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 22 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
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Gaming
Rank 281 204 232
Rank change year-on-year
-77 +28
Contract jobs citing Games 388 510 485
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.67% 0.97% 0.83%
As % of the General category 1.73% 2.28% 1.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 220 313 309
Average daily rate
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£400 £350 £333
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £475 £486
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £300 £313
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 22 6
Average hourly rate £36.63 £14.38 £36.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+154.78% -60.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.25 £12.01 £16.41
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £165.00 £37.50 £66.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.63 £13.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+171.29% -40.00%

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
22405 22374 25999
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.76% 42.38% 44.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 13564 13912 15367
Average daily rate £430 £450 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.44% +5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £396 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+4.21% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 539 592 762
Average hourly rate £22.00 £21.00 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.76% -19.23%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £45.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £21.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
+19.04% -27.58%

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 22 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 22 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 22 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 -80 374 £400 +14.28% 247
London +10 297 £400 +6.66% 138
City of London +14 53 £400 +6.66% 31
South East -81 32 £350 +24.44% 28
North West -8 16 £325 +0.77% 24
Kent +7 12 £431 +42.56% 4
Manchester -11 12 £356 -5.00% 13
West Midlands -17 8 £270 -6.08% 9
Scotland -6 7 £250 -19.35% 10
East of England -52 7 £413 +37.50% 12
Yorkshire -10 6 £250 -37.53% 16
Glasgow -9 5 £250 - 3
West Yorkshire -17 5 £275 -31.33% 11
Oxfordshire - 5 £310 - 4
Harrow +5 4 £288 -
Surrey -35 4 £325 +36.84% 4
Berkshire -39 4 £600 +100.00% 11
East Midlands +2 3 £348 - 4
Cambridgeshire -12 3 £175 -41.66% 3
Guildford -14 3 £300 +34.07% 1
Reading -17 3 £600 +152.63% 3
Cambridge -24 3 £175 -41.66% 2
South West -39 3 - - 13
Oxford - 3 £310 - 2
Dorset - 3 - - 1
Cheshire +4 2 - - 3
Salford -2 2 £406 +8.33% 1
Edinburgh -3 2 - - 6
Hammersmith -7 2 £451 +18.52% 1
Warwickshire -8 2 £300 - 1

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 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.

1 307 (39.92%) Agile Software Development
2 192 (24.97%) Online Games
3 157 (20.42%) Scrum
3 157 (20.42%) Java
4 148 (19.25%) JavaScript
5 142 (18.47%) TDD
6 135 (17.56%) SQL
7 127 (16.51%) HTML
8 105 (13.65%) CSS
9 93 (12.09%) Linux
10 88 (11.44%) C#
11 83 (10.79%) HTML5
12 79 (10.27%) XML
13 76 (9.88%) User Experience
14 74 (9.62%) jQuery
14 74 (9.62%) Python
14 74 (9.62%) MySQL
15 73 (9.49%) Finance
16 72 (9.36%) Mobile App
17 69 (8.97%) Game Development
17 69 (8.97%) C++
17 69 (8.97%) Marketing
18 68 (8.84%) QA
19 66 (8.58%) Apple iOS
20 65 (8.45%) Oracle
