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 22 December 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
22 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Gaming
Rank 266 221 234
Rank change year-on-year
-45 +13
Contract jobs citing Games 410 471 401
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.75% 0.91% 0.81%
As % of the General category 1.96% 2.23% 1.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 266 272 215
Average daily rate
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£375 £378 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.66% +3.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £482 £515
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £295
% change year-on-year
+8.33% +1.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 17 11
Average hourly rate £25.50 £35.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-27.14% +16.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £22.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- -25.00%

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
20925 21089 20182
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.38% 40.93% 41.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 13692 13290 11880
Average daily rate £438 £450 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% +5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £273 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 485 576 769
Average hourly rate £22.00 £22.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +2.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £43.80 £43.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £23.00 £21.94
% change year-on-year
-2.17% +4.84%

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 22 December 2014.

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
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 22 December 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -48 400 £375 -0.66% 213
London +15 303 £385 -3.75% 119
City of London -16 47 £419 +19.64% 31
South East -68 40 £250 +21.21% 21
Yorkshire +6 16 £359 +8.62% 17
North West -24 15 £250 -33.33% 12
West Yorkshire -3 13 £343 +3.70% 16
Manchester -11 13 £275 -15.38% 8
Leeds 0 11 £334 -7.29% 6
Surrey -12 10 £300 +4.34% 1
Guildford -5 9 £300 +60.00%
West Midlands -17 9 £364 +26.52% 10
East of England -16 8 £500 +26.58% 13
Oxford -13 6 £310 -34.73% 3
Oxfordshire -20 6 £310 -6.41% 5
Berkshire -44 6 £275 +64.17% 3
East Sussex - 6 £250 - 1
Hammersmith +4 5 £493 +23.12% 1
Harrow -2 5 £400 +17.64%
South West -26 5 £338 - 5
Brighton - 5 £250 - 1
Hertfordshire -1 4 £510 +22.89% 5
Warwickshire - 4 - -
East Midlands 0 3 £285 - 1
Hampshire -14 3 £238 - 7
Reading -28 3 £275 +64.17% 1
Cheshire +4 2 £250 -41.17% 3
Slough -6 2 £230 -
Bedfordshire -16 2 £450 +650.00% 3
Cambridgeshire - 2 £475 - 4

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, 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.

1 321 (40.33%) Agile Software Development
2 215 (27.01%) Online Games
3 167 (20.98%) Scrum
4 154 (19.35%) TDD
5 152 (19.10%) Java
6 151 (18.97%) JavaScript
7 129 (16.21%) SQL
8 124 (15.58%) HTML
9 102 (12.81%) Linux
10 94 (11.81%) CSS
11 92 (11.56%) Finance
12 85 (10.68%) Python
13 82 (10.30%) Oracle
14 79 (9.92%) QA
15 77 (9.67%) Degree
16 72 (9.05%) C#
16 72 (9.05%) Windows
16 72 (9.05%) OO
17 71 (8.92%) Continuous Integration
18 69 (8.67%) Marketing
18 69 (8.67%) HTML5
19 66 (8.29%) MySQL
19 66 (8.29%) Apple iOS
20 65 (8.17%) Web Services
21 64 (8.04%) E-Commerce
22 59 (7.41%) Business Intelligence
