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 18 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
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Gaming
Rank 263 220 226
Rank change year-on-year
-43 +6
Contract jobs citing Games 426 473 409
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.77% 0.92% 0.82%
As % of the General category 2.01% 2.23% 2.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 277 275 220
Average daily rate
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£375 £378 £373
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.66% +1.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £496 £528
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
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
21206 21233 20460
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.34% 41.08% 41.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 13776 13433 12045
Average daily rate £435 £450 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £270
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 478 568 781
Average hourly rate £22.50 £22.00 £21.94
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.27% +0.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £43.16 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.68 £23.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-1.39% +2.22%

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 18 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 18 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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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 -52 415 £375 -0.66% 217
London +25 313 £386 -4.03% 107
City of London -6 49 £413 +17.85% 23
South East -80 43 £263 +27.27% 25
Yorkshire -4 16 £359 -0.34% 16
North West -24 16 £250 -33.33% 18
West Yorkshire -2 13 £343 -4.86% 15
Manchester -13 13 £275 -15.38% 12
Leeds 0 11 £334 -13.31% 7
Surrey -13 10 £300 +4.34% 1
West Midlands -13 10 £375 +30.43% 9
Guildford -7 9 £300 +60.00%
East of England -9 8 £500 +26.58% 15
Oxfordshire -26 8 £310 -6.41% 4
Oxford -15 7 £310 -34.73% 2
Berkshire -48 7 £375 +123.88% 5
East Sussex - 6 £250 - 2
Harrow -1 5 £400 +17.64%
South West -31 5 £338 - 5
Brighton - 5 £250 - 2
Hammersmith +4 4 £493 +23.12%
Hertfordshire -3 4 £510 +22.89% 7
Warwickshire - 4 - -
East Midlands +9 3 £285 - 1
Hampshire -17 3 £238 - 8
Reading -21 3 £275 +64.17% 1
Cheshire +3 2 £250 -41.17% 3
Slough -9 2 £230 - 2
Edinburgh -9 2 - - 6
Scotland -14 2 - - 16

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 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.

1 324 (39.95%) Agile Software Development
2 219 (27.00%) Online Games
3 169 (20.84%) Scrum
4 159 (19.61%) Java
5 157 (19.36%) JavaScript
6 156 (19.24%) TDD
7 134 (16.52%) SQL
8 128 (15.78%) HTML
9 107 (13.19%) Linux
10 96 (11.84%) CSS
11 93 (11.47%) Finance
12 86 (10.60%) Python
13 85 (10.48%) Oracle
14 81 (9.99%) Degree
15 78 (9.62%) QA
16 76 (9.37%) OO
17 74 (9.12%) Continuous Integration
18 73 (9.00%) Windows
18 73 (9.00%) C#
19 72 (8.88%) HTML5
20 71 (8.75%) Web Services
21 69 (8.51%) MySQL
21 69 (8.51%) Marketing
22 67 (8.26%) E-Commerce
23 66 (8.14%) Apple iOS
24 60 (7.40%) Business Intelligence
25 59 (7.27%) Automated Testing
25 59 (7.27%) jQuery
26 58 (7.15%) Git (software)
26 58 (7.15%) Data Modelling

Games
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 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 42 (5.18%) Apache
2 21 (2.59%) Node.js
3 13 (1.60%) CMS
