Hackney Works

Hackney Works is a free employment support service run by the Council that supports local residents to find employment as well as providing a bespoke recruitment service for employers.  

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Employment support for residents

If you live in Hackney and are out of work or on a low income, we can help you to find a job or an apprenticeship. Whether you're just starting out, haven't worked for years or you want to change careers, our advisors can help you apply for the jobs that you want and support you to find suitable training where required.  

Our service is open to anyone who meets all of the following criteria:

  • you are a Hackney resident with the right to work in the UK
  • you have a national insurance number 
  • you're unemployed or you work less than 16 hours a week or you're on a low income
  • you want to work

Find out more about supported employment for residents who are managing a health condition or disability:

Make an enquiry

Please complete the following enquiry form and we will contact you to arrange an appointment to register if you are eligible for the service.

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Documents you need to provide at your appointment

You will need to provide the following original documents at your appointment:

  • proof of ID and eligibility to work in the UK eg a valid passport or British birth certificate
  • one proof of address eg a bank statement, utility bill, council tax bill (dated in the last 6 months) 
  • proof of national insurance number eg payslip, P45 or P60, letter from Jobcentre Plus, national insurance card


We offer a number of services to help you into work, including:

  • one to one personalised employment support
  • access to IT facilities and help with job search
  • CV development, job application support and interview techniques
  • basic skills training including English and maths
  • vocational training
  • job opportunities
  • access to volunteering, work placements and apprenticeships
  • provide better off in work calculations and give information on in work benefits available 

Hackney Works opportunity hub addresses 

Homerton Opportunity Hub - this service is temporarily located at:
Lee House
6a Rectory Road
N16 7QS

Hoxton Opportunity Hub
137-139 Bowling Green Walk
Corner of Pitfield Street
N1 6AL

Woodberry Down Opportunity Hub
Redmond Community Centre
Kayani Avenue
N4 2HF

Current vacancies

Please note: these vacancies are only open to people who live in Hackney.

    Commis chef

    Location: Hackney Wick
    Hours: full time, Mon - Sun, 7am - 3pm
    Salary: £8 per hour
    Closing date: 21 January

    Immediate start. Do you have a passion for food and previous experience as an excellent commis chef? Do you see yourself as a problem solver and brilliant communicator?

    A new café / restaurant in Hackney Wick is looking for a new commis chef to join their friendly team. If you work well under pressure, are used to a hectic kitchen and are available for an immediate start, please submit your CV today.  

    Chef de partie

    Location: Hackney Wick
    Hours: full time
    Salary: £8.50 - £9.50 per hour depending on experience
    Closing date: 21 January

    Immediate start. Do you have a passion for food and previous experience as chef de partie? Do you have excellent time management, organisational and planning skills?  

    A new café / restaurant in Hackney Wick is looking for a new Chef de Partie to join their friendly team. If you work well under pressure in a hectic kitchen and are available for an immediate start please submit your CV today.

    Clean team operatives - three vacancies

    Location: Clapton
    Hours: full time, 37.5 hrs between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Saturday
    Salary: £10.20 - £12 per hour
    Closing date: 25 January 

    Help us take care of our estates and the people that live there. As a key member of our team, you will ensure our residents have clean, safe, secure and attractive places to live by providing an effective cleaning service on Clapton Park managed estates.

    A friendly face that our residents can rely on, you will be a strong team player with good communication skills and the ability to achieve high standards of cleaning and deliver continuous improvement. You have the capacity to think on your feet and find creative solutions to problems. Ideally you will have experience of working with the public and an understanding of COSHH regulations. A full manual driving licence is essential.

    If this sounds like you, please submit your CV today.

    Housing assistant

    Location: Clapton
    Hours: full time
    Salary: TBC
    Closing date: 25 January

    Are you organised with excellent communication skills? Do you have a good knowledge of computer systems and packages and woul like to work in the housing sector?

    Clapton Park Management Organisation is looking for a Housing Assistant to join their team.

    Driver and warehouse assistant

    Job type: full time - 8.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday
    Location: Hackney
    Salary: £8 per hr (starting salary)
    Closing date: interviews on rolling basis so get your applications in early

    Are you enthusiastic, committed and hardworking? Do you hold a clean, valid driving license? This leading dancewear company is recruiting for a driver and warehouse assistant to join their team in Hackney.


    Location: London Fields
    Hours: full or part time, Monday to Sunday
    Salary: £9.50 per hour depending on experience
    Closing date: interviews on a rolling basis so get your application in early

    Are you an experienced, specialist barista with a love of bread? Do you enjoy working in a busy environment and engaging with customers, providing excellent service, this company could be looking for you to join their team.

    Service staff

    Location: Wanstead
    Hours: full time
    Salary: TBC
    Closing date: interviews on a rolling basis so get your application in early

    Are you enthusiastic with a passion for food and drinks? Do you have previous front of house experience in a restaurant environment? A neighbourhood pub and dining room is looking for service staff to join their team in Wanstead.

    Chef de partie

    Location: Wanstead
    Hours: full time
    Salary: TBC
    Closing date: interviews on a rolling basis so get your application in early

    Looking for a new challenge? A neighbourhood pub and dining room is looking for a Chef de Partie to join their team of 6. You could be a demi chef looking to step up or a current chef de Partie wanting to take on more responsibility.

    If you have baking and butchery skills and 2 years of previous experience, we would love to hear from you.

    Case studies

    Loredana Leska, Woodberry Down

    Loredana Leska Originally from Romania, Loredana, 44, has been living in Hackney since she first moved to the UK a year and a half ago with her husband and six-year-old daughter. She had been living in Greece for 18 years previously, working as a French teacher and made the move to the UK when her husband took a job in England. 

    Diving straight into community life, Loredana started taking her daughter to Hackney Playbus, a mobile play project offering exciting and stimulating play opportunities for children under 5. It was here that she learned about Hackney Works, the Council's free employment support service, and registered with the service in September 2016 for help with finding work.

    "I wanted to continue teaching" explains Loredana. "My advisor was really good and offered advice on the route I should take to get into teaching in the UK. I needed to improve my English language skills and also learn about the education system here - which is very different from the system in Greece - so my advisor recommended starting as a teaching assistant."

    Loredana completed the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Entry Level 3 class and also volunteered in Woodberry Down Library, where she now also has a part-time job. She continued to work with her Hackney Works advisor who helped her to tailor her CV and develop her interview skills. After volunteering in a local Hackney primary school, she was offered a teaching assistant role working with children with special educational needs (SEN) at The Bridge primary school. She said: "I have discovered something new that I am good at and enjoy! I hadn't worked with SEN children before, but I have lots of patience and it's really rewarding."

    Loredana completed her level 2 and 3 teaching assistant qualifications with Work Skills Learning and will be starting a level 4 teaching assistant for autistic children course in the new year. She said: "My Hackney Works adviser gave me the opportunity to find my way into work and supported me from the very beginning. I don't have words to thank them for all their very good advice, training and confidence building, and they continue to provide support for me even now when I'm in work."

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