23 58 (7.29%) jQuery
24 57 (7.16%) Data Modelling
24 57 (7.16%) Automated Testing
25 56 (7.04%) UNIX

Games
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, 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 40 (5.03%) Apache
2 20 (2.51%) Node.js
3 12 (1.51%) CMS
4 11 (1.38%) Drupal
5 10 (1.26%) nginx
5 10 (1.26%) Elasticsearch
6 9 (1.13%) Tomcat
6 9 (1.13%) IIS
7 7 (0.88%) WordPress
8 6 (0.75%) Apache Pig
9 5 (0.63%) Confluence
9 5 (0.63%) IBM Notes
9 5 (0.63%) MS Exchange
10 4 (0.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 4 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2010
11 3 (0.38%) WebLogic
11 3 (0.38%) JBoss
12 2 (0.25%) SharePoint
12 2 (0.25%) Office Communications Server
12 2 (0.25%) Umbraco
Applications
1 26 (3.27%) Photoshop
2 24 (3.02%) MS Excel
3 15 (1.88%) Adobe Illustrator
4 14 (1.76%) MS Visio
5 13 (1.63%) Maya
6 12 (1.51%) MS PowerPoint
7 10 (1.26%) MS Office
8 6 (0.75%) OmniGraffle
9 3 (0.38%) PowerPivot
9 3 (0.38%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.38%) ZBrush
9 3 (0.38%) InDesign
10 2 (0.25%) Adobe Premiere
10 2 (0.25%) MS Project
10 2 (0.25%) SPSS
11 1 (0.13%) Fireworks
11 1 (0.13%) S-PLUS
11 1 (0.13%) 3ds Max
11 1 (0.13%) Houdini
11 1 (0.13%) Mudbox
Business Applications
1 7 (0.88%) WebTrends
2 4 (0.50%) Google Analytics
3 3 (0.38%) Oracle CRM
3 3 (0.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.38%) Siebel Analytics
4 2 (0.25%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (0.25%) Magento
4 2 (0.25%) SiteCatalyst
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.13%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 26 (3.27%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (1.01%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (0.50%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (0.50%) Office 365
4 3 (0.38%) Amazon EC2
5 2 (0.25%) GitHub
5 2 (0.25%) IaaS
5 2 (0.25%) SaaS
5 2 (0.25%) PaaS
5 2 (0.25%) Amazon SQS
5 2 (0.25%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.13%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 31 (3.89%) Internet
2 29 (3.64%) TCP/IP
3 26 (3.27%) Firewall
4 22 (2.76%) DNS
5 16 (2.01%) Network Security
5 16 (2.01%) iSCSI
6 15 (1.88%) Cisco ASA
7 14 (1.76%) HTTP
8 13 (1.63%) BGP
9 12 (1.51%) OSPF
9 12 (1.51%) LDAP
10 11 (1.38%) MPLS
11 10 (1.26%) VPN
11 10 (1.26%) NetScreen
12 9 (1.13%) TACACS
12 9 (1.13%) IPsec
12 9 (1.13%) NetScaler
12 9 (1.13%) MVNO
12 9 (1.13%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 9 (1.13%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (8.29%) MySQL
2 52 (6.53%) Data Warehouse
3 40 (5.03%) Amazon Redshift
4 33 (4.15%) MongoDB
5 30 (3.77%) NoSQL
5 30 (3.77%) Big Data
5 30 (3.77%) PostgreSQL
6 29 (3.64%) Hadoop
7 25 (3.14%) OLTP
8 21 (2.64%) SQL Server
9 16 (2.01%) QlikView
9 16 (2.01%) Relational Database
10 13 (1.63%) Redis
11 12 (1.51%) Apache Cassandra
12 11 (1.38%) Apache Hive
13 10 (1.26%) Oracle Database
13 10 (1.26%) CouchDB
14 9 (1.13%) Oracle ODI
15 8 (1.01%) Oracle BI EE
15 8 (1.01%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 52 (6.53%) Git (software)
2 34 (4.27%) Jasmine
3 30 (3.77%) Jenkins
3 30 (3.77%) Selenium
4 28 (3.52%) Subversion
5 27 (3.39%) Cucumber
6 23 (2.89%) JIRA
7 22 (2.76%) Karma Test Runner
8 20 (2.51%) Grunt
9 18 (2.26%) Maven
10 13 (1.63%) WebDriver
10 13 (1.63%) Axure RP
11 12 (1.51%) JMeter
12 11 (1.38%) JUnit
13 7 (0.88%) Xcode
14 6 (0.75%) PHPUnit
14 6 (0.75%) Mercurial
14 6 (0.75%) Ant
15 5 (0.63%) TeamCity
15 5 (0.63%) Visual Studio
General
1 92 (11.56%) Finance
2 69 (8.67%) Marketing