21 64 (8.32%) Degree
22 63 (8.19%) E-Commerce
23 60 (7.80%) Microsoft
24 59 (7.67%) PHP
24 59 (7.67%) Web Services

Games
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 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 34 (4.42%) Apache
2 26 (3.38%) Node.js
3 23 (2.99%) CMS
4 13 (1.69%) WebLogic
4 13 (1.69%) Drupal
5 12 (1.56%) nginx
6 11 (1.43%) IBM Notes
7 9 (1.17%) MS Exchange
7 9 (1.17%) Tomcat
7 9 (1.17%) WebSphere
8 8 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2010
9 7 (0.91%) SharePoint
10 6 (0.78%) Mule
10 6 (0.78%) SharePoint 2010
11 5 (0.65%) Office Communications Server
12 3 (0.39%) OpenStack
12 3 (0.39%) SAS
13 2 (0.26%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 2 (0.26%) WordPress
13 2 (0.26%) Umbraco
Applications
1 29 (3.77%) Photoshop
2 23 (2.99%) Adobe Illustrator
3 20 (2.60%) MS Excel
4 11 (1.43%) Maya
5 10 (1.30%) OmniGraffle
6 8 (1.04%) MS Office
6 8 (1.04%) MS PowerPoint
7 6 (0.78%) MS Visio
7 6 (0.78%) SPSS
8 5 (0.65%) InDesign
8 5 (0.65%) Adobe After Effects
9 3 (0.39%) MS Project
10 2 (0.26%) Fireworks
10 2 (0.26%) PowerPivot
10 2 (0.26%) ZBrush
11 1 (0.13%) Mudbox
11 1 (0.13%) Houdini
11 1 (0.13%) CINEMA 4D
11 1 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
11 1 (0.13%) Blender
Business Applications
1 13 (1.69%) WebTrends
2 5 (0.65%) SiteCatalyst
3 4 (0.52%) Google Analytics
4 3 (0.39%) Oracle CRM
4 3 (0.39%) Siebel Analytics
5 2 (0.26%) Tridion
6 1 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.13%) osCommerce
6 1 (0.13%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 27 (3.51%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
2 4 (0.52%) Office 365
2 4 (0.52%) GitHub
2 4 (0.52%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.26%) Responsys
3 2 (0.26%) Amazon SQS
3 2 (0.26%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.13%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.13%) SaaS
4 1 (0.13%) PaaS
4 1 (0.13%) Amazon ELB
4 1 (0.13%) OpenShift
4 1 (0.13%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 42 (5.46%) Internet
2 25 (3.25%) TCP/IP
3 20 (2.60%) DNS
4 16 (2.08%) HTTP
5 14 (1.82%) LDAP
6 10 (1.30%) SAN
7 7 (0.91%) Firewall
7 7 (0.91%) iSCSI
7 7 (0.91%) MVNO
8 6 (0.78%) tcpdump
8 6 (0.78%) Wireshark
8 6 (0.78%) SSL
9 5 (0.65%) Cisco PIX
9 5 (0.65%) Cisco ASA
9 5 (0.65%) NAS
10 4 (0.52%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 4 (0.52%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
10 4 (0.52%) LAN
10 4 (0.52%) Intranet
10 4 (0.52%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (9.62%) MySQL
2 41 (5.33%) Data Warehouse
3 35 (4.55%) NoSQL
4 28 (3.64%) SQL Server
5 25 (3.25%) PostgreSQL
6 18 (2.34%) QlikView
6 18 (2.34%) MongoDB
6 18 (2.34%) Relational Database
7 17 (2.21%) Amazon Redshift
8 15 (1.95%) OLTP
9 13 (1.69%) Redis
9 13 (1.69%) Oracle Database
10 12 (1.56%) OLAP
11 10 (1.30%) Big Data
12 9 (1.17%) Apache Cassandra
12 9 (1.17%) Oracle ODI
13 8 (1.04%) Hadoop
13 8 (1.04%) RDBMS
14 7 (0.91%) Oracle OLAP
14 7 (0.91%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 42 (5.46%) Git (software)
2 28 (3.64%) Cucumber
3 26 (3.38%) Selenium
4 22 (2.86%) Jasmine
5 21 (2.73%) Subversion
5 21 (2.73%) JUnit
6 19 (2.47%) JIRA
6 19 (2.47%) Jenkins
7 17 (2.21%) Karma Test Runner
8 16 (2.08%) WebDriver
9 10 (1.30%) Axure RP
10 9 (1.17%) RSpec
10 9 (1.17%) Maven
11 8 (1.04%) PHPUnit
12 7 (0.91%) Balsamiq Mockups
12 7 (0.91%) Mercurial
12 7 (0.91%) JMeter
13 6 (0.78%) Visual Studio
14 4 (0.52%) Grunt
15 3 (0.39%) FishEye
General
1 73 (9.49%) Finance
2 69 (8.97%) Marketing
3 42 (5.46%) Retail
4 26 (3.38%) Banking
4 26 (3.38%) Telecoms
5 15 (1.95%) Investment Banking
