Ministerial role

Minister of State for Employment


The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • Universal Credit
  • employment strategy and labour market interventions, including:
    • disadvantaged groups
    • conditionality and sanctions
    • Youth Obligation
    • Fuller Working Lives
    • Innovation Fund
    • European Social Fund
    • New Enterprise Allowance
  • Jobcentre Plus, Universal Jobmatch and employer engagement
  • family support issues, including childcare, maternity benefits, flexible working
  • EU and international affairs

Current role holder: Damian Hinds

Damian Hinds was appointed Minister of State for the Department of Work and Pensions on 15 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for East Hampshire in May 2010.


Damian attended St Ambrose Grammar School, Altrincham before completing a degree in politics, philosophy and economics.

Political career

Shortly after entering Parliament, Damian was elected to the Education Select Committee and served until October 2012. Previously he chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility. He previously served as Assistant Government Whip from July 2014 until March 2015 and as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury from May 2015 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

Damian spent 18 years working in the pubs, brewing and hotel industries, in Britain and abroad.

Personal life

Damian and his wife Jacqui have 3 young children.


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  4. Flexible hours key to working longer, says new report

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  5. 95,000 businesses launched with jobcentre scheme

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  7. Employment stays at record high with 31.8 million people in work

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  8. Work placements boosting prospects of young people

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  9. Record 31.75 million in work, as unemployment rate remains at 10-year low of 4.9%

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  10. Employment Minister calls on businesses to create more opportunities for older workers

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