A report by the Office for National Statistics has revealed employment in the UK gambling industry during 2019 was at its lowest in almost ten years, declining 14.7 percent since 2011.
The statistics, released as part of an assessment of employment across DCMS sectors, reveal the damaging effect anti-gambling rhetoric and high street decline is having on the industry.
“In 2019, there were approximately 76,000 jobs in the Gambling sector, a decrease of 12.6 percent from 2018 and 14.7 percent lower than in 2011,” stated the report.
“This is the lowest number of jobs recorded in this sector since 2011. The Gambling sector has the smallest number of jobs of all the DCMS sectors, and it is worth noting that small absolute changes from year to year can translate into relatively large percentage changes.”
The figures are intended to enable policymakers to evaluate the economic contribution of DCMS sectors, and to understand how current and future interventions can be most effective.
Though the employment statistics will come as no surprise to gambling stakeholders, it is hoped the findings will outline just how much the industry requires support, being the only DCMS sector in the study to actively see employment fall since 2011.