Number of employees in the UK gambling industry 2009-2019, by sector

The goss gambling yield (GGY) in Great Britain increased from roughly 8.4 billion British pounds in 2011 to approximately 14.4 billion British pounds in 2018. Such a lucrative industry requires a certain number of employees to operate its businesses. Overall the number of employees in the gambling industry in the United Kingdom (UK) has gone down as technologies and automation continue to grow.

Betting is the backbone

Betting has always been the bread and butter of the gambling industry. As of 2019, approximately 50 thousand people work in the UK betting industry, a decrease of roughly five thousand within the past nine years. The other sectors such as bingo, casinos, arcades or online are all close to around ten thousand employees. The lotteries only require a thousand employees.


From the different gambling sectors in the business, the remote or online sector is the only one that has increased in workforce except for the lotteries, which also have marginally increased. Arcades have decreased the most in its workforce with less than half the employees than were employed a decade ago. Most gambling enterprises employ less than 20 workers.

Number of employees in the gambling industry in the United Kingdom from 2009 to 2019, by sector

BettingBingoCasinosArcades*Gaming Machine TechnicalRemote**Lotteries (ELM)
at March 31, 201950,06411,91212,98110,1196,7919,8781,037
at March 31, 201853,50012,47515,37610,1626,7869,580941
at March 31, 201752,53712,70416,39710,4746,4828,2011,091
at March 31, 201653,30312,83116,35210,6926,6616,3731,131
at March 31, 201551,50913,27815,56910,9807,1617,645982
at March 31, 201452,54314,06915,61112,0756,9255,8351,135
at March 31, 201355,33214,93815,01011,8157,3134,725847
at March 31, 201255,88215,82914,70112,7697,6045,832849
at March 31, 201155,41118,49513,94912,8447,6036,438754
at March 31, 201054,95616,87717,52924,4107,6027,518678
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Release date

November 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

March 2009 to March 2019

Supplementary notes

Includes full-time and part-time posts.
* Arcades: includes adult gaming centers (AGC) and family entertainment centers (FEC).

Values for Betting at 2009 and Gaming Machine Technical at 2018 were not provided by the source.

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