difference between the two types of 0 and 3. Substitution is done in a way that ensures minimal effect on the figures that can be retrieved at a higher aggregated level. However, minor deviations from the original figures will still occur. These deviations will generally be very small and will not impair the utility value of the statistics. When the same table is created on the basis of two different matrices, small discrepancies between the tables may also occur.

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Some minor deviations from original figures can occur due to rounding up/down, see Confidentiality.

Data on employment is retrieved from ‘a-ordningen’. The quality in the a-ordningen is good, but errors and omissions may still occur in the data. For more details, see the section on sources of error in About the statistics for the register-based employment statistics: https://www.ssb.no/arbeid-og-lonn/statistikker/regsys, or About the statistics for Number of employments and earnings: http://www.ssb.no/arbeid-og-lonn/statistikker/arblonn/kvartal

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