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 25 November 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
25 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Games Development
Rank 576 544 505
Rank change year-on-year
-32 -39
Contract jobs citing Game Development 25 33 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.044% 0.064% 0.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.060% 0.086% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 24 39
Average daily rate
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£300 £294 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.12% -2.08%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £183 £261 £223
10% offered a daily rate of more than £365 £485 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £270 £288 £250
% change year-on-year
-6.08% +15.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £40.00

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
41912 38210 37430
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.63% 73.73% 71.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 27230 23695 21813
Average daily rate £420 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £273 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £593 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.20% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1178 1152 1466
Average hourly rate £24.50 £26.50 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.54% -8.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.50 £45.00 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £29.40 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-14.96% +1.37%

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 25 November 2014.

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 25 November 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
England -47 25 £300 +2.12% 7
London -3 11 £356 -5.00% 2
South East -21 6 £313 +31.57% 1
Surrey - 5 £325 -
Guildford - 5 £325 -
West Midlands -17 3 £270 -6.08% 1
North West -7 2 £158 -47.50%
South West - 2 - -
Warwickshire - 2 £300 -
Manchester -15 1 £225 -25.00%
Leamington Spa - 1 £300 -
Liverpool - - - -
Harrogate - - - -
Bath - - - -
Birmingham - - - - 1
Bristol - - - -
Dundee - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - -
Oxford - - - -
Rochdale - - - -
Sunderland - - - -
Wakefield - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Devon - - - -
North Yorkshire - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
Somerset - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -

Game Development
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 November 2014, 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 61 (100.00%) Games
2 22 (36.07%) SQL
2 22 (36.07%) XML
3 21 (34.43%) C++
4 20 (32.79%) Java
5 19 (31.15%) JavaScript
5 19 (31.15%) C#
6 18 (29.51%) Mobile App
7 16 (26.23%) Mobile Application Development
8 14 (22.95%) Facebook
8 14 (22.95%) HTML
8 14 (22.95%) TDD
9 13 (21.31%) Spring
9 13 (21.31%) JSON
9 13 (21.31%) OAuth
9 13 (21.31%) Internet
9 13 (21.31%) Twitter
9 13 (21.31%) REST
10 12 (19.67%) C
10 12 (19.67%) SOA
10 12 (19.67%) Rapid Prototyping
10 12 (19.67%) Use Case
10 12 (19.67%) Google
11 11 (18.03%) Flash
12 10 (16.39%) ActionScript
12 10 (16.39%) Scrum
12 10 (16.39%) ActionScript 3.0
12 10 (16.39%) Apple iOS
12 10 (16.39%) Unity (Game Engine)
13 9 (14.75%) Mathematics

