Safeguarding jobs and reducing unemployment are core responsibilities of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS). A precise knowledge and understanding of developments and trends on the labour market and the provision of good services to jobseekers are prerequisites for fulfilling these tasks. Based on data from regularly-published labour market statistics, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) initiates laws and measures that target job placement and employment promotion and responds early on to the challenges arising from demographic change with programmes such as Perspective 50plus and initiatives such as Introductory Training. The Ministry uses a variety of instruments under the heading "Activities in Support of Work" to reduce unemployment and safeguard jobs. These include short-time work, training measures, start-up assistance and measures to boost employment among people with migration background.
Another priority task of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) is organising unemployment insurance (unemployment benefit) and basic income support for jobseekers.