The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Games in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Games over the 3 months to 26 January 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Gaming
Rank 64 68 64
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -4
Contract jobs citing Games 2 1 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.27% 0.11% 0.50%
As % of the General category 0.63% 0.25% 1.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 4
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£250 - £338
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
+16.56% -6.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.35 £20.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+52.92% -41.42%
Games
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire General category in contract jobs advertised in the Cheshire region.

General Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
General category
320 395 299
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 43.96% 42.98% 37.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 188 202 177
Average daily rate £400 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £226 £252
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £473
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 29 33
Average hourly rate £16.84 £34.06 £17.10
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-50.56% +99.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £15.00 £14.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.60 £43.50 £52.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £21.25 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+24.70% -15.00%

Games
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

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

Games Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

Games
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Games Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

Games
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Games Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

Games
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Games within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 26 January 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Chester - 1 - - 2
Knutsford - - - - 1
Warrington - - - - 1
Games
North West

Games
Top 22 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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 3 (75.00%) C#
2 2 (50.00%) C++
2 2 (50.00%) Finance
2 2 (50.00%) Physics
2 2 (50.00%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 2 (50.00%) Kinematics
2 2 (50.00%) Linear Algebra
3 1 (25.00%) QA
3 1 (25.00%) Selenium
3 1 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (25.00%) WebDriver
3 1 (25.00%) Mobile App
3 1 (25.00%) Automation Testing
3 1 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (25.00%) Ruby
3 1 (25.00%) Web Development
3 1 (25.00%) Degree
3 1 (25.00%) Java
3 1 (25.00%) PHP
3 1 (25.00%) OO
3 1 (25.00%) Python
3 1 (25.00%) Internet

Games
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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 2 (50.00%) Kinematics
Communications & Networking
1 1 (25.00%) Internet
Development Applications
1 1 (25.00%) Selenium
1 1 (25.00%) WebDriver
General
1 2 (50.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 1 (25.00%) Developer
1 1 (25.00%) Programmer
1 1 (25.00%) Games Developer
1 1 (25.00%) QA Engineer
1 1 (25.00%) C++ Programmer
1 1 (25.00%) Graphic Designer
1 1 (25.00%) Designer
1 1 (25.00%) QA Automation Engineer
1 1 (25.00%) Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (50.00%) Unity (Game Engine)
Miscellaneous
1 2 (50.00%) Physics
2 1 (25.00%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (50.00%) Linear Algebra
2 1 (25.00%) OO
2 1 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (25.00%) Web Development
2 1 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 1 (25.00%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (75.00%) C#
2 2 (50.00%) C++
3 1 (25.00%) Java
3 1 (25.00%) PHP
3 1 (25.00%) Python
3 1 (25.00%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 1 (25.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (25.00%) QA