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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Gaming
Rank 276 274 230
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -44
Contract jobs citing Games 398 396 414
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.71% 0.70% 0.85%
As % of the General category 1.84% 1.80% 1.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 255 211 241
Average daily rate
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£400 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £215 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 8 8
Average hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £17.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +97.18%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +66.66%

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
21659 21953 20759
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.75% 38.94% 42.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 13328 13587 12480
Average daily rate £435 £425 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.35% -5.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £615 £613 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 530 599 664
Average hourly rate £22.35 £22.50 £25.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.66% -10.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.71 £11.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.50 £25.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-2.00% -9.09%

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 17 April 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
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 17 April 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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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 -2 389 £400 +14.28% 305
London +1 235 £413 +10.00% 150
South East -16 72 £350 +16.66% 46
City of London -4 32 £350 -6.66% 44
Yorkshire -4 22 £400 +5.61% 20
Surrey +18 21 £350 +12.90% 12
West Midlands -6 16 £375 - 13
East of England +16 15 £513 +57.69% 22
West Yorkshire -4 14 £375 -0.99% 10
Guildford +16 12 £350 +22.80% 4
Hampshire -2 12 £328 +31.00% 5
Leeds -10 12 £375 -0.99% 6
Berkshire -12 12 £375 +36.36% 2
Cambridge +5 9 - - 8
Cambridgeshire +3 9 - - 8
North West -36 9 £350 +16.66% 21
East Midlands +12 8 £350 +16.66% 12
South West +10 8 £361 -3.66% 14
Slough +4 8 £375 -6.25%
South Yorkshire - 8 £400 - 4
West Sussex - 7 £325 - 4
Sheffield - 7 £400 - 4
Scotland +5 6 £400 +33.33% 9
Tunbridge Wells -5 6 £350 -6.66%
Southampton -7 6 £450 +200.00% 3
Birmingham -7 6 £375 - 1
Kent -10 6 £350 -9.67% 3
Gloucestershire - 6 £410 - 2
Reading -13 5 £449 +290.21% 1
Manchester -27 5 £350 +16.66% 17

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 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.

1 309 (39.51%) Agile Software Development
2 176 (22.51%) Online Games
3 175 (22.38%) HTML
4 167 (21.36%) JavaScript
5 155 (19.82%) Java
6 145 (18.54%) TDD
7 140 (17.90%) Scrum
8 139 (17.77%) CSS
9 131 (16.75%) SQL
10 103 (13.17%) HTML5
11 101 (12.92%) Finance
12 98 (12.53%) Linux
13 93 (11.89%) C#
14 80 (10.23%) OO
15 78 (9.97%) E-Commerce
16 71 (9.08%) QA
17 70 (8.95%) Web Services
18 69 (8.82%) Oracle
19 66 (8.44%) Degree
20 65 (8.31%) Python
21 64 (8.18%) Windows
22 62 (7.93%) CSS3
23 61 (7.80%) jQuery
24 58 (7.42%) Software Engineering
25 57 (7.29%) Continuous Integration
25 57 (7.29%) MongoDB
26 55 (7.03%) Apple iOS
26 55 (7.03%) DevOps
27 53 (6.78%) Marketing
27 53 (6.78%) BDD

Games
