BGC Says UK Gambling Industry to Help ‘Level Up’ Nation

Britain’s Betting & Gaming Council (BGC) has claimed that over the next five years, 15,000 tech jobs will be created by the nation’s regulated betting and gaming industry.

The jobs will be the result of “an ambitious Levelling Up agenda” that will benefit the entire UK. According to industry experts, current global growth trends for gambling businesses based in the UK suggest that job creation outside of London will increase.

Following a commitment to the Levelling Up agenda in February, the BGC and its members have been praised for their work in a report by the Purpose Coalition, a group of purpose-led leaders and organizations including the BBC, Amazon, and NHS Trusts.

Michael Dugher - Chief Executive at BGC

The BGC wants to build a world-class industry that is better understood, respected, and a fully engaged member of the communities in which we operate. We are proud to work with the Purpose Coalition on the Levelling Up Goals, and it is great to see how our members are providing high skilled, well-paid jobs across the retail, hospitality, and tech sectors. The report has given the BGC a framework to help further deliver meaningful and measurable progress so that we become more outward-looking and ensure our members contribute to every corner of the UK.

Michael DugherChief Executive at BGC

It is expected that many of the jobs created will be high skilled roles that involve the technology required for the industry to meet its safer gambling commitments and that these roles will be based outside of London.

Speaking about the report from the Purpose Coalition, Jo Gideon, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, said that it “underlines” how the gambling industry is leading the UK’s Levelling Up agenda. She praised the BGC’s members, such as bet365, for providing good quality jobs with long-term career opportunities.

Gideon added, “As we deal with the legacy of Covid-19 and challenges such as the cost of living, the importance of responsible organizations and the role they play has never been greater.”

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