The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Games in IT contracts advertised for the Merseyside region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Games over the 3 months to 19 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Gaming
Rank - 32 27
Contract jobs citing Games 0 3 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside - 1.19% 0.51%
As % of the General category - 4.29% 2.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 3 0
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UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £300 £313
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.63 £13.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+171.29% -40.00%
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 Merseyside region.

General Category
Merseyside
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
General category
75 70 48
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 29.18% 27.78% 24.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 43 26
Average daily rate £450 £356 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.31% +18.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £225 £128
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £500 £393
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 2
Average hourly rate £26.50 £10.00 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+165.00% -61.53%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £20.50 £28.50
% change year-on-year
+12.19% -28.07%

Games
Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

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

Games Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

Games
Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Games Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

Games
Hourly Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Games Hourly Rate Trend in Merseyside

Games
Contract Job Locations in Merseyside

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Games within the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 19 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
Birkenhead - - - - 1
Liverpool - - - - 2
Games
North West

Games
Top 25 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Merseyside 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 2 (40.00%) Business Intelligence
1 2 (40.00%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 1 (20.00%) SPSS
2 1 (20.00%) PowerHouse
2 1 (20.00%) C#
2 1 (20.00%) SQL
2 1 (20.00%) MS Excel
2 1 (20.00%) CRM
2 1 (20.00%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (20.00%) Data Mining
2 1 (20.00%) SAS
2 1 (20.00%) Data Analysis
2 1 (20.00%) Economics
2 1 (20.00%) Statistics
2 1 (20.00%) Marketing
2 1 (20.00%) Russian Language
2 1 (20.00%) QA
2 1 (20.00%) Online Games
2 1 (20.00%) Data Extraction
2 1 (20.00%) Visualisation
2 1 (20.00%) Predictive Modelling
2 1 (20.00%) Social Gaming
2 1 (20.00%) Apple iOS
2 1 (20.00%) Game Development
2 1 (20.00%) Facebook

Games
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Merseyside 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 (20.00%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (20.00%) SPSS
1 1 (20.00%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (20.00%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (20.00%) Data Mining
General
1 1 (20.00%) Marketing
1 1 (20.00%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 2 (40.00%) Developer
1 2 (40.00%) Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Tester
2 1 (20.00%) Insight Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (40.00%) Unity (Game Engine)
Miscellaneous
1 1 (20.00%) Economics
1 1 (20.00%) Statistics
1 1 (20.00%) Online Games
1 1 (20.00%) Data Extraction
1 1 (20.00%) Visualisation
1 1 (20.00%) Social Gaming
Operating Systems
1 1 (20.00%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (40.00%) Business Intelligence
2 1 (20.00%) CRM
2 1 (20.00%) Data Analysis
2 1 (20.00%) Predictive Modelling
2 1 (20.00%) Game Development
Programming Languages
1 1 (20.00%) PowerHouse
1 1 (20.00%) C#
1 1 (20.00%) SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (20.00%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (20.00%) Facebook