National minimum wage in detail

There is no statutory minimum wage in Norway. However, in many business sectors there are tariff agreements that regulate the minimum wage. The minimum wages in these agreements vary from sector to sector and are determined through negotiations. In some sectors, the collective agreement is made generally applicable and will contain a minimum wage that applies to all employees.

An employee’s salary can be paid either through a basic salary or with a basic salary plus tips, bonuses and housing allowances. However, if the parties agree upon an arrangement of straight piece-work (i.e. where pay is calculated according to the quantity of work completed, irrespective of time spent) it is customary to agree on a minimum wage, regardless of the end result of the work.

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Author: Hjort 

Date: April 2020

Note: For specific advice on any particular issue, please consult the relevant firm. The law is stated as at March 2019.