Living and working in Hackney

Working where you live creates a deeper sense of job satisfaction. We asked staff who live here, why they love working for Hackney:

Cate McLaurin, Head of Delivery, ICT

“Moving to work in Hackney, was my best decision in 2018. It’s such a vibrant, interesting borough with loads going on.”

La Braya Buffong, Digital Communications Assistant, Communications, Culture and Engagement

“Hackney has so much to offer, from amazing restaurants to vibrant markets it’s a great place to be and work. Hackney Council has given me the best start to my career with good pay and outstanding professional development.”

Phil Matijuk, Park Keeper

“I have a job I absolutely love, which is also secure, provides a good pension and gives me great benefits, and it’s all right on my doorstep.”

Nia O’Garro-Simpson, Communications Apprentice

“After University I was surprised to see the range of interesting and challenging professional roles available at Hackney Council. It’s a great place to work where I am able to enhance my career whilst benefiting my community.”

Ayo Akinrele, Enforcement Officer

“I love being able to work in and serve the community I live in. In my job I meet and get to help lots of local residents whilst I’m out on patrol, it’s challenging but I have a lot of job satisfaction at the end of the day.”

Hidayat Deen, ICT Apprentice

“I’ve lived in Hackney my whole life, so I know it like the back of my hand. I did consider working in the City before, but the range of opportunities available at Hackney Council plus the fact that I get to walk to work everyday is a win-win for me.”

Alexander Mair, Gardener

“I’m a dad to two little girls, their school is a five minute walk away from where I work. I can pick them up and drop them to school everyday and can be there in minutes if I need to be.”

Here’s what more of our staff had to say about living and working in Hackney:

Job satisfaction:

‘In this job you are doing your bit for the world. You get to improve where you live based on your experience of it.’

’I enjoy designing and implementing services for residents knowing I’m one of them. I feel more connected to the community, living here inspires me.’

‘Doing something in your own community feels front line – you are making a difference where you live. I understand how people perceive the council and it makes me better at my job.’

‘My job is to give people a voice in local issues. Living and working here really strengthens job satisfaction – I know the area and the people here. I have those people in mind and that makes work more relevant and enjoyable.’

‘Having worked here for nearly ten years, and many of my colleagues are also long-serving staff, we really are like a family. Hackney has something special and we get to do work that’s always at the cutting edge in local government.’


‘I get more sleep!’

‘I feel liberated from a hellish journey. Physically I’m no longer tired and mentally I’ve a clear head. I get to walk at my own pace, feel connected to the world and know exactly how long my journey will take. It sets me up for the day.’

‘Walking to work means I get 25 minutes brisk walk every day. And working flexibly means I can start early – I’m an early bird at heart!’

Work-life balance:

‘It used to take two hours to get home at night, now I get extra time to play with my daughter.’

‘My job can be draining, now I live nearby I’m happy to stay and get work finished. I don’t have to worry about getting the last train home or setting off extra early to avoid traffic. I go home for lunch sometimes and if working from home, I can still respond quickly to emergency situations with clients.’

‘I’ve got a dog – I can take him for a walk at lunchtime.’

‘Not having to commute means for the first time, I’m able to put money into savings.’