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 26 May 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
26 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Games Development
Rank 570 547 502
Rank change year-on-year
-23 -45
Contract jobs citing Game Development 35 34 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.064% 0.065% 0.099%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.083% 0.086% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 15 14
Average daily rate
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£250 £325 £273
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.07% +19.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £189 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £360 £390 £443
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £306 £350
% change year-on-year
+18.36% -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
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
41941 39670 34556
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 77.12% 75.31% 74.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 26586 25081 20645
Average daily rate £413 £400 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £553 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1211 1173 1034
Average hourly rate £29.00 £27.50 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.45% -14.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.50 £13.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £49.07 £48.28
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

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 26 May 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 15 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 26 May 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 +1 35 £250 -23.07% 27
South East +2 27 £363 +11.53% 11
Oxfordshire - 21 - - 10
London +4 5 £250 -25.92% 4
City of London +5 4 £250 -19.35% 1
Surrey +5 3 £363 +11.53%
Tunbridge Wells -7 3 - - 1
Kent -10 3 - - 1
Guildford - 3 £363 -
West Midlands -11 1 - - 2
Yorkshire - 1 - - 4
East Midlands - 1 - - 1
Birmingham - 1 - -
South Yorkshire - 1 - - 2
Leicestershire - 1 - - 1

Game Development
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 52 (100.00%) Games
2 18 (34.62%) C++
3 16 (30.77%) Python
4 15 (28.85%) Maya
5 13 (25.00%) C#
6 12 (23.08%) SQL
7 10 (19.23%) Agile Software Development
7 10 (19.23%) Degree
8 9 (17.31%) 3ds Max
8 9 (17.31%) Photoshop
9 8 (15.38%) Windows
9 8 (15.38%) C
9 8 (15.38%) Jenkins
9 8 (15.38%) Xbox
9 8 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
10 7 (13.46%) Amazon AWS
11 6 (11.54%) Test Automation
11 6 (11.54%) ZBrush
11 6 (11.54%) Animation
11 6 (11.54%) Mathematics
11 6 (11.54%) JavaScript
11 6 (11.54%) Web Services
11 6 (11.54%) Microsoft
11 6 (11.54%) Adobe
11 6 (11.54%) Scrum
12 5 (9.62%) OpenGL
12 5 (9.62%) Middleware
12 5 (9.62%) Perforce
12 5 (9.62%) Linux
12 5 (9.62%) Tomcat