4 12 (1.48%) Drupal
5 11 (1.36%) nginx
6 10 (1.23%) Elasticsearch
7 9 (1.11%) Tomcat
7 9 (1.11%) IIS
8 7 (0.86%) WordPress
9 6 (0.74%) Apache Pig
9 6 (0.74%) MS Exchange
10 5 (0.62%) IBM Notes
10 5 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2010
10 5 (0.62%) Confluence
11 4 (0.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 3 (0.37%) WebLogic
12 3 (0.37%) JBoss
12 3 (0.37%) SharePoint
12 3 (0.37%) OpenStack
12 3 (0.37%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 27 (3.33%) Photoshop
2 25 (3.08%) MS Excel
3 15 (1.85%) Adobe Illustrator
4 14 (1.73%) MS Visio
5 13 (1.60%) Maya
6 12 (1.48%) MS PowerPoint
7 10 (1.23%) MS Office
8 6 (0.74%) OmniGraffle
9 3 (0.37%) InDesign
9 3 (0.37%) PowerPivot
9 3 (0.37%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.37%) ZBrush
10 2 (0.25%) Adobe Premiere
10 2 (0.25%) Fireworks
10 2 (0.25%) SPSS
10 2 (0.25%) MS Project
11 1 (0.12%) 3ds Max
11 1 (0.12%) S-PLUS
11 1 (0.12%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.12%) Houdini
Business Applications
1 7 (0.86%) WebTrends
2 4 (0.49%) Google Analytics
3 3 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.37%) Oracle CRM
3 3 (0.37%) Siebel Analytics
3 3 (0.37%) Magento
4 2 (0.25%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (0.25%) SiteCatalyst
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.12%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.12%) osCommerce
Cloud Services
1 27 (3.33%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (0.99%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
4 4 (0.49%) Office 365
5 3 (0.37%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (0.25%) SaaS
6 2 (0.25%) PaaS
6 2 (0.25%) Amazon SQS
6 2 (0.25%) Google Apps
6 2 (0.25%) IaaS
6 2 (0.25%) GitHub
7 1 (0.12%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 32 (3.95%) Internet
2 29 (3.58%) TCP/IP
3 27 (3.33%) Firewall
4 24 (2.96%) DNS
5 16 (1.97%) Network Security
5 16 (1.97%) iSCSI
5 16 (1.97%) HTTP
6 15 (1.85%) Cisco ASA
7 14 (1.73%) LDAP
8 13 (1.60%) BGP
9 12 (1.48%) OSPF
10 11 (1.36%) MPLS
11 10 (1.23%) NetScreen
11 10 (1.23%) VPN
12 9 (1.11%) SAN
12 9 (1.11%) TACACS
12 9 (1.11%) IPsec
12 9 (1.11%) NetScaler
12 9 (1.11%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 9 (1.11%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (8.51%) MySQL
2 54 (6.66%) Data Warehouse
3 40 (4.93%) Amazon Redshift
4 33 (4.07%) MongoDB
5 31 (3.82%) NoSQL
6 30 (3.70%) Big Data
6 30 (3.70%) PostgreSQL
7 29 (3.58%) Hadoop
8 26 (3.21%) OLTP
9 23 (2.84%) SQL Server
10 18 (2.22%) Relational Database
11 16 (1.97%) QlikView
12 13 (1.60%) Redis
13 12 (1.48%) Apache Cassandra
14 11 (1.36%) Oracle Database
14 11 (1.36%) Apache Hive
15 10 (1.23%) CouchDB
15 10 (1.23%) Oracle ODI
16 9 (1.11%) OLAP
17 8 (0.99%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 58 (7.15%) Git (software)
2 34 (4.19%) Jasmine
3 32 (3.95%) Subversion
4 30 (3.70%) Selenium
4 30 (3.70%) Jenkins
5 27 (3.33%) Cucumber
6 23 (2.84%) JIRA
7 22 (2.71%) Karma Test Runner
8 21 (2.59%) Grunt
9 19 (2.34%) Maven
10 13 (1.60%) JMeter
10 13 (1.60%) WebDriver
10 13 (1.60%) Axure RP
11 12 (1.48%) JUnit
12 7 (0.86%) Xcode
12 7 (0.86%) Mercurial
13 6 (0.74%) PHPUnit
13 6 (0.74%) Ant
14 5 (0.62%) Visual Studio
14 5 (0.62%) LoadRunner
General
1 93 (11.47%) Finance
2 69 (8.51%) Marketing
3 45 (5.55%) Retail
4 21 (2.59%) Telecoms
5 19 (2.34%) Banking
6 18 (2.22%) Publishing
7 13 (1.60%) Manufacturing
8 11 (1.36%) Advertising
9 8 (0.99%) Investment Banking
9 8 (0.99%) Legal