3 46 (5.78%) Retail
4 21 (2.64%) Telecoms
5 20 (2.51%) Banking
6 18 (2.26%) Publishing
7 13 (1.63%) Manufacturing
8 11 (1.38%) Advertising
9 9 (1.13%) Investment Banking
10 8 (1.01%) Legal
11 6 (0.75%) Online Betting
12 5 (0.63%) Back Office
12 5 (0.63%) Electronics
12 5 (0.63%) Danish Language
13 3 (0.38%) Multimedia
14 2 (0.25%) Billing
14 2 (0.25%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.25%) iGaming
15 1 (0.13%) Arabic Language
15 1 (0.13%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 285 (35.80%) Developer
2 87 (10.93%) Analyst
3 45 (5.65%) Project Manager
4 41 (5.15%) Business Analyst
5 36 (4.52%) Java Developer
6 34 (4.27%) Architect
7 32 (4.02%) ScrumMaster
8 31 (3.89%) Web Developer
9 29 (3.64%) Designer
9 29 (3.64%) JavaScript Developer
10 27 (3.39%) Senior Developer
11 24 (3.02%) Programmer
12 23 (2.89%) Mobile Developer
13 22 (2.76%) Front-End Developer
13 22 (2.76%) Python Developer
14 20 (2.51%) Games Developer
14 20 (2.51%) Consultant
15 17 (2.14%) Tester
15 17 (2.14%) Python/Django Developer
16 16 (2.01%) iOS Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 124 (15.58%) HTML
2 94 (11.81%) CSS
3 69 (8.67%) HTML5
4 65 (8.17%) Web Services
5 58 (7.29%) jQuery
6 55 (6.91%) XML
7 48 (6.03%) REST
8 43 (5.40%) Spring
9 41 (5.15%) JSON
10 39 (4.90%) CSS3
11 37 (4.65%) .NET
12 33 (4.15%) Unity (Game Engine)
13 31 (3.89%) AngularJS
14 29 (3.64%) RESTful
15 25 (3.14%) Flash
16 24 (3.02%) Django
16 24 (3.02%) Gherkin
17 20 (2.51%) Backbone.js
18 19 (2.39%) Hibernate
19 18 (2.26%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 215 (27.01%) Online Games
2 53 (6.66%) Mobile App
3 51 (6.41%) User Experience
4 50 (6.28%) Analytical Skills
5 38 (4.77%) Digital Media
6 32 (4.02%) Data Integration
7 30 (3.77%) Computer Science
8 26 (3.27%) Mathematics
9 23 (2.89%) Social Media
10 18 (2.26%) Visualisation
10 18 (2.26%) Open Source
11 17 (2.14%) Social Gaming
12 16 (2.01%) Mobile Games
13 12 (1.51%) Replication
13 12 (1.51%) Physics
13 12 (1.51%) New Media
14 11 (1.38%) Data Structures
14 11 (1.38%) Xbox
14 11 (1.38%) Animation
14 11 (1.38%) 3D Graphics
Operating Systems
1 102 (12.81%) Linux
2 72 (9.05%) Windows
3 66 (8.29%) Apple iOS
4 56 (7.04%) UNIX
5 50 (6.28%) Android
6 23 (2.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 18 (2.26%) Ubuntu
8 13 (1.63%) Windows Server 2008
8 13 (1.63%) CentOS
9 8 (1.01%) Windows 7
10 6 (0.75%) Windows Server 2012
10 6 (0.75%) Mac OS
10 6 (0.75%) Windows XP
11 5 (0.63%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (0.38%) Windows Phone
12 3 (0.38%) VMS
12 3 (0.38%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.25%) Windows Mobile
13 2 (0.25%) Windows 2000
14 1 (0.13%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 321 (40.33%) Agile Software Development
2 167 (20.98%) Scrum
3 154 (19.35%) TDD
4 72 (9.05%) OO
5 71 (8.92%) Continuous Integration
6 64 (8.04%) E-Commerce
7 59 (7.41%) Business Intelligence
8 57 (7.16%) Data Modelling
8 57 (7.16%) Automated Testing
9 53 (6.66%) Project Management
9 53 (6.66%) Continuous Improvement
10 52 (6.53%) Game Development
10 52 (6.53%) User Stories
11 50 (6.28%) Kanban
11 50 (6.28%) ETL
12 45 (5.65%) Analytics
13 42 (5.28%) ITIL
14 40 (5.03%) BDD
15 37 (4.65%) MVC
15 37 (4.65%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 152 (19.10%) Java
2 151 (18.97%) JavaScript
3 129 (16.21%) SQL
4 85 (10.68%) Python
5 72 (9.05%) C#
6 54 (6.78%) C++
7 50 (6.28%) Ruby
8 39 (4.90%) PHP
9 28 (3.52%) PL/SQL
10 26 (3.27%) C
11 22 (2.76%) Objective-C
12 17 (2.14%) ActionScript
13 16 (2.01%) ActionScript 3.0
