The table below looks at the statistics for the Games Programmer role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Games Programmer in their job title over the 3 months to 21 August 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
21 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Game Programmer
Rank 589 551 593
Rank change year-on-year
-38 +42
Contract jobs requiring a Games Programmer 10 22 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.018% 0.042% 0.003%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.019% 0.045% 0.004%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 9 1
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£450 £238 £220
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+89.47% +7.95%
UK excluding London average daily rate £159 £238 £220
% change year-on-year
-33.15% +7.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
52000 48616 53775
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.35% 92.66% 92.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 31509 28830 30178
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2002 2090 2663
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.08 £39.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.68
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.96%

Games Programmer
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Games Programmer in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Games Programmer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Games Programmer
Daily Rate Trend

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

Games Programmer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Games Programmer
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Games Programmer within the UK over the 3 months to 21 August 2014.

Games Programmer Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Games Programmer
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Games Programmer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Games Programmer
Top 18 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Games Programmer within the UK over the 3 months to 21 August 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 -27 10 £450 +89.47% 4
South East -20 1 £210 -11.57%
West Midlands - - - - 1
Scotland - - - -
Brighton - - - -
Derby - - - - 1
Dundee - - - -
Guildford - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Wolverhampton - - - -
Derbyshire - - - - 1
East Sussex - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -
Surrey - - - -
Warwickshire - - - - 1
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
East Midlands - - - - 1

Games Programmer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Games Programmer in their job title 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 with Games Programmer in their job title.

1 16 (100.00%) Games
2 14 (87.50%) C#
2 14 (87.50%) C++
3 11 (68.75%) Java
3 11 (68.75%) SQL
3 11 (68.75%) NoSQL
4 10 (62.50%) Scala
5 9 (56.25%) Node.js
6 6 (37.50%) Game Development
7 4 (25.00%) Degree
7 4 (25.00%) Mathematics
8 3 (18.75%) Physics
8 3 (18.75%) Computer Science
8 3 (18.75%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (18.75%) iGaming
9 2 (12.50%) Online Games
10 1 (6.25%) JavaScript
10 1 (6.25%) Visual Studio
10 1 (6.25%) Windows
10 1 (6.25%) Flash
10 1 (6.25%) Internet
10 1 (6.25%) OpenGL
10 1 (6.25%) Wireless
10 1 (6.25%) LAMP
10 1 (6.25%) Maya
10 1 (6.25%) WinForms
10 1 (6.25%) Ajax
10 1 (6.25%) Animation
10 1 (6.25%) WPF
10 1 (6.25%) Android

Games Programmer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Games Programmer in their job title 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 with Games Programmer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 9 (56.25%) Node.js
Applications
1 1 (6.25%) Maya
Cloud Services
1 3 (18.75%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.25%) Internet
1 1 (6.25%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (68.75%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 1 (6.25%) Visual Studio
General
1 16 (100.00%) Games
2 3 (18.75%) iGaming
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.25%) Flash
1 1 (6.25%) OpenGL
1 1 (6.25%) LAMP
1 1 (6.25%) WinForms
1 1 (6.25%) Ajax
1 1 (6.25%) WPF
1 1 (6.25%) Direct3D
1 1 (6.25%) Unity (Game Engine)
Miscellaneous
1 4 (25.00%) Mathematics
2 3 (18.75%) Physics
2 3 (18.75%) Computer Science
3 2 (12.50%) Online Games
4 1 (6.25%) Mobile App
4 1 (6.25%) Animation
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.25%) Windows
1 1 (6.25%) Android
1 1 (6.25%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (37.50%) Game Development
2 1 (6.25%) 3D Modelling
Programming Languages
1 14 (87.50%) C#
1 14 (87.50%) C++
2 11 (68.75%) Java
2 11 (68.75%) SQL
3 10 (62.50%) Scala
4 1 (6.25%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 4 (25.00%) Degree