Norway charm Swedish teachers and they are moving there in their drove


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Monday, 18 July 2011
Norway just seats back whenever it feels that it has skill shortages it will just turn to Sweden and entice the Swedish skills with lots of things Sweden cannot give them previously it was Swedish doctors who swamped to Norway, now it is the turn of the teachers.

Norway’s  attraction  has one thing all workers are looking for:  very generous wages. When this is compared to Sweden, then those working in the Swedish – Norway border municipalities are forced to do extra to maintain competency and required skills level because the allure coming in from Norway is too strong to resist.

That many Swedish young people travelled to Norway to work in period of low economic activities in Sweden is a well known phenomenon, and that many doctors have done that is also a well know issues.  But now it's a new profession that the Norwegians are ready to raid from the Swedes: teachers.

“There is growing problem, Norwegian municipalities have begun recruiting directly at teachers’ training colleges in Sweden” says H�kan Carlsson, press officer of the Swedish Teachers Union to radio Sweden.

It has meant that retaining staff in municipalities near the Norwegian border has been so hard and those municipalities have been left sleepless. One major benefit for this to the teachers is that the language barrier between Norway and Sweden is so small but the pay in Norway is so high.

According to a new study by the Swedish teachers union in �rj�ng, eight out of ten preschool teachers said that they were willing to work in Norway if they received an interesting offer. Six out of ten primary school teachers responded the same, according to the Norwegian radio news network, NRK.


Katarina Johannesson, mayor of �rjang, a municipality which about 16 percent of its residents now work in Norway told radio Sweden that:
“We are just 10 miles away from Oslo and we see both advantages and disadvantages. The Norwegian labour market is important to us, it means we have low unemployment in the municipality.”

But �rj�ng cannot do much to protect themselves from the Norwegian onslaught. This is because if a teacher in Norway earns between Skr10 and Skr15 thousand more a month than in Sweden, there is no point to compete but to throw in the towel and pray.

“We will never be able to compare our terms of pay, be it the private or public sector. These are two very different economies. As a municipality we can not lead in teacher salaries design, it may take place across the country in such a case,” says Katarina Johannesson.

H�kan Carlsson on from the teachers Union agrees that it is a difficult situation, especially in border communities where residents take advantage of the opportunity to work in Norway, but consume in Sweden.

“But it's clear that you have to compete with salaries, we can not accept brain drain. Most seem to agree that teachers have low salaries these days, and the state will loose if we can not keep people here,” he says.
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