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New report from Oslo Business Region Published by Oslo Business Region, 04 June 2023

A new report from Oslo Business Region examines the recruitment challenges faced by growth companies in Oslo and the experiences of their international hires. The report reveals that many growth companies in Oslo struggle to find the necessary skill sets locally, leading them to recruit from abroad. Despite turbulent times, the surveyed companies plan to hire new staff in 2023, highlighting the need for international talent.


International employees at these growth companies express satisfaction with the work-life balance in Oslo. However, they also highlight the need for more support with documentation during the relocation process, access to social networks outside of work, and inclusive support services to enhance their sense of belonging in Norwegian society.


The report emphasizes the importance of collaboration across companies and stakeholders to address the talent gap. Many growth companies, being relatively small, seek better coordination of support services for new hires. It is worth noting that the report represents a sample of companies and international employees and does not explore all reasons behind candidates' relocation decisions or map all growth companies and international employees in Oslo.


Oslo Business Region is taking proactive steps to address the talent gap by developing initiatives that support growth companies in attracting and retaining international employees. These initiatives aim to provide information, networks, and support to both employers and employees, with a focus on newcomers to Oslo. The agency also aims to strengthen Oslo's ability to attract and retain talent through knowledge-building, networking, and collaborative projects.


The findings of the report were presented at the Oslo Connect Talent Summit, which brought together local stakeholders to learn, share insights, and foster connections.

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