Welcome to the Office of Economy and Labour (AWA)

The Office of Economy and Labour (AWA) is the competence centre for the economic development, for working conditions and for the integration of job seekers in the Canton of Basel-Stadt.
In the interests of the population, the workforce and the companies, we are committed to making Basel an attractive business location - to this end, we cultivate relationships with our local, regional, national, and international partner institutions.
We are actively promoting the competitiveness of the location, maintaining fair working conditions, supporting job seekers in a targeted manner, and ensuring a well-functioning job market in the Canton of Basel-Stadt.

Work Permits

We are your contact for any authorisations that may be required in the Basel labour market.

Legal Advice

Please arrange an appointment online in advance for the current week. (in German).

City tax & BaselCard

Basel-Stadt charges its guests a city tax (visitors' tax). These revenues flow into the creation and mainte-nance of tourism infrastructure.

Economic development - services

We are a service provider for Basel companies and those who plan to settle here. Personal contact is important to us.

Minimum Wage

All information as well as the most frequently asked questions about the cantonal minimum wage can be found here.