Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

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Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs
- BMAS -

State level Federation
position Supreme federal authority
founding 1949 as the Federal Ministry of Labor
Headquarters BerlinBerlin Berlin
Authority management Hubertus Heil ( SPD ), Federal Minister for Labor and Social Affairs
Servants around 1,000 (as of 2020)
Budget volume EUR 170.68 billion (2020)
Web presence www.bmas.de
Hubertus Heil (SPD), Federal Minister for Labor and Social Affairs

The Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs ( BMAS for short ) is a supreme federal authority in the Federal Republic of Germany . It has its headquarters in Berlin and a subsidiary in the federal city of Bonn .


The BMAS has a budget of 150.22 billion euros and is therefore by far the federal ministry with the highest expenditure.


Within the federal government, the BMAS is responsible for labor market policy , labor law and occupational safety as well as for pensions and social security. The BMAS is endeavoring to expand its international cooperation and to carry the German job placement model abroad, based on the example of the Federal Employment Agency.


The original name from 1949 was Federal Ministry of Labor , later expanded to Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs . Between 2002 and 2005, the BMAS was divided between the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labor and the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Security . When a government was formed after the 2005 Bundestag election , the old area of ​​responsibility was essentially restored, with the name being changed from the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMA) to the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS).

Service building

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs; Berlin office, main entrance Wilhelmstrasse
Entrance to the Bonn office, Rochusstrasse

Part of the ministry has its seat in Berlin-Mitte at Wilhelmstrasse  49. In Bonn there is still a second office at Rochusstrasse 1. After parliament and large parts of the federal government moved to Berlin in 1999, the extension building of the former Reich Propaganda Ministry was assigned to the ministry . The destroyed during the war the main building at Wilhelmsplatz 8.9 was in 1737 as the residence of the Prussian Major General Karl Ludwig Steward of Waldburg built on the northwest corner of Wilhelm Square and from 1738 as the seat of the Bailiwick of Brandenburg of the Order of St. John have been used, thus the name Ordenspalais received. From 1762 to 1811 it was the official residence of Prince August Ferdinand of Prussia as Lord Master of the Order of St. John. In 1826 it became the property of Prince Carl of Prussia and was now called the Prinz-Carl-Palais . The builders Schinkel and Stüler rebuilt it in the classical style.

Between 1918 and 1933 the building served the press department of the Reich government. From this, the National Socialists formed the Reich Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda under the leadership of Joseph Goebbels . The baroque palace was expanded to include large wings in Wilhelmstrasse and Jägerstrasse. The bombs of 1945 damaged these buildings considerably, and the ruins of the Ordens- or Prinz-Carl-Palais were cleared in 1949. After the extension had been repaired, the Central Council of the National Front of the later German Democratic Republic (GDR) moved in in 1947 . The study of the first and only President of the GDR , Wilhelm Pieck , has been preserved there with its original furnishings. In 1996 a fundamental, step-by-step renovation followed, which was completed in 2000.

The visitor center is located in the Kleisthaus in Berlin's Mauerstraße 53, formerly the von der Heydt bank , named after the owner of the previous building, the poet H. v. Kleist . Its architect was Bodo Ebhardt in 1913 . The facade is decorated with reliefs by Georg Kolbe .

Before Bonn was awarded the federal capital in 1949 , the AEG high-rise building there was intended as the official seat of the ministry in the event that Frankfurt am Main prevailed . The background to these premature considerations was Frankfurt's argument that 90 percent of the buildings required for a seat of government were already there. After the city was defeated, despite the enthusiastic commitment of the then mayor of Frankfurt, Walter Kolb , who had even had a plenary hall built for parliament, the plan was inevitably dropped.

Federal Minister since 1949

Between 2002 and 2005, the ministry's area of ​​responsibility was divided between the Federal Minister of Economics and Labor, Wolfgang Clement, and the Federal Minister of Health and Social Security, Ulla Schmidt . This change was then reversed.

