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Vacancies

During 2021 and 2022, the number of job vacancies increased significantly as the economy began to recover from the pandemic. Since then the number of vacancies has been over 100,000 during the whole of 2023 and into 2024, indicating a high demand for labour.

When looking at the vacancy rate, which is the number of vacancies as a percentage of the total number of job positions, the arts, entertainment and recreation sector has the highest share. In absolute numbers, the domestic trade sector has the most vacancies.

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.

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