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 24 October 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
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Gaming
Rank 283 206 226
Rank change year-on-year
-77 +20
Contract jobs citing Games 405 515 471
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.69% 0.98% 0.86%
As % of the General category 1.80% 2.34% 1.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 253 321 284
Average daily rate
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£375 £368 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.04% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £313
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 25 11
Average hourly rate £35.75 £17.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+104.28% -30.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.35 £12.75 £22.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.15 £39.00 £52.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.63 £17.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+109.28% -22.22%

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
22515 21985 24123
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.57% 41.91% 44.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 14065 13876 14323
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 £273 £272 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 530 583 735
Average hourly rate £22.00 £21.00 £24.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.76% -14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.72 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £44.96 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.00 £22.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -13.46%

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 24 October 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
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 24 October 2014.

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 24 October 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 -70 393 £375 +2.04% 282
London -2 304 £400 +5.96% 152
City of London -23 53 £375 +7.14% 39
South East -67 38 £310 +30.52% 33
North West -24 14 £394 +5.00% 30
West Midlands -25 11 £300 +4.34% 10
Yorkshire -7 10 £325 -19.75% 22
Manchester -13 10 £400 +18.51% 20
West Yorkshire -13 9 £325 -20.73% 17
Kent 0 7 £388 +28.09% 2
Scotland -3 7 - - 6
Surrey -20 7 £313 +30.89% 8
Oxfordshire -4 6 £310 +37.77% 8
Leeds -10 6 £325 -20.73% 12
Guildford -16 6 £313 +30.20% 2
South West -34 6 £338 - 10
Harrow - 6 £288 - 2
East of England -29 5 £243 -19.16% 18
Berkshire -42 5 £600 +242.85% 9
Glasgow -3 4 - - 1
Reading -29 4 £600 +258.20% 4
Dorset - 4 - -
Oxford - 4 £310 - 4
East Midlands +3 3 £348 - 7
Edinburgh -4 3 - - 3
Hampshire -12 3 £238 - 3
Cheshire +2 2 - - 3
Hammersmith -5 2 £473 +18.25% 1
Warwickshire -10 2 £300 - 3
Cambridge -10 2 £175 -41.66% 8

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 October 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.

1 314 (40.41%) Agile Software Development
2 204 (26.25%) Online Games
3 171 (22.01%) Scrum
4 159 (20.46%) JavaScript
5 152 (19.56%) Java
6 149 (19.18%) TDD
7 135 (17.37%) SQL
8 128 (16.47%) HTML
9 103 (13.26%) CSS
10 93 (11.97%) Linux
11 90 (11.58%) C#
12 81 (10.42%) HTML5
13 78 (10.04%) Python
14 77 (9.91%) MySQL
15 76 (9.78%) Oracle
15 76 (9.78%) Marketing
16 74 (9.52%) Finance
17 72 (9.27%) C++
17 72 (9.27%) Apple iOS
18 71 (9.14%) jQuery
18 71 (9.14%) XML
18 71 (9.14%) Business Intelligence
19 70 (9.01%) Degree
19 70 (9.01%) User Experience
20 67 (8.62%) QA
21 62 (7.98%) Mobile App
22 61 (7.85%) Game Development