Game Development
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 5 (9.62%) Tomcat
2 4 (7.69%) Apache Spark
3 3 (5.77%) OpenStack
4 1 (1.92%) CMS
4 1 (1.92%) Orchard CMS
Applications
1 15 (28.85%) Maya
2 9 (17.31%) 3ds Max
2 9 (17.31%) Photoshop
3 6 (11.54%) ZBrush
4 3 (5.77%) Adobe Illustrator
4 3 (5.77%) Adobe After Effects
4 3 (5.77%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (1.92%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 7 (13.46%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (9.62%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (5.77%) Amazon EC2
3 3 (5.77%) Amazon EMR
4 2 (3.85%) PaaS
4 2 (3.85%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (3.85%) IaaS
5 1 (1.92%) Amazon S3
5 1 (1.92%) Route 53
5 1 (1.92%) Amazon ELB
5 1 (1.92%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.85%) Multicast
2 1 (1.92%) LAN
2 1 (1.92%) WAN
2 1 (1.92%) SAN
2 1 (1.92%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (7.69%) Amazon Redshift
2 3 (5.77%) Data Mining
3 2 (3.85%) NoSQL
3 2 (3.85%) Big Data
4 1 (1.92%) Azkaban
4 1 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 8 (15.38%) Jenkins
2 5 (9.62%) CruiseControl
3 4 (7.69%) Visual Studio
4 2 (3.85%) Cucumber
4 2 (3.85%) Subversion
4 2 (3.85%) TeamCity
5 1 (1.92%) Git (software)
5 1 (1.92%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 52 (100.00%) Games
2 3 (5.77%) Marketing
2 3 (5.77%) Japanese Language
Job Titles
1 10 (19.23%) Developer
2 6 (11.54%) Programmer
2 6 (11.54%) Animator
2 6 (11.54%) Designer
3 5 (9.62%) Build Engineer
4 4 (7.69%) Android Developer
4 4 (7.69%) Games Tester
4 4 (7.69%) Analyst
4 4 (7.69%) Tester
5 3 (5.77%) Games Developer
5 3 (5.77%) Applications Developer
5 3 (5.77%) QA Tester
5 3 (5.77%) Graphic Designer
5 3 (5.77%) QA Analyst
5 3 (5.77%) Senior Graphic Designer
5 3 (5.77%) GUI Designer
5 3 (5.77%) Senior Designer
5 3 (5.77%) Photoshop Designer
6 2 (3.85%) C++ Games Developer
6 2 (3.85%) Graphics Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (11.54%) Web Services
2 5 (9.62%) OpenGL
2 5 (9.62%) Middleware
2 5 (9.62%) Unreal Engine
3 4 (7.69%) Unity (Game Engine)
3 4 (7.69%) JSON
4 3 (5.77%) OAuth
4 3 (5.77%) REST
4 3 (5.77%) Flash
4 3 (5.77%) .NET
5 2 (3.85%) DirectX
6 1 (1.92%) HTML
6 1 (1.92%) ASP.NET
6 1 (1.92%) CSS
6 1 (1.92%) XML
6 1 (1.92%) Sass
6 1 (1.92%) ASP.NET MVC 4
6 1 (1.92%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 1 (1.92%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (1.92%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 8 (15.38%) Xbox
1 8 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (11.54%) Animation
2 6 (11.54%) Mathematics
3 5 (9.62%) Computer Science
4 4 (7.69%) Visualisation
4 4 (7.69%) Mobile App
4 4 (7.69%) Statistics
5 3 (5.77%) Graphic Design
5 3 (5.77%) Photography
5 3 (5.77%) Video Editing
5 3 (5.77%) Social Media
6 2 (3.85%) 3D Graphics
7 1 (1.92%) Mobile Games
7 1 (1.92%) Economics
7 1 (1.92%) Physics
7 1 (1.92%) Online Games
7 1 (1.92%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 8 (15.38%) Windows
2 5 (9.62%) Linux
2 5 (9.62%) Windows Server 2008
2 5 (9.62%) Windows 7
3 4 (7.69%) Android
4 1 (1.92%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.92%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (19.23%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (11.54%) Scrum
2 6 (11.54%) Test Automation
3 5 (9.62%) Software Engineering
4 4 (7.69%) Automated Testing
4 4 (7.69%) Analytics
4 4 (7.69%) Workflow
4 4 (7.69%) Validation
4 4 (7.69%) MapReduce
4 4 (7.69%) Android Development
5 3 (5.77%) DevOps
5 3 (5.77%) Anomaly Detection
5 3 (5.77%) Test-First Development
5 3 (5.77%) Data Modelling
5 3 (5.77%) SOA
5 3 (5.77%) Mobile Application Development
5 3 (5.77%) Predictive Modelling
5 3 (5.77%) Manual Testing
5 3 (5.77%) Kanban
5 3 (5.77%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 18 (34.62%) C++
2 16 (30.77%) Python
3 13 (25.00%) C#
4 12 (23.08%) SQL
5 8 (15.38%) C
6 6 (11.54%) JavaScript
7 4 (7.69%) Go
7 4 (7.69%) Scala
7 4 (7.69%) Java
7 4 (7.69%) Lua
8 3 (5.77%) R
9 2 (3.85%) PowerShell
10 1 (1.92%) ActionScript
Qualifications
1 10 (19.23%) Degree
2 2 (3.85%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.77%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.92%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.92%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 1 (1.92%) Puppet
1 1 (1.92%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 6 (11.54%) Microsoft
1 6 (11.54%) Adobe
2 5 (9.62%) Perforce
3 4 (7.69%) Netezza
3 4 (7.69%) Tableau
3 4 (7.69%) Vertica
3 4 (7.69%) MicroStrategy
4 3 (5.77%) Cadence
5 2 (3.85%) Remedy
6 1 (1.92%) SAP
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