Finance & accounting

Bookmaker

Bookmakers organise gambling activities in betting offices, at racetracks or online.

Annual Salary

£14,000 to £45,000

Working hours

35 to 40

What's it all about?

Your day-to-day tasks could include:

  • recruiting, training and supervising staff
  • greeting customers and promoting products to them
  • taking bets and paying out winnings
  • dealing with complaints
  • setting sales targets
  • controlling costs and balancing accounts
  • organising staff rotas

As a manager, you’ll look after the security of staff, customers and money. You’ll need to follow gambling law.

There are no set entry requirements, but you must be 18 and you may have to take a maths test.

A level 2 college course in gambling could be helpful, but isn't essential.

You could start as a cashier and work your way up, or you could start as a trainee manager.

The Association of British Bookmakers has more information about becoming a bookmaker.

£14,000 to £45,000

Starter salary: £14,000 to £16,000

Experienced salary: £30,000

These figures are a guide.

35 to 40

You'll usually work around 40 hours a week, including evenings and weekends.

If you work at a racecourse, you may work at sporting events around the country. You'll work outdoors in all weathers.

If you work online, you’ll spend most of your time at a computer and your hours may vary.

With experience, you could manage several shops in a region, or set up your own business.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • maths skills
  • negotiation skills
  • the ability to manage and lead staff
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