Game Development
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 25 November 2014, 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 4 (6.56%) Node.js
2 1 (1.64%) Apache Pig
2 1 (1.64%) OpenStack
2 1 (1.64%) ExpressionEngine
2 1 (1.64%) WordPress
Applications
1 8 (13.11%) Photoshop
2 5 (8.20%) Maya
2 5 (8.20%) MS Visio
3 3 (4.92%) Adobe Illustrator
4 2 (3.28%) MS Excel
5 1 (1.64%) 3ds Max
Business Applications
1 1 (1.64%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 4 (6.56%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (3.28%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.64%) IaaS
3 1 (1.64%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (21.31%) Internet
2 4 (6.56%) Multicast
3 1 (1.64%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (8.20%) NoSQL
2 2 (3.28%) Data Mining
2 2 (3.28%) Big Data
3 1 (1.64%) Apache Hive
3 1 (1.64%) Redis
3 1 (1.64%) MySQL
3 1 (1.64%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 4 (6.56%) Subversion
2 3 (4.92%) Grunt
2 3 (4.92%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.64%) Bower
3 1 (1.64%) Jasmine
3 1 (1.64%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.64%) Cucumber
3 1 (1.64%) Eclipse
3 1 (1.64%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.64%) Selenium
3 1 (1.64%) Xcode
3 1 (1.64%) Mocha
3 1 (1.64%) TeamCity
3 1 (1.64%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 61 (100.00%) Games
2 3 (4.92%) iGaming
3 1 (1.64%) Legal
Job Titles
1 40 (65.57%) Developer
2 17 (27.87%) Programmer
3 13 (21.31%) Mobile Developer
3 13 (21.31%) Games Developer
4 6 (9.84%) ActionScript Developer
5 5 (8.20%) Lead Developer
5 5 (8.20%) Flash Developer
5 5 (8.20%) Flash Games Developer
5 5 (8.20%) Graphics Programmer
6 4 (6.56%) Games Programmer
7 3 (4.92%) iOS Developer
7 3 (4.92%) Software Engineer
7 3 (4.92%) C++ Developer
7 3 (4.92%) Front-End Developer
8 2 (3.28%) Analyst
8 2 (3.28%) Web Developer
8 2 (3.28%) Flash ActionScript Developer
9 1 (1.64%) Magento Developer
9 1 (1.64%) Mobile Web Developer
9 1 (1.64%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (36.07%) XML
2 14 (22.95%) HTML
3 13 (21.31%) Spring
3 13 (21.31%) JSON
3 13 (21.31%) OAuth
3 13 (21.31%) REST
4 11 (18.03%) Flash
5 10 (16.39%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 6 (9.84%) Java ME
6 6 (9.84%) J2ME
7 5 (8.20%) OpenGL
7 5 (8.20%) HTML5
8 4 (6.56%) DirectX
9 3 (4.92%) Middleware
9 3 (4.92%) CSS
9 3 (4.92%) jQuery
9 3 (4.92%) Apache Flex
10 2 (3.28%) RESTful
10 2 (3.28%) .NET
10 2 (3.28%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 18 (29.51%) Mobile App
2 9 (14.75%) Mathematics
3 8 (13.11%) Computer Science
4 6 (9.84%) 3D Graphics
4 6 (9.84%) Physics
5 5 (8.20%) Visualisation
6 4 (6.56%) Mobile Games
7 3 (4.92%) Augmented Reality
7 3 (4.92%) User Experience
7 3 (4.92%) Social Gaming
7 3 (4.92%) Graphic Design
8 2 (3.28%) Online Games
8 2 (3.28%) Xbox
8 2 (3.28%) Analytical Skills
9 1 (1.64%) Kinect
9 1 (1.64%) Client/Server
9 1 (1.64%) Animation
9 1 (1.64%) Economics
9 1 (1.64%) Artificial Intelligence
9 1 (1.64%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 10 (16.39%) Apple iOS
2 8 (13.11%) Android
3 3 (4.92%) Linux
4 2 (3.28%) Windows
5 1 (1.64%) Windows Phone
5 1 (1.64%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (26.23%) Mobile Application Development
2 14 (22.95%) TDD
3 12 (19.67%) SOA
3 12 (19.67%) Rapid Prototyping
3 12 (19.67%) Use Case
4 10 (16.39%) Scrum
5 9 (14.75%) OO
6 8 (13.11%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (9.84%) MVC
7 6 (9.84%) iOS Development
8 4 (6.56%) Asset Management
8 4 (6.56%) OOP
8 4 (6.56%) Android Development
9 3 (4.92%) Analytics
9 3 (4.92%) Business Intelligence
9 3 (4.92%) Software Engineering
9 3 (4.92%) Test Automation
9 3 (4.92%) Continuous Integration
10 2 (3.28%) Unit Testing
10 2 (3.28%) Software Architecture
Programming Languages
1 22 (36.07%) SQL
2 21 (34.43%) C++
3 20 (32.79%) Java
4 19 (31.15%) JavaScript
4 19 (31.15%) C#
5 12 (19.67%) C
6 10 (16.39%) ActionScript
6 10 (16.39%) ActionScript 3.0
7 7 (11.48%) ActionScript 2.0
8 6 (9.84%) Objective-C
9 4 (6.56%) Scala
9 4 (6.56%) Lua
9 4 (6.56%) Python
10 1 (1.64%) PHP
10 1 (1.64%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 8 (13.11%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.64%) QA
Vendors
1 14 (22.95%) Facebook
2 13 (21.31%) Twitter
3 12 (19.67%) Google
4 4 (6.56%) Adobe
5 3 (4.92%) Apple
6 2 (3.28%) Microsoft
7 1 (1.64%) Talend
7 1 (1.64%) Tableau
7 1 (1.64%) MicroStrategy