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 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
1 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Gaming
Rank 297 197 228
Rank change year-on-year
-100 +31
Contract jobs citing Games 359 552 488
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.64% 1.03% 0.84%
As % of the General category 1.65% 2.43% 1.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 182 339 301
Average daily rate
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£400 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £210 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £454 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 20 5
Average hourly rate £36.63 £17.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+109.28% -30.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £12.01 £17.63
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £165.00 £37.50 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.75 £17.15 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+108.45% -31.40%

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
21807 22720 25643
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.57% 42.55% 44.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 13391 14063 15265
Average daily rate £429 £450 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.66% +5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+1.29% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 531 603 733
Average hourly rate £21.50 £22.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.27% -12.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.68 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £44.97 £47.96
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £22.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
+4.54% -24.13%

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 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 1 September 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 1 September 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 -88 343 £400 +14.28% 297
London -30 268 £413 +12.24% 196
City of London -4 50 £400 +14.28% 55
South East -92 30 £338 +39.46% 24
North West +2 18 £325 +0.77% 15
Kent +6 15 £388 +35.96% 3
Manchester -2 14 £325 -13.33% 8
Tunbridge Wells - 12 £350 -
Scotland -16 8 £270 - 11
East of England -45 8 £413 +37.50% 16
Yorkshire -3 7 £250 -37.57% 13
Glasgow -4 7 £270 - 3
West Yorkshire -4 5 £275 -32.14% 9
East Midlands +5 4 £348 -26.84% 7
West Midlands -21 4 £240 -16.52% 8
Reading -22 4 £600 +152.63% 1
Hertfordshire -25 4 £413 +10.00% 6
Berkshire -35 4 £300 - 7
Buckinghamshire - 4 £338 - 2
Watford -5 3 £413 -
Cambridge -21 3 £175 -41.66% 5
Cambridgeshire -24 3 £175 -41.66% 6
Harrow +4 2 - -
Cheshire +3 2 - - 3
Merseyside +2 2 - - 3
Liverpool +1 2 - - 2
Oxfordshire -3 2 £303 -32.77% 2
East Sussex -6 2 - -
Hammersmith -6 2 £451 +24.93%
Brighton -6 2 - -

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 September 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.

1 192 (25.77%) Online Games
2 153 (20.54%) Java
3 146 (19.60%) Scrum
4 144 (19.33%) JavaScript
5 134 (17.99%) Agile Software Development
6 132 (17.72%) HTML
7 129 (17.32%) SQL
8 127 (17.05%) TDD
9 101 (13.56%) CSS
10 85 (11.41%) Linux
11 84 (11.28%) XML
12 83 (11.14%) Finance
13 79 (10.60%) C#
14 78 (10.47%) HTML5
15 73 (9.80%) Marketing
16 72 (9.66%) E-Commerce
17 70 (9.40%) QA
18 67 (8.99%) Mobile App
19 66 (8.86%) Game Development
20 63 (8.46%) Degree
20 63 (8.46%) Oracle
