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 29 July 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
29 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Gaming
Rank 318 294 214
Rank change year-on-year
-24 -80
Contract jobs citing Games 341 364 479
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.60% 0.67% 0.94%
As % of the General category 1.49% 1.72% 2.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 196 196 308
Average daily rate
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£375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £250 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £536 £520 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+13.33% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 4 14
Average hourly rate £40.00 £87.25 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-54.15% +132.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.65 £14.60 £12.01
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £99.00 £169.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £10.75 £19.50 £34.75
% change year-on-year
-44.87% -43.88%

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
22901 21187 21967
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 40.12% 38.75% 43.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 14685 13107 13431
Average daily rate £425 £425 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -5.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £620 £600 £619
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £384 £388
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -0.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 566 553 636
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.75% -8.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £41.98 £43.92
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £22.50

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 29 July 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 29 July 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 29 July 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 -44 329 £375 +7.14% 303
London -57 175 £400 - 145
South East +17 79 £400 +33.33% 32
City of London -11 37 £375 -6.25% 30
Oxfordshire +8 35 £525 +75.00% 13
West Midlands +20 22 £325 -1.51% 14
Yorkshire -11 17 £330 +32.00% 47
South West +17 15 £375 - 6
West Yorkshire -11 14 £325 +18.18% 40
Berkshire +16 13 £320 +6.66%
Leeds -14 12 £300 - 38
Gloucestershire - 12 £375 - 2
Birmingham +16 11 £333 - 3
Oxford -10 11 £525 +72.13% 6
North West -24 10 £300 -2.43% 25
Glasgow +11 8 £325 +20.37% 4
Scotland +2 8 £325 +20.37% 10
Surrey -2 8 £550 +69.23% 7
East Sussex -4 8 £550 +175.00% 6
Staffordshire -5 8 £338 +2.27% 3
Manchester -17 8 £300 -7.69% 20
Brighton -14 7 £550 +175.00% 5
Hammersmith 0 6 £425 -5.76% 1
Reading -3 6 - -
Stoke-on-Trent +3 5 £325 -1.51%
Hampshire +4 4 £375 +15.38% 3
East Midlands -8 4 £275 - 5
Tyne and Wear -20 4 £319 +4.59% 3
North East -23 4 £319 +4.59% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -23 4 £319 +4.59% 3

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 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.

1 289 (39.43%) Agile Software Development
2 152 (20.74%) HTML
3 142 (19.37%) JavaScript
