Access to the labour market

Employers are in general free to choose if and who they hire for a particular job. Employers must however exercise this freedom in accordance with legal provisions banning discrimination between workers based on their gender or nationality, rules protecting young workers, requirements for professional qualifications in a number of occupations and restrictions regarding hiring of workers from countries outside the EEA-area. 

The Directorate of Labour operates regional employment offices around the country which provide free of charge services to people seeking employment and to employers in search of workers. 

Private employment agencies also offer services to workers and employers. These services must be rendered free of charge to individual job seekers. Information about vacancies can also be found in newspapers and on company websites.


Vinnuréttarvefnum er skipt upp í nokkra meginkafla sem hver um sig fjallar um flest sem viðkemur íslenskum vinnurétti, og umgjörð íslensks vinnumarkaðar.

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