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Bookmakers organise gambling activities in betting offices, at racetracks or online.
1. Entry requirements
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.
2. Skills required
- maths skills
- negotiation skills
- the ability to manage and lead staff
3. What you'll do
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.
Starter: £14,000 to £16,000
Highly Experienced: £45,000 and over (area manager)
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
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.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could manage several shops in a region, or set up your own business.
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Last updated: 11 September 2018