21 62 (8.32%) MySQL
21 62 (8.32%) Web Services
21 62 (8.32%) Project Management
22 61 (8.19%) Apple iOS
22 61 (8.19%) jQuery
23 59 (7.92%) Python
23 59 (7.92%) PHP
24 58 (7.79%) C++
25 57 (7.65%) Ruby

Games
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 28 (3.76%) Node.js
2 26 (3.49%) Apache
3 21 (2.82%) CMS
4 13 (1.74%) nginx
5 11 (1.48%) IBM Notes
5 11 (1.48%) WebSphere
6 10 (1.34%) Tomcat
6 10 (1.34%) SharePoint
6 10 (1.34%) WebLogic
7 9 (1.21%) MS Exchange
8 8 (1.07%) Drupal
8 8 (1.07%) Exchange Server 2010
9 6 (0.81%) SharePoint 2010
10 5 (0.67%) Office Communications Server
10 5 (0.67%) Mule
11 4 (0.54%) SAS
12 3 (0.40%) OpenStack
12 3 (0.40%) Apache Pig
13 2 (0.27%) Moodle
13 2 (0.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 27 (3.62%) Photoshop
2 23 (3.09%) Adobe Illustrator
3 17 (2.28%) MS Excel
4 10 (1.34%) OmniGraffle
5 9 (1.21%) MS Office
6 8 (1.07%) Maya
6 8 (1.07%) MS Visio
6 8 (1.07%) Adobe After Effects
7 6 (0.81%) InDesign
7 6 (0.81%) SPSS
7 6 (0.81%) MS PowerPoint
8 4 (0.54%) Spreadsheet
9 3 (0.40%) MS Project
9 3 (0.40%) PowerPivot
10 2 (0.27%) Adobe Captivate
10 2 (0.27%) RoboHelp
10 2 (0.27%) Fireworks
11 1 (0.13%) Blender
11 1 (0.13%) ZBrush
11 1 (0.13%) Mudbox
Business Applications
1 13 (1.74%) WebTrends
2 6 (0.81%) Google Analytics
3 5 (0.67%) SiteCatalyst
4 3 (0.40%) Oracle CRM
4 3 (0.40%) Siebel Analytics
5 2 (0.27%) Tridion
6 1 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.13%) osCommerce
6 1 (0.13%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 28 (3.76%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (0.81%) GitHub
3 4 (0.54%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (0.54%) Office 365
4 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.27%) Amazon SQS
4 2 (0.27%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (0.27%) Responsys
5 1 (0.13%) Amazon ELB
5 1 (0.13%) OpenShift
5 1 (0.13%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.13%) SaaS
5 1 (0.13%) PaaS
5 1 (0.13%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 45 (6.04%) Internet
2 23 (3.09%) TCP/IP
3 18 (2.42%) DNS
4 16 (2.15%) HTTP
5 15 (2.01%) LDAP
6 12 (1.61%) SAN
7 7 (0.94%) VPN
7 7 (0.94%) Firewall
7 7 (0.94%) iSCSI
8 6 (0.81%) Intranet
9 5 (0.67%) Cisco ASA
9 5 (0.67%) NAS
9 5 (0.67%) Cisco PIX
9 5 (0.67%) SSL
10 4 (0.54%) BGP
10 4 (0.54%) HTTPS
10 4 (0.54%) LAN
10 4 (0.54%) Wireshark
10 4 (0.54%) tcpdump
10 4 (0.54%) NetScreen
Database & Business Intelligence
1 62 (8.32%) MySQL
2 42 (5.64%) Data Warehouse
3 34 (4.56%) NoSQL
4 30 (4.03%) SQL Server
5 19 (2.55%) MongoDB
5 19 (2.55%) Relational Database
6 17 (2.28%) PostgreSQL
6 17 (2.28%) QlikView
7 16 (2.15%) OLTP
8 15 (2.01%) Oracle Database
9 13 (1.74%) OLAP
10 12 (1.61%) Redis
11 11 (1.48%) Big Data
12 10 (1.34%) Hadoop
12 10 (1.34%) RDBMS
13 9 (1.21%) Apache Cassandra
13 9 (1.21%) Amazon Redshift
14 8 (1.07%) Oracle OLAP
14 8 (1.07%) DB2
15 7 (0.94%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 37 (4.97%) Git (software)
2 27 (3.62%) Cucumber
3 26 (3.49%) Selenium
4 21 (2.82%) JIRA
4 21 (2.82%) Subversion
4 21 (2.82%) JUnit
4 21 (2.82%) Jenkins
5 17 (2.28%) WebDriver
6 12 (1.61%) Jasmine
7 11 (1.48%) Maven
8 10 (1.34%) RSpec
9 9 (1.21%) Axure RP
9 9 (1.21%) PHPUnit
10 8 (1.07%) Karma Test Runner
11 6 (0.81%) Balsamiq Mockups
11 6 (0.81%) Mercurial
11 6 (0.81%) JMeter
12 5 (0.67%) Appcelerator Titanium
13 4 (0.54%) Grunt
13 4 (0.54%) Visual Studio
General
1 83 (11.14%) Finance
2 73 (9.80%) Marketing
3 54 (7.25%) Retail
4 31 (4.16%) Banking
5 25 (3.36%) Telecoms
