Bookmakers

ANZSCO ID 552311

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
470
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
72%
Female Share
10%
Average age
37

Summary

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

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.

Characteristics

Job Type
Clerical And Administrative Workers
Skill Level
Lower skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • University
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Informal or on-the-job
Interests
  • Practical
  • Administrative
  • Enterprising
Physical Demand
  • Sedentary

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Insurance, Money Market and Statistical Clerks, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 72% of people employed as Bookmakers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 6 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Arts and Recreation Services
92.8%
2
Information Media and Telecommunications
1.7%
3
Accommodation and Food Services
1.5%
4
Manufacturing
0.6%
5
Other industries
0.6%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

41.7% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

24.3% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

23.9% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

1.9% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

1.5% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

1.1% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

4.9% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

0.6% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Bookmakers All Jobs Average
NSW 41.7 31.6
VIC 24.3 25.6
QLD 23.9 20.0
SA 1.9 7.0
WA 1.5 10.8
TAS 1.1 2.0
NT 4.9 1.0
ACT 0.6 1.9


  • Around 74% of Bookmakers live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.

    New South Wales, the Northern Territory and Queensland have a large share of employment relative to their population size.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
37
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
10%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Bookmakers is 37 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.

    Females make up 10% of the workforce. This is 38 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

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 Bracket Bookmakers All Jobs Average
15-19 1.9 5.0
20-24 9.0 9.3
25-34 33.1 22.9
35-44 18.6 22.0
45-54 13.8 21.6
55-59 5.4 9.0
60-64 5.2 6.0
65 and Over 13.0 4.2
Median Age 37 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Bookmaker. Although some workers have a university or Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in accounting, management and commerce or business and management.

Registration or licencing may be required.

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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 Qualification Bookmakers All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 2.8 10.1
Bachelor degree 31.9 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 7.3 11.6
Certificate III/IV 5.7 21.1
Year 12 39.0 18.1
Year 11 3.0 4.8
Year 10 and below 10.3 12.5

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.


Skills and Knowledge

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 45%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 45%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 45%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 43%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 41%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 41%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 41%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 39%

    Mathematics

    Using maths to solve problems.

  • 39%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 37%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 37%

    Management of personnel resources

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  • 36%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 36%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 36%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 32%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 32%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 30%

    Learning strategies

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  • 30%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 29%

    Negotiation

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  • 25%

    Operation monitoring

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 51%

    Customer and personal service

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

  • 50%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 40%

    English language

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

  • 39%

    Sales and marketing

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

  • 36%

    Economics and accounting

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

  • 34%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 33%

    Computers and electronics

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • 31%

    Psychology

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  • 31%

    Education and training

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • 28%

    Production and processing

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  • 26%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 26%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 25%

    Personnel and human resources

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  • 24%

    Communications and media

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  • 19%

    Sociology and anthropology

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  • 19%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  • 12%

    Telecommunications

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  • 12%

    Engineering and technology

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  • 11%

    Foreign language

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  • 10%

    Transportation

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 55%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 55%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 50%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 45%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 45%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 45%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 45%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 43%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 43%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 41%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 41%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 39%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 39%

    Multitasking

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  • 39%

    Perceptual speed

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  • 39%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 39%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 37%

    Working with numbers

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  • 34%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  • 34%

    Mathematics

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  • 30%

    Manual dexterity

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 71%

    Working with the public

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  • 60%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 54%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 52%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 52%

    Collecting and organising information

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  • 51%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 49%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 49%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 49%

    Helping and caring for others

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  • 45%

    Training and teaching others

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  • 45%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 44%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 39%

    Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  • 39%

    Coordinating the work of a team

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  • 39%

    Influencing people

    Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.

  • 38%

    Checking for errors or defects

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  • 35%

    Checking compliance with standards

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  • 33%

    Working with computers

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  • 32%

    Providing office support

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

  • 32%

    Explaining things to people

    Helping people to understand and use information.


Interests and demands

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 95%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 76%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 62%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 43%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 19%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 14%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 76%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  • 76%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  • 33%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 29%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 29%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  • 29%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 94%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 92%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 89%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 88%

    Physically close to people

    Work physically close to other people.

  • 87%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 86%

    Repeating same tasks

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  • 84%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 83%

    Contact with the public

    Work with customers or the public.

  • 81%

    Making repetitive motions

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  • 79%

    Spend time standing

    Spend time standing at work.

  • 79%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  • 74%

    Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  • 71%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 67%

    Angry or unpleasant people

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  • 66%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 65%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 65%

    Walking and running

    Spend time walking and running.

  • 64%

    Exposure to contaminants

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  • 63%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 62%

    Competition

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

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