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 4 August 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
4 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Gaming
Rank - 25 29
Contract jobs citing Games 0 5 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside - 2.28% 1.24%
As % of the General category - 7.04% 4.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 2 3
Average daily rate
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- £275 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -11.29%
UK excluding London average daily rate £336 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
+12.08% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.75 £19.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+21.79% -39.06%
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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 Merseyside region.

General Category
Merseyside
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
General category
93 71 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 21.83% 32.42% 27.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 44 41
Average daily rate £385 £400 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.75% +10.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £178 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £516 £600 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £395 £388 £388
% change year-on-year
+1.93% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 5
Average hourly rate £12.25 £32.75 £10.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-62.59% +227.50%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £21.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+4.65% -4.44%

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
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 4 August 2015, 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 (100.00%) iOS Development
1 2 (100.00%) Apple iOS
2 1 (50.00%) Cocoa Touch
2 1 (50.00%) Android Development
2 1 (50.00%) Unreal Engine
2 1 (50.00%) Data Structures
2 1 (50.00%) Algorithms
2 1 (50.00%) PlayStation
2 1 (50.00%) C
2 1 (50.00%) C++
2 1 (50.00%) Java
2 1 (50.00%) XML
2 1 (50.00%) UML
2 1 (50.00%) OOA/OOD
2 1 (50.00%) OO
2 1 (50.00%) POSIX
2 1 (50.00%) HTTP
2 1 (50.00%) Apple
2 1 (50.00%) MVC
2 1 (50.00%) Cocoa
2 1 (50.00%) Xcode
2 1 (50.00%) Objective-C
2 1 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (50.00%) TDD
2 1 (50.00%) Subversion
2 1 (50.00%) Cryptography
2 1 (50.00%) Automated Testing
2 1 (50.00%) Software Engineering
2 1 (50.00%) Animation
2 1 (50.00%) JSON

Games
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 4 August 2015, 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.

Communications & Networking
1 1 (50.00%) HTTP
Development Applications
1 1 (50.00%) Xcode
1 1 (50.00%) Subversion
1 1 (50.00%) Git (software)
Job Titles
1 1 (50.00%) Developer
1 1 (50.00%) iOS Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (50.00%) XML
1 1 (50.00%) POSIX
1 1 (50.00%) Cocoa
1 1 (50.00%) JSON
1 1 (50.00%) Pthreads
1 1 (50.00%) RESTful
1 1 (50.00%) Core Animation
1 1 (50.00%) Cocoa Touch
1 1 (50.00%) Unreal Engine
Miscellaneous
1 1 (50.00%) Cryptography
1 1 (50.00%) Animation
1 1 (50.00%) iPhone
1 1 (50.00%) iPad
1 1 (50.00%) Data Structures
1 1 (50.00%) Algorithms
1 1 (50.00%) PlayStation
Operating Systems
1 2 (100.00%) Apple iOS
2 1 (50.00%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (100.00%) iOS Development
2 1 (50.00%) UML
2 1 (50.00%) OOA/OOD
2 1 (50.00%) OO
2 1 (50.00%) MVC
2 1 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (50.00%) TDD
2 1 (50.00%) Automated Testing
2 1 (50.00%) Software Engineering
2 1 (50.00%) Continuous Integration
2 1 (50.00%) Multithreading
2 1 (50.00%) Memory Management
2 1 (50.00%) Android Development
Programming Languages
1 1 (50.00%) C
1 1 (50.00%) C++
1 1 (50.00%) Java
1 1 (50.00%) Objective-C
Vendors
1 1 (50.00%) Apple