6 18 (2.42%) Publishing
7 13 (1.74%) Investment Banking
8 12 (1.61%) Back Office
9 11 (1.48%) Danish Language
10 10 (1.34%) Advertising
11 8 (1.07%) Legal
12 7 (0.94%) Electronics
13 6 (0.81%) Manufacturing
13 6 (0.81%) Multimedia
13 6 (0.81%) iGaming
14 4 (0.54%) Billing
14 4 (0.54%) Automotive
15 2 (0.27%) Local Government
15 2 (0.27%) Retail Banking
15 2 (0.27%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 307 (41.21%) Developer
2 70 (9.40%) Analyst
3 51 (6.85%) Project Manager
4 41 (5.50%) Designer
5 37 (4.97%) Java Developer
6 36 (4.83%) Front-End Developer
7 33 (4.43%) Web Developer
8 31 (4.16%) Programmer
9 29 (3.89%) Business Analyst
10 27 (3.62%) Mobile Developer
11 25 (3.36%) Games Developer
12 23 (3.09%) JavaScript Developer
13 21 (2.82%) Consultant
14 17 (2.28%) Ruby on Rails Developer
15 16 (2.15%) iOS Developer
15 16 (2.15%) Senior Developer
15 16 (2.15%) Games Programmer
15 16 (2.15%) Python Developer
16 15 (2.01%) Tester
17 14 (1.88%) Lead Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 132 (17.72%) HTML
2 101 (13.56%) CSS
3 84 (11.28%) XML
4 78 (10.47%) HTML5
5 62 (8.32%) Web Services
6 61 (8.19%) jQuery
7 56 (7.52%) JSON
8 48 (6.44%) REST
9 46 (6.17%) Spring
10 43 (5.77%) CSS3
11 40 (5.37%) RESTful
12 33 (4.43%) .NET
13 31 (4.16%) AngularJS
13 31 (4.16%) Unity (Game Engine)
14 26 (3.49%) Flash
15 25 (3.36%) Ruby on Rails
16 24 (3.22%) OAuth
17 21 (2.82%) Ajax
18 20 (2.68%) Backbone.js
19 16 (2.15%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 192 (25.77%) Online Games
2 67 (8.99%) Mobile App
3 32 (4.30%) Social Media
4 30 (4.03%) Computer Science
5 25 (3.36%) New Media
6 21 (2.82%) Data Integration
7 18 (2.42%) Video on Demand
8 17 (2.28%) Open Source
8 17 (2.28%) Mathematics
8 17 (2.28%) Mobile Games
9 15 (2.01%) Animation
9 15 (2.01%) Social Gaming
10 14 (1.88%) Physics
10 14 (1.88%) Blog
11 12 (1.61%) 3D Graphics
11 12 (1.61%) Blackberry
11 12 (1.61%) Management Information System
11 12 (1.61%) Xbox
12 11 (1.48%) Client/Server
12 11 (1.48%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 85 (11.41%) Linux
2 61 (8.19%) Apple iOS
3 47 (6.31%) Android
4 41 (5.50%) Windows
5 39 (5.23%) UNIX
6 20 (2.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 12 (1.61%) CentOS
8 9 (1.21%) Ubuntu
9 8 (1.07%) Windows 7
10 6 (0.81%) Windows Mobile
10 6 (0.81%) Windows Server 2008
11 4 (0.54%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (0.40%) BlackBerry OS
13 2 (0.27%) Windows 8
13 2 (0.27%) Windows Server 2012
13 2 (0.27%) Windows Phone
13 2 (0.27%) Solaris
13 2 (0.27%) Windows XP
14 1 (0.13%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 146 (19.60%) Scrum
2 134 (17.99%) Agile Software Development
3 127 (17.05%) TDD
4 72 (9.66%) E-Commerce
5 66 (8.86%) Game Development
6 62 (8.32%) Project Management
7 51 (6.85%) Business Intelligence
7 51 (6.85%) Analytics
8 50 (6.71%) User Stories
9 44 (5.91%) ETL
10 39 (5.23%) SOA
10 39 (5.23%) OO
10 39 (5.23%) Continuous Improvement
11 38 (5.10%) MVC
12 37 (4.97%) Automated Testing
12 37 (4.97%) Web Development
13 36 (4.83%) Continuous Integration
14 35 (4.70%) BDD
15 33 (4.43%) Data Modelling
16 31 (4.16%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 153 (20.54%) Java
2 144 (19.33%) JavaScript
3 129 (17.32%) SQL
4 79 (10.60%) C#
5 59 (7.92%) PHP
5 59 (7.92%) Python
6 58 (7.79%) C++
7 57 (7.65%) Ruby
8 27 (3.62%) PL/SQL
9 22 (2.95%) C
9 22 (2.95%) Scala
10 17 (2.28%) Shell Script
11 13 (1.74%) Perl
11 13 (1.74%) ActionScript
11 13 (1.74%) Objective-C
12 9 (1.21%) T-SQL
