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The Gambling Commission has published the industry statistics for the five-year period 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2013. The figures provided for April 2012 to March 2013 are provisional at this stage.

We have also published an Excel version of the statistics to provide more transparency and an element of interactivity with the figures. 

Some of the key findings in this latest edition show:

  • The British gambling industry, as regulated by the Commission, generated a gross gambling yield (GGY) of £6.3 billion between April 2012 and March 2013, a rise of over £0.4 billion (7%) compared to the period April 2011 to March 2012.
  • The non-remote betting sector represents the largest market with a 51% share of GGY.
  • Growth can be seen in betting, bingo, casino, remote (betting, bingo and casino) and lotteries sectors.  Only the arcades sector experienced a decrease in GGY between the two most recent reporting periods.
  • GGY for B2 machines in betting shops was over £1.5 billion, an increase of just under £100m (7%) on the figure for the previous reporting period despite a small decrease in the number of B2 machines.
  • 107,791 people were employed across the industry, a drop of 2,125 from the previous reporting period.

You can download the industry statistics from our website page.


Notes to editors

  1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling in the public interest alongside its co-regulators local licensing authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling. Subject to these overriding public protection objectives, as regulator of the National Lottery the Commission monitors and challenges Camelot to raise the maximum amount for good causes. The Commission also provides independent advice to government on gambling in Britain. 
  2. The Commission and local licensing authorities are responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling in Great Britain other than spread betting, which is the responsibility of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
  3. See the Terms & Conditions section of our website for information on legal advice
  4. Overall, the UK remote consumer market has been estimated to have a GGY of £2.44bn (source H2GC). However, much of the overall UK online gambling activity continues to be regulated offshore. The Gambling Commission estimates that less than 15% of UK consumer GGY is generated under Commission-issued remote gambling licences.


    In submitting regulatory return information for a machine or a terminal that offers games that equate to different machine categories, operators are required to submit information based on the highest category of game available. For example, if a terminal offers category B2 and B3 games, operators are advised to count this as a category B2 terminal. For this reason, the B2 figures above should be viewed with caution as the split between B2 and B3 game play is not clear (and therefore a portion of the GGY attributed to B2 machines above will have been generated through B3 game play).


For further information please contact our press office on (0121) 230 6700 or email communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

Posted on 26 June 2014