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 17 December 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
17 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Gaming
Rank 124 101 110
Rank change year-on-year
-23 +9
Contract jobs citing Games 17 31 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.52% 1.09% 0.69%
As % of the General category 1.56% 3.10% 2.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 12 7
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£238 £375 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-36.66% +25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £104 £301 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £413 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 7 4
Average hourly rate - £22.50 £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £22.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- -25.00%
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
1090 999 934
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 33.58% 35.19% 30.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 633 487 471
Average daily rate £375 £370 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% +5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 56 72
Average hourly rate £17.17 £31.56 £17.10
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-45.58% +84.53%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £12.19 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.65 £42.95 £55.38
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.68 £23.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-1.39% +2.22%

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 17 December 2014.

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 17 December 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
Manchester -13 13 £275 -15.38% 12
Cheshire +2 2 £250 -41.17% 3
Lancashire - - - -
Merseyside - - - - 3
Games
England

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 December 2014, 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 13 (41.94%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (22.58%) HTML
2 7 (22.58%) JavaScript
2 7 (22.58%) BDD
3 6 (19.35%) PHP
3 6 (19.35%) CSS
4 5 (16.13%) TDD
4 5 (16.13%) Scrum
4 5 (16.13%) HTML5
5 4 (12.90%) Social Media
5 4 (12.90%) Competitor Analysis
5 4 (12.90%) Marketing
5 4 (12.90%) jQuery
5 4 (12.90%) OO
5 4 (12.90%) C#
6 3 (9.68%) C++
6 3 (9.68%) Java
6 3 (9.68%) MVC
6 3 (9.68%) JIRA
6 3 (9.68%) Web Development
6 3 (9.68%) Software Testing
6 3 (9.68%) Apple iOS
6 3 (9.68%) CSS3
6 3 (9.68%) Manual Testing
6 3 (9.68%) Android
6 3 (9.68%) New Media
6 3 (9.68%) User Experience
7 2 (6.45%) Kinematics
7 2 (6.45%) Linear Algebra
7 2 (6.45%) Mobile App

Games
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 17 December 2014, 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 2 (6.45%) Kinematics
1 2 (6.45%) Node.js
2 1 (3.23%) WordPress
2 1 (3.23%) ExpressionEngine
Business Applications
1 1 (3.23%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.23%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.45%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.23%) SQL Server
1 1 (3.23%) Apache Hive
1 1 (3.23%) MongoDB
1 1 (3.23%) NoSQL
1 1 (3.23%) Hadoop
1 1 (3.23%) HBase
1 1 (3.23%) Redis
1 1 (3.23%) Big Data
1 1 (3.23%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 3 (9.68%) JIRA
2 1 (3.23%) Subversion
2 1 (3.23%) Selenium
2 1 (3.23%) Hudson
2 1 (3.23%) WebDriver
2 1 (3.23%) Git (software)
2 1 (3.23%) Trac
2 1 (3.23%) Sinon.JS
2 1 (3.23%) QUnit
2 1 (3.23%) Jasmine
2 1 (3.23%) Jenkins
General
1 4 (12.90%) Marketing
2 2 (6.45%) Finance
Job Titles
1 8 (25.81%) Analyst
2 7 (22.58%) Developer
3 6 (19.35%) Test Analyst
4 3 (9.68%) Web Developer
4 3 (9.68%) Programmer
4 3 (9.68%) Designer
4 3 (9.68%) Games Developer
5 2 (6.45%) UX Designer
5 2 (6.45%) Senior Developer
5 2 (6.45%) Project Manager
6 1 (3.23%) Graduate
6 1 (3.23%) Business Analyst
6 1 (3.23%) Software Engineer
6 1 (3.23%) Architect
6 1 (3.23%) Solutions Architect
6 1 (3.23%) Technical Architect
6 1 (3.23%) Senior PHP Developer
6 1 (3.23%) Senior Games Developer
6 1 (3.23%) Data Analyst
6 1 (3.23%) Senior Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (22.58%) HTML
2 6 (19.35%) CSS
3 5 (16.13%) HTML5
4 4 (12.90%) jQuery
5 3 (9.68%) CSS3
6 2 (6.45%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 2 (6.45%) Ajax
6 2 (6.45%) Web Services
7 1 (3.23%) XML
7 1 (3.23%) Flash
7 1 (3.23%) XHTML
7 1 (3.23%) Dojo
7 1 (3.23%) MooTools
7 1 (3.23%) KnockoutJS
7 1 (3.23%) Sass
7 1 (3.23%) AngularJS
7 1 (3.23%) HTML5 Canvas
Miscellaneous
1 4 (12.90%) Social Media
2 3 (9.68%) New Media
2 3 (9.68%) User Experience
3 2 (6.45%) Mobile App
3 2 (6.45%) Digital Media
3 2 (6.45%) Physics
4 1 (3.23%) W3C
4 1 (3.23%) Online Games
4 1 (3.23%) Animation
4 1 (3.23%) IPTV
4 1 (3.23%) Mobile Games
4 1 (3.23%) Data Structures
4 1 (3.23%) Algorithms
4 1 (3.23%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 3 (9.68%) Apple iOS
1 3 (9.68%) Android
2 1 (3.23%) UNIX
2 1 (3.23%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (41.94%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (22.58%) BDD
3 5 (16.13%) TDD
3 5 (16.13%) Scrum
4 4 (12.90%) Competitor Analysis
4 4 (12.90%) OO
5 3 (9.68%) MVC
5 3 (9.68%) Web Development
5 3 (9.68%) Software Testing
5 3 (9.68%) Manual Testing
6 2 (6.45%) Linear Algebra
6 2 (6.45%) Performance Improvement
6 2 (6.45%) Game Development
6 2 (6.45%) Software Engineering
6 2 (6.45%) Project Management
6 2 (6.45%) PRINCE2
7 1 (3.23%) OOP
7 1 (3.23%) Business Intelligence
7 1 (3.23%) Automated Testing
7 1 (3.23%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (22.58%) JavaScript
2 6 (19.35%) PHP
3 4 (12.90%) C#
4 3 (9.68%) C++
4 3 (9.68%) Java
5 1 (3.23%) Python
5 1 (3.23%) Ruby
5 1 (3.23%) Scala
Qualifications
1 2 (6.45%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
1 2 (6.45%) Degree
2 1 (3.23%) ISEB
2 1 (3.23%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.45%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (6.45%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (3.23%) Oozie
Vendors
1 1 (3.23%) Oracle
1 1 (3.23%) Facebook
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