We understand that finding a job can be hard but with government changes to welfare benefits, for many people, the best way to increase your income is to get a job, become self-employed or increase your working hours. You may have been out of work for a while and unsure of where to start, or you may need help with developing skills to get ready for work, or a parent worried about balancing work with family life.

Whatever your situation, we have job coaches, lots of free services and links to local services that can help.


iWork is Islington Council's exciting employment service offering one-to-one intensive and personalised support to help unemployed residents get into work using coaching and mentoring techniques.

Through the service, you will be assigned a coach who will work closely with you to help move you into a job. The service can also help you find the right training, volunteering, work placement or apprenticeship and other support services suitable for your needs.

Our iWork coaches are based at the Islington Customer Centre, 222 Upper Street, N1 1XR. Parents can also see iWork coaches at local children's centres, where they'll be able to receive assistance looking for work, as well as finding suitable childcare.

To make an appointment, please contact us on 020 7527 2706, send us an email at iwork@islington.gov.uk or visit one of our local children's centres.

Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus can help you find a job, support you with CV writing and ensure you are claiming the right benefits. There are three branches in Islington:

  • Jobcentre Plus - Barnsbury: 1 Barnsbury Road N1 0EX
  • Jobcentre Plus - Finsbury Park: 52-53 Medina Road N7 7JX
  • Jobcentre Plus - Highgate: 1 Elthorne Road N19 4AL

0845 604 3719 (General Jobcentre Plus number)

Jobs with the council

To search and apply for jobs at the council, including opportunities in areas such as teaching and social work, to park ranger, visit our careers with the council webpages.

If you are interested in working with children or young people you can sign up to the Family Information Service (FIS) Jobs Bulletin. If you would like to subscribe to the bulletin please send a request to fis@islington.gov.uk and they will send the updated Jobs Bulletin directly to your email every two weeks. For the latest bulletin visit the FIS webpages.

Jobs for young people

If you are aged 16-19 (or up to 25 with learning difficulties or disabilities), you should check for the latest job vacancies in the monthly Youth Careers opportunity bulletin on www.izzy-info.com.

Citizen’s Advice Bureau

You can visit the Islington Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) service at the council offices at 222 Upper Street for free, independent and confidential advice on employment, in addition to help and advice on debts, benefits, housing, employment, discrimination and a range of other issues.

Islington CAB is open to all residents for drop in from Monday to Friday and one late evening (Thursday) per week. You can also call them on 0344 488 9626 (Monday–Friday 10am-1pm, 2-4.30pm).

Help with CV writing

The National Careers Service website has a CV builder to help you to create or develop your CV and covering letters, you can also do things like check your skills and get advice with job applications and preparing for interviews.

Checking your benefit entitlements

If you are worried about how your benefits will be affected if you get a job, contact our Income Maximisation Team on 0800 731 8081 or email claimit@islington.gov.uk, so you can make sure that going back to work does pay.

Last modified: Thursday, 19 November 2020, 2:24 PM