13 7 (0.94%) PHP5
13 7 (0.94%) ActionScript 3.0
14 6 (0.81%) Bash Shell
14 6 (0.81%) Lua
Qualifications
1 63 (8.46%) Degree
2 11 (1.48%) ISEB
3 8 (1.07%) ISTQB
4 7 (0.94%) CCNP
4 7 (0.94%) CISA
4 7 (0.94%) CISSP
4 7 (0.94%) Cisco Certification
4 7 (0.94%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (0.81%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 6 (0.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 5 (0.67%) CRISC
6 5 (0.67%) CISM
7 4 (0.54%) PhD
7 4 (0.54%) RHCE
8 3 (0.40%) A+ Certification
8 3 (0.40%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 3 (0.40%) MCSE
8 3 (0.40%) Security Cleared
9 2 (0.27%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 2 (0.27%) ISACA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (9.40%) QA
2 8 (1.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (0.81%) SLA
4 1 (0.13%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.13%) EMIR
4 1 (0.13%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 19 (2.55%) Active Directory
2 10 (1.34%) Xen
3 8 (1.07%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.94%) Hyper-V
4 7 (0.94%) NFS
5 6 (0.81%) vCloud
6 5 (0.67%) Varnish
7 3 (0.40%) vSphere
7 3 (0.40%) XenServer
7 3 (0.40%) VMware ESX
8 2 (0.27%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 2 (0.27%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.13%) Docker
9 1 (0.13%) HDFS
9 1 (0.13%) Oracle RMAN
9 1 (0.13%) NLBS
Systems Management
1 19 (2.55%) Opscode Chef
2 17 (2.28%) Puppet
3 12 (1.61%) Nagios
4 11 (1.48%) BMC PATROL
5 8 (1.07%) Red Hat Spacewalk
5 8 (1.07%) Cobbler
5 8 (1.07%) HAProxy
5 8 (1.07%) Opsview
6 7 (0.94%) HP Quality Center
7 5 (0.67%) SCOM
8 4 (0.54%) NetBackup
9 3 (0.40%) SCCM
10 2 (0.27%) Ansible
11 1 (0.13%) logstash
11 1 (0.13%) RANCID
11 1 (0.13%) SCOrch
11 1 (0.13%) Cisco CUCM
11 1 (0.13%) Data Guard
11 1 (0.13%) ZABBIX
11 1 (0.13%) Cacti
Vendors
1 63 (8.46%) Oracle
2 55 (7.38%) Microsoft
3 34 (4.56%) Google
4 29 (3.89%) Facebook
5 27 (3.62%) Twitter
6 20 (2.68%) Netezza
7 16 (2.15%) VMware
7 16 (2.15%) Adobe
8 14 (1.88%) Teradata
9 13 (1.74%) Ab Initio
9 13 (1.74%) Zend
10 12 (1.61%) Red Hat
10 12 (1.61%) Cisco
11 11 (1.48%) Lotus
12 10 (1.34%) JBoss
12 10 (1.34%) ServiceNow
13 9 (1.21%) Veritas
14 8 (1.07%) Citrix
14 8 (1.07%) 29West
14 8 (1.07%) Splunk
City, London
Senitor Associates
Rate: £8.00 - £10.00 per hour
Posted: 9 hours ago
Guildford, Surrey
Datascope Recruitment
Rate: Up to £370 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Explore Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £350 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
Datascope Recruitment
Rate: Up to £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Salt
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
Datascope Recruitment
Rate: Up to £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450.00 - £480.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Halifax, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
West Midlands
X4 Group
Rate: £180 - 300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Roc Search
Posted: 6 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Salt
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Fraser Munro IT Ltd
Rate: Up to £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
N T T Com Security
Rate: £600 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
London
N T T Com Security
Rate: £500 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
Derby, Derbyshire
Blues Point Ltd
Posted: 13 days ago