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Gambling industry in the United Kingdom (UK) - Statistics & Facts

The gambling industry is growing in the United Kingdom (UK). 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. Since legislation for remote gambling changed in 2014, the considered GGY for remote gambling accounts for the largest share of the market. The gambling industry provided jobs for some 100 thousand employees in the UK in 2018, of which the majority works in the betting sector, followed by casino and bingo, however, over half of gambling enterprises were run by less than 10 people.
The age of gambling participants in the UK tends to be fairly high, with people between 45 and 64 years old showing the highest proportion of gambling participation. In 2018, there were 36.6 million online (remote) gambling customer accounts at facilities licensed by the Gambling Commission in Great Britain, of which 33.6 million were active, meaning they were used to gamble in that year.

In terms of problem gambling, the number of new self-exclusions for betting increased with the market and the amount of underage gambling has decreased over the past years. However, the share of problem gamblers is highest among young people. The proportion of respondents who agree that gambling is conducted fair and can be trusted has been shrinking in years past.

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