4 141 (19.24%) TDD
5 134 (18.28%) Scrum
5 134 (18.28%) Java
6 114 (15.55%) CSS
7 104 (14.19%) HTML5
8 103 (14.05%) SQL
9 96 (13.10%) Online Games
10 91 (12.41%) C#
11 89 (12.14%) C++
12 79 (10.78%) Android
13 76 (10.37%) Finance
14 73 (9.96%) Linux
15 72 (9.82%) E-Commerce
16 70 (9.55%) Apple iOS
17 66 (9.00%) CSS3
17 66 (9.00%) Software Engineering
18 63 (8.59%) Retail
19 60 (8.19%) jQuery
20 58 (7.91%) Marketing
20 58 (7.91%) Mobile App
21 56 (7.64%) BDD
21 56 (7.64%) Python
22 54 (7.37%) OO
22 54 (7.37%) Game Development
23 53 (7.23%) Degree
24 52 (7.09%) .NET
25 50 (6.82%) XML

Games
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 44 (6.00%) Node.js
2 23 (3.14%) Apache
3 14 (1.91%) IIS
4 12 (1.64%) CMS
4 12 (1.64%) Tomcat
5 11 (1.50%) nginx
6 10 (1.36%) Elasticsearch
7 9 (1.23%) Apache Spark
7 9 (1.23%) OpenStack
8 4 (0.55%) Orchard CMS
8 4 (0.55%) Apache Pig
8 4 (0.55%) WordPress
8 4 (0.55%) JBoss
9 3 (0.41%) SharePoint
9 3 (0.41%) MS Exchange
9 3 (0.41%) Jetty
10 2 (0.27%) Drupal
10 2 (0.27%) Mule
10 2 (0.27%) Confluence
10 2 (0.27%) SAS
Applications
1 33 (4.50%) Photoshop
1 33 (4.50%) Maya
2 19 (2.59%) Adobe Illustrator
3 12 (1.64%) 3ds Max
3 12 (1.64%) MS Excel
3 12 (1.64%) MS Visio
4 11 (1.50%) MS Project
5 6 (0.82%) ZBrush
5 6 (0.82%) Adobe After Effects
6 5 (0.68%) Doxygen
6 5 (0.68%) MS Office
6 5 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.55%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 3 (0.41%) Adobe Premiere
9 2 (0.27%) Edge Animate
10 1 (0.14%) OmniGraffle
10 1 (0.14%) Mingle
10 1 (0.14%) MS PowerPoint
10 1 (0.14%) CINEMA 4D
10 1 (0.14%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 8 (1.09%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (0.41%) SAP ERP
3 2 (0.27%) RMDS
3 2 (0.27%) Unica
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.14%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.14%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 42 (5.73%) Amazon AWS
2 41 (5.59%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (0.82%) Amazon EMR
3 6 (0.82%) SaaS
4 4 (0.55%) IaaS
5 3 (0.41%) Google Analytics
5 3 (0.41%) Amazon EC2
5 3 (0.41%) Yammer
5 3 (0.41%) PaaS
5 3 (0.41%) Heroku
6 2 (0.27%) Adobe Analytics
6 2 (0.27%) Amazon Kinesis
7 1 (0.14%) Office 365
7 1 (0.14%) Route 53
7 1 (0.14%) GitHub
7 1 (0.14%) Basecamp
7 1 (0.14%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7 1 (0.14%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (0.14%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.14%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 28 (3.82%) Firewall
2 26 (3.55%) Internet
3 17 (2.32%) HTTP
4 15 (2.05%) DNS
5 8 (1.09%) Network Security
6 7 (0.95%) TCP/IP
7 6 (0.82%) OSPF
7 6 (0.82%) BGP
8 5 (0.68%) MPLS
8 5 (0.68%) VoIP
8 5 (0.68%) WAN
8 5 (0.68%) Cisco ASA
9 3 (0.41%) AMQP
9 3 (0.41%) VPN
9 3 (0.41%) HTTPS
9 3 (0.41%) NetScreen
9 3 (0.41%) Intrusion Detection
10 2 (0.27%) Cisco IOS
10 2 (0.27%) TACACS
10 2 (0.27%) Telnet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (6.82%) NoSQL
2 42 (5.73%) MySQL
3 37 (5.05%) MongoDB
4 31 (4.23%) Big Data
5 26 (3.55%) Hadoop
6 24 (3.27%) SQL Server
7 23 (3.14%) Data Warehouse
8 22 (3.00%) PostgreSQL
9 11 (1.50%) Amazon Redshift