10 6 (0.74%) Online Betting
10 6 (0.74%) Electronics
11 5 (0.62%) Back Office
11 5 (0.62%) Danish Language
12 4 (0.49%) Multimedia
13 3 (0.37%) iGaming
14 2 (0.25%) Billing
14 2 (0.25%) Aerospace
15 1 (0.12%) Automotive
15 1 (0.12%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 295 (36.37%) Developer
2 87 (10.73%) Analyst
3 48 (5.92%) Project Manager
4 41 (5.06%) Business Analyst
5 38 (4.69%) Java Developer
6 34 (4.19%) Architect
7 32 (3.95%) ScrumMaster
8 31 (3.82%) Web Developer
9 30 (3.70%) Designer
9 30 (3.70%) JavaScript Developer
10 27 (3.33%) Senior Developer
11 25 (3.08%) Programmer
12 24 (2.96%) Front-End Developer
12 24 (2.96%) Mobile Developer
13 22 (2.71%) Python Developer
14 21 (2.59%) Games Developer
15 20 (2.47%) Consultant
16 17 (2.10%) Tester
16 17 (2.10%) Python/Django Developer
17 16 (1.97%) iOS Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 128 (15.78%) HTML
2 96 (11.84%) CSS
3 72 (8.88%) HTML5
4 71 (8.75%) Web Services
5 59 (7.27%) jQuery
6 58 (7.15%) XML
7 50 (6.17%) REST
8 46 (5.67%) Spring
9 43 (5.30%) JSON
10 40 (4.93%) CSS3
11 37 (4.56%) .NET
12 33 (4.07%) AngularJS
12 33 (4.07%) Unity (Game Engine)
13 31 (3.82%) RESTful
14 25 (3.08%) Flash
15 24 (2.96%) Gherkin
15 24 (2.96%) Django
16 22 (2.71%) Backbone.js
17 21 (2.59%) Hibernate
18 19 (2.34%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 219 (27.00%) Online Games
2 55 (6.78%) Mobile App
3 53 (6.54%) User Experience
4 49 (6.04%) Analytical Skills
5 37 (4.56%) Digital Media
6 35 (4.32%) Computer Science
7 32 (3.95%) Data Integration
8 27 (3.33%) Mathematics
9 23 (2.84%) Social Media
10 19 (2.34%) Open Source
11 18 (2.22%) Visualisation
12 17 (2.10%) Social Gaming
13 16 (1.97%) Mobile Games
14 15 (1.85%) Physics
15 13 (1.60%) Replication
16 12 (1.48%) Data Structures
16 12 (1.48%) New Media
17 11 (1.36%) 3D Graphics
17 11 (1.36%) Animation
17 11 (1.36%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 107 (13.19%) Linux
2 73 (9.00%) Windows
3 66 (8.14%) Apple iOS
4 57 (7.03%) UNIX
5 51 (6.29%) Android
6 25 (3.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 18 (2.22%) Ubuntu
8 14 (1.73%) CentOS
9 13 (1.60%) Windows Server 2008
10 8 (0.99%) Windows 7
11 6 (0.74%) Mac OS
11 6 (0.74%) Windows Server 2012
11 6 (0.74%) Windows XP
12 5 (0.62%) Windows Server 2003
13 3 (0.37%) VMS
13 3 (0.37%) Mac OS X
13 3 (0.37%) Windows Phone
14 2 (0.25%) Windows Mobile
14 2 (0.25%) Windows 2000
15 1 (0.12%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 324 (39.95%) Agile Software Development
2 169 (20.84%) Scrum
3 156 (19.24%) TDD
4 76 (9.37%) OO
5 74 (9.12%) Continuous Integration
6 67 (8.26%) E-Commerce
7 60 (7.40%) Business Intelligence
8 59 (7.27%) Automated Testing
9 58 (7.15%) Data Modelling
10 56 (6.91%) Game Development
11 54 (6.66%) Continuous Improvement
12 53 (6.54%) Project Management
13 52 (6.41%) ETL
14 51 (6.29%) User Stories
14 51 (6.29%) Kanban
15 45 (5.55%) Analytics
16 43 (5.30%) ITIL
17 41 (5.06%) BDD
18 40 (4.93%) MVC
19 39 (4.81%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 159 (19.61%) Java
2 157 (19.36%) JavaScript
3 134 (16.52%) SQL
4 86 (10.60%) Python
5 73 (9.00%) C#
6 55 (6.78%) C++
7 51 (6.29%) Ruby
8 41 (5.06%) PHP
9 29 (3.58%) PL/SQL
10 26 (3.21%) C
11 22 (2.71%) Objective-C
12 17 (2.10%) Perl
12 17 (2.10%) ActionScript
13 16 (1.97%) ActionScript 3.0
14 14 (1.73%) PowerShell
14 14 (1.73%) Scala
15 13 (1.60%) Shell Script
16 11 (1.36%) Bash Shell
17 9 (1.11%) VB.NET
17 9 (1.11%) ActionScript 2.0
Qualifications
