Advice on making a claim via the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is now live and open for applications by brewers seeking for financial support in paying furloughed staff (covered up to 80% of their wage or £2500 per month).

Step 1: Use the calculator on the website which gives you the figures you need to enter when putting in your claim:

This is the information you will need to enter to calculate the amount you are eligible to claim:

  • start date of your claim
  • end date of your claim (for example, date of next payroll run)
  • employee’s pay dates (when they get their pay)
  • end dates of the periods of time (for example monthly) that they are paid for
  • how much they are paid (before deductions)
  • when their furlough started (and ended, if not ongoing)
    their National Insurance category letter

Step 2: Once you have your figures from the calculator, you should then apply through your online PAYE account (if you don’t already have one set up you can do so by following this link

You will then be guided through a series of questions, and should have the relevant information to hand before you begin. All the information you require is in this step by step guide (PDF).

You need to make sure you have this to hand before you begin as you only have 30 minutes to submit the claim and there is no option to save and return to the form at a later time.

Step 3: If you have any questions you think SIBA could help with, Rebecca will be happy to try and help. Please email them to her at