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 16 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
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Gaming
Rank 127 116 106
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -10
Contract jobs citing Games 12 20 36
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.38% 0.67% 1.05%
As % of the General category 1.22% 1.92% 2.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 12 17
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£325 £323 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.77% +3.20%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £225 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £403 £375 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £300 £313
% change year-on-year
- -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 6 2
Average hourly rate £36.63 £17.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+109.28% -22.22%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.63 £13.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+171.29% -40.00%
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
986 1043 1212
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 31.06% 35.05% 35.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 547 517 638
Average daily rate £400 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £254 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £396 £383 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.52% +2.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 67 51
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -22.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.17 £10.90 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £32.78 £43.49
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.00 £21.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.58%

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 16 September 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 16 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
Manchester -11 10 £325 -13.33% 9
Cheshire +6 2 - - 2
Lancashire - - - - 1
Merseyside - - - - 4
Games
England

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 (43.33%) JavaScript
1 13 (43.33%) HTML
2 12 (40.00%) CSS
3 11 (36.67%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (23.33%) Scrum
4 7 (23.33%) Software Engineering
4 7 (23.33%) Apple iOS
5 6 (20.00%) jQuery
5 6 (20.00%) Marketing
5 6 (20.00%) Web Services
6 5 (16.67%) OOP
6 5 (16.67%) OO
6 5 (16.67%) Software Testing
6 5 (16.67%) IPTV
6 5 (16.67%) TDD
6 5 (16.67%) New Media
6 5 (16.67%) Android
6 5 (16.67%) HTML5
7 4 (13.33%) Social Media
7 4 (13.33%) Online Gambling
7 4 (13.33%) MooTools
7 4 (13.33%) Unity (Game Engine)
7 4 (13.33%) User Experience
7 4 (13.33%) Competitor Analysis
7 4 (13.33%) Dojo
7 4 (13.33%) Animation
7 4 (13.33%) Internet
7 4 (13.33%) XHTML
7 4 (13.33%) C#
8 3 (10.00%) Flash

Games
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 1 (3.33%) SAS
1 1 (3.33%) Node.js
Applications
1 1 (3.33%) Photoshop
1 1 (3.33%) MS Excel
1 1 (3.33%) SPSS
1 1 (3.33%) Maya
1 1 (3.33%) Adobe Illustrator
1 1 (3.33%) Adobe After Effects
1 1 (3.33%) CINEMA 4D
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.33%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (13.33%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.33%) SQL Server
1 1 (3.33%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (3.33%) Data Mining
1 1 (3.33%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (3.33%) Redis
Development Applications
1 2 (6.67%) JIRA
2 1 (3.33%) Ant
2 1 (3.33%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (20.00%) Marketing
2 1 (3.33%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 14 (46.67%) Developer
2 7 (23.33%) Front-End Developer
3 5 (16.67%) JavaScript Developer
4 3 (10.00%) Software Engineer
4 3 (10.00%) CSS Developer
4 3 (10.00%) HTML Developer
4 3 (10.00%) Analyst
5 2 (6.67%) Project Manager
5 2 (6.67%) Programmer
5 2 (6.67%) Games Developer
5 2 (6.67%) Web Developer
6 1 (3.33%) Senior Developer
6 1 (3.33%) Graphic Designer
6 1 (3.33%) Senior Front-End Developer
6 1 (3.33%) Front-End Web Developer
6 1 (3.33%) Agile Project Manager
6 1 (3.33%) Designer
6 1 (3.33%) Games Programmer
6 1 (3.33%) C++ Programmer
6 1 (3.33%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (43.33%) HTML
2 12 (40.00%) CSS
3 6 (20.00%) Web Services
3 6 (20.00%) jQuery
4 5 (16.67%) HTML5
5 4 (13.33%) Unity (Game Engine)
5 4 (13.33%) MooTools
5 4 (13.33%) XHTML
5 4 (13.33%) Dojo
6 3 (10.00%) Flash
7 1 (3.33%) JSP
7 1 (3.33%) .NET
7 1 (3.33%) ADO.NET
7 1 (3.33%) ASP.NET
7 1 (3.33%) WCF
7 1 (3.33%) HTML5 Canvas
Miscellaneous
1 5 (16.67%) IPTV
1 5 (16.67%) New Media
2 4 (13.33%) Social Media
2 4 (13.33%) User Experience
2 4 (13.33%) Animation
2 4 (13.33%) Online Gambling
3 3 (10.00%) Mobile Games
4 2 (6.67%) Physics
4 2 (6.67%) Mobile App
5 1 (3.33%) Social Gaming
5 1 (3.33%) Online Games
5 1 (3.33%) Data Extraction
5 1 (3.33%) Visualisation
5 1 (3.33%) Economics
5 1 (3.33%) Statistics
5 1 (3.33%) Graphic Design
Operating Systems
1 7 (23.33%) Apple iOS
2 5 (16.67%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (36.67%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (23.33%) Software Engineering
2 7 (23.33%) Scrum
3 5 (16.67%) OOP
3 5 (16.67%) OO
3 5 (16.67%) TDD
3 5 (16.67%) Software Testing
4 4 (13.33%) Competitor Analysis
5 2 (6.67%) PRINCE2
5 2 (6.67%) Business Intelligence
5 2 (6.67%) BDD
5 2 (6.67%) Game Development
5 2 (6.67%) iOS Development
6 1 (3.33%) CQRS
6 1 (3.33%) Mobile Application Development
6 1 (3.33%) Android Development
6 1 (3.33%) Project Management
6 1 (3.33%) MVC
6 1 (3.33%) CRM
6 1 (3.33%) OOD
Programming Languages
1 13 (43.33%) JavaScript
2 4 (13.33%) C#
3 2 (6.67%) C++
3 2 (6.67%) SQL
4 1 (3.33%) T-SQL
4 1 (3.33%) PowerHouse
4 1 (3.33%) Java
Qualifications
1 2 (6.67%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
2 1 (3.33%) ISEB
2 1 (3.33%) ISTQB
2 1 (3.33%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.33%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (3.33%) Microsoft
1 1 (3.33%) Adobe
1 1 (3.33%) Sony
1 1 (3.33%) Perforce
1 1 (3.33%) Facebook
North West
Mortimer Spinks
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