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 (5.63%) Node.js
2 35 (4.48%) Apache
3 19 (2.43%) nginx
4 17 (2.17%) IIS
5 16 (2.05%) Elasticsearch
6 13 (1.66%) CMS
7 12 (1.53%) SAS
8 10 (1.28%) Tomcat
8 10 (1.28%) Adobe CQ
9 9 (1.15%) Confluence
9 9 (1.15%) JBoss
10 8 (1.02%) Apache Pig
11 7 (0.90%) OpenStack
12 6 (0.77%) Apache Spark
12 6 (0.77%) WordPress
13 5 (0.64%) Jetty
14 3 (0.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 3 (0.38%) Drupal
14 3 (0.38%) Orchard CMS
15 2 (0.26%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 23 (2.94%) Photoshop
2 15 (1.92%) MS Visio
3 14 (1.79%) MS Office
3 14 (1.79%) MS Excel
4 13 (1.66%) Maya
4 13 (1.66%) Adobe Illustrator
5 9 (1.15%) Shockwave
6 6 (0.77%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 5 (0.64%) MS Project
7 5 (0.64%) 3ds Max
7 5 (0.64%) Doxygen
8 4 (0.51%) MS PowerPoint
9 3 (0.38%) Adobe Premiere
9 3 (0.38%) Adobe After Effects
9 3 (0.38%) OmniGraffle
10 2 (0.26%) Edge Animate
11 1 (0.13%) EViews
11 1 (0.13%) CINEMA 4D
11 1 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
11 1 (0.13%) ZBrush
Business Applications
1 9 (1.15%) SiteCatalyst
2 4 (0.51%) Adobe Campaign
2 4 (0.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.38%) SAP ERP
3 3 (0.38%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (0.26%) Magento
4 2 (0.26%) Google Analytics
4 2 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.26%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.13%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.13%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.13%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 53 (6.78%) Amazon AWS
2 29 (3.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (1.15%) PaaS
4 8 (1.02%) SaaS
4 8 (1.02%) IaaS
5 5 (0.64%) Amazon EC2
6 4 (0.51%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (0.51%) Amazon EMR
7 3 (0.38%) Heroku
8 1 (0.13%) Rackspace Cloud
8 1 (0.13%) Office 365
8 1 (0.13%) Route 53
8 1 (0.13%) Basecamp
8 1 (0.13%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.13%) Amazon ELB
8 1 (0.13%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.13%) Amazon Kinesis
8 1 (0.13%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Communications & Networking
1 51 (6.52%) Firewall
2 29 (3.71%) Network Security
3 25 (3.20%) Internet
4 20 (2.56%) DNS
5 18 (2.30%) OSPF
5 18 (2.30%) BGP
6 16 (2.05%) TCP/IP
6 16 (2.05%) MPLS
6 16 (2.05%) Cisco ASA
7 14 (1.79%) VPN
7 14 (1.79%) HTTP
8 12 (1.53%) WAN
8 12 (1.53%) TACACS
8 12 (1.53%) IPsec
9 11 (1.41%) NetScreen
9 11 (1.41%) VoIP
9 11 (1.41%) iSCSI
10 8 (1.02%) Cisco Nexus
10 8 (1.02%) DMZ
11 7 (0.90%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (7.29%) MongoDB
2 45 (5.75%) NoSQL
3 41 (5.24%) Data Warehouse
4 39 (4.99%) MySQL
4 39 (4.99%) Big Data
4 39 (4.99%) Hadoop
5 26 (3.32%) PostgreSQL
6 23 (2.94%) SQL Server
7 22 (2.81%) Amazon Redshift
8 18 (2.30%) CouchDB
9 17 (2.17%) OLTP
10 13 (1.66%) Apache Hive
11 11 (1.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 9 (1.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 8 (1.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 8 (1.02%) OLAP
13 8 (1.02%) Relational Database
14 6 (0.77%) Redis
15 5 (0.64%) Oracle Database
15 5 (0.64%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 39 (4.99%) Git (software)
2 34 (4.35%) Selenium
2 34 (4.35%) Grunt
3 33 (4.22%) Jenkins
4 29 (3.71%) Subversion
5 22 (2.81%) JIRA
6 21 (2.69%) Cucumber
7 19 (2.43%) Axure RP
8 18 (2.30%) WebDriver
9 16 (2.05%) Maven
10 15 (1.92%) TeamCity
11 11 (1.41%) Jasmine
12 8 (1.02%) JMeter
13 7 (0.90%) Xcode
13 7 (0.90%) Ant
