Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS ) is a Supreme Authority of the Federal Republic of Germany. It has its headquarters in Berlin.


The BMA has a budget of EUR 126 460 940 000 (about 42 percent of the federal budget ), making it the largest Federal Ministry.


The BMAS is within the federal government responsible for labor market policy, labor law and occupational health and safety as well as for pension and social security. The BMA is keen to expand its international collaborations and to carry the German employment agency model, modeled after the Federal Employment Agency abroad.

Historical Summary

The original name from 1949 was the Federal Ministry of Labour, later extended to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Between 2002 and 2005, the BMA was divided between the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour and the Ministry of Health and Social Security. In the formation of a government after the parliamentary election in 2005 was produced in substantially the old task pane again, with the name of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMA ) to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS ) was changed.

Service building

A part of the Ministry has its headquarters in Berlin-Mitte in the Wilhelmstrasse 49 Following the move by the Parliament and large parts of the federal government to Berlin, the BMA moved from 1999 into buildings in the hunter or the Wilhelmstrasse. In Bonn persists a second service based in the Rochusstraße 1 The building Wilhelmstrasse 49 was originally a baroque mansions. 1826 passed into the possession of the Hohenzollern Prince Karl. The architect Schinkel and built it to Stiller in the classical style. The building served the press department of the national government between 1918 and 1933. From this, the Nazis formed the Reich Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda headed by Joseph Goebbels. The bombs of 1945 severely damaged the building. After a repair drew 1947, the Central Council of the National Front of the later German Democratic Republic (GDR) a. The study of the first and only President of the GDR, Wilhelm Pieck is to get there with its original furnishings. In 1996 a fundamental stages remediation, which could be completed in 2000.

Seat of the visitor center is the Kleisthaus in the Berlin Wall 53, formerly Bankhaus von der Heydt, named after the owner of the previous building, the poet H. von Kleist. Its architect was 1913 Bodo Ebhardt.

Before Bonn in 1949 awarded the contract as the federal capital, the local AEG skyscraper was for the event of a successful Frankfurt am Main, provided as a service headquarters of the Ministry. Background of these premature deliberations was the reasoning of Frankfurt that 90 percent of the time required for a seat of government buildings are already in place. After spite of the enthusiastic Engagementes the former Frankfurt Lord Mayor Walter Kolb, who even had a plenary of the Parliament can be built that city was inferior, the plan was left bound to fall.

Federal Minister since 1949

Between 2002 and 2005 the area of ​​responsibility of the Ministry between the Federal Minister of Economics and Labour, Wolfgang Clement and the Federal Minister for Health and Social Security Ulla Schmidt was divided. After this change was reversed.

Parliamentary Secretaries

  • 2005-2009: Klaus Brandner (SPD )
  • 2005-2009: Franz Thönnes (SPD )
  • 2009-2013: Ralf Brauksiepe (CDU )
  • 2009-2013: Hans -Joachim thumb (CDU )
  • Since 2013: Anette Kramme (SPD )
  • Since 2013: Gabriele Lösekrug -Möller (SPD )

Officers Secretaries