6 13 (1.69%) Publishing
7 12 (1.56%) Back Office
8 11 (1.43%) Danish Language
9 9 (1.17%) Advertising
9 9 (1.17%) Legal
10 7 (0.91%) Manufacturing
10 7 (0.91%) Electronics
11 6 (0.78%) iGaming
12 3 (0.39%) Online Betting
12 3 (0.39%) Multimedia
13 2 (0.26%) Billing
13 2 (0.26%) Local Government
13 2 (0.26%) Automotive
14 1 (0.13%) Arabic Language
Job Titles
1 323 (42.00%) Developer
2 83 (10.79%) Analyst
3 46 (5.98%) Project Manager
4 39 (5.07%) Business Analyst
5 37 (4.81%) Designer
6 36 (4.68%) Programmer
6 36 (4.68%) Java Developer
7 32 (4.16%) Front-End Developer
8 31 (4.03%) Web Developer
9 28 (3.64%) Mobile Developer
10 26 (3.38%) JavaScript Developer
11 25 (3.25%) Python Developer
11 25 (3.25%) Games Developer
12 21 (2.73%) Consultant
13 18 (2.34%) Senior Developer
14 17 (2.21%) Ruby on Rails Developer
15 16 (2.08%) ScrumMaster
15 16 (2.08%) iOS Developer
15 16 (2.08%) Architect
15 16 (2.08%) Games Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 127 (16.51%) HTML
2 105 (13.65%) CSS
3 83 (10.79%) HTML5
4 79 (10.27%) XML
5 74 (9.62%) jQuery
6 59 (7.67%) Web Services
7 54 (7.02%) JSON
8 47 (6.11%) REST
8 47 (6.11%) CSS3
9 46 (5.98%) Spring
10 41 (5.33%) RESTful
11 40 (5.20%) .NET
12 36 (4.68%) Unity (Game Engine)
13 29 (3.77%) Flash
14 28 (3.64%) AngularJS
15 25 (3.25%) Ruby on Rails
16 24 (3.12%) OAuth
17 21 (2.73%) Gherkin
17 21 (2.73%) Backbone.js
18 20 (2.60%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 192 (24.97%) Online Games
2 76 (9.88%) User Experience
3 72 (9.36%) Mobile App
4 44 (5.72%) Analytical Skills
5 31 (4.03%) Social Media
5 31 (4.03%) Computer Science
6 24 (3.12%) New Media
7 23 (2.99%) Mathematics
8 22 (2.86%) Digital Media
9 20 (2.60%) Data Integration
10 19 (2.47%) Open Source
10 19 (2.47%) Mobile Games
11 18 (2.34%) Video on Demand
11 18 (2.34%) Social Gaming
11 18 (2.34%) Physics
12 15 (1.95%) Animation
13 14 (1.82%) Blog
14 13 (1.69%) 3D Graphics
14 13 (1.69%) Blackberry
14 13 (1.69%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 93 (12.09%) Linux
2 66 (8.58%) Apple iOS
3 48 (6.24%) Android
3 48 (6.24%) Windows
4 37 (4.81%) UNIX
5 18 (2.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 12 (1.56%) Ubuntu
7 10 (1.30%) CentOS
8 9 (1.17%) Windows 7
9 6 (0.78%) Windows Mobile
9 6 (0.78%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (0.52%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (0.39%) Windows XP
11 3 (0.39%) BlackBerry OS
11 3 (0.39%) Windows Phone
12 2 (0.26%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.26%) Windows Server 2012
13 1 (0.13%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.13%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.13%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 307 (39.92%) Agile Software Development
2 157 (20.42%) Scrum
3 142 (18.47%) TDD
4 69 (8.97%) Game Development
5 63 (8.19%) E-Commerce
6 58 (7.54%) Business Intelligence
7 56 (7.28%) User Stories
8 53 (6.89%) Project Management
9 49 (6.37%) Analytics
10 43 (5.59%) Automated Testing
11 42 (5.46%) OO
11 42 (5.46%) ETL
11 42 (5.46%) Continuous Integration
12 40 (5.20%) BDD
13 39 (5.07%) Continuous Improvement
14 38 (4.94%) Web Development
14 38 (4.94%) MVC
15 37 (4.81%) SOA
16 34 (4.42%) Data Modelling
16 34 (4.42%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 157 (20.42%) Java
2 148 (19.25%) JavaScript
3 135 (17.56%) SQL
4 88 (11.44%) C#
5 74 (9.62%) Python
6 69 (8.97%) C++
7 59 (7.67%) PHP
8 58 (7.54%) Ruby
9 26 (3.38%) Scala
10 25 (3.25%) PL/SQL
11 23 (2.99%) C
12 16 (2.08%) Shell Script
13 15 (1.95%) Objective-C
14 13 (1.69%) ActionScript
15 12 (1.56%) Perl
16 9 (1.17%) T-SQL
