* Playroll continues to analyse immediate opportunities and fulfilled roles by recruitment partners, contractors and employers to identify in-demand jobs.

Capital City

Norwegian Krone (kr)


CET (GMT +1)

Employment Cost


Annual Leave

25 days

In-demand Specialties*
Oil And Gas, Seafood, Renewable Energy

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Employees in Norway

Simplify hiring employees in by partnering with Playroll. Our Employer of Record (EOR) handles hiring, onboarding, payroll, taxes, immigration, benefits administration, and compliance. While you maintain control of day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.


Key Considerations Before Hiring In Norway

Employing in Norway requires employers to own a legal entity in the country and manage payroll, tax, benefits and compliance through their own in-country resources. Grow your team in Norway with our Employer of Record solution, ensuring streamlined, compliant business expansion with no entity.

Playroll allows you to hire employee's in Norway quickly, easily and we even automate tax document collection, benefits, payroll and more.

Good To Know

Renowned for its technological prowess, Norway actively embraces digital solutions, prioritizes innovation, and encourages remote work practices and digital communication.

Norway boasts a large talent pool in industries such as technology, engineering, and marketing. Norwegian professionals are also proficient in English, facilitating the opportunity to set up an international remote organization and achieve smooth communication.

The Norwegian labor regulations ensure fair treatment, appropriate compensation packages, reliable work environments, and autonomy.

The country's government and businesses invest heavily in R&D, creating an environment that encourages creativity, problem-solving, and the development of cutting-edge solutions.


Fundamental Aspects of Employment in Norway

Employers in Norway must furnish new employees with a written employment contract, irrespective of employment type. The contract, which can be in a language other than Norwegian, should encompass essential terms such as:

Probationary Period in Norway

In Norway, the probation period typically ranges from 1 to 6 months, but it can extend up to 12 months under special circumstances.

Working hours in Norway

In Norway, normal working hours cannot exceed nine hours per 24 hours, or 40 hours per seven days.

Overtime in Norway

In Norway, any work beyond standard working hours is considered overtime. Employees are entitled to receive an additional 40% of their normal wages for overtime, with the rate doubling for overtime on weekends. Overtime is capped at 10 hours per week and 25 hours over a four-week period.

Navigating Key Aspects of Payroll in Norway

Norway has a robust and complex payroll and tax system, and as an employer, it pays to understand payroll process basics.

1 January- 31 December

Fiscal Year in Norway

1 January- 31 December is the 12-month accounting period that businesses in Norway use for financial and tax reporting purposes.

Payroll Cycle in Norway

The payroll cycle in Norway is usually monthly, with employees being paid at least once a month..

Minimum Wage in Norway

Minimum wages and salaries in Norway

There is no official national minimum wage in Norway; minimum wages are often outlined by individual sector collective bargaining agreements and employment contracts.

Bonus Payments in Norway

There is no mandatory provision for a 13th-month salary in Norway. Performance-based bonuses are granted at the discretion of the employer.

Comprehensive Overview of Employment Taxes in Norway

Understanding the tax obligations for both employers and employees is crucial when operating in Norway's business landscape. This section explains how taxes and statutory fees affect payroll and individual earnings in Norway.

Employer Tax Contributions

Employer payroll contributions are generally estimated at an additional 18.00% on top of the employee salary in Norway.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Employee Payroll Tax Contributions

In Norway, the typical estimation for employee payroll contributions cost is around 8.1%.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Individual Payroll Tax Contributions

In Norway, employee income tax depends on factors like income type and residency. Non-Norwegian tax-resident workers can opt for Norwegian withholding tax. Non-residents on ships with limited tax liability face a flat 25% tax rate, including social security contributions The progressive individual tax rates are as follows:

Tax Rate Income Bracket

Pension in Norway

In Norway, the pension system comprises three components: retirement pension from the National Insurance Scheme (folketrygden), occupational pension or contractual early retirement pension (AFP) from employers, and private pension savings.

The tax-related information provided in this guide is intended for general guidance and informational purposes only. Reach out to our dedicated team for insights on remote hiring in Norway tailored to your needs.

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Understanding the Protocols for Termination of Employment in Norway

When it comes to terminating employment in Norway, understanding the legal obligations regarding severance pay and contributions is essential. Below is a detailed overview of the key considerations for both employers and employees.

Termination Process

Terminations in Norway can be complex. There is no at-will termination in Norway for employers outside the probation period, and termination must be done for just cause. Compliant terminations include:

  • Voluntary resignation by the employee
  • Termination without notice for gross breaches
  • Justified termination with notice based on objective circumstances
  • Mutual agreement
  • Termination during probation due to lack of suitability or proficiency
  • Termination by contract expiration

Notice Period

The minimum notice period is one month but the notice period increases based on length of employment as follows:

  • Minimum notice period: 1 month
  • Up to 5 years: 2 months
  • Up to 10 years: 3 months
  • Beyond 10 years under 50: minimum 4 months
  • Beyond 10 years aged 55: minimum 5 months
  • Beyond 10 years aged 60 and above: minimum 6 months

Severance Pay

In Norway, there are no statutory requirements for severance payments. During the notice period, the employee is still entitled to salary payments and additional contractual benefits in accordance with terms of employment.

Annual Leave Entitlements and Company Policies in Norway

The annual leave entitlement in Norway is 25 days for a full time worker. These can include public holidays on top of that or within those days, which would otherwise be unpaid.

Public Holidays in Norway

Norway celebrates the following national holidays:

Holiday Date

Paid Time Off in Norway

Maternity Leave in Norway

Paternity Leave in Norway

Sick Leave in Norway

Parental Leave In Norway

Norway's Benefits Built Into Playroll

Competitive benefits package in Norway

Playroll is committed to providing tailored, competitive benefits packages that are designed not only to attract but also retain top talent worldwide. Our global team of benefits experts build custom local packages to ensure your employees in Norway's needs are met. Typically our packages contain some or all of the following benefits.

Health Insurance
Pension or 401k
Life and Disability Insurance
Vision Insurance
Dental Insurance
Discounts & Perks

Playroll Supplementary Benefits For Employment In Norway

Make your benefits package in Norway a talent magnet with Playroll's local plans. We offer benefits that are compliant, comprehensive, and flexible — all at competitive rates. Speak with our local territory experts to explore the localized benefits we can offer you, while you scale your team.

  • Health Insurance
  • Pension
  • Background Checks
  • IT Equipment Sourcing

Statutory benefits for employment in Norway

Playroll allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in Norway within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard. If you'd like specific information about our benefits packages in Norway create an account or contact our global expansion team, today.

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Playroll's Expertise in Facilitating Work Visas for Norway

At Playroll we're all about empowering employees to work anywhere, making mobility possible for global teams. We sponsor visas and hire the employee for you, so you don’t have to worry about payroll, taxes, and more.

It's important to note, visa support can be complicated. There are many variables that affect whether sponsorship is possible, including one’s nationality, education, marital status, and the immigration policy for the country in question.

Unfortunately, this means we can’t support visas everywhere - with that being said, we handle the entire visa process in-house, and dig into your situation to give you an overview of what to expect if we're able to help with visa sponsorship in Norway.

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Integrated EOR Platform

Legal and compliance experts are readily available to provide guidance and case-by-case Q&A support.

Accelerated Immigration Timeline

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