Thorben Albrecht has been Permanent State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs since 2014. Among his most important legislative projects has been the introduction of a statutory minimum wage in Germany. He also launched the ‘Work 4.0’ dialogue – a public dialogue of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on the future of work. As State Secretary, he is a member of the German Government’s IT Council and of the ‘digital agenda’ steering group. In addition, he is a member of the future of work advisory council set up by the German Union of Metal Workers and also of the Global Commission on the Future of Work set up by the International Labour Organisation. From 2008 to 2013 he was Head of Office for Andrea Nahles and of the policy department of the Executive Board of the German Social Democrats, and prior to that he worked for the National Executive Board of the German Trade Union Confederation as Head of Division responsible for the coordination of European affairs.