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Norwegians fear an unstable labor market

One in five Norwegians are afraid of loosing his or her job. The number is twice as high as three years ago.

This was established by the Survey of Living Conditions of 2003 presented by Statistics Norway, Wednesday.

In 2000, one in ten said they were afraid of loosing their job because of liquidation, cut backs or other factors. In 2003, the share has increased to two of ten.

Good formal framework
At the same time, the share of temporary employees is stable. A little more than one of ten is temporary employed, where of 90 percent of them has a written contract, compared to 83 percent in 1996.

In spite of the fact that the formal framework protecting employees is good, the fear of becoming unemployed is increasing. According to Statistics Norway, this may be connected to the increase of unemployment and the insecurity of the labor market in the same period.

The unemployment rate was 4.6 percent at the end of 2003, while it was 3.6 percent in 2000.

Fixed salary
The insecurity may also be connected with the fact that fixed salary has to a large degree been replaced with piecework pay, bonuses and commission pay. Nine in ten had fixed pay in 1996. In 2000, the number had decreased to eight of ten, while only seven of ten had fixed salary in 2003.

However, the number of people who are rather pleased with their salary appears to remain stable, according to Statistics Norway.

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