The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Games in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Games over the 3 months to 1 September 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
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Gaming
Rank 359 304 208
Rank change year-on-year
-55 -96
Contract jobs citing Games 303 359 543
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.51% 0.63% 1.03%
As % of the General category 1.27% 1.64% 2.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 200 180 332
Average daily rate
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£375 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £468
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.84% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 20
Average hourly rate £37.50 £36.63 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.38% +109.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.10 £16.00 £12.01
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £157.50 £165.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £35.75 £17.15
% change year-on-year
+4.19% +108.45%

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

General Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
General category
23919 21857 22428
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 40.29% 38.64% 42.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 15226 13410 13869
Average daily rate £438 £427 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.51% -5.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £273 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £385
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +0.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 656 540 595
Average hourly rate £23.88 £21.37 £22.13
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.74% -3.43%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.05 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.71 £42.00 £44.97
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.50 £22.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+22.22% -

Games
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Games within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the General category.

Games Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Games
Daily Rate Trend

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

Games Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Games
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Games within the UK over the 3 months to 1 September 2015.

Games Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Games
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Games Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Games
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Games within the UK over the 3 months to 1 September 2015.

Games Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Games
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 Games within the UK over the 3 months to 1 September 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 -62 287 £375 -6.25% 330
London -69 180 £423 +2.42% 146
South East -11 42 £350 +7.69% 40
City of London -8 37 £400 - 26
West Midlands +27 25 £340 +41.66% 37
Scotland -3 11 £288 +6.48% 12
Birmingham +13 10 £340 - 17
South West +3 10 £375 - 6
Surrey 0 10 £325 - 9
West Yorkshire -19 10 £375 +36.36% 26
Yorkshire -26 10 £375 +50.00% 31
North West -28 10 £300 -7.69% 33
Staffordshire - 10 £363 - 4
Hammersmith +4 9 £436 -3.27%
Leeds -18 9 £375 - 23
Glasgow +7 8 £325 +20.37% 2
East Sussex +5 8 £550 - 2
Berkshire 0 8 £320 +6.66% 7
Gloucestershire - 8 £375 -
Brighton +4 7 £550 - 2
Manchester -17 7 £300 -7.69% 22
Guildford +5 5 £325 +18.18% 3
Reading -7 5 £275 -38.88% 7
North East -22 5 £410 +17.00% 5
Tyne and Wear -24 5 £410 +17.00% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -26 5 £410 +17.00% 3
Stoke-on-Trent - 5 £375 - 2
East Midlands -10 4 £275 -20.86% 3
Oxford -15 4 £431 +41.39% 7
Oxfordshire -20 4 £431 +42.56% 11

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Games 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 Games.

1 247 (37.77%) Agile Software Development
2 136 (20.80%) HTML
3 130 (19.88%) Scrum
4 122 (18.65%) TDD
5 117 (17.89%) JavaScript
6 113 (17.28%) Java
7 94 (14.37%) HTML5
8 93 (14.22%) CSS
9 91 (13.91%) Online Games
10 90 (13.76%) C++
10 90 (13.76%) SQL
11 77 (11.77%) C#
11 77 (11.77%) Android
12 68 (10.40%) Apple iOS
12 68 (10.40%) E-Commerce
13 67 (10.24%) Finance
14 64 (9.79%) Linux
14 64 (9.79%) Software Engineering
15 58 (8.87%) Mobile App
16 57 (8.72%) CSS3
16 57 (8.72%) Retail
17 53 (8.10%) Marketing
17 53 (8.10%) Game Development
18 49 (7.49%) Python
19 48 (7.34%) XML
20 46 (7.03%) Windows
21 45 (6.88%) OO
21 45 (6.88%) BDD
21 45 (6.88%) jQuery
22 43 (6.57%) .NET

