Bookmaker | Selby College
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Bookmakers organise gambling activities in betting offices, at racetracks and online.

Potential salary

£14,000 to £45,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

41 to 43 variable

  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • active listening skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

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
  • looking after the security of staff, customers and money
  • following gambling law

You could work in an office or at a race track.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.

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

You'll find more details about a career in the gaming industry from the Hospitality Guild.

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