The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Games in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Games over the 3 months to 3 March 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
3 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Gaming
Rank 100 101 90
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -11
Contract jobs citing Games 12 10 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.52% 0.45% 0.71%
As % of the General category 1.67% 1.40% 2.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 5 2
Average daily rate
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£150 £325 £196
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-53.84% +65.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £303 £111
10% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £325 £281
UK excluding London average daily rate £357 £307 £311
% change year-on-year
+16.31% -1.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £30.20 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.35 £31.63 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-0.86% -15.66%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire General category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

General Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
General category
718 715 539
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 31.35% 32.22% 29.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 372 352 218
Average daily rate £388 £364 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.52% -1.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £593
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 49 69
Average hourly rate £29.00 £31.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.45% -4.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.00 £7.71
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £45.00 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £23.86 £25.25
% change year-on-year
+4.79% -5.52%

Games
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Games across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the General category.

Games Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Games
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Games across the West Midlands region.

Games Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Games
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Games across the West Midlands region.

Games Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Games
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Games within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 3 March 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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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
Warwickshire 0 4 £200 - 1
Birmingham -4 4 - - 4
Staffordshire -2 1 - - 2
Worcestershire - - - - 1
Brierley Hill - - - - 1
Dudley - - - - 3
Halesowen - - - -
Games
England

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 3 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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 9 (36.00%) C++
2 5 (20.00%) ActionScript
2 5 (20.00%) JavaScript
2 5 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (20.00%) Degree
3 4 (16.00%) Maya
3 4 (16.00%) .NET
3 4 (16.00%) HTML
3 4 (16.00%) C#
3 4 (16.00%) Game Development
4 3 (12.00%) Open Source
4 3 (12.00%) Feature Driven Development
4 3 (12.00%) HTML5
4 3 (12.00%) Continuous Improvement
4 3 (12.00%) ATDD
4 3 (12.00%) User Stories
4 3 (12.00%) jQuery
4 3 (12.00%) Continuous Integration
4 3 (12.00%) Kanban
4 3 (12.00%) Mentoring
4 3 (12.00%) Coaching
4 3 (12.00%) Unity (Game Engine)
4 3 (12.00%) C
4 3 (12.00%) CSS
4 3 (12.00%) TDD
4 3 (12.00%) Automated Testing
4 3 (12.00%) Scrum
5 2 (8.00%) 3ds Max
5 2 (8.00%) Mobile Games
5 2 (8.00%) Animation

Games
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 3 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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.

Applications
1 4 (16.00%) Maya
2 2 (8.00%) 3ds Max
2 2 (8.00%) Photoshop
2 2 (8.00%) ZBrush
3 1 (4.00%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (4.00%) MS Office
3 1 (4.00%) MS Excel
3 1 (4.00%) S-PLUS
3 1 (4.00%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (4.00%) Adobe Premiere
Business Applications
1 1 (4.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.00%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (8.00%) MySQL
1 2 (8.00%) Redis
2 1 (4.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.00%) SQLite
2 1 (4.00%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 1 (4.00%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (4.00%) Automotive
1 1 (4.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 5 (20.00%) Programmer
1 5 (20.00%) Developer
2 3 (12.00%) ScrumMaster
3 2 (8.00%) JavaScript Developer
3 2 (8.00%) Animator
4 1 (4.00%) C# Application Developer
4 1 (4.00%) Software Team Leader
4 1 (4.00%) UI Designer
4 1 (4.00%) Consultant
4 1 (4.00%) Applications Developer
4 1 (4.00%) Project Manager
4 1 (4.00%) Desktop Support
4 1 (4.00%) Database Consultant
4 1 (4.00%) Lead Developer
4 1 (4.00%) Games Developer
4 1 (4.00%) Interface Designer
4 1 (4.00%) .NET Developer
4 1 (4.00%) C# Developer
4 1 (4.00%) VB.NET Developer
4 1 (4.00%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (16.00%) HTML
1 4 (16.00%) .NET
2 3 (12.00%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 3 (12.00%) CSS
2 3 (12.00%) jQuery
2 3 (12.00%) HTML5
3 2 (8.00%) RabbitMQ
3 2 (8.00%) Unreal Engine
3 2 (8.00%) CSS3
4 1 (4.00%) AngularJS
4 1 (4.00%) ASP.NET
4 1 (4.00%) Havok
4 1 (4.00%) iOS SDK
4 1 (4.00%) Web Services
4 1 (4.00%) Flash
4 1 (4.00%) Apache Flex
4 1 (4.00%) WCF
4 1 (4.00%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 3 (12.00%) Open Source
2 2 (8.00%) Animation
2 2 (8.00%) Mobile Games
2 2 (8.00%) Computer Science
3 1 (4.00%) Replication
3 1 (4.00%) Client/Server
3 1 (4.00%) Blackberry
3 1 (4.00%) 3D Graphics
3 1 (4.00%) Mathematics
3 1 (4.00%) Mobile App
3 1 (4.00%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 2 (8.00%) Windows
1 2 (8.00%) Android
1 2 (8.00%) Apple iOS
2 1 (4.00%) Windows Phone
2 1 (4.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (16.00%) Game Development
3 3 (12.00%) Continuous Improvement
3 3 (12.00%) ATDD
3 3 (12.00%) User Stories
3 3 (12.00%) Mentoring
3 3 (12.00%) Coaching
3 3 (12.00%) Automated Testing
3 3 (12.00%) Continuous Integration
3 3 (12.00%) Kanban
3 3 (12.00%) TDD
3 3 (12.00%) Scrum
3 3 (12.00%) Feature Driven Development
4 2 (8.00%) Project Management
5 1 (4.00%) Change Management
5 1 (4.00%) MVC
5 1 (4.00%) Workflow
5 1 (4.00%) CRM
5 1 (4.00%) Asset Management
5 1 (4.00%) 3D Modelling
Programming Languages
1 9 (36.00%) C++
2 5 (20.00%) ActionScript
2 5 (20.00%) JavaScript
3 4 (16.00%) C#
4 3 (12.00%) C
5 2 (8.00%) Java
5 2 (8.00%) SQL
5 2 (8.00%) VB.NET
6 1 (4.00%) Python
6 1 (4.00%) Objective-C
6 1 (4.00%) ActionScript 3.0
Qualifications
1 5 (20.00%) Degree
Vendors
1 2 (8.00%) Microsoft
1 2 (8.00%) Adobe
2 1 (4.00%) Apple
2 1 (4.00%) Xamarin
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