13 7 (0.90%) JUnit
13 7 (0.90%) nodeunit
14 5 (0.64%) SoapUI
14 5 (0.64%) Hudson
15 4 (0.51%) CruiseControl
General
1 101 (12.92%) Finance
2 53 (6.78%) Marketing
3 49 (6.27%) Retail
4 23 (2.94%) Telecoms
5 18 (2.30%) Publishing
6 16 (2.05%) Electronics
7 14 (1.79%) Advertising
8 13 (1.66%) Banking
8 13 (1.66%) Manufacturing
9 9 (1.15%) Multimedia
10 8 (1.02%) Interactive Media
10 8 (1.02%) iGaming
11 7 (0.90%) Online Betting
12 6 (0.77%) Legal
13 4 (0.51%) Law
13 4 (0.51%) Italian Language
14 3 (0.38%) Japanese Language
14 3 (0.38%) Billing
15 2 (0.26%) Aerospace
15 2 (0.26%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 287 (36.70%) Developer
2 60 (7.67%) Analyst
3 54 (6.91%) Architect
3 54 (6.91%) Project Manager
4 48 (6.14%) Java Developer
5 38 (4.86%) JavaScript Developer
6 36 (4.60%) Web Developer
7 34 (4.35%) Front-End Developer
8 31 (3.96%) Designer
8 31 (3.96%) Business Analyst
9 28 (3.58%) Senior Developer
10 27 (3.45%) DevOps Engineer
11 21 (2.69%) Programmer
12 19 (2.43%) Solutions Architect
12 19 (2.43%) UX Designer
12 19 (2.43%) ScrumMaster
13 18 (2.30%) Consultant
14 17 (2.17%) Network Engineer
14 17 (2.17%) C# Developer
14 17 (2.17%) iOS Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 175 (22.38%) HTML
2 139 (17.77%) CSS
3 103 (13.17%) HTML5
4 70 (8.95%) Web Services
5 62 (7.93%) CSS3
6 61 (7.80%) jQuery
7 48 (6.14%) .NET
8 47 (6.01%) REST
8 47 (6.01%) AngularJS
9 39 (4.99%) XML
10 35 (4.48%) SOAP
10 35 (4.48%) Backbone.js
11 34 (4.35%) Spring
12 31 (3.96%) Unity (Game Engine)
13 25 (3.20%) RESTful
14 22 (2.81%) JSON
14 22 (2.81%) Sass
15 21 (2.69%) Flash
16 14 (1.79%) ASP.NET
16 14 (1.79%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 176 (22.51%) Online Games
2 48 (6.14%) Analytical Skills
3 43 (5.50%) User Experience
4 38 (4.86%) Mobile App
5 34 (4.35%) Computer Science
6 29 (3.71%) Open Source
7 27 (3.45%) Data Integration
8 22 (2.81%) Streaming Video
8 22 (2.81%) Public Cloud
9 20 (2.56%) Client/Server
10 18 (2.30%) Physics
10 18 (2.30%) Visualisation
10 18 (2.30%) Digital Media
11 17 (2.17%) Mathematics
12 15 (1.92%) Xbox
13 14 (1.79%) Social Media
13 14 (1.79%) iPad
13 14 (1.79%) IPTV
13 14 (1.79%) 3D Graphics
13 14 (1.79%) Mobile Games
Operating Systems
1 98 (12.53%) Linux
2 64 (8.18%) Windows
3 55 (7.03%) Apple iOS
4 50 (6.39%) Android
5 44 (5.63%) UNIX
6 35 (4.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 20 (2.56%) Ubuntu
8 13 (1.66%) Windows Server 2008
9 12 (1.53%) CentOS
10 11 (1.41%) Windows 7
11 7 (0.90%) Windows Server 2012
12 4 (0.51%) Windows XP
13 3 (0.38%) VMS
13 3 (0.38%) Windows Server 2003
13 3 (0.38%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.26%) Windows Phone
14 2 (0.26%) Windows 2000
15 1 (0.13%) AIX
15 1 (0.13%) Solaris
15 1 (0.13%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 309 (39.51%) Agile Software Development
2 145 (18.54%) TDD
3 140 (17.90%) Scrum
4 80 (10.23%) OO
5 78 (9.97%) E-Commerce
6 58 (7.42%) Software Engineering
7 57 (7.29%) Continuous Integration
8 55 (7.03%) DevOps
9 53 (6.78%) BDD
10 51 (6.52%) Project Management
11 49 (6.27%) Responsive Web Design
12 46 (5.88%) MVC
13 44 (5.63%) Business Intelligence
13 44 (5.63%) Kanban
14 43 (5.50%) Analytics
15 42 (5.37%) Data Modelling
16 40 (5.12%) Mentoring
17 38 (4.86%) Automated Testing
18 36 (4.60%) Game Development
19 35 (4.48%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 167 (21.36%) JavaScript
2 155 (19.82%) Java
3 131 (16.75%) SQL
4 93 (11.89%) C#
5 65 (8.31%) Python
6 51 (6.52%) C++
7 44 (5.63%) PHP
8 41 (5.24%) Ruby
9 25 (3.20%) C
10 24 (3.07%) Bash Shell
