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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. 

*updated 30 May 2019

These official statistics come from the data provided by licence holders through their regulatory returns. About official statistics.

*October Update*

Betting Exchange data is currently being quality assured following amended data being received post this publication and the data published is likely to change for the last 2 reporting periods (Tab 7, Row 19, columns E,H,N,Q of the Excel version of the Industry Stats) to approx. £165-£169m. Next publication is 28 November 2019.

Headline findings 

£14.5 bn

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

(Oct 2017 – Sep 2018) (0.4% decrease from Apr 2017 – Mar 2018)

£5.6 bn

Total GGY for the Remote Sector

(Oct 2017 – Sep 2018) (2.9% increase from Apr 2017 – Mar 2018)

£2.0 bn

Total GGY for the remote casino category – slots

(Oct 2017 – Sep 2018) (1.7% increase from Apr 2017 – Mar 2018)

 

£1.5 bn

Contributions (to good causes) from The National Lottery

(Oct 2017 – Sep 2018) (0.3% increase from Apr 2017 – Mar 2018)

£314m

Contributions to good causes from large society lotteries

(Oct 2017 – Sep 2018) (5.1% increase from Apr 2017 – Mar 2018)

106,670

Total number of employees in the Great Britain gambling industry

(Sep 2018) (1.4% decrease from Mar 2018)

39%

Market share of the remote betting, bingo and casino sector

(Oct 2017 – Sep 2018) (1.2% increase from Apr 2016 – Mar 2017)

 

8,423

Total number of betting shops in Great Britain

(Sep 2018) (1.5% decrease from Mar 2018)

1,639

Total number of licensed arcades in Great Britain

(Sep 2018) (5.3% decrease from Mar 2018) 

 

650

Total number of bingo premises in Great Britain

(Sep 2018) (1.1% decrease from Mar 2018)

 

152

Total number of casinos in Great Britain

(Sep 2018) (1 more than Mar 2018)

183,813

Total number of gaming machines in Great Britain

(Oct 2017 – Sep 2018) (2.4% increase from Apr 2016 – Mar 2017)

(excludes those requiring only a local authority permit)


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

This publication is primarily for anyone who has an involvement or interest in the gambling industry including government, licensed operators, trade bodies, international regulators, journalists, academic researchers, financial institutions, statisticians, consumers and local authorities.

We intend to publish the next industry statistics in November 2019.

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Also see

Industry statistics

(PDF)

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Industry statistics

(excel)

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