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 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Gaming
Rank 291 292 270
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -22
Contract jobs citing Games 379 364 350
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.74% 0.72% 0.72%
As % of the General category 1.91% 1.85% 1.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 293 239 197
Average daily rate £388 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £486
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £375 £325
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 8
Average hourly rate £32.00 £27.85 £38.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.90% -27.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.40 £25.50 £28.33
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.75 £31.81 £59.35
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £31.35 £31.63
% change year-on-year
-36.20% -0.86%

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
19880 19712 19675
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.65% 38.91% 40.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 12778 12566 12172
Average daily rate £450 £438 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -2.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year
- +3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 545 436 604
Average hourly rate £33.00 £22.69 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+45.43% +0.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £11.25 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £26.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+34.61% +18.18%

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 5 February 2016.

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 5 February 2016.

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 5 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +7 370 £388 -3.12% 388
London -29 228 £425 +6.25% 199
City of London +41 42 £338 -25.00% 17
West Yorkshire +18 34 £375 - 34
Yorkshire +10 34 £375 -3.22% 37
Leeds +7 31 £375 -7.40% 33
West Midlands +2 27 £370 +146.66% 37
North West 0 27 £311 -17.00% 32
Manchester 0 24 £313 -21.87% 26
South East -19 22 £319 +6.25% 44
East of England +8 12 £313 -38.11% 19
South West +8 11 £400 +64.94% 10
Berkshire +7 11 £298 -32.38% 9
Solihull - 9 £438 -
Wiltshire - 8 £394 - 2
Swindon - 8 £394 - 1
Hammersmith 0 7 £560 +17.89% 1
Warwickshire +5 6 - - 5
Essex - 6 £313 - 2
Oldham - 6 £298 -
Harrow +4 5 £475 +18.75%
East Midlands -3 5 £300 +5.26% 9
Surrey -8 5 £313 -7.40% 10
Staffordshire - 5 £370 - 1
North East - 5 £450 - 1
Maidenhead +7 4 £438 -0.56% 3
Birmingham -3 4 £295 - 27
Suffolk - 4 - - 2
Derbyshire - 4 £275 - 3
Guildford +5 3 £313 -16.66% 2

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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.

1 308 (42.84%) Agile Software Development
2 165 (22.95%) JavaScript
3 162 (22.53%) Java
4 143 (19.89%) HTML
4 143 (19.89%) Scrum
5 131 (18.22%) Finance
6 124 (17.25%) TDD
7 122 (16.97%) Online Games
8 111 (15.44%) CSS
9 96 (13.35%) SQL
10 88 (12.24%) C#
11 80 (11.13%) Degree
12 75 (10.43%) User Experience
12 75 (10.43%) .NET
13 73 (10.15%) Linux
14 71 (9.87%) C++
15 69 (9.60%) HTML5
16 66 (9.18%) Project Management
17 64 (8.90%) E-Commerce
18 62 (8.62%) Windows
19 61 (8.48%) XML
20 59 (8.21%) User Stories
21 54 (7.51%) REST
21 54 (7.51%) Computer Science
22 53 (7.37%) MySQL
23 52 (7.23%) OO
24 50 (6.95%) Banking
25 48 (6.68%) Microsoft
26 47 (6.54%) Spring
26 47 (6.54%) Automated Testing

