The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Games in IT contracts advertised for the Birmingham region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Games over the 3 months to 2 September 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Gaming
Rank 50 65 58
Rank change year-on-year
+15 -7
Contract jobs citing Games 9 2 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 1.21% 0.26% 0.89%
As % of the General category 3.38% 0.83% 2.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 0 6
Average daily rate
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£340 - £224
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.61% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £35.75 £17.15
% change year-on-year
+4.19% +108.45%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire General category in contract jobs advertised in the Birmingham region.

General Category
Birmingham
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
General category
266 242 207
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 35.80% 31.35% 30.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 179 150 131
Average daily rate £400 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £200 £193
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £390 £385
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +1.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 3 5
Average hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £23.10
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +29.87%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.75 £21.01 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £175.00 £53.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.50 £23.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+19.56% +4.54%

Games
Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Games across the Birmingham region as a proportion of the total demand within the General category.

Games Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

Games
Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Games across the Birmingham region.

Games Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

Games
Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Games across the Birmingham region.

Games Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region citing Games also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Games.

1 10 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (64.29%) C++
3 7 (50.00%) Git (software)
4 6 (42.86%) TDD
4 6 (42.86%) Subversion
5 5 (35.71%) Software Engineering
5 5 (35.71%) BDD
6 4 (28.57%) HTML5
6 4 (28.57%) Multimedia
6 4 (28.57%) HTML
6 4 (28.57%) JavaScript
6 4 (28.57%) Finance
7 3 (21.43%) OpenGL
7 3 (21.43%) DirectX
7 3 (21.43%) Retail
7 3 (21.43%) Waterfall
7 3 (21.43%) Mentoring
7 3 (21.43%) Game Development
8 2 (14.29%) CSS3
8 2 (14.29%) Mobile App
8 2 (14.29%) Degree
8 2 (14.29%) CSS
9 1 (7.14%) Web Services
9 1 (7.14%) XML
9 1 (7.14%) E-Commerce
9 1 (7.14%) PHP
9 1 (7.14%) MySQL
9 1 (7.14%) Photoshop
9 1 (7.14%) Advertising
9 1 (7.14%) Scrum

Games
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region citing Games also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Games. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (7.14%) WordPress
Applications
1 1 (7.14%) Photoshop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.14%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 7 (50.00%) Git (software)
2 6 (42.86%) Subversion
General
1 4 (28.57%) Finance
1 4 (28.57%) Multimedia
2 3 (21.43%) Retail
3 1 (7.14%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 13 (92.86%) Developer
2 8 (57.14%) C++ Developer
3 2 (14.29%) Games Developer
3 2 (14.29%) C++ Games Developer
3 2 (14.29%) JavaScript Developer
4 1 (7.14%) Front-End Developer
4 1 (7.14%) Android Developer
4 1 (7.14%) Business Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) C++ Games Programmer
4 1 (7.14%) E-Commerce Business Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) Senior JavaScript Developer
4 1 (7.14%) Full Stack Developer
4 1 (7.14%) Games Programmer
4 1 (7.14%) C++ Programmer
4 1 (7.14%) Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) Senior Developer
4 1 (7.14%) Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (28.57%) HTML
1 4 (28.57%) HTML5
2 3 (21.43%) OpenGL
2 3 (21.43%) DirectX
3 2 (14.29%) CSS
3 2 (14.29%) CSS3
4 1 (7.14%) Web Services
4 1 (7.14%) XML
4 1 (7.14%) JSON
4 1 (7.14%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 2 (14.29%) Mobile App
2 1 (7.14%) User Experience
2 1 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (7.14%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (42.86%) TDD
3 5 (35.71%) Software Engineering
3 5 (35.71%) BDD
4 3 (21.43%) Game Development
4 3 (21.43%) Mentoring
4 3 (21.43%) Waterfall
5 1 (7.14%) Mobile Development
5 1 (7.14%) E-Commerce
5 1 (7.14%) Scrum
5 1 (7.14%) User Stories
5 1 (7.14%) Android Development
5 1 (7.14%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 9 (64.29%) C++
2 4 (28.57%) JavaScript
3 1 (7.14%) PHP
Qualifications
1 2 (14.29%) Degree