16 9 (1.17%) PHP5
17 7 (0.91%) ActionScript 3.0
17 7 (0.91%) Lua
18 6 (0.78%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 64 (8.32%) Degree
2 8 (1.04%) ISEB
3 7 (0.91%) CISSP
3 7 (0.91%) Cisco Certification
3 7 (0.91%) Microsoft Certification
3 7 (0.91%) PhD
3 7 (0.91%) CCNP
3 7 (0.91%) CISA
4 6 (0.78%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 5 (0.65%) CRISC
5 5 (0.65%) CISM
5 5 (0.65%) ISTQB
6 4 (0.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (0.39%) MCSE
7 3 (0.39%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 3 (0.39%) RHCE
7 3 (0.39%) A+ Certification
8 2 (0.26%) JNCIP
8 2 (0.26%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 2 (0.26%) ISACA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (8.84%) QA
2 8 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (0.91%) SLA
4 1 (0.13%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.13%) EMIR
4 1 (0.13%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 17 (2.21%) Active Directory
2 10 (1.30%) Xen
3 8 (1.04%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.91%) Hyper-V
4 7 (0.91%) NFS
5 5 (0.65%) Varnish
6 4 (0.52%) vCloud
7 3 (0.39%) vSphere
7 3 (0.39%) XenServer
7 3 (0.39%) VMware ESX
8 2 (0.26%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 2 (0.26%) 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 26 (3.38%) Opscode Chef
2 18 (2.34%) Puppet
3 14 (1.82%) Nagios
4 11 (1.43%) BMC PATROL
5 8 (1.04%) Opsview
5 8 (1.04%) Red Hat Spacewalk
5 8 (1.04%) Cobbler
6 7 (0.91%) HAProxy
7 5 (0.65%) SCOM
8 4 (0.52%) NetBackup
8 4 (0.52%) HP Quality Center
9 3 (0.39%) SCCM
10 1 (0.13%) Cisco IPCC
10 1 (0.13%) Data Guard
10 1 (0.13%) ZABBIX
10 1 (0.13%) Cacti
10 1 (0.13%) Zenoss
10 1 (0.13%) SCOrch
10 1 (0.13%) logstash
10 1 (0.13%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 65 (8.45%) Oracle
2 60 (7.80%) Microsoft
3 38 (4.94%) Google
4 29 (3.77%) Facebook
5 26 (3.38%) Twitter
6 18 (2.34%) Netezza
7 16 (2.08%) Adobe
8 15 (1.95%) VMware
9 12 (1.56%) Teradata
9 12 (1.56%) Ab Initio
9 12 (1.56%) Cisco
9 12 (1.56%) Zend
10 11 (1.43%) ServiceNow
10 11 (1.43%) Lotus
11 10 (1.30%) Red Hat
12 9 (1.17%) Veritas
12 9 (1.17%) JBoss
13 8 (1.04%) Citrix
13 8 (1.04%) 29West
13 8 (1.04%) Splunk
City, London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £380.00 - £420.00 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
London
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £250 - £275 per day + competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Staffordshire
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Oxfordshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £280 - £340 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Explore Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £405 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Digital Gurus
Rate: £380 - £450 Per Day
Posted: 4 days ago
Berkshire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £550 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £350 to £375 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
MAPP Ltd - IT & Business Management Recruitment Specialists
Rate: Salary dependent on experience
Posted: 5 days ago
West London
Endemol UK
Rate: Up to £25,500 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £350 - £475 per day + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham
Real Staffing
Rate: £350 - £475 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
Real Staffing
Rate: £350 - £475 per day + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds
Real Staffing
Rate: £350 - £475 per day + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago