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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Games over the 3 months to 29 June 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
29 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Gaming
Rank 149 144 114
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -30
Contract jobs citing Games 15 7 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.40% 0.19% 0.56%
As % of the General category 1.21% 0.54% 1.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 4 12
Median daily rate £263 £350 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £93 £300 £208
10% offered a daily rate of more than £362 £715 £325
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £345 £313
% change year-on-year
+8.69% +10.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £32.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £9.00 £38.75 £12.50
% change year-on-year
-76.77% +210.00%
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
1240 1301 1020
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 32.99% 35.11% 33.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 791 727 580
Median daily rate £400 £400 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £279 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £379
% change year-on-year
- +5.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 39 41
Median hourly rate £20.50 £16.14 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.03% -37.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £14.00 £16.24
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.73 £49.04 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £23.63
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -4.76%

Games
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Games as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 29 June 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Games within the North West region over the 3 months to 29 June 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -6 8 £100 -66.66% 17
Merseyside +1 4 £263 - 5
Cheshire - 2 - - 2
Games
England

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 June 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Games also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Games.

1 14 (42.42%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (36.36%) Java
3 9 (27.27%) Scrum
4 8 (24.24%) OOP
4 8 (24.24%) Automated Testing
5 7 (21.21%) JavaScript
5 7 (21.21%) C#
5 7 (21.21%) TDD
5 7 (21.21%) Mobile App
6 6 (18.18%) C++
6 6 (18.18%) .NET
6 6 (18.18%) Selenium
6 6 (18.18%) Unity (Game Engine)
7 5 (15.15%) Use Case
7 5 (15.15%) Unit Testing
7 5 (15.15%) Software Testing
7 5 (15.15%) .NET Framework
7 5 (15.15%) Degree
7 5 (15.15%) JIRA
7 5 (15.15%) HTML
7 5 (15.15%) OO
8 4 (12.12%) Service Delivery
8 4 (12.12%) XML
8 4 (12.12%) CSS
8 4 (12.12%) Subversion
8 4 (12.12%) IPTV
8 4 (12.12%) Software Engineering
8 4 (12.12%) OpenTV
8 4 (12.12%) Interactive TV
8 4 (12.12%) Test Scripting

Games
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (3.03%) Kinematics
Applications
1 2 (6.06%) 3ds Max
1 2 (6.06%) Acrobat
1 2 (6.06%) Maya
1 2 (6.06%) ZBrush
2 1 (3.03%) Adobe Creative Suite
2 1 (3.03%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (3.03%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (6.06%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.03%) Internet
1 1 (3.03%) Intrusion Detection
1 1 (3.03%) Network Security
Development Applications
1 6 (18.18%) Selenium
2 5 (15.15%) JIRA
3 4 (12.12%) Subversion
4 2 (6.06%) Appium
4 2 (6.06%) Jasmine
5 1 (3.03%) Git (software)
5 1 (3.03%) Grunt
5 1 (3.03%) Maven
5 1 (3.03%) QUnit
General
1 2 (6.06%) Finance
1 2 (6.06%) Online Betting
2 1 (3.03%) Banking
2 1 (3.03%) Legal
2 1 (3.03%) Multimedia
2 1 (3.03%) Retail
2 1 (3.03%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 14 (42.42%) Developer
2 7 (21.21%) Analyst
3 5 (15.15%) Test Analyst
4 4 (12.12%) C# Developer
5 3 (9.09%) Automation Test Analyst
5 3 (9.09%) C# WPF Developer
5 3 (9.09%) Java Developer
5 3 (9.09%) JavaScript Developer
5 3 (9.09%) WPF Developer
6 2 (6.06%) Agile Test Analyst
6 2 (6.06%) Author
6 2 (6.06%) Business Analyst
6 2 (6.06%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
6 2 (6.06%) HTML Developer
6 2 (6.06%) Project Manager
6 2 (6.06%) Selenium Test Analyst
6 2 (6.06%) Software Developer
6 2 (6.06%) Technical Author
6 2 (6.06%) Technical Writer
7 1 (3.03%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (18.18%) .NET
1 6 (18.18%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 5 (15.15%) .NET Framework
2 5 (15.15%) HTML
3 4 (12.12%) CSS
3 4 (12.12%) WPF
3 4 (12.12%) XML
4 3 (9.09%) AngularJS
4 3 (9.09%) HTML5
4 3 (9.09%) RequireJS
4 3 (9.09%) Unity DI Container
4 3 (9.09%) Web Services
5 1 (3.03%) Apache Flex
5 1 (3.03%) CSS3
5 1 (3.03%) JSON
5 1 (3.03%) lodash
5 1 (3.03%) SOAP
5 1 (3.03%) Spring
5 1 (3.03%) Underscore.js
5 1 (3.03%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 7 (21.21%) Mobile App
2 4 (12.12%) Computer Science
2 4 (12.12%) Interactive TV
2 4 (12.12%) IPTV
2 4 (12.12%) MHEG
3 2 (6.06%) Mobile Games
3 2 (6.06%) Online Games
3 2 (6.06%) Semantic Web
4 1 (3.03%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (3.03%) Graphic Design
4 1 (3.03%) iPad
4 1 (3.03%) Robotics
4 1 (3.03%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (42.42%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (27.27%) Scrum
3 8 (24.24%) Automated Testing
3 8 (24.24%) OOP
4 7 (21.21%) TDD
5 5 (15.15%) OO
5 5 (15.15%) Software Testing
5 5 (15.15%) Unit Testing
5 5 (15.15%) Use Case
6 4 (12.12%) Defect Management
6 4 (12.12%) Functional Testing
6 4 (12.12%) Mobile Application Development
6 4 (12.12%) Service Delivery
6 4 (12.12%) Software Engineering
6 4 (12.12%) Test Scripting
6 4 (12.12%) Translating Business Requirements
6 4 (12.12%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (12.12%) User Stories
7 3 (9.09%) BDD
7 3 (9.09%) Dependency Injection
Programming Languages
1 12 (36.36%) Java
2 7 (21.21%) C#
2 7 (21.21%) JavaScript
3 6 (18.18%) C++
4 2 (6.06%) Ruby
4 2 (6.06%) SQL
5 1 (3.03%) PHP
Qualifications
1 5 (15.15%) Degree
2 3 (9.09%) ISEB
3 2 (6.06%) ISTQB
3 2 (6.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (3.03%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (12.12%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (3.03%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (12.12%) OpenTV
2 3 (9.09%) Adobe
3 2 (6.06%) Microsoft