The table below looks at the statistics for Game Development skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Game Development over the 3 months to 30 January 2015 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Games Development
Rank 568 523 502
Rank change year-on-year
-45 -21
Contract jobs citing Game Development 15 30 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.029% 0.062% 0.083%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.039% 0.084% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 20 23
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£336 £295 £265
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.98% +11.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £224 £188 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £405 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £288 £250
% change year-on-year
+4.34% +15.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £32.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
38459 35783 32221
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 75.37% 74.30% 72.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 24687 21730 19119
Average daily rate £423 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.62% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1007 1095 1275
Average hourly rate £25.00 £27.25 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.25% -9.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.15 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £31.32
% change year-on-year
-5.45% -12.19%

Game Development
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Game Development within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Game Development Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Game Development
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Game Development within the UK.

Game Development Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Game Development
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Game Development within the UK over the 3 months to 30 January 2015.

Game Development Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Game Development
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Game Development within the UK.

Game Development Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Game Development
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Game Development within the UK over the 3 months to 30 January 2015. 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
England -34 13 £336 +13.98% 15
London -11 5 £336 -10.33% 10
South East -11 4 £375 +40.84%
West Midlands 0 2 - - 3
South West - 2 £219 -
Warwickshire - 2 - -
City of London +11 1 £310 -34.73% 1
East Midlands - - - -
North East - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
Tyne and Wear - - - -
Scotland - - - -
East of England - - - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - -
Oxford - - - -
Sunderland - - - -
Tunbridge Wells - - - -
Devon - - - -
Kent - - - -
North Yorkshire - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
Suffolk - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Brierley Hill - - - - 1
Bristol - - - -
Dudley - - - - 2
Dundee - - - -
Glasgow - - - -
Harrogate - - - -
Ipswich - - - -

Game Development
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Game Development 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 Game Development.

1 44 (100.00%) Games
2 19 (43.18%) C#
2 19 (43.18%) C++
3 17 (38.64%) JavaScript
4 16 (36.36%) C
5 11 (25.00%) HTML
5 11 (25.00%) ActionScript
5 11 (25.00%) XML
5 11 (25.00%) Flash
5 11 (25.00%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 10 (22.73%) ActionScript 3.0
7 8 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
7 8 (18.18%) Python
7 8 (18.18%) Photoshop
7 8 (18.18%) Scrum
7 8 (18.18%) 3D Graphics
7 8 (18.18%) OO
8 7 (15.91%) OpenGL
8 7 (15.91%) Mathematics
8 7 (15.91%) Computer Science
8 7 (15.91%) ActionScript 2.0
8 7 (15.91%) Apple iOS
8 7 (15.91%) Android
9 6 (13.64%) Subversion
9 6 (13.64%) Degree
9 6 (13.64%) DirectX
9 6 (13.64%) Maya
9 6 (13.64%) Java
9 6 (13.64%) SQL
9 6 (13.64%) Multicast

