A baristas guide to being furloughed

In the second of the #BaristaCare videos, Tim Ridley interviews Jessica Davies, head of people at Watch House, to understand how the furlough scheme works for baristas and coffee professionals

With the closure of coffee shops and businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, many baristas and coffee professionals have been ‘furloughed’.

In this edited Zoom chat, United Baristas founder Tim Ridley chats with Jessica Davies, head of people at Watch House, to understand why some staff get furloughed, how and when you get paid, and what you can do while being furloughed.


  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was developed by Government during to save jobs during the Covid-19 lockdown
  • Furlough is paid leave from work
  • You receive furlough pay from your employer, on your normal pay cycle
  • Some baristas and coffee professionals have had furlough pay delayed because their employer doesn’t have sufficient cash available
  • The CJRS portal is now open, and funds will start to arrive with employers from Tuesday 28 April 2020
  • If you are yet to receive furlough pay, contact your employer to find out when they will be able to pay you
  • You can’t work while you are on furlough (for your employer; but you can work for another employer and still receive your furlough pay simultaneously)
  • You can do training while on furlough
  • Stay health, well and connected during lockdown
  • Visit gov.uk/coronavirus for further information on being furloughed and the CJRS

We hope this provides greater clarity for baristas and coffee professionals who are presently furloughed and, obviously, there’s much more to unfold as the situation develops in the coming weeks and months.

Available until 30 September 2020

Updated on 6 August 2020

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