Jonathan Portes began his civil service career working on social security issues in the Treasury. He subsequently worked in a number of other policy areas in the Treasury, and served as Speechwriter to the Chancellor.
Elsewhere in government, he worked in the Performance and Innovation Unit in the Cabinet Office, where he led projects on long-term strategic challenges and on migration policy.
Outside the civil service, he has worked in an economic consulting firm in New York, for the International Monetary Fund in Washington, and as an independent consultant specialising in development policy.
He joined DWP in 2002, and is Director for Children and Poverty Directorate. He is also the Chief Economist for Work in the department.