Over 24,000 foreigners were in the Icelandic labour market in June and their numbers have increased by 17 percent over the last 12 months.
A new study shows that in order to construct each square meter of residential housing in Iceland, 35-60 percent more man-hours are needed than in Norway.
The decision of the Icelandic Wage Council to increase the pay of elected officials by up to 44 percent this month has been harshly criticized by a number of people.
Fishermen and owners of fishing companies convene at the office of the state mediator this afternoon for wage negotiations.
Thousands of people, mostly women, convened on Austurvöllur square at 3:15 pm today to demand equal pay for women and men for the same kind of work.
Women in Iceland are encouraged by unions and women’s organizations to walk out of their workplaces at 2:38 pm today.
A Polish-born woman, who moved to Iceland at the age of 13, believes immigrants are discriminated against in the labor market.
There are signs that numerous construction workers, who left Iceland for Norway in the wake of the banking collapse in 2008, are returning.
During the second quarter of the year, the unemployment rate in Iceland was 3.6 percent, according to new figures from Statistics Iceland.
The lack of jobs in Iceland for university educated people concerns Katrín Ólafsdóttir, a job market economist.
Head of the Icelandic Confederation of Labor, Gylfi Arnbjörnsson, says the number of violations against employees has increased rapidly in Iceland.
The head of SA-Business Iceland, a service organization for Icelandic businesses, states that Iceland will in the near future become a nation of immigrants.
An agreement was reached at about 5:00 am between the State and SFR Union of Public Workers, the Union of Nurses’ Aides and the Police Federation of Iceland.
Only 1 percent of preschool teachers in Iceland are men. The Icelandic Teachers’ Union discussed the situation at a meeting on Friday. Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson spoke at the meeting, saying that he is willing to take part in changing the situation.
According to the Financial Times, Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson is among the world’s foremost male feminists.
Terms offered to some foreign workers in Iceland are unacceptable, according to the head of the Icelandic Union of Marine Engineers and Metal Technicians.
A union leader in Akureyri, North Iceland, claims that last summer, dozens of cases came to his attention involving employees in the tourism industry being underpaid.
Business directors’ assessment of the current employment situation is similar to what it was at the beginning of the financial boom in 2004, and their forecast for the next six months is better than what it was during the boom, between 2004 and 2007.
More than half of the 250 nurses, or 143, who had resigned at Landspítali National University Hospital in Reykjavík due to a wage dispute with the state have withdrawn their resignations. The resignations were to take effect on October 1.
Representatives of the Icelandic Nurses’ Association and the Icelandic state signed a new wage contract late last night—after 13 hours of talks—including an 18.6 percent salary increase in four years. Nurses will vote on the new agreement by July 15.