10 10 (1.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 9 (1.23%) CouchDB
11 9 (1.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 9 (1.23%) Redis
12 8 (1.09%) Apache Hive
12 8 (1.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 6 (0.82%) HBase
13 6 (0.82%) OLTP
13 6 (0.82%) Oracle Database
14 5 (0.68%) Couchbase
14 5 (0.68%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 32 (4.37%) Git (software)
2 29 (3.96%) Selenium
3 28 (3.82%) Jenkins
4 25 (3.41%) Subversion
5 22 (3.00%) Grunt
6 21 (2.86%) Cucumber
7 17 (2.32%) WebDriver
8 12 (1.64%) JIRA
9 11 (1.50%) JUnit
10 10 (1.36%) Axure RP
11 9 (1.23%) Maven
12 8 (1.09%) Visual Studio
12 8 (1.09%) TeamCity
13 7 (0.95%) JBehave
14 6 (0.82%) RSpec
14 6 (0.82%) CruiseControl
15 4 (0.55%) Team Foundation Server
15 4 (0.55%) Bugzilla
15 4 (0.55%) Xcode
16 3 (0.41%) JMeter
General
1 76 (10.37%) Finance
2 63 (8.59%) Retail
3 58 (7.91%) Marketing
4 33 (4.50%) Telecoms
5 21 (2.86%) Electronics
6 18 (2.46%) Advertising
7 17 (2.32%) Publishing
8 15 (2.05%) Manufacturing
9 12 (1.64%) Multimedia
10 10 (1.36%) Banking
11 9 (1.23%) Legal
12 8 (1.09%) Italian Language
13 7 (0.95%) Spanish Language
13 7 (0.95%) German Language
14 6 (0.82%) French Language
15 5 (0.68%) Online Betting
15 5 (0.68%) iGaming
16 4 (0.55%) Law
17 3 (0.41%) Automotive
17 3 (0.41%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 305 (41.61%) Developer
2 59 (8.05%) Analyst
2 59 (8.05%) Project Manager
3 45 (6.14%) Architect
3 45 (6.14%) Java Developer
4 39 (5.32%) Front-End Developer
5 31 (4.23%) JavaScript Developer
6 30 (4.09%) Designer
6 30 (4.09%) Programmer
7 25 (3.41%) C++ Developer
8 24 (3.27%) Senior Developer
9 22 (3.00%) Business Analyst
10 20 (2.73%) DevOps Engineer
11 19 (2.59%) Web Developer
12 18 (2.46%) Software Engineer
13 17 (2.32%) Tester
14 16 (2.18%) Android Developer
14 16 (2.18%) ScrumMaster
15 15 (2.05%) Solutions Architect
15 15 (2.05%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 152 (20.74%) HTML
2 114 (15.55%) CSS
3 104 (14.19%) HTML5
4 66 (9.00%) CSS3
5 60 (8.19%) jQuery
6 52 (7.09%) .NET
7 50 (6.82%) XML
8 49 (6.68%) Web Services
9 38 (5.18%) Unity (Game Engine)
10 33 (4.50%) Backbone.js
11 32 (4.37%) REST
12 31 (4.23%) AngularJS
13 27 (3.68%) OpenGL
14 24 (3.27%) Flash
15 23 (3.14%) Spring
16 21 (2.86%) RESTful
16 21 (2.86%) JSON
17 20 (2.73%) SOAP
18 19 (2.59%) ASP.NET Web API
19 14 (1.91%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 96 (13.10%) Online Games
2 58 (7.91%) Mobile App
3 41 (5.59%) User Experience
4 35 (4.77%) Computer Science
5 33 (4.50%) Streaming Video
6 32 (4.37%) Analytical Skills
7 26 (3.55%) Xbox
8 23 (3.14%) Animation
8 23 (3.14%) Data Centre
9 21 (2.86%) STB
9 21 (2.86%) Social Media
9 21 (2.86%) Physics
10 20 (2.73%) iPad
11 19 (2.59%) IPTV
12 18 (2.46%) Client/Server
12 18 (2.46%) Mobile Games
13 16 (2.18%) Mathematics
13 16 (2.18%) iPhone
14 15 (2.05%) PlayStation
15 14 (1.91%) Over-the-Top Content
Operating Systems
1 79 (10.78%) Android
2 73 (9.96%) Linux
3 70 (9.55%) Apple iOS
4 44 (6.00%) Windows
5 20 (2.73%) UNIX
6 19 (2.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (1.23%) Windows 7
7 9 (1.23%) Ubuntu
8 6 (0.82%) Windows Server 2008
8 6 (0.82%) CentOS
9 3 (0.41%) Windows Phone