13 16 (2.01%) Perl
14 13 (1.63%) PowerShell
14 13 (1.63%) Scala
15 12 (1.51%) Shell Script
16 11 (1.38%) Bash Shell
17 9 (1.13%) ActionScript 2.0
17 9 (1.13%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 77 (9.67%) Degree
2 14 (1.76%) Cisco Certification
3 9 (1.13%) CCIE
4 8 (1.01%) ISEB
4 8 (1.01%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 7 (0.88%) PhD
6 6 (0.75%) CCNP
7 5 (0.63%) CISSP
7 5 (0.63%) CISA
7 5 (0.63%) CISM
7 5 (0.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 5 (0.63%) CRISC
8 4 (0.50%) RHCSA
8 4 (0.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 3 (0.38%) Security Cleared
9 3 (0.38%) ISTQB
10 2 (0.25%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 2 (0.25%) RHCE
10 2 (0.25%) PMP
10 2 (0.25%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 79 (9.92%) QA
2 17 (2.14%) SLA
3 8 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.25%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.13%) EMIR
5 1 (0.13%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 16 (2.01%) NFS
2 15 (1.88%) Active Directory
3 13 (1.63%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (1.38%) Hyper-V
4 11 (1.38%) Xen
5 7 (0.88%) vSphere
6 5 (0.63%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (0.63%) vCloud
7 3 (0.38%) Oracle RAC
8 2 (0.25%) Snort
8 2 (0.25%) XenServer
8 2 (0.25%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 2 (0.25%) VMware ESX
9 1 (0.13%) Oracle RMAN
9 1 (0.13%) IAG
9 1 (0.13%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 32 (4.02%) Opscode Chef
2 24 (3.02%) Puppet
3 18 (2.26%) Nagios
4 9 (1.13%) SCOM
5 8 (1.01%) Red Hat Spacewalk
5 8 (1.01%) Cobbler
5 8 (1.01%) HAProxy
6 6 (0.75%) Nessus
7 5 (0.63%) BMC PATROL
8 4 (0.50%) ITRS Geneos
8 4 (0.50%) Opsview
8 4 (0.50%) HP Quality Center
9 3 (0.38%) Control-M
9 3 (0.38%) SCCM
9 3 (0.38%) NetBackup
10 1 (0.13%) Backup Exec
10 1 (0.13%) ARCserve
10 1 (0.13%) Cisco IPCC
10 1 (0.13%) RANCID
10 1 (0.13%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 82 (10.30%) Oracle
2 44 (5.53%) Microsoft
3 28 (3.52%) Cisco
4 27 (3.39%) Google
5 21 (2.64%) Citrix
6 19 (2.39%) Red Hat
7 17 (2.14%) VMware
8 15 (1.88%) Netezza
8 15 (1.88%) Tableau
9 14 (1.76%) Ab Initio
9 14 (1.76%) Adobe
10 13 (1.63%) Juniper
10 13 (1.63%) Facebook
11 12 (1.51%) Teradata
12 11 (1.38%) ServiceNow
13 10 (1.26%) Twitter
13 10 (1.26%) Splunk
13 10 (1.26%) F5
13 10 (1.26%) NetApp
14 8 (1.01%) Zend
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Purple Consultancy
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
Resource Solutions - Barclays
Posted: 18 hours ago
City, London
Premier IT
Rate: £450 - £470 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Hammersmith And Fulham, London
Disney
Rate: £45,000 - £50,000
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Explore Group
Rate: £250 - £325 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Wirral
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £325 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Purple Consultancy
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Explore Group
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Greater Manchester
Explore Group
Rate: £100 - £150 per day
Posted: 18 days ago
West Yorkshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 20 days ago
London
Gamesys
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 21 days ago
Cheshire
Explore Group
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 25 days ago
Leeds
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 27 days ago