The 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 2 September 2014 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 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Gaming
Rank 69 70 74
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +4
Contract jobs citing Games 14 11 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 1.06% 0.92% 1.26%
As % of the General category 3.14% 2.59% 3.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 6 8
Average daily rate
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£325 £375 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £207 £313 £293
10% offered a daily rate of more than £395 £400 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 1
Average hourly rate - £17.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -22.22%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.75 £17.15 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+108.45% -31.40%
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 Manchester region.

General Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
General category
446 424 539
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 33.69% 35.27% 37.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 255 198 255
Average daily rate £385 £370 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.05% +13.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £244 £272 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £539 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £381 £375
% change year-on-year
+2.36% +1.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 21 20
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +9.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.55 £11.10 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.95 £17.69 £31.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.88 £22.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+6.11% -25.00%

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 2 September 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 2 September 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
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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
Salford -3 1 £413 +10.00% 1
Stockport - - - -
Oldham - - - -
Rochdale - - - -
Sale - - - -
Games
North West

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 15 (65.22%) HTML
1 15 (65.22%) JavaScript
2 14 (60.87%) CSS
3 7 (30.43%) Apple iOS
3 7 (30.43%) Scrum
4 6 (26.09%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (26.09%) Web Services
4 6 (26.09%) Software Engineering
4 6 (26.09%) jQuery
5 5 (21.74%) Android
5 5 (21.74%) Software Testing
5 5 (21.74%) IPTV
5 5 (21.74%) New Media
5 5 (21.74%) HTML5
5 5 (21.74%) OO
5 5 (21.74%) TDD
6 4 (17.39%) OOP
6 4 (17.39%) XHTML
6 4 (17.39%) Internet
6 4 (17.39%) Social Media
6 4 (17.39%) Competitor Analysis
6 4 (17.39%) Marketing
6 4 (17.39%) Animation
6 4 (17.39%) Dojo
6 4 (17.39%) Online Gambling
6 4 (17.39%) MooTools
7 3 (13.04%) iOS Development
7 3 (13.04%) Flash
7 3 (13.04%) Mobile Games
8 2 (8.70%) PRINCE2

Games
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 (4.35%) Node.js
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.35%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (17.39%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.35%) Redis
Development Applications
1 2 (8.70%) JIRA
2 1 (4.35%) Ant
General
1 4 (17.39%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 13 (56.52%) Developer
2 8 (34.78%) Front-End Developer
3 5 (21.74%) JavaScript Developer
4 4 (17.39%) Web Developer
5 3 (13.04%) HTML Developer
5 3 (13.04%) CSS Developer
6 2 (8.70%) Front-End Web Developer
6 2 (8.70%) Project Manager
6 2 (8.70%) Software Engineer
7 1 (4.35%) Graduate
7 1 (4.35%) Junior
7 1 (4.35%) Senior Developer
7 1 (4.35%) Programmer
7 1 (4.35%) Games Developer
7 1 (4.35%) Games Programmer
7 1 (4.35%) Junior Developer
7 1 (4.35%) Graduate Developer
7 1 (4.35%) Junior Web Developer
7 1 (4.35%) Analyst
7 1 (4.35%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (65.22%) HTML
2 14 (60.87%) CSS
3 6 (26.09%) Web Services
3 6 (26.09%) jQuery
4 5 (21.74%) HTML5
5 4 (17.39%) MooTools
5 4 (17.39%) XHTML
5 4 (17.39%) Dojo
6 3 (13.04%) Flash
7 1 (4.35%) JSP
7 1 (4.35%) HTML5 Canvas
Miscellaneous
1 5 (21.74%) IPTV
1 5 (21.74%) New Media
2 4 (17.39%) Animation
2 4 (17.39%) Online Gambling
2 4 (17.39%) Social Media
3 3 (13.04%) Mobile Games
4 2 (8.70%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 7 (30.43%) Apple iOS
2 5 (21.74%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (30.43%) Scrum
2 6 (26.09%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (26.09%) Software Engineering
3 5 (21.74%) TDD
3 5 (21.74%) OO
3 5 (21.74%) Software Testing
4 4 (17.39%) OOP
4 4 (17.39%) Competitor Analysis
5 3 (13.04%) iOS Development
6 2 (8.70%) BDD
6 2 (8.70%) Game Development
6 2 (8.70%) PRINCE2
7 1 (4.35%) Project Management
7 1 (4.35%) Mobile Application Development
7 1 (4.35%) Android Development
7 1 (4.35%) Manual Testing
7 1 (4.35%) Budget Control
Programming Languages
1 15 (65.22%) JavaScript
2 1 (4.35%) Java
Qualifications
1 2 (8.70%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
2 1 (4.35%) ISEB
2 1 (4.35%) ISTQB