The first table below looks at the prevalence of the term Games in IT contracts advertised for the Manchester region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Games over the 3 months to 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all terms in our General category for the Manchester region.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Gaming
Rank 60 67 51
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -16
Contract jobs citing Games 26 6 40
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 1.84% 0.62% 2.88%
As % of the General category 5.68% 1.81% 7.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 2 35
Average daily rate £300 £331 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.43% -5.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £326 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £368 £336 £360
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £22.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £22.50 £22.25
% change year-on-year
+66.66% +1.12%
General Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
General category
458 332 503
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 32.37% 34.40% 36.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 255 145 232
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £263 £249
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £475 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+1.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 21 16
Average hourly rate £16.20 £12.75 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.05% -27.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.05 £6.50 £13.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £82.00 £61.00 £40.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% +8.00%
Games
North West

Games
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

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

Games Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

Games
Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Games Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

Games
Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Games across the Manchester region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

Games Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

Games
Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Games Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

Games
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Games within the Manchester region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Bolton - - - -
Oldham - - - - 3
Rochdale - - - -
Games
North West

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 26 (70.27%) JavaScript
2 25 (67.57%) HTML
3 22 (59.46%) CSS
4 16 (43.24%) Software Engineering
5 12 (32.43%) Apple iOS
6 10 (27.03%) Android
6 10 (27.03%) Java
7 9 (24.32%) Agile Software Development
7 9 (24.32%) TDD
8 8 (21.62%) Web Services
8 8 (21.62%) Game Development
8 8 (21.62%) HTML5
8 8 (21.62%) Mobile App
9 7 (18.92%) OOP
9 7 (18.92%) Project Management
10 6 (16.22%) Flash
10 6 (16.22%) Internet
10 6 (16.22%) PHP
10 6 (16.22%) ActionScript
10 6 (16.22%) Ruby
10 6 (16.22%) Scrum
10 6 (16.22%) Mobile Application Development
10 6 (16.22%) New Media
11 5 (13.51%) Git (software)
11 5 (13.51%) Mobile Games
11 5 (13.51%) C#
11 5 (13.51%) C++
12 4 (10.81%) Online Gambling
12 4 (10.81%) IPTV
12 4 (10.81%) QA

Games
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 (2.70%) Tomcat
Communications & Networking
1 6 (16.22%) Internet
Development Applications
1 5 (13.51%) Git (software)
2 3 (8.11%) Cucumber
2 3 (8.11%) RSpec
2 3 (8.11%) JIRA
2 3 (8.11%) Subversion
3 2 (5.41%) Ant
3 2 (5.41%) Mercurial
4 1 (2.70%) Visual Studio
General
1 3 (8.11%) Retail
1 3 (8.11%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 21 (56.76%) Developer
2 10 (27.03%) Front-End Developer
2 10 (27.03%) Software Engineer
3 6 (16.22%) Web Developer
4 5 (13.51%) JavaScript Developer
4 5 (13.51%) Junior
5 4 (10.81%) Analyst
6 3 (8.11%) CSS Developer
6 3 (8.11%) Junior Developer
6 3 (8.11%) HTML Developer
6 3 (8.11%) Junior Web Developer
6 3 (8.11%) Software Developer
6 3 (8.11%) Project Manager
7 2 (5.41%) Graduate
7 2 (5.41%) Business Analyst
7 2 (5.41%) Senior Developer
7 2 (5.41%) Graduate Developer
7 2 (5.41%) Junior Test Analyst
7 2 (5.41%) Test Analyst
7 2 (5.41%) Junior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (67.57%) HTML
2 22 (59.46%) CSS
3 8 (21.62%) Web Services
3 8 (21.62%) HTML5
4 6 (16.22%) Flash
5 3 (8.11%) Gherkin
5 3 (8.11%) XML
6 2 (5.41%) ASP.NET
6 2 (5.41%) JSP
6 2 (5.41%) .NET
6 2 (5.41%) XHTML
6 2 (5.41%) Middleware
6 2 (5.41%) Ajax
6 2 (5.41%) jQuery
6 2 (5.41%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 2 (5.41%) Unity DI Container
7 1 (2.70%) Spring MVC
7 1 (2.70%) RESTful
7 1 (2.70%) Hibernate
7 1 (2.70%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 8 (21.62%) Mobile App
2 6 (16.22%) New Media
3 5 (13.51%) Mobile Games
4 4 (10.81%) Online Gambling
4 4 (10.81%) IPTV
5 3 (8.11%) Kindle
5 3 (8.11%) Open Source
5 3 (8.11%) Online Games
5 3 (8.11%) MHEG
5 3 (8.11%) BBC
5 3 (8.11%) Interactive TV
6 2 (5.41%) 3D Graphics
6 2 (5.41%) Mathematics
7 1 (2.70%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 12 (32.43%) Apple iOS
2 10 (27.03%) Android
3 3 (8.11%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (43.24%) Software Engineering
2 9 (24.32%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (24.32%) TDD
3 8 (21.62%) Game Development
4 7 (18.92%) OOP
4 7 (18.92%) Project Management
5 6 (16.22%) Scrum
5 6 (16.22%) Mobile Application Development
6 4 (10.81%) BDD
6 4 (10.81%) iOS Development
7 3 (8.11%) Information Architecture
7 3 (8.11%) Manual Testing
7 3 (8.11%) User Experience Design
7 3 (8.11%) MVC
7 3 (8.11%) Software Testing
7 3 (8.11%) Content Management
7 3 (8.11%) OO
8 2 (5.41%) Android Development
9 1 (2.70%) Kanban
9 1 (2.70%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 26 (70.27%) JavaScript
2 10 (27.03%) Java
3 6 (16.22%) PHP
3 6 (16.22%) ActionScript
3 6 (16.22%) Ruby
4 5 (13.51%) C#
4 5 (13.51%) C++
5 1 (2.70%) Objective-C
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (10.81%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (8.11%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (8.11%) OpenTV