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Industry statistics

Gambling industry statistics are published twice a year (in May and November) and provide the latest information on each industry sector we regulate, which includes online gambling services offered to customers in Great Britain. 

The statistics come from the data provided by licence holders through their regulatory returns.

Following amended submissions from operators, we have updated Industry statistics (version 2).

The areas that have been updated are betting premises numbers and remote betting exchange data.

15 January 2018

Headline findings 

£13.8 bn

Total gross gambling yield (GGY) of the Great Britain gambling industry
(Apr 2016 – Mar 2017) (1.8% increase from Apr 2015 - Mar 2016)



Total number of employees in the Great Britain gambling industry

(Mar 2017) (1% decrease from Mar 2016)



Total number of betting shops in Great Britain

(Sep 2017) (3.9% decrease from Mar 2017)



Total number of bingo premises in Great Britain

(Sep 2017) (1.4% decrease from Mar 2017)



Total number of casinos in Great Britain

(Sep 2017) (1 more than Mar 2017)

£4.7 bn

Total GGY for the remote sector
(Apr 2016 – Mar 2017)
(10.1% increase from Apr 2015 - Mar 2016)


Market share of the remote betting, bingo and casino sector

(Apr 2016 – Mar 2017)
(1.5% increase from Apr 2015 - Mar 2016)


Total number of gaming machines in Great Britain

(Apr 2016 – Mar 2017)
(1.8% increase from Apr 2015 – Mar 2016)
(excludes those requiring only a local authority permit)


£1.5 bn

Contributions to good causes from the National Lottery

(Apr 2016 – Mar 2017)
(16.9% decrease from Apr 2015 – Mar 2016)

£255.6 m

Contributions to good causes from large society lotteries

(Apr 2016 – Mar 2017)
(20.5% increase from Apr 2015 – Mar 2016)

Supporting data tables for the report’s charts can be found in the accompanying spreadsheet (Excel).

This report is useful for anyone who has a business interest in the gambling industry including international regulators, journalists, academic researchers, financial institutions, statisticians and local authorities.

We intend to publish the next industry statistics in May 2018.

Please give us your feedback on our statistics. 





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