Bookmakers determine risk, offer odds and accept bets on the outcome of racing and other events.

    In some jurisdictions experience as a Betting Clerk may be required. Also, a sound financial position is needed to work as a Bookmaker. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential.

    Tasks

    • Obtains information on the form of competitors through research, attending race trials and liaising with contacts.
    • Offers and varies odds on competitors after considering the type of event, handicaps, weather conditions and odds offered by other Bookmakers.
    • Monitors balances of accounts and determines financial risks.
    • Reviews, checks, verifies and issues documentation of transactions made.
    • Takes bets and debits credit accounts and bank accounts electronically, and receives cash.
    • Records and enters bets electronically and in transaction ledgers.
    • Monitors amounts of money placed on race entrants.
    • Verifies the identity and account balances of betting agency customers.
    • Answers betting inquiries over the telephone, via email and in person.

    All Insurance, Money Market and Statistical Clerks

    • $1,217 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Bookmakers

    • 470 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 72% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 37 years Average age
    • 10% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Bookmakers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 450 in 2011 to 470 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Bookmakers work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Arts and Recreation Services industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (72%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 10% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Arts and Recreation Services95.4
    Information Media and Telecommunications1.8
    Accommodation and Food Services1.5
    Manufacturing0.7
    Other Industries0.6

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateBookmakersAll Jobs Average
    NSW41.731.6
    VIC24.325.6
    QLD23.920.0
    SA1.97.0
    WA1.510.8
    TAS1.12.0
    NT4.91.0
    ACT0.61.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketBookmakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.9-5.05.0
    20-249.0-9.39.3
    25-3433.1-22.922.9
    35-4418.6-22.022.0
    45-5413.8-21.621.6
    55-595.4-9.09.0
    60-645.2-6.06.0
    65 and Over13.0-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationBookmakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree31.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV5.7-21.121.1
    Year 1239.0-18.118.1
    Year 113.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below10.3-12.512.5

    In some jurisdictions experience as a Betting Clerk may be required. Also, a sound financial position is needed to work as a Bookmaker. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential.

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    Employers look for Insurance, Money Market and Statistical Clerks who have a high attention to detail, provide good customer service and are reliable.

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    1. Customer and Personal Service

      51% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Mathematics

      50% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    3. English Language

      40% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    4. Sales and Marketing

      39% Skill level

      Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    5. Economics and Accounting

      36% Skill level

      Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

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