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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 sector regulated by the Gambling Commission.

The latest statistics cover the period between October 2018 – September 2019. Please note that the data covered in these industry statistics does not include the Covid-19 period. 

About official statistics.

Read about how we prepare our industry statistics

Headline findings 

£14.3 bn

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

(Oct 2018 – Sept 2019) (0.5% decrease from Apr 2018 – Mar 2019)

£10.5bn

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

(Oct 2018 - Sept 2019) (1.9% decrease from Apr 2018 - Mar 2019)

98,174

 

Total number of employees in the gambling industry in Great Britain

(Sept 2019) (4.4% decrease from Mar 2019) 

 9,745

 

Total number of premises in Great Britain

(Sept 2019) (9.6% decrease from Mar 2019)

7,315 

Total number of betting shops in Great Britain 

(September 2019) (12.1% decrease from March 2019) 

£2.5 bn

 

Total GGY for gaming machines in Great Britain

(Oct 2018 - Sept 2019) (11.8% decrease from April 2018 - March 2019) (excludes those requiring only a local authority permit)

£624m 

Total GGY for category B2 machines in Great Britain 

(Oct 2018 – Sept 2019) (46.4% decrease from Apr 2018 – Mar 2019)

£1.3bn 

Total GGY for category B3 machines in Great Britain

(Oct 2018 – Sept 2019) (18.5% increase from Apr 2018 – Mar 2019)

£2.1bn

Total GGY for remote betting 

(Oct 2018 – Sept 2019) (4.3% increase from Apr 2018 – Mar 2019)

£198m 

Total GGY for remote bingo

(Oct 2018 – Sept 2019) (12.5% increase from Apr 2018 – Mar 2019)

£3.2bn 

Total GGY for remote casino 

(Oct 2018 – Sept 2019) (3.9% increase from Apr 2018 – Mar 2019)

£1.1bn 

Total GGY for land-based casinos in Great Britain 

(Oct 2018 – Sept 2019) (0.6% decrease from Apr 2018 – Mar 2019)

 

£1.6 bn

Contributions (to good causes) from The National Lottery

(Oct 2018 – Sept 2019) (6.5% increase from Apr 2018 – Mar 2019)

£345m

Contributions to good causes from large society lotteries

(Oct 2018 – Sept 2019) (3.7% increase from Apr 2018 – Mar 2019)


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 on 26 November 2020.

Please give us your feedback on our industry stats.

Also see

Industry statistics PDF summary

(PDF)

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Industry Statistics PDF Tables

(PDF)

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Industry statistics

(excel)

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Understanding the terms we use in Industry Statistics

Excel

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