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What does a Betting Shop Cashier do?

Betting shop cashiers handle bets and deal with enquiries from betting shop customers. They calculate the total amount of the bets staked and pay out any winnings due, and are involved in checking that the financial accounts are correctly balanced after close of business.

Most betting is based on sporting fixtures such as greyhound racing and horse racing, although bets are also placed on non-sporting activities such as election results. Betting shop cashiers will therefore be expected to have some knowledge of sporting events.

Other duties include selling other products such as overseas lottery tickets to customers; ensuring that the shop is tidy and welcoming; overseeing the operation of any gaming machines and reporting fraud or suspicous behaviour.

What's the working environment like working as a Betting Shop Cashier?

Betting shop cashiers can work full-time or part-time, but most jobs involve working weekends and bank holidays. It is usual to have to work up to 9.30pm during the summer season, when racing results arrive later in the evening.

The working environment is indoors and involves sitting or standing behind a counter. Some large chains of betting shops require staff to wear a uniform.

What does it take to become a Betting Shop Cashier?

To be a betting shop cashier you need to:

  • be numerate - able to calculate quickly and accurately
  • be totally honest and reliable
  • be interested in sporting events
  • be confident when working under pressure
  • have basic keyboard and computer skills - Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) systems are becoming common
  • be observant and aware.

Betting Shop Cashier Career Opportunities

The development of internet-based betting websites has led to a decrease in the number of betting shops in the high street, however, there are still around 8,400 shops throughout the UK.

Posts are often advertised in local press or the Racing Post (see Further Information). You could also contact betting shops directly to discuss opportunities.

In larger betting shop chains, those with sufficient experience may be offered promotion to managerial posts (see Bookmaker profile).

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Betting Shop Cashier that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Racing Post
1 Canada Square
E14 5AP

Association of British Bookmakers Ltd
Regency House
1-4 Warwick Street
Tel: 020 7434 2111

Facts and Stats:

  • Napoleon Bonaparte once called England a "nation of shopkeepers".

  • Consumer expenditure per head in the UK is £8,053.

  • The phrase "The customer is always right", was coined by H Gordon Selfridge.

  • The annual sales of digestive biscuits, if stacked on top of each other, would reach 275 miles high That's 4,500 times the height of Nelson's Column or 1,400 times the height of the Eiffel Tower.

  • Britain's first department store was Selfridges, which was opened in 1909.

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