Games
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Games 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 Games. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 34 (5.20%) Node.js
2 20 (3.06%) Apache
3 12 (1.83%) IIS
4 11 (1.68%) CMS
4 11 (1.68%) OpenStack
5 10 (1.53%) Tomcat
5 10 (1.53%) nginx
6 7 (1.07%) SharePoint
6 7 (1.07%) Apache Spark
7 5 (0.76%) Elasticsearch
8 4 (0.61%) Apache Pig
9 3 (0.46%) MS Exchange
9 3 (0.46%) JBoss
9 3 (0.46%) WordPress
10 2 (0.31%) Drupal
10 2 (0.31%) SAS
10 2 (0.31%) Mule
10 2 (0.31%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 1 (0.15%) Mule ESB
11 1 (0.15%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 38 (5.81%) Photoshop
2 34 (5.20%) Maya
3 25 (3.82%) Adobe Illustrator
4 11 (1.68%) 3ds Max
4 11 (1.68%) MS Excel
4 11 (1.68%) MS Visio
5 10 (1.53%) MS Project
6 6 (0.92%) ZBrush
7 5 (0.76%) OmniGraffle
7 5 (0.76%) Doxygen
7 5 (0.76%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (0.61%) Adobe After Effects
8 4 (0.61%) MS Office
9 2 (0.31%) MS PowerPoint
9 2 (0.31%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.15%) CINEMA 4D
10 1 (0.15%) InDesign
10 1 (0.15%) Adobe Premiere
10 1 (0.15%) Mingle
10 1 (0.15%) Edge Animate
Business Applications
1 8 (1.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.61%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.31%) Unica
3 2 (0.31%) SAP ERP
3 2 (0.31%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 37 (5.66%) Amazon AWS
2 34 (5.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (0.46%) Google Analytics
3 3 (0.46%) Heroku
3 3 (0.46%) IaaS
3 3 (0.46%) Amazon EMR
3 3 (0.46%) Yammer
4 2 (0.31%) Amazon Kinesis
4 2 (0.31%) Adobe Analytics
4 2 (0.31%) Office 365
4 2 (0.31%) SaaS
5 1 (0.15%) PaaS
5 1 (0.15%) GitHub
5 1 (0.15%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 20 (3.06%) Firewall
2 16 (2.45%) Internet
3 14 (2.14%) HTTP
4 12 (1.83%) DNS
5 5 (0.76%) TCP/IP
5 5 (0.76%) MPLS
5 5 (0.76%) OSPF
5 5 (0.76%) BGP
6 4 (0.61%) VPN
6 4 (0.61%) HTTPS
7 3 (0.46%) Network Security
7 3 (0.46%) Software-Defined Networking
8 2 (0.31%) Skype
8 2 (0.31%) Cisco ASA
8 2 (0.31%) AMQP
8 2 (0.31%) Cisco IOS
8 2 (0.31%) Cisco Nexus
8 2 (0.31%) Telnet
8 2 (0.31%) SSH
8 2 (0.31%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (5.96%) NoSQL
2 37 (5.66%) MySQL
3 24 (3.67%) Hadoop
3 24 (3.67%) Big Data
4 23 (3.52%) MongoDB
5 22 (3.36%) SQL Server
6 20 (3.06%) PostgreSQL
7 16 (2.45%) Data Warehouse
8 10 (1.53%) Relational Database
9 9 (1.38%) Redis
10 8 (1.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 7 (1.07%) Apache Hive
12 6 (0.92%) HBase
12 6 (0.92%) CouchDB
12 6 (0.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 6 (0.92%) Oracle Database
13 5 (0.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 4 (0.61%) SQL Server 2005
14 4 (0.61%) Oracle Database 11g
14 4 (0.61%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 27 (4.13%) Git (software)
2 25 (3.82%) Subversion
3 24 (3.67%) Jenkins
4 23 (3.52%) Selenium
5 21 (3.21%) Grunt
6 19 (2.91%) Cucumber
7 17 (2.60%) JIRA
8 12 (1.83%) WebDriver
9 11 (1.68%) Visual Studio
10 10 (1.53%) Axure RP
11 9 (1.38%) JUnit
12 8 (1.22%) Maven
13 7 (1.07%) RSpec
13 7 (1.07%) JBehave
14 6 (0.92%) Team Foundation Server
14 6 (0.92%) CruiseControl
14 6 (0.92%) Dreamweaver
15 5 (0.76%) Xcode
16 4 (0.61%) JMeter
16 4 (0.61%) Bugzilla
General
1 67 (10.24%) Finance
2 57 (8.72%) Retail
3 53 (8.10%) Marketing
4 33 (5.05%) Telecoms
5 17 (2.60%) Electronics
