June 28, 2022 3 min read


DCMS: Gambling Industry Yet to Recover Pre-Pandemic Workforce Numbers

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) has published an upgraded version of the report covering workforce estimates for January-December 2021. According to the data, UK’s gambling industry failed to go back to its total workforce numbers prior to the start of the pandemic. The same data revealed a series of important discrepancies in earnings and the total number of jobs. Let’s have a closer look at some of the most important data in the report. 

Lower Median Hourly Rates 

Data from the DCMS Sectors Economic Estimates report is used to explore the workforce of those industries supervised by the government, gambling and sports included. According to their latest numbers, employees in the sports and gambling segments were the only ones that recorded lower median hourly pay rates compared to the national average. This covers all DCMS sectors, including tourism. The official median hourly for employees in the gambling field was £10.64 ($13), which was 21.2% lower compared to the national average. In the sports field, the estimated median hourly pay was £10.00 ($12.27) throughout 2021, signaling a 26% drop compared to the domestic average.

Gender Pay Gap Figures for 2021: 6.3% Gap for Gambling, 12.8% for Sports 

The DCMS found that of all individual sectors, tourism excluded, the smallest recorded gender pay gap belonged to the gambling industry. In 2021, the gap reached 6.33. This means that for every £1 ($1.23) that a male employee in the sector earned last year, a female employee earned £0.94 ($1.15). At the same time, for every £1 ($1.23) earned by a person who did not suffer from any kind of disability, a person suffering from a disability earned £0.99 ($1.22). This showed a disability pay gap of 1% in the gambling sector.

As for sports, this sector recorded a 12.8% gender pay gap last year. This translates as follows: for every £1 ($1.23) earned by a male employee in the sports field, a female counterpart earned £0.87 ($1.07). More, for every £1 ($1.23) earned by a sports industry employee who did not suffer from any form of disability, a disabled employee earned £0.92 ($1.13), showcasing a 7.8% disability pay gap.

Number of Jobs, Down 4% in 2021 

The gambling industry recorded 73,000 jobs in total, which is a 4% drop in numbers compared to the 2020 figures before the pandemic. Of these jobs, 41.7% were attributed to female employees, which was 6.4% lower than the domestic average. The gambling industry also failed to meet UK’s average in terms of ethnic minority group employment. This segment only reached 12.3%, down 0.9%  from the national average. The sports sector recorded 46% jobs filled by female employees, 14.1% people with disabilities, and 8.1% employees belonging to ethnic minority groups. At the same time, the gambling sector went over the national average in terms of jobs for people with disabilities by 20.8%. 

According to the UK Gambling Commission’s “Path to Play” study in June, the average British gamer spends around £70 ($87) each week on a variety of gambling alternatives. 

After finishing her master's in publishing and writing, Melanie began her career as an online editor for a large gaming blog and has now transitioned over towards the iGaming industry. She helps to ensure that our news pieces are written to the highest standard possible under the guidance of senior management.

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