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Mr. Adam Sharples
Director General – Employment
Adam has been Director General for Employment in the Department for Work and Pensions since April 2009. He leads a group of 750 staff who are responsible for design and delivery of employment programmes and reducing child poverty. This includes advising on:
Over the previous four years he was Director General for Work, Welfare and Equality which included responsibility for welfare benefits and disability rights.
Before joining DWP, Adam worked for the Inland Revenue for a year as International Director and for the Treasury for 15 years in a variety of roles including Director of Public Spending. Before joining the civil service in 1988, Adam headed the Research Department of the National Union of Public Employees, now part of Unison, and worked as an economist for a political party.