23 58 (7.46%) Web Services
24 57 (7.34%) Microsoft
24 57 (7.34%) User Stories

Games
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 38 (4.89%) Apache
2 23 (2.96%) Node.js
3 19 (2.45%) CMS
4 11 (1.42%) Drupal
4 11 (1.42%) IBM Notes
5 10 (1.29%) MS Exchange
5 10 (1.29%) nginx
6 9 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2010
6 9 (1.16%) WebLogic
7 7 (0.90%) Tomcat
8 6 (0.77%) SharePoint
8 6 (0.77%) JBoss
8 6 (0.77%) WebSphere
8 6 (0.77%) SharePoint 2010
9 5 (0.64%) Mule
9 5 (0.64%) WordPress
9 5 (0.64%) Office Communications Server
10 3 (0.39%) SAS
10 3 (0.39%) OpenStack
10 3 (0.39%) Kinematics
Applications
1 29 (3.73%) Photoshop
2 22 (2.83%) Adobe Illustrator
3 21 (2.70%) MS Excel
4 13 (1.67%) Maya
5 8 (1.03%) MS PowerPoint
6 7 (0.90%) MS Visio
6 7 (0.90%) OmniGraffle
7 6 (0.77%) SPSS
8 5 (0.64%) MS Office
8 5 (0.64%) InDesign
8 5 (0.64%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.39%) PowerPivot
9 3 (0.39%) Adobe After Effects
10 2 (0.26%) Adobe Premiere
10 2 (0.26%) Fireworks
10 2 (0.26%) ZBrush
11 1 (0.13%) Mudbox
11 1 (0.13%) MotionBuilder
11 1 (0.13%) HumanIK
11 1 (0.13%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 13 (1.67%) WebTrends
2 5 (0.64%) Google Analytics
3 3 (0.39%) SiteCatalyst
3 3 (0.39%) Oracle CRM
3 3 (0.39%) Siebel Analytics
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.13%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.13%) osCommerce
4 1 (0.13%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 25 (3.22%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (0.90%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (0.64%) Cloud Computing
3 5 (0.64%) Office 365
4 3 (0.39%) GitHub
5 2 (0.26%) Amazon SQS
5 2 (0.26%) Google Apps
5 2 (0.26%) Responsys
6 1 (0.13%) IaaS
6 1 (0.13%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.13%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 37 (4.76%) Internet
2 23 (2.96%) TCP/IP
3 19 (2.45%) DNS
4 17 (2.19%) HTTP
5 14 (1.80%) LDAP
6 9 (1.16%) Firewall
6 9 (1.16%) MVNO
7 8 (1.03%) iSCSI
7 8 (1.03%) SAN
8 6 (0.77%) SSL
8 6 (0.77%) Wireshark
8 6 (0.77%) tcpdump
9 5 (0.64%) Cisco ASA
9 5 (0.64%) Cisco PIX
10 4 (0.51%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 4 (0.51%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
10 4 (0.51%) Multicast
10 4 (0.51%) NetScreen
10 4 (0.51%) NAS
11 3 (0.39%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (9.91%) MySQL
2 46 (5.92%) Data Warehouse
3 36 (4.63%) NoSQL
4 28 (3.60%) PostgreSQL
5 25 (3.22%) SQL Server
6 22 (2.83%) QlikView
7 21 (2.70%) Amazon Redshift
8 18 (2.32%) OLTP
8 18 (2.32%) MongoDB
9 17 (2.19%) Relational Database
10 13 (1.67%) Redis
11 12 (1.54%) Hadoop
12 11 (1.42%) OLAP
13 10 (1.29%) Apache Cassandra
13 10 (1.29%) Big Data
13 10 (1.29%) Oracle Database
13 10 (1.29%) Oracle ODI
14 9 (1.16%) SQL Server 2008
15 8 (1.03%) Oracle BI EE
16 7 (0.90%) Oracle OLAP
Development Applications
1 55 (7.08%) Git (software)
2 28 (3.60%) Jasmine
3 27 (3.47%) Subversion
4 26 (3.35%) Selenium
5 24 (3.09%) Cucumber
6 22 (2.83%) Karma Test Runner
7 20 (2.57%) Jenkins
8 16 (2.06%) JUnit
9 15 (1.93%) JIRA
10 12 (1.54%) WebDriver
11 11 (1.42%) Axure RP
12 10 (1.29%) Grunt
13 9 (1.16%) Maven
13 9 (1.16%) JMeter
14 8 (1.03%) PHPUnit
15 7 (0.90%) Mercurial
16 6 (0.77%) Visual Studio
17 4 (0.51%) LoadRunner
17 4 (0.51%) Balsamiq Mockups
17 4 (0.51%) RSpec
General
1 76 (9.78%) Marketing
2 74 (9.52%) Finance
3 45 (5.79%) Retail
4 25 (3.22%) Telecoms
5 24 (3.09%) Banking
6 15 (1.93%) Publishing
7 14 (1.80%) Investment Banking
8 11 (1.42%) Danish Language
8 11 (1.42%) Back Office
9 10 (1.29%) Advertising