Games
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 43 (5.98%) Node.js
2 27 (3.76%) CMS
3 17 (2.36%) Apache
4 15 (2.09%) OpenStack
5 9 (1.25%) Confluence
5 9 (1.25%) Tomcat
6 7 (0.97%) SharePoint
7 6 (0.83%) JBoss
8 5 (0.70%) IIS
8 5 (0.70%) Jetty
9 4 (0.56%) Drupal
9 4 (0.56%) Facebook Platform
9 4 (0.56%) MS Exchange
9 4 (0.56%) SAS
10 3 (0.42%) Cloud Foundry
11 2 (0.28%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 2 (0.28%) Apache Pig
11 2 (0.28%) Documentum
11 2 (0.28%) Elasticsearch
11 2 (0.28%) GlassFish
Applications
1 37 (5.15%) Photoshop
2 26 (3.62%) Adobe Illustrator
3 19 (2.64%) MS Excel
4 9 (1.25%) MS Office
5 8 (1.11%) Fireworks
6 6 (0.83%) MS Visio
7 5 (0.70%) MS Project
7 5 (0.70%) OmniGraffle
8 4 (0.56%) MS PowerPoint
9 3 (0.42%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.28%) Maya
10 2 (0.28%) SPSS
11 1 (0.14%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.14%) InDesign
11 1 (0.14%) Mudbox
11 1 (0.14%) ZBrush
Business Applications
1 5 (0.70%) Magento
2 4 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.42%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.14%) BusinessWorks
4 1 (0.14%) Odyssey Triple'A Plus
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.14%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 31 (4.31%) Amazon AWS
2 24 (3.34%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (1.39%) IaaS
4 9 (1.25%) GitHub
5 6 (0.83%) PaaS
6 4 (0.56%) Office 365
6 4 (0.56%) Rackspace Cloud
6 4 (0.56%) SaaS
7 3 (0.42%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (0.28%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (0.28%) Yammer
9 1 (0.14%) Amazon EMR
9 1 (0.14%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.14%) Google App Engine
9 1 (0.14%) Google Cloud Platform
9 1 (0.14%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 21 (2.92%) TCP/IP
2 15 (2.09%) HTTP
3 14 (1.95%) Internet
4 13 (1.81%) Firewall
5 12 (1.67%) SAN
6 11 (1.53%) VPN
7 10 (1.39%) OSPF
8 9 (1.25%) BGP
9 8 (1.11%) Cisco Nexus
9 8 (1.11%) MPLS
9 8 (1.11%) Network Security
10 6 (0.83%) DNS
10 6 (0.83%) FWSM
11 5 (0.70%) RIP
12 4 (0.56%) DOCSIS
12 4 (0.56%) EIGRP
12 4 (0.56%) Intrusion Detection
12 4 (0.56%) SNMP
12 4 (0.56%) SSH
12 4 (0.56%) Telnet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (7.37%) MySQL
2 44 (6.12%) Relational Database
3 35 (4.87%) NoSQL
4 31 (4.31%) SQL Server
5 29 (4.03%) RDBMS
6 21 (2.92%) MongoDB
7 16 (2.23%) PostgreSQL
8 15 (2.09%) Big Data
9 11 (1.53%) Apache Cassandra
9 11 (1.53%) Data Warehouse
10 10 (1.39%) Hadoop
11 9 (1.25%) Redis
12 8 (1.11%) SQL Server 2005
13 7 (0.97%) Aerospike
13 7 (0.97%) Informix
14 5 (0.70%) Azure SQL Database
14 5 (0.70%) Oracle Reports
14 5 (0.70%) SQL Server 2008
15 4 (0.56%) Apache Hive
15 4 (0.56%) HBase
Development Applications
1 40 (5.56%) Git (software)
2 36 (5.01%) JIRA
3 25 (3.48%) Jenkins
3 25 (3.48%) Subversion
4 21 (2.92%) Selenium
5 16 (2.23%) Maven
6 14 (1.95%) Cucumber
7 11 (1.53%) JUnit
8 10 (1.39%) Axure RP
8 10 (1.39%) Grunt
9 9 (1.25%) Dreamweaver
9 9 (1.25%) Xcode
10 7 (0.97%) NUnit
11 6 (0.83%) RSpec
11 6 (0.83%) Team Foundation Server
11 6 (0.83%) Visual Studio
11 6 (0.83%) WebDriver
12 5 (0.70%) Ant
12 5 (0.70%) Appium
12 5 (0.70%) SoapUI
General
1 131 (18.22%) Finance
2 50 (6.95%) Banking
3 45 (6.26%) Marketing
4 41 (5.70%) Retail
5 30 (4.17%) Telecoms
6 15 (2.09%) Publishing
7 11 (1.53%) Electronics
8 10 (1.39%) Online Betting
9 9 (1.25%) Advertising
9 9 (1.25%) Interactive Media
10 8 (1.11%) Investment Banking
10 8 (1.11%) Manufacturing
11 7 (0.97%) Legal
12 6 (0.83%) Front Office
13 4 (0.56%) Military
14 3 (0.42%) Automotive
14 3 (0.42%) French Language
15 2 (0.28%) iGaming
15 2 (0.28%) Multimedia
