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 30 July 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
30 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Gaming
Rank 134 145 118
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -27
Contract jobs citing Games 21 10 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.58% 0.26% 0.50%
As % of the General category 1.81% 0.73% 1.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 6 10
Median daily rate £313 £300 £308
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £82 £295 £186
10% offered a daily rate of more than £448 £369 £328
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £340 £300
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
Median hourly rate £32.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.25 £23.75 £19.50
% change year-on-year
-10.52% +21.79%
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
1159 1365 936
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 31.79% 35.58% 30.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 743 736 532
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £285 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year
- +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 41 43
Median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.12% -34.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £14.00 £13.41
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.59 £47.71 £39.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £22.67 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.55% +3.02%

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 30 July 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 30 July 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 -8 10 £125 -58.33% 22
Cheshire +9 4 - - 3
Merseyside - 3 £335 - 3
Games
England

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 16 (38.10%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (28.57%) Java
3 10 (23.81%) C#
4 9 (21.43%) C++
4 9 (21.43%) Scrum
5 8 (19.05%) JavaScript
5 8 (19.05%) Automated Testing
5 8 (19.05%) Degree
5 8 (19.05%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 7 (16.67%) Computer Science
6 7 (16.67%) OOP
6 7 (16.67%) TDD
7 6 (14.29%) OO
7 6 (14.29%) .NET
7 6 (14.29%) Selenium
7 6 (14.29%) JIRA
7 6 (14.29%) Mobile App
7 6 (14.29%) Defect Management
8 5 (11.90%) Game Development
8 5 (11.90%) QA
8 5 (11.90%) Ruby
8 5 (11.90%) Use Case
8 5 (11.90%) .NET Framework
8 5 (11.90%) Unit Testing
8 5 (11.90%) Test Scripting
8 5 (11.90%) HTML
8 5 (11.90%) Mobile Games
9 4 (9.52%) CSS
9 4 (9.52%) Web Testing
9 4 (9.52%) User Acceptance Testing

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 (2.38%) Confluence
1 1 (2.38%) Kinematics
Applications
1 2 (4.76%) 3ds Max
1 2 (4.76%) Acrobat
1 2 (4.76%) Maya
1 2 (4.76%) ZBrush
2 1 (2.38%) Adobe Creative Suite
2 1 (2.38%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.38%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.38%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.38%) Internet
1 1 (2.38%) Intrusion Detection
1 1 (2.38%) Network Security
Development Applications
1 6 (14.29%) JIRA
1 6 (14.29%) Selenium
2 3 (7.14%) Subversion
3 2 (4.76%) Appium
3 2 (4.76%) Jasmine
4 1 (2.38%) Git (software)
4 1 (2.38%) Grunt
4 1 (2.38%) Maven
4 1 (2.38%) QUnit
4 1 (2.38%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 2 (4.76%) Finance
1 2 (4.76%) Online Betting
2 1 (2.38%) Banking
2 1 (2.38%) Legal
2 1 (2.38%) Multimedia
2 1 (2.38%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 19 (45.24%) Developer
2 8 (19.05%) Analyst
3 6 (14.29%) Test Analyst
4 4 (9.52%) C# Developer
4 4 (9.52%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
5 3 (7.14%) Automation Test Analyst
5 3 (7.14%) C# WPF Developer
5 3 (7.14%) JavaScript Developer
5 3 (7.14%) Test Engineer
5 3 (7.14%) WPF Developer
6 2 (4.76%) Author
6 2 (4.76%) Business Analyst
6 2 (4.76%) HTML Developer
6 2 (4.76%) Java Developer
6 2 (4.76%) Junior Test Engineer
6 2 (4.76%) Project Manager
6 2 (4.76%) Selenium Test Analyst
6 2 (4.76%) Software Developer
6 2 (4.76%) Technical Author
6 2 (4.76%) Technical Writer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (19.05%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 6 (14.29%) .NET
3 5 (11.90%) .NET Framework
3 5 (11.90%) HTML
4 4 (9.52%) CSS
4 4 (9.52%) WPF
5 3 (7.14%) AngularJS
5 3 (7.14%) HTML5
5 3 (7.14%) RequireJS
5 3 (7.14%) Unity DI Container
5 3 (7.14%) XML
6 2 (4.76%) Node.js
6 2 (4.76%) React
6 2 (4.76%) Web Services
7 1 (2.38%) Apache Flex
7 1 (2.38%) JSON
7 1 (2.38%) Ruby on Rails
7 1 (2.38%) SOAP
7 1 (2.38%) Spring
7 1 (2.38%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 7 (16.67%) Computer Science
2 6 (14.29%) Mobile App
3 5 (11.90%) Mobile Games
4 4 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (7.14%) Interactive TV
5 3 (7.14%) IPTV
5 3 (7.14%) MHEG
6 2 (4.76%) Online Games
6 2 (4.76%) Semantic Web
7 1 (2.38%) Algorithms
7 1 (2.38%) Data Structures
7 1 (2.38%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (2.38%) Graphic Design
7 1 (2.38%) iPad
7 1 (2.38%) Mathematics
7 1 (2.38%) Robotics
7 1 (2.38%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.38%) Android
1 1 (2.38%) Apple iOS
1 1 (2.38%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (38.10%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (21.43%) Scrum
3 8 (19.05%) Automated Testing
4 7 (16.67%) OOP
4 7 (16.67%) TDD
5 6 (14.29%) Defect Management
5 6 (14.29%) OO
6 5 (11.90%) Game Development
6 5 (11.90%) Test Scripting
6 5 (11.90%) Unit Testing
6 5 (11.90%) Use Case
7 4 (9.52%) Front End Development
7 4 (9.52%) Functional Testing
7 4 (9.52%) Software Testing
7 4 (9.52%) Translating Business Requirements
7 4 (9.52%) User Acceptance Testing
7 4 (9.52%) User Stories
7 4 (9.52%) Web Testing
8 3 (7.14%) Mobile Application Development
8 3 (7.14%) Responsive Web Design
Programming Languages
1 12 (28.57%) Java
2 10 (23.81%) C#
3 9 (21.43%) C++
4 8 (19.05%) JavaScript
5 5 (11.90%) Ruby
6 1 (2.38%) Lua
6 1 (2.38%) PHP
6 1 (2.38%) Python
6 1 (2.38%) SQL
Qualifications
1 8 (19.05%) Degree
2 3 (7.14%) ISEB
3 2 (4.76%) ISTQB
3 2 (4.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (2.38%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (11.90%) QA
Systems Management
1 4 (9.52%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (7.14%) Adobe
1 3 (7.14%) OpenTV
2 2 (4.76%) Microsoft
3 1 (2.38%) HP
3 1 (2.38%) Talend