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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. 

You can also access the data on our Tableau site.

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

Headline findings 

£13.6 bn

Total gross gambling yield (GGY) of the Great Britain gambling industry

(Apr 2015 – Mar 2016)



Total number of employees in the Great Britain gambling industry

(Mar 2016) (1.5% decrease from Mar 2015)



Total number of betting shops in Great Britain

(Sep 2016) (1.8% decrease from Mar 2016)



Total number of bingo premises in Great Britain

(Sep 2016) (4.3% decrease from Mar 2016)



Total number of casinos in Great Britain

(Mar 2016) (no change from Mar 2015)

£4.5 bn

Total GGY for the Remote Sector

(Apr 2015 - Mar 2016)


Market share of the remote betting, bingo and casino sector

(Apr 2015 - Mar 2016)


 Total number of gaming machines in Great Britain

(Apr 2015 - Mar 2016) (0.4% decrease from Apr 2014 – Mar 2015)

(excludes those requiring only a local authority permit)


£1.8 bn


Contributions (to good causes) from The National Lottery

(Apr 2015 - Mar 2016) (7.2% increase from Apr 2014 – Mar 2015)

£208.1 m

Contributions to good causes from large society lotteries

(Apr 2015 - Mar 2016) (10.5% increase from Apr 2014 – Mar 2015)

This report also includes a section on participation on gaming machines and a consolidated table of machine category numbers and gross gambling yield (GGY) by sector.

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 2017.

This will be Excel format only. The accompanying PDF report will continue to be published with the annual full year data files in November. We believe this will both simplify reporting of trends and improve the timeliness of publishing statistics.

This change is subject to consultation, so please give us your feedback





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