FAQ regarding work as a consultant doctor in Norway

Below you will find the most frequently asked questions plus answers. Don't hesitate to contact us if you cannot find an answer to your question.

What is required to work as a consultant doctor in Norway?

Agila will help you with everything related to your job in Norway. This covers both the administrative and the practical aspects so that you can concentrate on your work as a locum physician. If you possess physician certification/specialist certification from Sweden, you have the credentials required to work as a physician in Norway. We assist our consultant doctors with everything they need to ensure their approved documentation is in order.

What about the language?

Norwegian is very similar to Swedish so it is easy to make yourself understood and to understand Norwegian. The clients we collaborate with require that our consultants have mastered a Scandinavian language, but there is no requirement that the applicant speak fluent Norwegian.

What is the salary for a consultant doctor in Norway?

The salary for a locum physician in Norway varies just as salaries vary between different positions for employed physicians. The level of education is mainly what determines the level of salary but the scope of the job, its duration and location also factor. Contact us for specific examples of what is applicable for your level of training/education.

How do you pay salaries?

Salaries for locum doctors in Norway are paid from our Norwegian company Agila Norway AS, but as a doctor you will not notice a difference compared to getting your salary paid from a Swedish company. Salaries are paid out in Swedish kronor (SEK) at the exchange rate applicable. We have two paydays a month, on the 7th and the 28th. We must receive approved service reports no later than seven days before payday.

Where are income taxes paid?

As the work is performed in Norway, that is where you pay your income tax. This means that if you have not worked in Norway before, you pay a lower rate of income tax but this rate will rise in pace with the increase in your total income in Norway.

Is there any risk of having to pay taxes in both Sweden and Norway?

No, you only pay income tax in the country in which you performed the work.

Where are social charges paid?

The main rules for social insurance is that you are covered by the social insurance in the country in which you are working, regardless of your place of residence. If you live in Sweden but work in Norway, you are thus covered by the Norwegian social insurance system, but there are some exceptions. If you live and work more than 25% of the time in Sweden but will be working extra in Norway, you must notify the Swedish Social Insurance Agency if you are working in two different countries simultaneously. You do this by applying for an A1 certificate. By applying for an A1 certificate you can continue to be covered by the social insurance agency in the country in which you live, even if you work in another country. There is no difference than if had you worked in Sweden. This is very simple and we will guide you through it.

How does vacation pay work when you are on consultant doctor jobs in Norway?

Holiday pay, as it is called in Norway, is paid out in June each year. This portion of the pay is added to your regular pay at a rate of 12% and is tax free. It is also possible to have holiday pay paid out in conjunction with regular paydays, but then tax is added.

What specialist training do you offer for consultant doctors?

The locum doctors who work for us in Norway on a regular basis are offered an individual training program in which the doctor's wishes and needs form the basis of the program.

Within which specialist fields do you offer jobs?

We can offer a wide range of interesting and well-paid jobs throughout Norway. We work with all specialist areas and the scope varies from a week at a time to multi-year assignments. We listen carefully to your wishes regarding work and strive to tailor the assignment to your wishes and fields of specialisation.

How long are the jobs you offer in Norway?

The length of a consultant doctor jobs varies. We can offer everything from single shifts to jobs that last several years.

Can you provide references?

Absolutely! Speaking with a colleague who can explain what it is like to work as a consultant doctor, but also about Agila as employer, is an ideal way to understand the industry and how we work.

How can I find out what jobs are available for a consultant doctor in Norway?

When you have an account on our homepage you can easily log in and search for jobs through our database. You will find the jobs that we can offer our consultant doctors at any given time. When we receive a request from one of our healthcare providers, these jobs are usually filled immediately before they are posted on our homepage. That is why it is always a good idea to keep in constant touch with your personal contact person so that he or she is up to date on your requests regarding upcoming jobs.

What documentation do you need to get jobs from you?

For jobs as a consultant doctor in Sweden, we need the following information from you. For more information on what is needed to work as a locum physician in Norway, follow the link.
  • Three references
  • Copy of valid personal ID document
  • Copy of physician's certificate
  • Copy of certificate of specialisation (if applicable)

Why should you work as a consultant doctor?

When we have done surveys among our employed doctors we have asked that very same question. It turned out that the most attractive aspect of this type of employment is flexibility and the freedom to be able to decide your own work hours and at the same time lower your administrative workload and work more clinically. The higher pay, appreciation from the employer and varying work duties were also high on the list.

Why should you work as a consultant doctor through Agila?

We are the physician staffing agency that works a little harder than all the others. We always give our clients and employees "that little extra". We are not satisfied simply if you as an employed temporary doctor are satisfied; we want to do better than that. We want to be your obvious choice and our efforts to achieve this is what makes the big difference!

How do you check the doctors who work for you?

Before every job, we always check the relevant doctor's record with the Swedish Board of Social Welfare and the HSAN register, and we gather copies of his or her doctor's certification, any specialist certification and approved personal ID documentation. We also always contact the three references given.

How long has Agila been in business?

Agila launched its business in 2008 under the name Vårdassistans. We changed the name to Agila in 2016. However, the business has not changed; since its inception it has involved healthcare staffing.

Do you work with medical students?

Currently we do not offer temporary positions to medical students.

Do you work with AT doctors?

Currently we do not offer temporary positions to AT doctors.

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