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A total of 15,000 tech jobs will be created in the next five years in Britain’s regulated betting and gaming industry, according to the Betting & Gaming Council (BGC).

The move comes as part of “an ambitious Levelling Up agenda benefitting the whole UK,” the BGC noted.

Industry experts predict that job creation outside London will increase based on current global growth trends for UK based betting and gaming businesses, after BGC members were praised for their work in a landmark report by the Purpose Coalition, which is made up of purpose-led leaders and organisations, such as the BBC, Amazon and NHS Trusts among many others.

“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,” said BGC Chief Executive Michael Dugher.

“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.”

Many of the high skilled roles will involve technology to deliver on the industry’s commitment to improving standards in safer gaming, particularly when it comes to online, with the majority of this work taking place outside of London.

Jo Gideon, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, said: “I welcome the latest report from the Purpose Coalition which underlines how the betting and gaming industry is leading the levelling-up agenda across the UK.

“BGC members, such as bet365 in Stoke-on-Trent, are providing high skilled, good quality jobs that provide excellent long term career opportunities for families across the area. As we deal with the legacy of Covid-19 and challenges such as the cost of living, the importance of responsible organisations and the role they play has never been greater.”

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