15 2 (0.28%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 301 (41.86%) Developer
2 68 (9.46%) Java Developer
3 63 (8.76%) Games Developer
4 57 (7.93%) Analyst
5 41 (5.70%) Designer
6 40 (5.56%) JavaScript Developer
7 36 (5.01%) Project Manager
8 34 (4.73%) Architect
8 34 (4.73%) Business Analyst
9 31 (4.31%) Senior Developer
10 30 (4.17%) Scrum Master
11 29 (4.03%) C# Developer
11 29 (4.03%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
12 27 (3.76%) iOS Developer
13 23 (3.20%) Java Games Developer
13 23 (3.20%) UX Designer
14 21 (2.92%) Android Developer
14 21 (2.92%) HTML Developer
15 19 (2.64%) Programmer
15 19 (2.64%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 143 (19.89%) HTML
2 111 (15.44%) CSS
3 75 (10.43%) .NET
4 69 (9.60%) HTML5
5 61 (8.48%) XML
6 54 (7.51%) REST
7 47 (6.54%) Spring
8 38 (5.29%) CSS3
9 36 (5.01%) JSON
10 35 (4.87%) Hibernate
11 34 (4.73%) AngularJS
11 34 (4.73%) Web Services
12 29 (4.03%) Flash
13 28 (3.89%) Unity (Game Engine)
14 26 (3.62%) SOAP
15 23 (3.20%) J2EE
15 23 (3.20%) jQuery
16 18 (2.50%) ASP.NET
17 17 (2.36%) RESTful
17 17 (2.36%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 122 (16.97%) Online Games
2 75 (10.43%) User Experience
3 54 (7.51%) Computer Science
4 38 (5.29%) Analytical Skills
5 35 (4.87%) Mobile App
6 31 (4.31%) Mathematics
7 23 (3.20%) Animation
8 22 (3.06%) Streaming Video
9 19 (2.64%) Data Centre
10 15 (2.09%) Digital Media
10 15 (2.09%) Mobile Games
10 15 (2.09%) Social Media
11 11 (1.53%) Private Cloud
12 10 (1.39%) IPTV
13 9 (1.25%) Video on Demand
14 8 (1.11%) Clustering
14 8 (1.11%) Management Information System
15 7 (0.97%) Hybrid Cloud
15 7 (0.97%) Wiki
16 6 (0.83%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 73 (10.15%) Linux
2 62 (8.62%) Windows
3 46 (6.40%) Apple iOS
4 45 (6.26%) Android
5 26 (3.62%) Unix
6 16 (2.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 14 (1.95%) Windows Server
8 11 (1.53%) Windows Server 2012
9 8 (1.11%) CentOS
10 6 (0.83%) Windows 7
11 5 (0.70%) Windows Server 2008
12 3 (0.42%) Mac OS X
12 3 (0.42%) Solaris
12 3 (0.42%) Windows Phone
13 2 (0.28%) Windows XP
14 1 (0.14%) Debian
14 1 (0.14%) Fedora
14 1 (0.14%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.14%) Windows Mobile
14 1 (0.14%) Windows Phone 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 308 (42.84%) Agile Software Development
2 143 (19.89%) Scrum
3 124 (17.25%) TDD
4 66 (9.18%) Project Management
5 64 (8.90%) E-Commerce
6 59 (8.21%) User Stories
7 52 (7.23%) OO
8 47 (6.54%) Automated Testing
9 43 (5.98%) Software Engineering
10 42 (5.84%) BDD
11 41 (5.70%) Kanban
12 40 (5.56%) Front End Development
13 37 (5.15%) Continuous Integration
13 37 (5.15%) Game Development
13 37 (5.15%) Mentoring
14 35 (4.87%) DevOps
15 34 (4.73%) MVC
16 33 (4.59%) Business Intelligence
17 32 (4.45%) iOS Development
18 31 (4.31%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 165 (22.95%) JavaScript
2 162 (22.53%) Java
3 96 (13.35%) SQL
4 88 (12.24%) C#
5 71 (9.87%) C++
6 42 (5.84%) Python
7 37 (5.15%) PHP
8 28 (3.89%) Objective-C
9 24 (3.34%) Ruby
10 21 (2.92%) ActionScript
11 20 (2.78%) Bash Shell
12 19 (2.64%) Perl
13 15 (2.09%) Scala
14 13 (1.81%) ActionScript 3.0
15 12 (1.67%) VB.NET
16 11 (1.53%) PowerShell
16 11 (1.53%) Shell Script
17 10 (1.39%) Apple Swift
17 10 (1.39%) PL/SQL
18 9 (1.25%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 80 (11.13%) Degree
2 10 (1.39%) CISSP
3 8 (1.11%) GIAC
4 7 (0.97%) ISEB
4 7 (0.97%) ISTQB
5 6 (0.83%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (0.83%) GCED
5 6 (0.83%) GCIA
5 6 (0.83%) GCIH
5 6 (0.83%) SC Cleared
5 6 (0.83%) Security Cleared
6 5 (0.70%) CCNP
6 5 (0.70%) HND
7 4 (0.56%) CISM
