Work in Norway

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Work benefits

Once employed by Clockwork an employee entitles to rights in accordance with the Norwegian labour code and tariff agreements. For those with family abroad there is an optional extended holiday leave and a more flexible, individual approach to the situation of our employees.

BASE PAYMENT

Base payment is per hour, and a minimum of NOK 176, in accordance with the tariff agreement for the construction industry. According to the European laws on equal treatment some of our clients also pay higher wages than the minimum salary. As an example payment can be in the interval from NOK 176 to NOK 190 depending on the client and project you are working for, your experience, knowledge and skills. Some professions like electricians and others may even have higher wages.

TRAVEL COMPENSATION

For travelling back and forth from your apartment in Norway to the construction site Clockwork pays a daily compensation. The compensation is ranging from NOK 96,50 to NOK 199,40 per day, depending on the distance from your apartment to the construction site. For distances under 7.5 km and for some other projects/clients there is no compensation.

SICK PAY

As a rule, Clockwork pays sick pay if you get sick. This is paid by Clockwork for the first 16 calendar days (employer's period). After that, the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV) will take over the responsibility. More information to be found at www.nav.no

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND MOVEABLE HOLIDAYS (NEW)

In most cases our employees receive salary also for the public holidays 1st of May an 17th of May, and for the moveable holidays New Year's Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, Whit Monday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Our consultants will guide you more about the rules and details of these holiday payments

RETIREMENT SAVINGS (OTP and AFP)

Working in Norway, all our employees are part of the Clockwork pension scheme (obligatory staff pension scheme OTP) in accordance with the regulations as in force at present. Clockwork pays 2% on top of your salary to cover pension savings. For a majority of employees there is also an additional 2,1% saving (AFP pension scheme).

HOLIDAY LEAVE PAY

Holiday leave pay are funds which a worker accumulated in the year prior to taking the holiday. The right to paid holiday leave depends on whether the worker worked for Clockwork in the contributions year (the year prior to the period during which annual leave is taken). Holiday leave pay constitutes 12% of the contributions year remuneration and is usually paid in mid-June. If you are terminating your employment at Clockwork the holiday leave pay is disbursed in the month following your last wage payment in accordance with the Norwegian holiday leave act.

HOLIDAY LEAVE

We do realise that our Polish workers need more holiday leave and as such we make it possible to take advantage of a 4 week holiday leave and a further 6 weeks holiday for days worked in 1 calendar year.
All days off work have to be arranged with a Clockwork consultant in advance, no later than 6 weeks before the planned holiday leave. As long as our clients do not object and it does not conflict with projects in the pipeline we will grant the holiday leave.
Do not book your tickets prior to the holiday leave being confirmed with our clients. Some of them have fixed holiday leave dates. This information is available from your consultant.

CHILD BENEFIT

Working in Norway you have the right to child benefit. To apply for it the following documents are required:

  • copy of the child / children abbreviated birth certificate(s) in international format (when obtaining the certificates notify the officer that you need them for child benefit in another country – then they shall be free of charge),
  • cohabitation certificate translated into English
  • single parent certificate / child from a social welfare centre certificates if applicable.

For more information see:  https://www.nav.no/805383895.cms

ACCIDENT AT WORK INSURANCE

All Clockwork employees are covered by accident at work insurance. This insurance includes accidents at work or occupational disease which arose during the performance of work, at the work place during working hours.
All accidents at work should be reported to Clockwork. To do that you have to fill out a special RTV form which is available at all work sites. A doctors note in relation to an accident at work (accident at the work place) is covered by the insurance from the first day of the employment relationship.
All costs associated with the accident at work are refunded by the Norwegian Social Insurance in accordance with the accidents at work act.

DAYS OFF

At Clockwork you are entitled to one paid day off, arranged with your consultant in the event of:
a) death / funeral in the immediate family.
Immediate family is considered to be children, spouse, siblings, parents and grandparents. A registered partner is treated as a spouse.
b) getting married / common-law partner relationship.
c) spouse / partner giving birth.

NORWEGIAN LANGUAGE COURSE

After arrival in Norway we will encourage you to sign up for a Norwegian language
course. Improved language skills will improve your chances of long term
contracts with our clients. If you are employed by Clockwork for more than
6 months we will cover 50% of the course fees up to a value of 2000 crowns.

ADVANCES

Once you’ve worked at least 14 working days we are able to pay an advance of up to
2,500 crowns.
If employed for more than 2 months you may apply for an advance of up to 5,000 crowns per month. Talk to your Clockwork consultant if you need an advance.

RECRUITMENT BONUS

If you are employed at Clockwork and you recommend
a candidate to us who will also work for at least 3 months then once that time lapses
you he will be entitled to a recruitment bonus in the amount of 2,000 crowns.

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Duties of the employee

Working for Clockwork it is very important that you know your responsibilities to us as your employer, and to our clients. This will help you to understand the specifics of working in Norway and thus be able to do a better job.

