Industry Facts&Figures

  • Betting and gaming has played an important part in the social lives of millions of people in the UK for many years.
  • 46% of the population gamble at least once per month and the vast majority do so safely.
  • Our industry employs over 70,000 people,including 50,000 in betting, 13,000 in casinos and 10,000 people directly employed online. 
  • Contributes £8.7 billion Gross Value Added to the UK economy & contributes £3.2 billion to HM Treasury.
  • In retail betting 56% of the workforce are women and 24% are aged under 24. In casinos 42% of the workforce are women and 40% of senior management are women.  
  • Sport is also a major beneficiary. Horse racing receives over £350 million per annum through the horse racing industry levy, media rights and sponsorships. Racing in turn supports 59 racecourses across the UK, 85,000 jobs and delivers an economic value of £3.45 billion to the UK economy. For other sports, gambling supports everything from international sporting events to grass roots activities.
  • Contrary to public perception, there has not been strong growth in gambling expenditure in the UK, with a lower proportion of Household Disposable Income being spent on gambling between 2008 and 2018 than in the period 1999 to 2006.
  • Our sector voluntarily donates £9.6m to support GambleAware and BGC members donate a further £9.7m to other charities.