10 9 (1.16%) Legal
11 7 (0.90%) Manufacturing
12 5 (0.64%) Electronics
12 5 (0.64%) Online Betting
13 4 (0.51%) iGaming
14 2 (0.26%) Multimedia
15 1 (0.13%) German Language
15 1 (0.13%) Russian Language
15 1 (0.13%) Arabic Language
15 1 (0.13%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 334 (42.99%) Developer
2 86 (11.07%) Analyst
3 40 (5.15%) Project Manager
3 40 (5.15%) Business Analyst
4 39 (5.02%) Java Developer
5 37 (4.76%) Programmer
6 36 (4.63%) Designer
7 34 (4.38%) Web Developer
8 30 (3.86%) Python Developer
9 29 (3.73%) Games Developer
10 26 (3.35%) Consultant
10 26 (3.35%) JavaScript Developer
11 24 (3.09%) Senior Developer
12 23 (2.96%) ScrumMaster
13 21 (2.70%) Mobile Developer
14 20 (2.57%) Front-End Developer
15 19 (2.45%) Architect
16 17 (2.19%) iOS Developer
16 17 (2.19%) Python/Django Developer
17 16 (2.06%) Games Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 128 (16.47%) HTML
2 103 (13.26%) CSS
3 81 (10.42%) HTML5
4 71 (9.14%) XML
4 71 (9.14%) jQuery
5 58 (7.46%) Web Services
6 46 (5.92%) JSON
6 46 (5.92%) CSS3
7 41 (5.28%) .NET
8 40 (5.15%) Spring
8 40 (5.15%) REST
8 40 (5.15%) Unity (Game Engine)
9 35 (4.50%) RESTful
10 31 (3.99%) Flash
10 31 (3.99%) AngularJS
11 24 (3.09%) Gherkin
11 24 (3.09%) Django
12 20 (2.57%) Ruby on Rails
12 20 (2.57%) Backbone.js
13 16 (2.06%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 204 (26.25%) Online Games
2 70 (9.01%) User Experience
3 62 (7.98%) Mobile App
4 43 (5.53%) Analytical Skills
5 34 (4.38%) Computer Science
6 32 (4.12%) Mathematics
7 31 (3.99%) Social Media
8 27 (3.47%) Data Integration
9 26 (3.35%) Digital Media
10 21 (2.70%) New Media
11 20 (2.57%) Physics
12 19 (2.45%) Social Gaming
12 19 (2.45%) Visualisation
13 17 (2.19%) Animation
14 16 (2.06%) Mobile Games
14 16 (2.06%) Open Source
15 15 (1.93%) Video on Demand
16 14 (1.80%) 3D Graphics
17 13 (1.67%) Blog
18 12 (1.54%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 93 (11.97%) Linux
2 72 (9.27%) Apple iOS
3 51 (6.56%) Android
4 50 (6.44%) Windows
5 40 (5.15%) UNIX
6 18 (2.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 13 (1.67%) Ubuntu
8 10 (1.29%) CentOS
9 7 (0.90%) Windows Server 2008
10 6 (0.77%) Windows 7
11 4 (0.51%) Windows Phone
11 4 (0.51%) Windows Mobile
12 3 (0.39%) Mac OS X
12 3 (0.39%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (0.39%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.26%) BlackBerry OS
13 2 (0.26%) Windows 8
13 2 (0.26%) Windows XP
14 1 (0.13%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 314 (40.41%) Agile Software Development
2 171 (22.01%) Scrum
3 149 (19.18%) TDD
4 71 (9.14%) Business Intelligence
5 61 (7.85%) Game Development
6 57 (7.34%) User Stories
7 56 (7.21%) OO
8 54 (6.95%) E-Commerce
8 54 (6.95%) Analytics
9 53 (6.82%) Continuous Integration
10 51 (6.56%) Project Management
11 48 (6.18%) ETL
12 47 (6.05%) MVC
12 47 (6.05%) Automated Testing
13 44 (5.66%) Data Modelling
14 42 (5.41%) Continuous Improvement
15 41 (5.28%) Kanban
16 39 (5.02%) BDD
17 36 (4.63%) CRM
18 35 (4.50%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 159 (20.46%) JavaScript
2 152 (19.56%) Java
3 135 (17.37%) SQL
4 90 (11.58%) C#
5 78 (10.04%) Python
6 72 (9.27%) C++
7 53 (6.82%) Ruby
8 47 (6.05%) PHP
9 29 (3.73%) PL/SQL
10 28 (3.60%) C
11 24 (3.09%) Scala
12 19 (2.45%) Objective-C
13 18 (2.32%) ActionScript
14 16 (2.06%) Shell Script
15 14 (1.80%) ActionScript 3.0
16 10 (1.29%) Perl
17 8 (1.03%) T-SQL
17 8 (1.03%) PHP5
17 8 (1.03%) PowerShell
18 7 (0.90%) Lua
Qualifications
1 70 (9.01%) Degree
2 8 (1.03%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 7 (0.90%) PhD
