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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.

Headline findings:

  • £14.3bn – Gross Gambling Yield (GGY)[1] of the gambling industry in Great Britain (Oct 2018 – September 2019) (0.5% decrease from Apr 2018 – Mar 2019)
  • £10.5bn – GGY of the gambling industry in Great Britain excluding Lottery type gambling (October 2019 – September 2019) (1.9% decrease from April 2018 – March 2019)
  • 98,174 – number of employees in the gambling industry in Great Britain (September 2019) (4.4% decrease from March 2019)
  • 9,745 – total number of premises in Great Britain (September 2019) (9.6% decrease from March 2019)
  • 7,315 – number of betting shops in Great Britain (September 2019) (12.1% decrease from March 2019)
  • £2.5bn – GGY for gaming machines in Great Britain (October 2018 – September 2019) (11.8% decrease from April 2018 – March 2019) (excludes those requiring only a local authority permit)
  • £624m – GGY for category B2 machines in Great Britain (October 2018 – September 2019) (46.4% decrease from April 2018 - March 2019)
  • £1.3bn – GGY for category B3 machines in Great Britain (October 2018 – September 2019) (18.5% increase from April 2018 - March 2019)
  • £2.1bn – GGY for remote betting (October 2018 – September 2019 (4.3% increase from April 2018 – March 2019)
  • £198m – GGY for the remote bingo (October 2018 – September 2019) (12.5% increase from Apr 2018 – March 2019)
  • £3.2bn – GGY for remote casino (October 2018 – September 2019) (3.9% increase from Apr 2018 – March 2019)
  • £1.1bn – GGY for land-based casinos in Great Britain (October 2018 – September 2019) (0.6% decrease from April 2018 – March 2019)
  • £1.6bn – contributions to good causes from The National Lottery (October 2018 – September 2019) (6.5% increase from April 2018 – March 2019)
  • £345m – contributions to good causes from large society lotteries (October 2018 – September 2019) (3.7% increase from April 2018- March 2019)

 

Notes to editors

  1. More information about how we regulate the gambling industry.
  2. Useful statistics on the gambling industry
  3. Our approach to enforcement.
  4. Journalists can contact our press office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk
 
[1] Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) is calculated in accordance with the following formula  (a + b - c), where (a) is the total of any amounts that will be paid to the licensee by way of stakes in the relevant period in connection with the activities authorised by the licence, (b) is the total of any amounts (exclusive of value added tax) that will otherwise accrue to the licensee in the relevant period directly in connection with the activities authorised by the licence, and (c) is the total of any amounts that will be deducted by the licensee in respect of the provision of prizes or winnings in the relevant period in connection with the activities authorised by the licence. Free bets or bonuses are only counted when calculating GGY if the customer has the unrestricted right to opt instead to receive a cash equivalent to the value of that free bet or bonus. Loyalty schemes such as ‘rake back’ or ‘VIP cash back’ or similar are not counted towards (a), (b) or (c). Within Industry Statistics, figures for National Lottery and Lotteries are GGY-equivalent and relate to the proceeds from ticket sales minus the amount given out in prizes.
Posted on 28 May 2020