Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

The Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)[2] is a federal ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany headed by the Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs as a member of the Cabinet of Germany (Bundesregierung). Its first location is on Wilhelmstrasse in Berlin, the second in Bonn.

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Agency overview
Formed1919 (Weimar Republic),
1949 (West Germany)
JurisdictionGovernment of Germany
HeadquartersWilhelmstraße 49
10117 Berlin

52°30′45″N 13°23′01″E / 52.51250°N 13.38361°ECoordinates: 52°30′45″N 13°23′01″E / 52.51250°N 13.38361°E
Annual budget145.260 billion (2019)[1]
Minister responsible
Bundessozialministerium, Haupteingang
Main Entrance on Wilhelmstrasse


The Reich Ministry of Labour of the Weimar Republic was established on 13 February 1919 as the successor of the Labour Office (Reichsarbeitsamt) of the German Empire. The Social Democratic politician Gustav Bauer became the first Minister for Labour under Chancellor Philipp Scheidemann, whom he succeeded on June 21 of the same year. On the day of the Machtergreifung in January 1933, the German National politician and Stahlhelm leader Franz Seldte was appointed Minister for Labour in the Cabinet Hitler, a position he officially held until 1945, though without actual power.

The West German Ministry for Labour was re-established in Bonn on 20 September 1949 with the Cabinet Adenauer I. According to the 1991 Berlin/Bonn Act it moved to its present seat in Berlin-Mitte in 2000, on premises formerly used by Goebbels' Propaganda Ministry and the East German National Front organisation.

During the Cabinet Schröder II from 2002 to 2005, the ministry had been dissolved and its responsibilities allocated to the Federal Ministry for Economics and Labour[3] and the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Security. Responsibilities were re-allocated once again when a new government was formed under Chancellor Angela Merkel following the Bundestag elections of 2005. The German name was changed from Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Sozialordnung to Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales.


2017-06-25 Hubertus Heil by Olaf Kosinsky-4
Hubertus Heil.

Reich Ministers for Labour

Federal Ministers

Political Party:   CDU   SPD

Party Term of Office Chancellor
Federal Minister for Labour
Anton Storch
CDU 20 September 1949 29 October 1957 Adenauer
(I • II)
Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs
Theodor Blank
CDU 29 October 1957 26 October 1965 Adenauer (III • IV • V)
Erhard (I)
Hans Katzer
CDU 26 October 1965 21 October 1969 Erhard (II)
Kiesinger (I)
Walter Arendt
SPD 22 October 1969 16 December 1976 Brandt (III)
Schmidt (I)
Herbert Ehrenberg
SPD 16 December 1976 28 April 1982 Schmidt
(II • III)
Heinz Westphal
SPD 28 April 1982 1 October 1982 Schmidt
Norbert Blüm
(b. 1935)
CDU 1 October 1982 27 October 1998 Kohl
Walter Riester
(b. 1943)
SPD 27 October 1998 22 October 2002 Schröder
Federal Minister for Economics and Labour 22 October 2002 22 November 2005 Schröder
Wolfgang Clement
(b. 1940)
Federal Minister for Health and Social Security
Ulla Schmidt
(b. 1949)
Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs
Franz Müntefering
(b. 1940)
SPD 22 November 2005 21 November 2007 Merkel
Olaf Scholz
(b. 1958)
SPD 21 November 2007 28 October 2009
Franz Josef Jung
(b. 1949)
CDU 28 October 2009 27 November 2009 Merkel
Ursula von der Leyen
(b. 1958)
CDU 30 November 2009 17 December 2013
Andrea Nahles
(b. 1970)
SPD 17 December 2013 28 September 2017 Merkel
Katarina Barley (acting)
(b. 1968)
SPD 28 September 2017 14 March 2018 Merkel
Hubertus Heil
(b. 1972)
SPD 14 March 2018 Incumbent Merkel

State secretaries

The Parliamentary Secretary of States are Klaus Brandner and Franz Thönnes.

The Secretaries of State are Detlef Scheele, Franz-Josef Lersch-Mense and Kajo Wasserhövel.[4]


  1. ^ "Bundeshaushalt".
  2. ^ German name: Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales. Former German name: Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Sozialordnung. The English translation used by the ministry is the same
  3. ^ German name: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Arbeit
  4. ^ as of April 2008

External links

2009 in Germany

Events in the year 2009 in Germany.


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