3 7 (0.90%) Microsoft Certification
4 6 (0.77%) Cisco Certification
5 5 (0.64%) CCNP
5 5 (0.64%) ISEB
5 5 (0.64%) CISSP
5 5 (0.64%) CISA
5 5 (0.64%) CISM
5 5 (0.64%) CRISC
6 3 (0.39%) A+ Certification
6 3 (0.39%) Security Cleared
6 3 (0.39%) MCSE
6 3 (0.39%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 2 (0.26%) RHCE
7 2 (0.26%) ISTQB
7 2 (0.26%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (0.13%) CCIE
8 1 (0.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 67 (8.62%) QA
2 7 (0.90%) SLA
3 6 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.13%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.13%) EMIR
4 1 (0.13%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 17 (2.19%) Active Directory
2 10 (1.29%) Xen
3 8 (1.03%) NFS
4 7 (0.90%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.90%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.39%) XenServer
5 3 (0.39%) VMware ESX
5 3 (0.39%) vSphere
5 3 (0.39%) Varnish
5 3 (0.39%) vCloud
6 2 (0.26%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 1 (0.13%) Oracle RMAN
7 1 (0.13%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.13%) HDFS
7 1 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 31 (3.99%) Opscode Chef
2 20 (2.57%) Puppet
3 16 (2.06%) Nagios
4 11 (1.42%) BMC PATROL
5 8 (1.03%) Red Hat Spacewalk
5 8 (1.03%) Cobbler
5 8 (1.03%) Opsview
6 6 (0.77%) HAProxy
6 6 (0.77%) SCOM
7 4 (0.51%) NetBackup
8 3 (0.39%) SCCM
9 1 (0.13%) Cisco IPCC
9 1 (0.13%) Data Guard
9 1 (0.13%) Cacti
9 1 (0.13%) Zenoss
9 1 (0.13%) HP Quality Center
9 1 (0.13%) SCOrch
9 1 (0.13%) RANCID
9 1 (0.13%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 76 (9.78%) Oracle
2 57 (7.34%) Microsoft
3 30 (3.86%) Google
4 21 (2.70%) Adobe
5 20 (2.57%) Netezza
6 18 (2.32%) Facebook
7 17 (2.19%) Ab Initio
8 15 (1.93%) Twitter
8 15 (1.93%) Tableau
9 14 (1.80%) Teradata
10 12 (1.54%) Cisco
11 11 (1.42%) Lotus
11 11 (1.42%) Red Hat
11 11 (1.42%) VMware
12 10 (1.29%) Zend
12 10 (1.29%) ServiceNow
13 9 (1.16%) Veritas
13 9 (1.16%) Citrix
14 8 (1.03%) Splunk
15 7 (0.90%) Infoblox
Reading, Berkshire
Vitamin T
Rate: From £26,000 to £27,000 per annum £26K - £27K + benefits
Posted: 9 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Venturi
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £350 to £375 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
West London
Blue Glue
Rate: From £40,000 to £45,000 per annum pro rata
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
TEKsystems
Rate: £100 - £175 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bracknell, Berkshire
The Curve Group
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
TEKsystems
Rate: £125 - £200 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West Sussex
Austin Fraser
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Premier Media
Rate: £300 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
eCom Recruitment
Rate: Up to £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £380 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Harrow, Middlesex
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 4 days ago
Oxfordshire
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Rate: £280 - £340 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
York, North Yorkshire
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Posted: 9 days ago
Sutton, Surrey
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per annum direct - no agency margin
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City, London
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Rate: £350 - £400 per day
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