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Gambling industry

The gambling industry includes: casinos; bingo halls; betting; football pools; lotteries; and machines (such as amusement arcades). The industry has grown over the last year, due in part to the popularity of online gambling. The industry comprises:

  • The betting industry is made up of both on course and off course bookmakers. The industry is dominated by 5 operators (Ladbrokes, William Hill, Corals, Betfred and Tote) that account for approximately 7,300 (over 80%) of all betting shops.
  • Two big players, Gala Bingo and Mecca Bingo make up over 43% of the bingo industry.
  • The casino industry is dominated by 3 companies, namely the Gala Coral Group who have 28 casinos throughout Great Britain, Grosvenor Casinos who have 32 casinos and Stanley Casinos/Stanley Leisure/Genting International who amalgamated in 2007 and now have 46 casinos in Britain.
  • The remote gambling industry has grown considerably over recent years. It includes most of the large and familiar high street bookmakers, some large remote-only betting operators, including Betfair and Bet365 and some smaller better operators.

Key facts:

  • There are 94,600 people working in the gambling industry, in around 11,500 establishments.
  • 91% of all gambling establishments employ between 1-10 people, 7% employ between 11- 49 people and approximately 2% employ more than 50 people.
  • 56% of the workforce is female.
  • 93% of the workforce is white and 7% from Black Ethnic Minority groups.
  • 4% of the workforce is aged 16-19 years, 34% 20-29 years, 18% 30-39 years, 22% 40-49 years and 21% is 50 years and older
  • 19% of the workforce has an NVQ Level 4 or above qualification.
  • The majority of the workforce has a NVQ Level 2 qualification (26%).
  • 14% of the workforce has no qualifications.
  • 69% of the workforce is employed full-time.
  • The majority of people working in the gambling sector either work in managerial (33%) or administrative occupations (22%). A further 15% work in elementary occupations.

Source: People 1st LMI Report (March 2010) and Gambling industry profile 2009