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This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Bookmaker. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Bookmaker
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Bookmaker Work Information

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Working Duties Expected:

Bookmakers run licensed betting offices, where the public can gamble on the results of anything from horse races to competitions, or the outcome of events such as elections. They are sometimes called turf accountants.

Bookmakers calculate the amounts to be paid out in winnings, and settle the winning bets, making sure the cashiers pay out the right amount of money.

Bookmakers have a number of staff working for them, and are responsible for training staff, organising their work rotas and overseeing them at work. They deal with the administrative side of the job - keeping records and accounts and monitoring the profitability of the shop.

Hours and Environment:

Betting shops are open seven days a week, and from April to August they stay open later in the evening until the results of the last race arrive at about 10pm. Bookmakers may have to start work early, and are likely to need to work late at times.

Betting shops are sociable places to work, light and comfortable with TV screens and light refreshments. Shops are increasingly designed to be attractive to customers.

Skills and Interests:

To be a bookmaker you should:

  • have good communication, negotiation and customer service skills
  • enjoy handling a team of staff
  • be scrupulously honest
  • understand the law - betting is strictly regulated
  • be security conscious
  • be numerate and able to make calculations quickly
  • be well organised and have good administration skills
  • have basic keyboard and computer skills.


There are no set entry requirements for bookmakers.

The large betting shop chains may ask for three GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3), including English and maths. Most other employers will probably not specify particular entry qualifications, but GCSE/S grade maths is useful.

At interview, you will usually be asked to pass a basic maths test to show that you can deal with percentages and calculate odds and payments.

Experience of dealing with the public and handling money may prove useful when you apply for a management role. Some people come to betting office management with no previous experience of bookmaking. Others start as betting shop cashiers and move into management from there.

By law you have to be at least 18 to work in a betting office, and you have to be at least 20 to start as a manager. There is no upper age limit. Supervisory experience is also an advantage, as is experience of dealing with money.


If you have no previous betting office experience, training will involve time spent as a cashier. You'll then be trained up to take the role of deputy or assistant manager before becoming a manager of a shop.

Management training usually lasts for at least three months. If you work for a large employer you may also spend time at their training centre. Training includes every aspect of bookmaking, including calculating bets, administration, customer service, business skills, managing staff, betting laws and company policies.

You can work towards NVQ/SVQ Level 2 in Licensed Bookmaking. This covers processing betting transactions, customer care, merchandising and promotional activities, communications, ‘housekeeping’ routines, security, health and safety, and working relationships.

Once fully trained and working as a manager, you can work towards an NVQ/SVQ Level 4 in Management.


There are opportunities for bookmakers all over the country. Most towns in the UK have at least one betting office - and in larger towns and cities there are many more, although numbers have decreased over the past few years to around 8,500.

With the right expertise and financial backing, you could become a self-employed bookmaker - as long as you comply with all the legal requirements.

There may be opportunities for promotion in the larger organisations, managing shops with larger turnover, for instance. Further opportunities exist in regional and district management, with responsibility for a number of shops.

Annual Income:

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only. There is no set salary rate for bookmakers.

Bookmakers earn anything from around £12,500 to £20,600.

Further information:

British Betting Office Association
5 St Michaels Court
Victoria Street
West Bromwich
West Midlands
B70 8ET
Tel: 0121 525 7428

Other Useful Bookmaker Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Bookmaker job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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