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.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. The Rt Hon Esther McVey

    • 2013 to 2015
  3. Mark Hoban

    • 2012 to 2013
  4. The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

    • 2010 to 2012


Get updates to this list email feed

Copy and paste this URL in to your feed reader

  1. Unemployment remains at 40-year low

    • Press release
  2. Number of children in long-term workless households at lowest level in a decade

    • Press release
  3. Update on the future of DWP jobcentres

    • News story
  4. Unemployment remains at lowest rate since 1975

    • Press release
  5. Employment reaches another record high

    • Press release
  6. 85,000 businesses launched with jobcentre scheme

    • Press release
  7. BME employment reaches record high

    • Press release
  8. £300 million childcare boost for hard-working families under Universal Credit

    • Press release
  9. Jobcentre scheme creates 80,000 new businesses

    • Press release
  10. New milestone hit as Work Programme helps half a million into jobs

    • Press release