The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Games in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Games over the 3 months to 12 February 2016 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
12 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Gaming
Rank 137 128 113
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -15
Contract jobs citing Games 21 13 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.55% 0.40% 0.71%
As % of the General category 1.72% 1.11% 2.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 10 15
Average daily rate £310 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.42% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £166 £146
10% offered a daily rate of more than £344 £440 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £343 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-2.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £31.35 £31.63
% change year-on-year
-36.20% -0.86%
Games
England

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

General Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
General category
1221 1174 910
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 32.22% 35.89% 32.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 771 665 472
Average daily rate £400 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £260 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year
- +3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 55 49
Average hourly rate £21.00 £18.00 £25.04
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -28.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £13.25 £9.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.47 £42.10 £42.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.66 £25.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+31.98% +10.86%

Games
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Games Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Games
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Games Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Games
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Games across the North West region over the 3 months to 12 February 2016.

Games Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Games
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Games Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Games
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Games within the North West region over the 3 months to 12 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Manchester -6 18 £300 -25.00% 22
Cheshire -6 2 £310 +24.00% 3
Lancashire - 1 £425 - 1
Games
England

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 25 (55.56%) Java
2 18 (40.00%) XML
3 16 (35.56%) .NET
3 16 (35.56%) Automated Testing
4 15 (33.33%) C#
5 14 (31.11%) Agile Software Development
6 12 (26.67%) C++
7 11 (24.44%) OOP
7 11 (24.44%) Finance
7 11 (24.44%) Banking
7 11 (24.44%) QA
8 10 (22.22%) Selenium
9 9 (20.00%) JSON
9 9 (20.00%) .NET Framework
9 9 (20.00%) TDD
9 9 (20.00%) HTML
10 8 (17.78%) SQL
10 8 (17.78%) Scrum
10 8 (17.78%) Degree
10 8 (17.78%) JIRA
10 8 (17.78%) Test Scripting
11 7 (15.56%) WCF
11 7 (15.56%) Computer Science
11 7 (15.56%) Software Engineering
11 7 (15.56%) JavaScript
11 7 (15.56%) SOAP
11 7 (15.56%) OO
11 7 (15.56%) Mobile App
12 6 (13.33%) Jenkins
12 6 (13.33%) High Availability

Games
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 3 (6.67%) Tomcat
2 1 (2.22%) Apache
Applications
1 2 (4.44%) Acrobat
2 1 (2.22%) Adobe Illustrator
2 1 (2.22%) Photoshop
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.44%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (8.89%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.22%) MySQL
1 1 (2.22%) RDBMS
1 1 (2.22%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 10 (22.22%) Selenium
2 8 (17.78%) JIRA
3 6 (13.33%) Jenkins
4 5 (11.11%) Maven
5 4 (8.89%) Subversion
6 3 (6.67%) Git (software)
6 3 (6.67%) Visual Studio
7 2 (4.44%) Appium
8 1 (2.22%) Ant
8 1 (2.22%) Eclipse
8 1 (2.22%) Gradle
8 1 (2.22%) IntelliJ
8 1 (2.22%) JUnit
8 1 (2.22%) SoapUI
General
1 11 (24.44%) Banking
1 11 (24.44%) Finance
2 3 (6.67%) Legal
3 2 (4.44%) Retail
Job Titles
1 21 (46.67%) Developer
2 7 (15.56%) C# Developer
3 5 (11.11%) Java Developer
4 4 (8.89%) Games Developer
4 4 (8.89%) Test Engineer
5 3 (6.67%) Analyst
5 3 (6.67%) Android Developer
5 3 (6.67%) Automated Test Engineer
5 3 (6.67%) iOS Android Developer
5 3 (6.67%) iOS Developer
5 3 (6.67%) QA Engineer
5 3 (6.67%) Real Time Developer
5 3 (6.67%) Scrum Master
6 2 (4.44%) C# .NET Developer
6 2 (4.44%) DevOps Engineer
6 2 (4.44%) Senior Android Developer
6 2 (4.44%) Senior iOS Android Developer
6 2 (4.44%) Senior iOS Developer
6 2 (4.44%) Test Leader
6 2 (4.44%) Unity 3D Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (40.00%) XML
2 16 (35.56%) .NET
3 9 (20.00%) .NET Framework
3 9 (20.00%) HTML
3 9 (20.00%) JSON
4 7 (15.56%) SOAP
4 7 (15.56%) WCF
5 5 (11.11%) HTML5
5 5 (11.11%) Web Services
6 4 (8.89%) CSS
6 4 (8.89%) REST
6 4 (8.89%) Unity (Game Engine)
7 2 (4.44%) CSS3
7 2 (4.44%) JMS
7 2 (4.44%) XML Schema
7 2 (4.44%) XSLT
8 1 (2.22%) Java EE
8 1 (2.22%) RESTful
8 1 (2.22%) Spring
8 1 (2.22%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 7 (15.56%) Computer Science
1 7 (15.56%) Mobile App
2 5 (11.11%) User Experience
3 2 (4.44%) Interactive TV
3 2 (4.44%) IPTV
3 2 (4.44%) MHEG
3 2 (4.44%) Mobile Games
3 2 (4.44%) Online Games
4 1 (2.22%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.22%) Graphic Design
Operating Systems
1 4 (8.89%) Apple iOS
1 4 (8.89%) Linux
2 3 (6.67%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (35.56%) Automated Testing
2 14 (31.11%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (24.44%) OOP
4 9 (20.00%) TDD
5 8 (17.78%) Scrum
5 8 (17.78%) Test Scripting
6 7 (15.56%) OO
6 7 (15.56%) Software Engineering
7 6 (13.33%) Functional Testing
7 6 (13.33%) High Availability
7 6 (13.33%) Use Case
8 5 (11.11%) Defect Management
8 5 (11.11%) QA Automation
8 5 (11.11%) Regression Testing
8 5 (11.11%) Translating Business Requirements
8 5 (11.11%) Unit Testing
8 5 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
8 5 (11.11%) User Stories
8 5 (11.11%) Workflow
9 4 (8.89%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (55.56%) Java
2 15 (33.33%) C#
3 12 (26.67%) C++
4 8 (17.78%) SQL
5 7 (15.56%) JavaScript
6 4 (8.89%) Objective-C
7 3 (6.67%) PL/SQL
8 2 (4.44%) XPath
9 1 (2.22%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 8 (17.78%) Degree
2 5 (11.11%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (24.44%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.22%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (4.44%) Ansible
1 2 (4.44%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (4.44%) Puppet
Vendors
1 3 (6.67%) Adobe
1 3 (6.67%) HP
1 3 (6.67%) IBM
1 3 (6.67%) Oracle
1 3 (6.67%) Telerik
2 2 (4.44%) OpenTV
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