11 23 (2.94%) PL/SQL
12 20 (2.56%) Perl
13 13 (1.66%) ActionScript
14 12 (1.53%) Objective-C
14 12 (1.53%) VB.NET
15 11 (1.41%) PowerShell
16 10 (1.28%) Scala
17 8 (1.02%) R
18 5 (0.64%) Lua
18 5 (0.64%) ActionScript 3.0
Qualifications
1 66 (8.44%) Degree
2 28 (3.58%) Cisco Certification
3 21 (2.69%) CCIE
4 12 (1.53%) CISSP
5 11 (1.41%) ISEB
6 7 (0.90%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 6 (0.77%) CCNP
7 6 (0.77%) CCNA
8 4 (0.51%) PMP
8 4 (0.51%) PMI Certification
8 4 (0.51%) GIAC
8 4 (0.51%) GCIA
8 4 (0.51%) GCIH
9 3 (0.38%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 3 (0.38%) PhD
9 3 (0.38%) CISMP
10 2 (0.26%) ISTQB
10 2 (0.26%) Security Cleared
10 2 (0.26%) GCED
10 2 (0.26%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 71 (9.08%) QA
2 21 (2.69%) SLA
3 9 (1.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.64%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.13%) GCP
5 1 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 15 (1.92%) VMware Infrastructure
2 11 (1.41%) NFS
3 8 (1.02%) Active Directory
4 7 (0.90%) Hyper-V
5 6 (0.77%) Xen
5 6 (0.77%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (0.64%) vCloud
6 5 (0.64%) Docker
6 5 (0.64%) vSphere
7 2 (0.26%) VMware ESX
7 2 (0.26%) Snort
7 2 (0.26%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.13%) IAG
Systems Management
1 28 (3.58%) Puppet
2 23 (2.94%) Opscode Chef
3 18 (2.30%) HAProxy
3 18 (2.30%) Nagios
4 7 (0.90%) SCOM
5 6 (0.77%) HP Quality Center
5 6 (0.77%) Nessus
6 4 (0.51%) ITRS Geneos
6 4 (0.51%) Red Hat Spacewalk
6 4 (0.51%) Cobbler
7 3 (0.38%) Ansible
7 3 (0.38%) Salt
7 3 (0.38%) Control-M
7 3 (0.38%) Graphite
8 2 (0.26%) RANCID
8 2 (0.26%) Vagrant
8 2 (0.26%) Oozie
9 1 (0.13%) Mesos
9 1 (0.13%) SCCM
9 1 (0.13%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 69 (8.82%) Oracle
2 33 (4.22%) Microsoft
3 32 (4.09%) Cisco
4 31 (3.96%) Red Hat
5 24 (3.07%) Adobe
6 17 (2.17%) Citrix
6 17 (2.17%) VMware
7 14 (1.79%) Juniper
7 14 (1.79%) IBM
8 13 (1.66%) Perforce
9 12 (1.53%) SAP
9 12 (1.53%) Apple
9 12 (1.53%) F5
10 11 (1.41%) Salesforce.com
11 10 (1.28%) Google
11 10 (1.28%) Tableau
12 9 (1.15%) Splunk
12 9 (1.15%) NetApp
13 8 (1.02%) Atlassian
13 8 (1.02%) hybris
West Yorkshire
AMsource Technology
Rate: £300 - £360 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Kent
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Central London / West End
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £350 - £410 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Gloucestershire
X4 Group
Rate: £40 - 50 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £325 - £375 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Staffordshire
Uniting Ambition
Rate: £310 - 360 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
X4 Group
Rate: £180 - 250 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450.00 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £400 - £800 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Southampton
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Leeds
Computer Futures
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Leeds
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Guildford
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £320 per day + competitive
Posted: 12 days ago
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £200.00 - £300.00 per annum
Posted: 16 days ago
London
Explore Group
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
Guildford
Computer Futures
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 17 days ago