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Slams Norway ‘good candidate, wrong colour’ mentality. A leading international oil industry recruitment executive censures Norwegian bosses’ blinkered view of employees’ ethnicity in a tight labour market. “The 139 management positions we filled in 2012 are staffed entirely by Norwegians,” Erik Hansen, Norway and Scotland Progressive Global Energy top tells business daily Dagens Næringsliv (DN). “This is despite the fact that 22 percent of candidates we suggested are foreigners,” he continues.

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Slams Norway ‘good candidate, wrong colour’ mentality

Published on Friday, 9th November, 2012 at 10:02 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 2nd August 2013 at 11:47.

A leading international oil industry recruitment executive censures Norwegian bosses’ blinkered view of employees’ ethnicity in a tight labour market.

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Lacking

“The 139 management positions we filled in 2012 are staffed entirely by Norwegians,” Erik Hansen, Norway and Scotland Progressive Global Energy top tells business daily Dagens Næringsliv (DN).

“This is despite the fact that 22 percent of candidates we suggested are foreigners,” he continues.

Mr Hansen explains the across-the-board blanket xenophobia tends to apply to engineering, HSE, and project management personnel too. 

Companies would rather go Norwegian than pick from a plethora of foreign candidates

Moreover, ageism is alive and well. Norway bosses say ‘no way’ to 55-year-olds and upwards.

“It’s interesting to see how little flexibly Norwegian companies think. Norway will lie behind if we don’t make use of foreign competence and older peoples’ experience”, warns Mr Hansen, “the advantage dwindles.”

Refuse

Provincialism, skin-colour prejudice, anti-foreigner, and multiculturalism issues ‘plague’ Norwegian companies. 

Highly qualified labour migrants are 25 percent less likely to be called to interview if they have a foreign-sounding name

“Our clients [job-hunters] feedback is shocking. [We hear remarks such as] ‘Good candidate, wrong colour’ and ‘we want Cowboys, not Indians’. Norwegian companies are racist,” Erik Hansen believes.

The government has introduced anti-discrimination legislation. Many Norwegian companies have ignored this, however.
Officials at the Ministry of Children, Equality, and Social Inclusion are currently working on a whitepaper to improve the integration of foreigners.

These measures include better qualifying them for the Norwegian labour market and use of their skills, as well as continuing the fight against discrimination.

The Ministry will be issuing The Foreigner with comments later today.

Obsessive dubiousness

“We’re [Norwegians] sceptical by nature and don’t evolve in line with the rest of the world. It’s illustrative that it was ConocoPhillips and foreigners who started the oil fairytale here in this country. It seems as though we’ve become pompous and forgotten this,” states Mr Hansen.

He tells DN he believes access to skilled labour in the oil and oil service sectors is limited for several reasons. 

These included demanding Norwegian is spoken, despite that English is the main language in 9 of 10 companies.

Executives also have an obsession for Master’s degree-holders, despite work experience being more key and Bachelor’s more than adequate.

“We think like Americans in Houston did in the ‘50s, but we can’t afford to do that,” Mr Hansen concludes.




Published on Friday, 9th November, 2012 at 10:02 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 2nd August 2013 at 11:47.

This post has the following tags: norwayjobs, foreignerdiscriminationnorway.





  
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