CONFIDENTIALITY

You should remember that Clockwork is your employer and not the client (principal), and as such you should never talk about terms of your employment, remuneration, jobs, accommodation etc. directly to the client. If you have any doubts or questions please contact the person you have been assigned to at Clockwork.

OBLIGATION TO OBSERVE THE WORKPLACE REGULATIONS

Every worker is always subject to the regulations as applicable for the given workplace. Please follow the guidelines within the scope of internet, e-mail, telephone etc. usage.

OBLIGATION TO OBSERVE NORWEGIAN LAW AND RECOMMENDATIONS WITHIN THE SCOPE OF OHS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

As part of the introduction program when you start working for Clockwork, you will receive information and instructions relating to health, safety and the environment (HSE). The client is also obliged to inform you about safety and risks in the workplace. All work must take place in accordance with Norwegian law and with the HSE requirements and guidelines that have been drawn up for the construction industry. You must at all times use personal protective equipment such as a helmet, protective footwear, gloves, goggles etc. Please inform us of any unexpected risks or undesirable incidents, so that we can raise this with the client immediately

OBLIGATION TO REPORT LATE ATTENDANCE OR ILLNESS

If a worker is late for work, or absent due to illness, regardless of the reason, they have to notify their contact person at Clockwork as soon as possible. The worker should also inform subordinates at the workplace. Such information should be provided via the telephone or a text message. Failure to notify an absence will result in not being eligible for sickness pay – if absence is due to an illness.

OBLIGATION TO NOTIFY CLOCKWORK ON A JOB BEING CUT SHORT / EXTENDED

Usually such information is provided through Clockwork. However, if a worker is provided with information regarding a job being cut short / extended in relation to the prior arrangements they have to contact out consultant immediately.

OBLIGATION TO FILL OUT TIMESHEETS AND PROVIDE THEM ON TIME

Timesheets that are not provided on time will result in late payment of wages. All working hours must be recorded on special forms and signed by a master/foreman at the construction site. Timesheets should be delivered to the office twice a month, on the 1st and the 16th date.

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Live in Norway

When starting work for Clockwork we will provide you with a an apartment. This is something we do for our employees during the first 6 months of employment at our company.

We sublet flats at the same price as we pay. Most of our flats accommodate 3-4 people.

Everyone has their own bedroom.

The flats provided by the company are usually 3-4 bedroom.

The flats are fully furnished (kitchen furniture, bed, washing machine, fridge).

Kitchen utilities and basic home appliances are also provided. You should bring your own towels and bed sheets.

IMPORTANT!

During your first months in Norway it might be worthwhile to look for another place to live, reflecting your individual preferences – e.g. location, flatmates, etc.

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Important documents

To sign an employment contract you will need the following documents: personal ID, passport (also required to open a bank account), a completed registration form. Become familiar with the basic forms of the documents that you sign.

YOUR STANDARD EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT - DOWNLOAD

The contract is bi-lingual (Polish – Norwegian)

It contains information on:

  • working hours and remuneration terms
  • holiday leave
  • wage deductions (costs associated with accommodation, travel, etc.)
  • provided work clothes, tools, PPE
  • trial period – standard trial period is 6 months, but initially the contract may be concluded for a shorter period of time and it will be extended – if the worker performs and is happy with working for Clockwork
  • notice period (30 day standard)
  • accommodation
  • obligatory insurance

EXAMPLE INSTRUCTIONS (OPPDRAG) - DOWNLOAD

This assumes the form of an appendix to the contract and is signed for every new job. The instructions are drawn up in Norwegian.

It contains detailed information on:

  • work site
  • job duration
  • remuneration
  • other benefits

D-NUMMER AND THE NORWEGIAN TAX CARD

Once you have the employment contract and have arrived in Norway, you have to go in person to a chosen tax office in order to apply for your personal number (D- nummer) and a tax card. You will have to wait between 4 – 6 weeks for your card.
Please remember to hand over the card to your Clockwork consultant immediate after you receive it.

IMPORTANT!

The tax in Norway is about 32%. Persons who do not have a tax card are subject to
a 50% tax. The overpaid tax is refunded automatically in the next tax year.
In Norway there is an opportunity to have a significant amount of the 32% tax to be refunded in the next tax year. Clockwork provides assistance to its employees in getting the tax refund.

SOURCE: http://www.skatteetaten.no

SHORT TERM LEASE AGREEMENT - DOWNLOAD

The short term lease agreement usually carries a one month notice period.
In order for the notice to be effective please make sure it is made in writing.

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FAQ

Find answers to questions regarding living and working in Norway.

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Before you go

Our advisors will help you sort out all formalities associated with leaving. Be sure to print off the list of things you need to take with you or sort out prior to departure.

Clockwork will also help you find your first accommodation where you will be able to stay for the first six months whilst working in Norway. Be sure to have a look at the Work in Norway tab - you’ll find lots of useful information there. You will also receive OHS training in Poland.

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