Germany’s Federal Employment Agency (BA), headquartered in Nuremberg, are the country’s job offices. BA is the largest provider of labour market services in Germany with a network of more than 700 agencies and branch offices nationwide. The agency’s main duties include – amongst others – job and training placement, career and employer counselling, promotion of vocational and further training, and providing benefits replacing employment income such as unemployment benefit and insolvency payments. The Federal Employment Agency furthermore conducts labour market and occupational research, labour market observation and reporting and records labour market statistics. It is also the parent organisation to special agencies like the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), International Placement Service (ZAV) and Family Benefits Office.