Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (Germany)
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Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs Germany
Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
BMAS Logo.svg
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°E / 52.51250; 13.38361Coordinates: 52°30?45?N 13°23?01?E / 52.51250°N 13.38361°E / 52.51250; 13.38361
Annual budgetEUR150.222 billion (2020)[1]
Minister responsible
Main Entrance on Wilhelmstrasse

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.


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 Der 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.


Hubertus Heil.

Reich Ministers

Political Party:   Centre   SPD   NSDAP   Independent

No. Minister of Labour Took office Left office Time in office Party Cabinet
Gustav Bauer
Bauer, GustavGustav Bauer
13 February 191920 June 1919127 daysSPDScheidemann
Alexander Schlicke
Schlicke, AlexanderAlexander Schlicke
21 June 191921 June 19201 year, 0 daysSPDBauer
Heinrich Brauns
Brauns, HeinrichHeinrich Brauns
25 June 192012 June 19287 years, 353 daysCentreFehrenbach
Wirth I-II
Stresemann I-II
Marx I-II
Luther I-II
Rudolf Wissell
Wissell, RudolfRudolf Wissell
28 June 192827 March 19301 year, 272 daysSPDMüller II
Adam Stegerwald
Stegerwald, AdamAdam Stegerwald
30 March 193030 May 19322 years, 61 daysCentreBrüning I-II
Hermann Warmbold [de]
Warmbold, HermannHermann Warmbold [de]
1 June 19326 June 19325 daysIndependentPapen
Hugo Schäffer [de]
Schäffer, HugoHugo Schäffer [de]
7 June 193217 November 1932163 daysIndependentPapen
Friedrich Syrup
Syrup, FriedrichFriedrich Syrup
3 December 193228 January 193356 daysIndependentSchleicher
Franz Seldte
Seldte, FranzFranz Seldte
30 January 193330 April 194512 years, 90 daysNSDAPHitler
Theo Hupfauer [de]
Hupfauer, TheoTheo Hupfauer [de]
30 April 19452 May 19452 daysNSDAPGoebbels
Franz Seldte
Seldte, FranzFranz Seldte
2 May 194523 May 194521 daysNSDAPFlensburg

Federal Ministers

Political Party:   CDU   SPD

Portrait Party Term of Office Chancellor
Federal Minister for Labour
Anton Storch
Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-P003647, Anton Storch (cropped).jpg CDU 20 September 1949 29 October 1957 Adenauer
(I o II)
Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs
Theodor Blank
Bundeswehr-Foto BVM001 Theodor Blank.jpg CDU 29 October 1957 26 October 1965 Adenauer (III o IV o V)
Erhard (I)
Hans Katzer
Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F061786-0010, Hamburg, CDU-Bundesparteitag, Katzer (cropped).jpg CDU 26 October 1965 21 October 1969 Erhard (II)
Kiesinger (I)
Walter Arendt
Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F042673-0001, Bonn, Sitzung des SPD Präsidiums, Arendt (cropped).jpg SPD 22 October 1969 16 December 1976 Brandt (I o II)
Schmidt (I)
Herbert Ehrenberg
Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F060860-0034, Bonn, Sitzung Bundesrat, Ehrenberg (cropped).jpg SPD 16 December 1976 28 April 1982 Schmidt
(II o III)
Heinz Westphal
Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F064991-0007, Bonn, SPD-Pressekonferenz, Heinz Westphal.jpg SPD 28 April 1982 1 October 1982 Schmidt
Norbert Blüm
Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F073617-0027, Mainz, CDU-Bundesparteitag, Kiep, Blüm (cropped).jpg CDU 1 October 1982 27 October 1998 Kohl
(I o II o III o IV o V)
Walter Riester
(b. 1943)
Walter Riester (cropped).jpg SPD 27 October 1998 22 October 2002 Schröder
Federal Minister for Economics and Labour 22 October 2002 22 November 2005 Schröder
Wolfgang Clement
Wolfgang Clement.jpg SPD
Federal Minister for Health and Social Security
Ulla Schmidt
(b. 1949)
SPD Bundesparteitag Leipzig 2013 by Moritz Kosinsky 003.jpg SPD
Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs
Franz Müntefering
(b. 1940)
Franz muentefering crop.jpg SPD 22 November 2005 21 November 2007 Merkel
Olaf Scholz
(b. 1958)
Olaf Scholz - Bürgerschaftswahl in Hamburg 2015 02.jpg SPD 21 November 2007 28 October 2009
Franz Josef Jung
(b. 1949)
MK19946 Franz Josef Jung (cropped).jpg CDU 28 October 2009 27 November 2009 Merkel
Ursula von der Leyen
(b. 1958)
Von der Leyen 2010.jpg CDU 30 November 2009 17 December 2013
Andrea Nahles
(b. 1970)
2017-05-09 Andrea Nahles (re-publica 17) by Sandro Halank-17 (cropped).jpg SPD 17 December 2013 28 September 2017 Merkel
Katarina Barley (acting)
(b. 1968)
Katarina Barley-4934.jpg SPD 28 September 2017 14 March 2018 Merkel
Hubertus Heil
(b. 1972)
2018-05-02 re-publica 18 by Sandro Halank-053.jpg 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". www.bundeshaushalt.de. Retrieved 2020.
  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

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