Game Development
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Game Development 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 Game Development. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (6.82%) OpenStack
2 1 (2.27%) WordPress
2 1 (2.27%) Node.js
2 1 (2.27%) ExpressionEngine
Applications
1 8 (18.18%) Photoshop
2 6 (13.64%) Maya
3 5 (11.36%) MS Visio
4 3 (6.82%) Adobe Illustrator
5 2 (4.55%) MS Excel
6 1 (2.27%) 3ds Max
Business Applications
1 1 (2.27%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 5 (11.36%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (6.82%) IaaS
2 3 (6.82%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (6.82%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (13.64%) Multicast
2 2 (4.55%) Internet
3 1 (2.27%) SAN
3 1 (2.27%) LAN
3 1 (2.27%) WAN
3 1 (2.27%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.55%) Data Mining
2 1 (2.27%) Big Data
2 1 (2.27%) NoSQL
2 1 (2.27%) Redis
2 1 (2.27%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 6 (13.64%) Subversion
2 3 (6.82%) Cucumber
2 3 (6.82%) Jenkins
2 3 (6.82%) TeamCity
3 1 (2.27%) Jasmine
3 1 (2.27%) Grunt
3 1 (2.27%) Bower
3 1 (2.27%) Visual Studio
3 1 (2.27%) Eclipse
3 1 (2.27%) Xcode
3 1 (2.27%) Git (software)
3 1 (2.27%) Mocha
General
1 44 (100.00%) Games
Job Titles
1 20 (45.45%) Developer
2 15 (34.09%) Programmer
3 11 (25.00%) Games Developer
4 6 (13.64%) Graphics Programmer
4 6 (13.64%) ActionScript Developer
5 5 (11.36%) Flash Developer
5 5 (11.36%) Flash Games Developer
6 3 (6.82%) Software Engineer
6 3 (6.82%) Mobile Developer
7 2 (4.55%) C++ Programmer
7 2 (4.55%) C++ Developer
7 2 (4.55%) Flash ActionScript Developer
8 1 (2.27%) iOS Developer
8 1 (2.27%) DevOps Engineer
8 1 (2.27%) Mobile Web Developer
8 1 (2.27%) Magento Developer
8 1 (2.27%) Graduate
8 1 (2.27%) C# Developer
8 1 (2.27%) C++ Software Engineer
8 1 (2.27%) C# Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (25.00%) HTML
1 11 (25.00%) XML
1 11 (25.00%) Flash
1 11 (25.00%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 7 (15.91%) OpenGL
3 6 (13.64%) DirectX
4 3 (6.82%) Apache Flex
5 2 (4.55%) HTML5
5 2 (4.55%) OAuth
5 2 (4.55%) jQuery
5 2 (4.55%) JSON
5 2 (4.55%) Java ME
5 2 (4.55%) Spring
5 2 (4.55%) J2ME
5 2 (4.55%) .NET
5 2 (4.55%) CSS
5 2 (4.55%) AngularJS
5 2 (4.55%) Unreal Engine
5 2 (4.55%) REST
5 2 (4.55%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 8 (18.18%) 3D Graphics
2 7 (15.91%) Mathematics
2 7 (15.91%) Computer Science
3 5 (11.36%) Mobile Games
4 3 (6.82%) Social Gaming
4 3 (6.82%) Mobile App
4 3 (6.82%) User Experience
4 3 (6.82%) Graphic Design
4 3 (6.82%) Visualisation
4 3 (6.82%) Augmented Reality
5 2 (4.55%) Online Games
5 2 (4.55%) Physics
5 2 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (2.27%) Xbox
6 1 (2.27%) Client/Server
6 1 (2.27%) Replication
6 1 (2.27%) Artificial Intelligence
6 1 (2.27%) Animation
6 1 (2.27%) Open Source
6 1 (2.27%) Kinect
Operating Systems
1 7 (15.91%) Apple iOS
1 7 (15.91%) Android
2 5 (11.36%) Windows
2 5 (11.36%) Linux
3 1 (2.27%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (2.27%) Windows Phone
3 1 (2.27%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
1 8 (18.18%) Scrum
1 8 (18.18%) OO
2 5 (11.36%) Software Engineering
2 5 (11.36%) Test Automation
2 5 (11.36%) Continuous Integration
3 4 (9.09%) Asset Management
3 4 (9.09%) TDD
3 4 (9.09%) OOP
3 4 (9.09%) Android Development
3 4 (9.09%) iOS Development
4 3 (6.82%) Infrastructure Management
4 3 (6.82%) DevOps
4 3 (6.82%) Line Management
4 3 (6.82%) SOA
4 3 (6.82%) Penetration Testing
4 3 (6.82%) Release Management
5 2 (4.55%) Software Architecture
5 2 (4.55%) Process Architecture
5 2 (4.55%) Rapid Prototyping
Programming Languages
1 19 (43.18%) C#
1 19 (43.18%) C++
2 17 (38.64%) JavaScript
3 16 (36.36%) C
4 11 (25.00%) ActionScript
5 10 (22.73%) ActionScript 3.0
6 8 (18.18%) Python
7 7 (15.91%) ActionScript 2.0
8 6 (13.64%) Java
8 6 (13.64%) SQL
9 4 (9.09%) Lua
10 3 (6.82%) Objective-C
10 3 (6.82%) PowerShell
11 1 (2.27%) PHP
Qualifications
1 6 (13.64%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.27%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.27%) Active Directory
1 1 (2.27%) Hyper-V
Vendors
1 4 (9.09%) Adobe
1 4 (9.09%) Facebook
2 2 (4.55%) Google
2 2 (4.55%) Microsoft
2 2 (4.55%) Twitter
3 1 (2.27%) SAP
3 1 (2.27%) Cadence