DCMS finds gambling sector earnings 21.2% below UK average

| By Zak Thomas-Akoo
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has found that the median wage for a worker in the gambling sector for 2021 was £10.64, 21.2% below the national average pay.

The department published the statistical findings in a report collating economic data from January to December 2021 – however the department cautioned against too broad a reading of the statistics for the gambling industry, citing a small sample size which could lead to less accurate results.

The report also found a slight increase in the total number of filled jobs; which as of 2021 stood at 73,000 – an increase of 1,000 (0.9%) compared to 2020, but a decrease of 3,000 (4%) since the pre-pandemic year 2019.

Of these jobs: 41.7% were held by women, 20.8% by people with a disability and 12.3% by people from an ethnic minority background – excluding white minorities.

The report also found a gender pay gap of 6%, with women in the sector earning £0.94 for every £1 earned by their male colleagues.

The statistical evidence may find relevance as the sector braces for the imminent arrival of the Gambling Act Review white paper, which will pave the way for future legislative reform.

The iGB-Pentasia salary survey for 2021 found that across the globe, median salaries had risen year-on-year.

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