UKGC reveals a decline in UK Gambling statistics

Cvetanka Cvetanovska | Published 29 May 2020, 3:33 p.m.

Yesterday the UK Gambling Commission published its six-month industry statistics report on the shape and size of the UK gambling sector. The report, which is published twice a year, provides an overview of the country’s gambling industry and is based on data reported to the regulatory body by the licensed and regulated operators. The statistics cover the period between October 2018-September 2019. We have also reported on the findings from the previous research, which covers topics around consumer behaviour and overall situation in the UK gambling industry between October 2017 and September 2018.

The UKGC revealed a slight 0.5% decline in the total gross gambling yield (GGY) from the previous period (April 2018-March 2019) to £14.3 billion. When lotteries are excluded, the overall GGY of the UK casino sector noted a 1.9% decrease to £10.5 billion.

Moreover, the regulator reported a decline in the number of individuals who work for this industry. More precisely, they reported 98,174 people or a 4.4% decrease compared to March 2019. Another considerable decline was registered in the overall number of land-based venues in the country, which dropped to 9.6% from March 2019, or 9,745. The total gross gaming yield for land-based casinos in the UK suffered a 0.6% decline to £1.1 billion.

Betting outlets are the most affected industry sector  

Speaking of land-based venues, the UK betting shops were the venues that registered the biggest decline in numbers, in the period between October 2018-September 2019. This number is now reduced to 7,315 betting outlets in total.
With more betting shops across the country being closed, following the stricter imposed measures about fixed-odds betting terminals to £2 (FOBTs) the total GGY generated by gaming machines in the UK was also subjected to a decline. The statistics show that GGY for gaming machines across the UK, excluding the ones that need permission from a local authority fell by 11.8% to £2.5 billion.

The GGY generated by the gambling terminals from Category B2 declined with staggering 46.4%, reaching £624 million. On the contrary, an 18.5% growth was registered in the GGY generated by Category B3 machines in the same period of time.

Online casinos generate the largest GGY percentage

Unlike the brick and mortar gambling operators, the online casino gaming sector seems that it was on the rise. As revealed by the UKGC, the gross gaming yield for remote betting operations increased by 4.3% to £2.1 billion. An increase of 12.5% was also registered in the overall GGY generated by online bingo services to £198 million, which shows great potential for bingo market growth in the future.

The regulator also provided information about the contributions to good causes from the National Lottery and large society lotteries. The amount provided by the National Lottery to good causes rose by 6.5% to £1.6 billion, while the contributions from large society lotteries increased by 3.7% to £345 million.

For general info, the GGY or the so-called total income from casino gaming is a measure of profitability, calculated once the casino gaming provider has paid out the money won by visitors. The withdrawal of winning bets among the total number of bets and other game fees is implied in it. It is calculated in accordance with the simple formula: A+B-C, where A and B represent the total amount of winnings and C is the amount that will be deducted from the licensee in respect to the provision of prises. 

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