1 81 (9.99%) Degree
2 14 (1.73%) Cisco Certification
3 9 (1.11%) CCIE
3 9 (1.11%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 8 (0.99%) ISEB
5 7 (0.86%) PhD
6 6 (0.74%) CCNP
7 5 (0.62%) CISSP
7 5 (0.62%) CISA
7 5 (0.62%) CISM
7 5 (0.62%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 5 (0.62%) CRISC
7 5 (0.62%) RHCSA
8 3 (0.37%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 3 (0.37%) ISTQB
8 3 (0.37%) Security Cleared
9 2 (0.25%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 2 (0.25%) GIAC
9 2 (0.25%) GCIA
9 2 (0.25%) GCIH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 78 (9.62%) QA
2 17 (2.10%) SLA
3 8 (0.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.25%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.12%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.12%) EMIR
5 1 (0.12%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 17 (2.10%) Active Directory
2 16 (1.97%) NFS
3 15 (1.85%) VMware Infrastructure
4 12 (1.48%) Xen
5 11 (1.36%) Hyper-V
6 7 (0.86%) vSphere
7 6 (0.74%) vCloud
8 5 (0.62%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (0.37%) VMware ESX
9 3 (0.37%) Oracle RAC
10 2 (0.25%) Varnish
10 2 (0.25%) XenServer
10 2 (0.25%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 2 (0.25%) Snort
11 1 (0.12%) Oracle RMAN
11 1 (0.12%) IAG
Systems Management
1 32 (3.95%) Opscode Chef
2 26 (3.21%) Puppet
3 19 (2.34%) Nagios
4 10 (1.23%) SCOM
5 9 (1.11%) Cobbler
5 9 (1.11%) Red Hat Spacewalk
6 8 (0.99%) HAProxy
7 6 (0.74%) Nessus
8 5 (0.62%) BMC PATROL
8 5 (0.62%) Opsview
9 4 (0.49%) ITRS Geneos
9 4 (0.49%) NetBackup
10 3 (0.37%) Control-M
10 3 (0.37%) HP Quality Center
10 3 (0.37%) SCCM
11 1 (0.12%) ARCserve
11 1 (0.12%) Cisco IPCC
11 1 (0.12%) Backup Exec
11 1 (0.12%) Cisco CUCM
11 1 (0.12%) RANCID
Vendors
1 85 (10.48%) Oracle
2 46 (5.67%) Microsoft
3 29 (3.58%) Google
3 29 (3.58%) Cisco
4 21 (2.59%) Citrix
5 20 (2.47%) VMware
6 19 (2.34%) Red Hat
7 15 (1.85%) Netezza
7 15 (1.85%) Tableau
8 14 (1.73%) Facebook
8 14 (1.73%) Ab Initio
8 14 (1.73%) Adobe
9 13 (1.60%) Juniper
10 12 (1.48%) Teradata
11 11 (1.36%) NetApp
11 11 (1.36%) Twitter
11 11 (1.36%) Splunk
11 11 (1.36%) ServiceNow
12 10 (1.23%) F5
13 8 (0.99%) Zend
London
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Explore Group
Rate: £250 - £325 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Wirral
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £325 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Purple Consultancy
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Brighton, East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £250 Per Day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400.00 - £440.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Explore Group
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Milton Keynes
Vital Solutions
Rate: £0 - £550+ per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Greater Manchester
Explore Group
Rate: £100 - £150 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
West Yorkshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
London
Gamesys
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 17 days ago
Cheshire
Explore Group
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 20 days ago
Leeds
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 23 days ago
Slough
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £200.00 - £260.00 per day
Posted: 24 days ago
Glasgow
OHO Group
Rate: £200 - £350 per day
Posted: 28 days ago