Hubertus Heil Katarina Barley Andrea Nahles Ursula von der Leyen Franz Josef Jung Olaf Scholz Franz Müntefering Wolfgang Clement Walter Riester Norbert Blüm Heinz Westphal Herbert Ehrenberg Walter Arendt Hans Katzer Theodor Blank Anton Storch
No. Surname image Life dates Political party Beginning of the term of office Term expires Cabinet (s)
Federal Minister for Labor
1 Anton Storch Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-P003647, Anton Storch.jpg 1892-1975 CDU September 20, 1949 October 29, 1957 Adenauer I
Adenauer II
Federal Minister for Labor and Social Affairs
2 Theodor Blank Bundeswehr photo BVM001 Theodor Blank.jpg 1905-1972 CDU October 29, 1957 October 26, 1965 Adenauer III
Adenauer IV
Adenauer V
Erhard I
3 Hans Katzer Federal archive B 145 Bild-F054626-0005, Ludwigshafen, CDU federal party conference, Katzer.jpg 1919-1996 CDU October 26, 1965 October 22, 1969 Erhard II
4th Walter Arendt Federal archive B 145 Bild-F048647-0044, Dortmund, SPD party conference, Walter Arendt.jpg 1925-2005 SPD October 22, 1969 December 16, 1976 Brandt I
Brandt II
Schmidt I
5 Herbert Ehrenberg Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F060860-0034, Bonn, Federal Council meeting, Ehrenberg.jpg 1926-2018 SPD December 16, 1976 April 28, 1982 Schmidt II
Schmidt III
6th Heinz Westphal Federal archive B 145 Bild-F064991-0007, Bonn, SPD press conference, Heinz Westphal.jpg 1924-1998 SPD April 28, 1982 4th October 1982 Schmidt III
7th Norbert Blüm Federal archive B 145 Bild-F078539-0037, Wiesbaden, CDU federal party conference, Blüm.jpg 1935-2020 CDU 4th October 1982 October 27, 1998 Kohl I
Kohl II
Kohl III
Kohl IV
Kohl V
8th Walter Riester Walter Riester.jpg * 1943 SPD October 27, 1998 October 22, 2002 Schröder I
Federal Minister for Economics and Labor
9 Wolfgang Clement Wolfgang Clement.jpg * 1940 SPD October 22, 2002 November 22, 2005 Schröder II
Federal Minister for Health and Social Security
9 Ulla Schmidt Ulla Schmidt (2007) .jpg * 1949 SPD October 22, 2002 November 22, 2005 Schröder II
Federal Minister for Labor and Social Affairs
10 Franz Müntefering Franz Müntefering (SPD) (10584414364) .jpg * 1940 SPD November 22, 2005 November 21, 2007 Merkel I
11 Olaf Scholz 20130922 Bundestag election 2013 in Berlin by Moritz Kosinsky0448.jpg * 1958 SPD November 21, 2007 October 28, 2009 Merkel I
12 Franz Josef Jung Dr franz josef jung 02.jpg * 1949 CDU October 28, 2009 November 30, 2009 Merkel II
13 Ursula von der Leyen Von der Leyen 2010.jpg * 1958 CDU November 30, 2009 17th December 2013 Merkel II
14th Andrea Nahles Signing of the coalition agreement for the 18th electoral term of the Bundestag (Martin Rulsch) 110 (cropped) .jpg * 1970 SPD 17th December 2013 28th September 2017 Merkel III
- Katarina Barley (acting) Katarina Barley-6824.jpg * 1968 SPD 28th September 2017 March 14, 2018 Merkel III
15th Hubertus Heil
State election Nds 2013 by Stepro IMG 9157 (cropped) .JPG
* 1972 SPD March 14, 2018 in office Merkel IV

Parliamentary State Secretaries

Official State Secretaries


  • Department Z: Human Resources, Budget, Organization
  • Department I: Fundamental questions of the welfare state, the world of work and the social market economy
  • Department II: Labor market policy, employment of foreigners, unemployment insurance, basic security for job seekers
  • Department III: Labor Law, Occupational Safety
  • Department IV: Social Security, Old Age Insurance
  • Department V: Participation, concerns of people with disabilities, social compensation, social assistance
  • Department VI: European and International Employment and Social Policy, ESF

See also

Web links

Commons : Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (Berlin)  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. https://www.bmas.de/SharedDocs/Videos/DE/Artikel/Ministerium/ministerium-bmas-attraktiver-arbeitgeber.html
  2. Bundeshaushalt.de: www.Bundeshaushalt.de. Retrieved July 19, 2020 .
  3. ↑ List of Abbreviations. (PDF; 49 kB) Abbreviations for the constitutional organs, the highest federal authorities and the highest federal courts. In: bund.de. Federal Office of Administration (BVA), accessed on August 20, 2016 .
  4. Title not available. (No longer available online.) Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, archived from the original on July 22, 2015 ; accessed on April 30, 2017 .
  5. a b Title not available. (No longer available online.) Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, archived from the original on January 16, 2014 ; accessed on April 30, 2017 .
  6. Fahimi becomes State Secretary in the BMAS. In: Politics & Communication . November 2, 2015, accessed April 30, 2017 .

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