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Bookmakers (also known as bookies) take bets on the outcomes of various events, such as horse and dog races or other sporting events, royal babies, election results, and even the weather. They do it at racetracks (on-course), within bookies' shops (off-course) or on the internet (remote). Bets can relate to a simple win or lose situation, or how close the customer's guess is to an actual result (spread betting).

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).

As of 1 April 2022 the National Minimum Wage is £6.83 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £9.18 an hour for workers aged 21 to 22. The National Living Wage is £9.50 for workers aged 23 and over.

As a manager you could earn £18,000 to £25,000 a year, possibly more. Retail Area Managers might earn between £40,000 and £45,000. There are no set salaries for self-employed bookmakers.


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Getting In

For jobs in traditional betting shops look for job vacancies in the local press, local betting shops, in a specialist publication such as Racing Post, or online. Many large chains, such as Coral and Ladbrokes, advertise jobs on their websites.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

5.9 %

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On

More Information

Traditional betting shops must hold a licence from the Gambling Commission and a premises licence from the local authority. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is in charge of regulating the practice of spread betting, which is the fastest growing form of betting.

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