5 17 (2.60%) Publishing
6 15 (2.29%) Advertising
7 14 (2.14%) Manufacturing
8 10 (1.53%) Multimedia
8 10 (1.53%) Banking
9 8 (1.22%) Spanish Language
10 7 (1.07%) German Language
10 7 (1.07%) Italian Language
11 6 (0.92%) French Language
12 5 (0.76%) iGaming
12 5 (0.76%) Legal
13 4 (0.61%) Back Office
13 4 (0.61%) Investment Banking
14 3 (0.46%) Military
14 3 (0.46%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 256 (39.14%) Developer
2 56 (8.56%) Analyst
3 55 (8.41%) Project Manager
4 40 (6.12%) Architect
5 38 (5.81%) Front-End Developer
6 34 (5.20%) Java Developer
7 29 (4.43%) Programmer
8 27 (4.13%) JavaScript Developer
9 26 (3.98%) C++ Developer
10 25 (3.82%) Designer
11 23 (3.52%) Business Analyst
12 22 (3.36%) ScrumMaster
13 19 (2.91%) DevOps Engineer
14 18 (2.75%) Software Engineer
15 17 (2.60%) Games Developer
16 15 (2.29%) Senior Developer
16 15 (2.29%) Android Developer
17 14 (2.14%) Agile Project Manager
17 14 (2.14%) Solutions Architect
17 14 (2.14%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 136 (20.80%) HTML
2 94 (14.37%) HTML5
3 93 (14.22%) CSS
4 57 (8.72%) CSS3
5 48 (7.34%) XML
6 45 (6.88%) jQuery
7 43 (6.57%) .NET
8 34 (5.20%) Web Services
9 32 (4.89%) Unity (Game Engine)
10 31 (4.74%) Flash
11 26 (3.98%) Backbone.js
12 25 (3.82%) OpenGL
13 24 (3.67%) REST
14 23 (3.52%) JSON
15 20 (3.06%) Spring
15 20 (3.06%) AngularJS
16 16 (2.45%) RESTful
17 14 (2.14%) ASP.NET Web API
18 13 (1.99%) SOAP
19 11 (1.68%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 91 (13.91%) Online Games
2 58 (8.87%) Mobile App
3 38 (5.81%) User Experience
4 32 (4.89%) Streaming Video
5 30 (4.59%) Computer Science
6 27 (4.13%) Animation
7 26 (3.98%) Analytical Skills
8 22 (3.36%) Xbox
9 19 (2.91%) STB
10 18 (2.75%) Social Media
11 17 (2.60%) Data Centre
11 17 (2.60%) Physics
12 16 (2.45%) Mobile Games
13 15 (2.29%) IPTV
13 15 (2.29%) iPad
14 14 (2.14%) PlayStation
15 13 (1.99%) Over-the-Top Content
15 13 (1.99%) iPhone
16 12 (1.83%) Algorithms
16 12 (1.83%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 77 (11.77%) Android
2 68 (10.40%) Apple iOS
3 64 (9.79%) Linux
4 46 (7.03%) Windows
5 18 (2.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 18 (2.75%) UNIX
6 9 (1.38%) Windows 7
7 8 (1.22%) Ubuntu
8 6 (0.92%) Windows Server 2008
9 5 (0.76%) CentOS
10 3 (0.46%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (0.46%) Windows Phone
11 2 (0.31%) Windows Mobile
12 1 (0.15%) AIX
12 1 (0.15%) Solaris
12 1 (0.15%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.15%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 247 (37.77%) Agile Software Development
2 130 (19.88%) Scrum
3 122 (18.65%) TDD
4 68 (10.40%) E-Commerce
5 64 (9.79%) Software Engineering
6 53 (8.10%) Game Development
7 45 (6.88%) BDD
7 45 (6.88%) OO
8 42 (6.42%) Business Intelligence
8 42 (6.42%) DevOps
9 41 (6.27%) Project Management
10 37 (5.66%) Continuous Integration
11 36 (5.50%) Mentoring
12 35 (5.35%) User Stories
13 34 (5.20%) Kanban
14 32 (4.89%) Automated Testing
15 30 (4.59%) Test Automation
16 27 (4.13%) MVC
17 26 (3.98%) Android Development
18 25 (3.82%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 117 (17.89%) JavaScript
2 113 (17.28%) Java
3 90 (13.76%) C++
3 90 (13.76%) SQL
4 77 (11.77%) C#
5 49 (7.49%) Python
6 26 (3.98%) Ruby
7 24 (3.67%) ActionScript
8 21 (3.21%) C
9 20 (3.06%) PHP
9 20 (3.06%) Bash Shell
10 15 (2.29%) Perl
11 11 (1.68%) Scala
11 11 (1.68%) Objective-C
12 10 (1.53%) ActionScript 3.0
13 9 (1.38%) T-SQL
