Ministerial role

Minister of State for Employment


The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • Universal Credit, including labour market aspects and overall programme management
  • employment strategy and labour market interventions, including:
    • conditionality and sanctions
    • youth employment
    • women’s employment
    • black, Asian and minority ethnic employment
    • Fuller Working Lives
    • New Enterprise Allowance
  • Jobcentre Plus, partnership working and employer engagement
  • EU and international affairs, including support to the Secretary of State on Brexit
  • support to the Secretary of State on devolution

Current role holder: Damian Hinds MP

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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  1. Immediate access to hardship payments extended to help mental health and homelessness

    • Press release
  2. Employment has reached a new record high

    • Press release
  3. Delivering a more efficient and modern employment service

    • Press release
  4. More than 105,000 businesses helped through start-up fund

    • Press release
  5. Department for Work and Pensions welcomes new ministerial team

    • Press release
  6. Employment remains at record high rate of 74.6%

    • Press release
  7. Unemployment rate falls to lowest since 2005

    • Press release
  8. Unemployment rate at 11-year low

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

    • Press release
  10. 95,000 businesses launched with jobcentre scheme

    • Press release