Ok so what percentage of the male population actually punt?
Government statistics put it at 10%. – but they don’t say if this is 10% at any one time or 10% at some time during their lifetime. I would reckon it is a much higher percentage, and especially if you look at the number who punt as some stage of their life.
It is difficult to accurately assess the number of WG’s in the UK but again government statistics in 2000 reckoned about 100,000 WG’s. I think this has increased considerably since then with the number of EE’s coming over, but let’s say 120,000 is a reasonable figure although it may be much higher. Some will work part time and have 2 punters a week and some will have 10 or 20 a day but if we say on average 4 a day five days a week – that’s 80 a month.
80 x 120,000 = 9,600,000 punts a month.
Assuming population of UK 64 million and half are men = 32 million men
The vast majority of punters will be aged between 25 and 65 (40 year span). If we assume an average longevity of 80 years this means only half of men will be of punting age (roughly) ie 16 million. Some will punt once and never again, some will punt every few months when on business trips and some will punt monthly or weekly. Let’s say on average each punter punts once a month.
(9,6000,000 /16,000,000) x100% = 60%
That would mean 60% of all men between 25 and 65 are punting once a month at any one time. if we account for the occasional punters the percentage will be much higher and If we assume that most do not continuously punt between these ages then the total percentage who actually punt at some time during their life must be reaching up into the 90% +
….. I think I have too much time on my hands!