14 8 (1.22%) PL/SQL
14 8 (1.22%) PowerShell
15 5 (0.76%) Lua
16 4 (0.61%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 42 (6.42%) Degree
2 7 (1.07%) Security Cleared
2 7 (1.07%) Cisco Certification
3 6 (0.92%) GIAC
3 6 (0.92%) CISSP
4 5 (0.76%) SC Cleared
4 5 (0.76%) GCIA
4 5 (0.76%) GCIH
5 4 (0.61%) CCNA
6 3 (0.46%) CCIE
6 3 (0.46%) CCNP
7 2 (0.31%) PMI Certification
7 2 (0.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 2 (0.31%) CISMP
7 2 (0.31%) GCED
8 1 (0.15%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.15%) MySQL Certification
8 1 (0.15%) APMP
8 1 (0.15%) CRISC
8 1 (0.15%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (5.96%) QA
2 5 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.46%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.31%) MiFID
4 2 (0.31%) SLA
5 1 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.15%) GCP
System Software
1 12 (1.83%) Docker
2 7 (1.07%) Active Directory
3 6 (0.92%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.46%) Snort
5 2 (0.31%) HDFS
5 2 (0.31%) VMware ESX
6 1 (0.15%) Xen
6 1 (0.15%) Firmware
6 1 (0.15%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.15%) Sendmail
6 1 (0.15%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 30 (4.59%) Opscode Chef
2 27 (4.13%) Puppet
3 10 (1.53%) Ansible
4 9 (1.38%) HAProxy
4 9 (1.38%) Nagios
5 6 (0.92%) Mesos
6 5 (0.76%) Graphite
7 4 (0.61%) Salt
8 3 (0.46%) HP Quality Center
8 3 (0.46%) SCCM
9 2 (0.31%) SCOM
9 2 (0.31%) SCSM
9 2 (0.31%) Vagrant
9 2 (0.31%) MOM
10 1 (0.15%) Opsview
10 1 (0.15%) AirWatch
10 1 (0.15%) Cacti
10 1 (0.15%) SolarWinds Orion
10 1 (0.15%) HP SIM
10 1 (0.15%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 35 (5.35%) Microsoft
2 29 (4.43%) Oracle
3 20 (3.06%) Adobe
4 14 (2.14%) Red Hat
4 14 (2.14%) Apple
5 10 (1.53%) SAP
5 10 (1.53%) Cisco
5 10 (1.53%) Perforce
6 9 (1.38%) Barracuda Networks
6 9 (1.38%) IBM
6 9 (1.38%) Roku
7 8 (1.22%) Facebook
7 8 (1.22%) VMware
8 7 (1.07%) Google
9 5 (0.76%) HP
9 5 (0.76%) Tableau
10 4 (0.61%) Splunk
10 4 (0.61%) Symbian
11 3 (0.46%) Endeca
11 3 (0.46%) hybris
West Midlands
Applause IT Innovation
Posted: 4 hours ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
City, London
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
First Point
Rate: £400 - £425 per annum
Posted: 9 hours ago
Edinburgh
Net Talent
Posted: 19 hours ago
Central London / West End
Client Server
Rate: £300 to £350 p/day
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Net Talent
Posted: Yesterday
London
Orgtel
Rate: £550 - £650 per day + competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £382.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £350.00 - £450.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear
Square One Resources
Rate: market rates
Posted: 5 days ago
Staffordshire
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Senitor Associates
Rate: £100 - £200 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Orgtel
Rate: £600.00 - £750.00 per day + competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £200.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Staffordshire
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 8 days ago
Fife
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market rates paid weekly
Posted: 8 days ago
London
Orgtel
Rate: £400 - £600 per day + competitive
Posted: 11 days ago
Manchester
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £375 per day + competitive
Posted: 12 days ago