The Commission has published analysis of trends in gambling behaviour for 2008-2014. The report found that there has been a significant increase in remote gambling participation, gambling participation amongst those from the AB (1) social grade and female participation in activities other than the National Lottery. Conversely the analysis showed that there has been a decrease in participation in National Lottery draws, virtual gaming machines in bookmakers (FOBTs) and fruit/slot machines.
The report found that frequency of gambling and average number of activities participated in has remained relatively stable since 2008.
The report also examines how gambling behaviour correlates with macro-economic indicators such as GDP and unemployment. Overall gambling participation rates correlated with GDP (ie as GDP increases gambling participation increases and vice versa). Disposable income did not, however, correlate with overall gambling participation but did correlate with remote gambling participation.
The analysis is based on data from the Commission’s quarterly participation survey which captures self-reported past four week gambling behaviour.
The report was produced by an independent research consultancy, Databuild Research and Solutions Ltd. This is the first time that the Commission’s data on gambling participation has been analysed in this way and gives a picture of how the gambling industry and the way that people gamble has evolved over time.
The full report can be accessed on the Commission’s website.
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