The oil and gas industry in Norway is one of the providers of the jobs for the national economy. It employs nearly 80,000 people, producing a third part of the revenue of the country. Decades of experience in the field have allowed Norway to achieve high quality oil development, more secure, efficient and environmentally conscious.
Globally, Norway came in third place as an exporter of oil and gas. It reached a peak in 2005, thanks to the contribution of more than 50 active wells. It is estimated that oil production will decline gradually over the next few years. Simultaneously increasing the production of gas. New oil and gas projects are starting permanently. Among the new projects started, those of Snohvit and Ormen Lange are the largest.
Largest oil companies of Norway seasonally recruit 15-17 thousand workers from Eastern Europe on a contract basis. Normally, the duration of contract is 6 months, can be extended upon mutual agreement afterwards. Departure, accommodation, food, health insurance, training your chosen trade at the employer's cost. The age range from 25 to 55 years old. Marital status does not matter. It is possible to travel to Norway with family. Male candidates only.
Extremely high pay (200 - 400 U.S. $ per day) is due to severe climatic conditions, low temperature, high humidity, frequent storms. Work is being done on a rotational basis (18-20 day long shifts).
You should contact a EURES adviser to get useful information about the type of work and positions in the extraction of oil and gas. It is useful to consult the website of the Norwegian Employment Service, the NAV, because it maintains a database covering all published positions. Many oil companies publish job openings directly on their websites. On rigworker you can access an overview of companies and open job positions.
Oil rig is a place where hundreds of workers come from all over the world, Pakistan, India, Italy, Angola and there should be one language to communicate. The factor of communication plays great importance: if you do not know English, you will have some difficulties in getting job and working on oil rigs in Norway. Knowledge of English is desirable, but not necessary: all workplaces have plaques with explanations in various languages, and some teams have working interpreters.
Oil drilling industry provides quite specific jobs in specific environment for its workers. It involves wide range of various workers and it is not necessary to be a driller or sailor. Well, if you have any drilling or sailing experience it is easier to get a job. But there are also many entry level positions on the offshore platforms for the unexperienced or not related ones. For example you could take a position of steward, deck cleaner or roustabout absolutely with no experience. There are also some trades in demand on oil rigs and if you got any specific skills on your prior workplace you can get higher salary. Scaffolder, scuba diver, mechanic, motorman, welder, pipefitter and lots of others.