During 2021 and 2022, the number of job vacancies increased significantly as the economy began to recover from the pandemic. The trend has since continued into 2023, and the number of vacancies has stabilised at a high level, with over 117,500 recorded in the third quarter of 2023.
Strong demand for labour in administrative and support services
According to the latest data, the majority of job vacancies can be found in the domestic trade sector, with 15 000 vacancies in the third quarter of 2023. When looking at the vacancy rate, which is the number of vacancies as a percentage of the total number of job positions, the administrative and support service sector has the highest share at just below 6%.
Vacancy rates across Europe
According to data from Eurostat, the job vacancy rate is on a declining trend in the EU27, after having increased significantly from the middle of 2020 through 2021.
Norway’s job vacancy rate is currently higher than in Sweden, Finland and the EU27-average.
About the data
Data on vacancies are from Statistics Norway ‘Job Vacancies‘. New data is published every quarter. Note that the data does not separate between full-time and part-time posts.
International data on vacancies are from Eurostat.