Conditions Trainee in Agriculture

As a trainee you will receive salary according to Norwegians standards for trainees.

Working hours and payment

As a trainee you will work regular full time working hours of approximatly 37,5 hours per week. You are entitled to 1 ½ subsequent days off weekly. Payment should be received monthly. You will be paid per hour.

  • Hourly wage: Trainees in agriculture and horticulture earn a minimum of 100,14 NOK per hour (per 1 April 2019).
  • Holiday pay: Shortly before their departure from Norway, trainees will be paid an additional 10.2 % of total income earned during the period. In Norway, this sum is known as “holiday pay”.
  • Overtime work: Some trainees may be asked to work overtime, depending on the host and the season. Any overtime agreed should be stated in a written document signed by both the host and the trainee. Overtime supplement is minimum 40% of hourly wage.

Travel, board and lodging

As a trainee you must be prepared to pay your own travel expenses to and from your home country to the host/company where you have been placed. If you have applied for a work permit before going to Norway, you should not buy your ticket before the work permit is granted.

The host/company will offer you lodging during your stay (you may be asked to pay NOK 36,- per day for this). The lodging will normally comprise of a communal kitchen, living room and a bathroom shared with other trainees, and a place in a bedroom with 2 – 4 beds in each. You are responsible for keeping the living area clean and tidy. You should have access to a washing machine, cooking facilities and most hosts will offer access to internet. Full details on specific living arrangements are listed in the host’s information form that you will receive before departure. You must buy your own food and cook your own meals (please note that food is rather expensive in Norway).

What you need to bring

What you need to bring will depend on the type of work you are doing and the time of the year you arrive. Generally trainees should bring clothes suited for the outdoors such as raincoats and rubber boots. Trainees who stay during the autumn and winter should bring warm clothes and footwear, as it can get rather cold in Norway. It may be necessary to bring sleeping bags/bed linen, towels and other necessary personal equipment. You should contact your host prior to departure for further details on what to bring.