Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Norway - Work assessment allowance

In what situation can I claim?

If you lose at least 50% of your income due to illness or injury, you may be entitled to receive work assessment allowance.

The important factor is not how much your general health has been affected, but to what degree the injury or illness affects your ability to work.

What conditions do I need to meet?

You must have been a member of the National Insurance Scheme for at least 3 years, or 1 year if you have been fit for work. (Study in Norway or study abroad which is funded by the Norwegian State Education Loan Fund also counts.) Contributions in other EEA countries may also apply.

If the Norwegian State Education Loan Fund does not provide a grant while you are ill, you may be entitled to work assessment allowance if the illness means that you cannot study.

Your ability to work must have been reduced by at least 50% by the injury or illness.

You must either be receiving active treatment, or be active in employment measures in order to receive work assessment allowance. (You can also receive it in waiting periods or after the completion of treatment or employment measures.)

You must submit an employment status form every 14 days.

What am I entitled to and how can I claim?

Work assessment allowance is generally equivalent to two thirds (66%) of your income, but any income over 6 G, i.e. NOK 561 804 at the current Basic Amount, is not counted. This means that NOK 370 791 is the maximum amount of benefit that can be paid in 1 year, and NOK 30 899 is the maximum monthly amount, even if your pay was more than 6 G. The minimum benefit is 2 G, i.e. NOK 187 268 at the current Basic Amount. (The table below shows approximate amounts based on various levels of income.)

Annual pay:

250000

400000

555 456

700000

1000000

Annual benefit:

187 268

264 000

370 791

370 791

  370 791

The total amount payable may also be affected if you are providing for children, if you are receiving other social security benefits, if your capacity for work was reduced before you reached the age of 26 (minimum benefit 2.44 G), or if you suffered an occupational injury or occupational illness.

The benefit is calculated per day, and is provided five times per week. If you are providing for children under the age of 18, you will receive an additional NOK 27 per day per child.

For any extra supplements related to children or studies, please refer to 'Rates' on this NAV page (in Norwegian only).

Jargon busters

  • G: Abbreviation for National Insurance Basic Amount (see Basic Amount below). 1 G = 1 x Basic Amount, 2 G = 2 x Basic Amount, etc.;
  • Basic Amount: A standard amount that is used to calculate benefits and pensions, and which is set on 1 May each year. As of 1 May 2017, the Basic Amount is NOK 93 634, or about EUR 10 500.

Forms you may need to fill in

 Application for work assessment allowance (in Norwegian only)

Know your rights

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Who do you need to contact?

NAV: Via NAV's website https://www.nav.no/en/Home, or at your local NAV office.

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