7 4 (0.56%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (0.42%) CCNA
8 3 (0.42%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (0.42%) MCITP
8 3 (0.42%) NCIE
9 2 (0.28%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (5.70%) QA
2 7 (0.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (0.83%) SLA
4 5 (0.70%) WCAG
5 4 (0.56%) MiFID
5 4 (0.56%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.42%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.42%) ISO27002
7 2 (0.28%) SDET
8 1 (0.14%) HIPAA
8 1 (0.14%) HL7
System Software
1 17 (2.36%) VMware Infrastructure
2 12 (1.67%) Active Directory
3 9 (1.25%) Docker
3 9 (1.25%) VMware ESX
4 8 (1.11%) vCloud
5 7 (0.97%) KVM
6 5 (0.70%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (0.70%) Xen
7 4 (0.56%) Firmware
7 4 (0.56%) Hyper-V
8 2 (0.28%) IAG
8 2 (0.28%) QEMU
8 2 (0.28%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 1 (0.14%) NFS
9 1 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (0.14%) RHEV
9 1 (0.14%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 23 (3.20%) Puppet
2 21 (2.92%) Opscode Chef
3 11 (1.53%) Ansible
4 10 (1.39%) Nagios
5 8 (1.11%) Kubernetes
6 7 (0.97%) SCCM
7 6 (0.83%) Opsview
8 5 (0.70%) Graphite
9 4 (0.56%) Cacti
9 4 (0.56%) SCOM
9 4 (0.56%) Zenoss
10 3 (0.42%) HP Quality Center
10 3 (0.42%) Mesos
10 3 (0.42%) SCSM
10 3 (0.42%) SolarWinds Orion
10 3 (0.42%) Xymon
11 2 (0.28%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 2 (0.28%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 2 (0.28%) Packer
11 2 (0.28%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 48 (6.68%) Microsoft
2 27 (3.76%) Adobe
2 27 (3.76%) Oracle
3 26 (3.62%) Cisco
4 25 (3.48%) VMware
5 18 (2.50%) HP
6 16 (2.23%) Red Hat
7 10 (1.39%) F5
7 10 (1.39%) Google
7 10 (1.39%) NetApp
8 9 (1.25%) Apple
8 9 (1.25%) Facebook
9 8 (1.11%) IBM
10 7 (0.97%) Rally
11 6 (0.83%) Dell
11 6 (0.83%) Rackspace
12 5 (0.70%) Atlassian
12 5 (0.70%) EMC
12 5 (0.70%) Perforce
12 5 (0.70%) Veritas
London
Preferred Choice
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
West London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £330 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £400.00 - £500 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
West Midlands
Oscar
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
London
24 Seven
Rate: From £300 to £400 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: Yesterday
London
Vivid Resourcing
Rate: £450 - 475 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Central London / West End
Client Server
Rate: £400 to £450 p/day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Savvy Recruitment
Rate: Great day rate on offer. Perm opportunities also.
Posted: Yesterday
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £0.00 per day + Market Rates
Posted: Yesterday
Derby, Derbyshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Client Server
Rate: £400 to £450 p/day
Posted: 2 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
London
CodeSource Recruitment Limited
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day 3 month rolling contracts- Long term project
Posted: 3 days ago
South East
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £450 - £475 per day + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Senitor Associates
Rate: £200 - £225 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 11 days ago
City of London
Arrows Group Ltd
Rate: £500 - £600 per day + negotiable
Posted: 11 days ago
Basingstoke
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £13.00 - £17.00 per hour
Posted: 12 days ago
Central London / West End
Gamesys
Posted: 14 days ago
Central London / West End
Gamesys
Rate: Highly Competitive
Posted: 15 days ago