10 2 (0.27%) Windows Mobile
10 2 (0.27%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.14%) AIX
11 1 (0.14%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 289 (39.43%) Agile Software Development
2 141 (19.24%) TDD
3 134 (18.28%) Scrum
4 72 (9.82%) E-Commerce
5 66 (9.00%) Software Engineering
6 56 (7.64%) BDD
7 54 (7.37%) Game Development
7 54 (7.37%) OO
8 48 (6.55%) DevOps
9 46 (6.28%) Business Intelligence
10 44 (6.00%) Project Management
11 40 (5.46%) Responsive Web Design
12 38 (5.18%) MVC
13 35 (4.77%) Kanban
13 35 (4.77%) Continuous Integration
13 35 (4.77%) User Stories
13 35 (4.77%) Mentoring
14 30 (4.09%) Test Automation
15 29 (3.96%) Android Development
16 28 (3.82%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 142 (19.37%) JavaScript
2 134 (18.28%) Java
3 103 (14.05%) SQL
4 91 (12.41%) C#
5 89 (12.14%) C++
6 56 (7.64%) Python
7 32 (4.37%) PHP
7 32 (4.37%) Ruby
8 22 (3.00%) ActionScript
8 22 (3.00%) C
9 20 (2.73%) Bash Shell
10 15 (2.05%) Scala
11 14 (1.91%) Perl
12 13 (1.77%) PL/SQL
13 11 (1.50%) Objective-C
14 7 (0.95%) T-SQL
15 6 (0.82%) R
16 5 (0.68%) PowerShell
16 5 (0.68%) Lua
17 4 (0.55%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 53 (7.23%) Degree
2 12 (1.64%) Cisco Certification
3 7 (0.95%) Security Cleared
4 6 (0.82%) CCIE
4 6 (0.82%) CCNA
4 6 (0.82%) CISSP
5 4 (0.55%) CCNP
5 4 (0.55%) GIAC
5 4 (0.55%) GCIA
5 4 (0.55%) GCIH
5 4 (0.55%) SC Cleared
6 3 (0.41%) CISMP
7 2 (0.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (0.27%) MCSE
7 2 (0.27%) PhD
7 2 (0.27%) ISEB
8 1 (0.14%) MCSA
8 1 (0.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (0.14%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (6.68%) QA
2 8 (1.09%) SLA
3 7 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.55%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.27%) MiFID
6 1 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.14%) GCP
System Software
1 10 (1.36%) Docker
2 9 (1.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (0.82%) Active Directory
4 3 (0.41%) VMware ESX
4 3 (0.41%) Snort
5 2 (0.27%) Xen
5 2 (0.27%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.27%) HDFS
6 1 (0.14%) NFS
6 1 (0.14%) Sendmail
6 1 (0.14%) vSphere
6 1 (0.14%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.14%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 35 (4.77%) Opscode Chef
2 30 (4.09%) Puppet
3 10 (1.36%) Nagios
3 10 (1.36%) HAProxy
4 8 (1.09%) Ansible
5 5 (0.68%) Mesos
6 4 (0.55%) Graphite
6 4 (0.55%) Salt
7 3 (0.41%) HP Quality Center
8 2 (0.27%) Vagrant
8 2 (0.27%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (0.27%) NetBackup
8 2 (0.27%) MOM
9 1 (0.14%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.14%) SCCM
9 1 (0.14%) Oozie
9 1 (0.14%) HP SIM
Vendors
1 37 (5.05%) Oracle
2 35 (4.77%) Microsoft
3 18 (2.46%) Adobe
4 16 (2.18%) Red Hat
5 15 (2.05%) Cisco
6 14 (1.91%) SAP
6 14 (1.91%) Apple
7 13 (1.77%) Perforce
8 11 (1.50%) VMware
8 11 (1.50%) IBM
8 11 (1.50%) Barracuda Networks
8 11 (1.50%) Facebook
9 10 (1.36%) Tableau
9 10 (1.36%) Roku
10 7 (0.95%) hybris
10 7 (0.95%) HP
10 7 (0.95%) Google
11 6 (0.82%) F5
12 5 (0.68%) Symantec
13 4 (0.55%) MicroStrategy
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