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.
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.
To be a betting shop cashier you need to:
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).
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