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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Games over the 3 months to 17 January 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
17 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Gaming
England / West Midlands
Rank 120 86 99
Rank change year-on-year
-34 +13
Contract jobs citing Games 5 32 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.21% 1.36% 0.33%
As % of the General category 0.68% 4.78% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 22 2
Median daily rate - £385 £170
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +126.47%
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £325
% change year-on-year
-6.66% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Median hourly rate £24.50 £17.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.00% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £17.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-20.00% -46.15%

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
740 669 681
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 30.69% 28.44% 32.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 428 372 379
Median daily rate £413 £420 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.78% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £261 £193
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £521
UK excluding London median daily rate £401 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+0.12% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 34 39
Median hourly rate £24.00 £21.50 £28.24
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.62% -23.86%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.33 £15.80 £13.04
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £42.50 £34.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £33.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-19.69% +32.00%

Games
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of contract jobs across the West Midlands region citing Games as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Games within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 17 January 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Staffordshire -4 3 - - 1
Warwickshire -13 1 - -
Shropshire - 1 - -
Games
England

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 17 January 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Games also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Games.

1 13 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (30.77%) TDD
2 8 (30.77%) Java
3 7 (26.92%) Automated Testing
3 7 (26.92%) Test Scripting
4 6 (23.08%) QA
4 6 (23.08%) Selenium
4 6 (23.08%) Test Automation
4 6 (23.08%) Cucumber
5 5 (19.23%) Scala
5 5 (19.23%) RSpec
5 5 (19.23%) WebDriver
5 5 (19.23%) Web Testing
5 5 (19.23%) Jenkins
5 5 (19.23%) User Stories
5 5 (19.23%) Automation Testing
5 5 (19.23%) Defect Tracking
5 5 (19.23%) Degree
5 5 (19.23%) C++
5 5 (19.23%) JUnit
6 4 (15.38%) HTML
6 4 (15.38%) JavaScript
6 4 (15.38%) CSS
6 4 (15.38%) DirectX
6 4 (15.38%) Scrum
6 4 (15.38%) Automotive
6 4 (15.38%) WCAG
6 4 (15.38%) JSON
6 4 (15.38%) Robotics
6 4 (15.38%) Psychology

Games
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (3.85%) IIS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (11.54%) NoSQL
1 3 (11.54%) RDBMS
1 3 (11.54%) Relational Database
2 1 (3.85%) MySQL
2 1 (3.85%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.85%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 6 (23.08%) Cucumber
1 6 (23.08%) Selenium
2 5 (19.23%) Jenkins
2 5 (19.23%) JUnit
2 5 (19.23%) RSpec
2 5 (19.23%) WebDriver
3 3 (11.54%) Gradle
4 2 (7.69%) Ant
4 2 (7.69%) Git (software)
4 2 (7.69%) Maven
5 1 (3.85%) Android Studio
5 1 (3.85%) Appium
5 1 (3.85%) CocoaPods
5 1 (3.85%) GCC
5 1 (3.85%) GDB
5 1 (3.85%) Grunt
5 1 (3.85%) gulp
5 1 (3.85%) Xcode
General
1 4 (15.38%) Automotive
2 2 (7.69%) Back Office
3 1 (3.85%) Finance
3 1 (3.85%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 14 (53.85%) Developer
2 5 (19.23%) C++ Developer
2 5 (19.23%) QA Engineer
2 5 (19.23%) QA Test Engineer
2 5 (19.23%) Test Engineer
3 4 (15.38%) C++ Games Developer
3 4 (15.38%) Games Developer
3 4 (15.38%) Java Developer
3 4 (15.38%) Quality Engineer
4 3 (11.54%) Development Engineer
4 3 (11.54%) Development Specialist
4 3 (11.54%) Research Engineer
4 3 (11.54%) Tester
4 3 (11.54%) UX Engineer
4 3 (11.54%) UX Specialist
5 2 (7.69%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
5 2 (7.69%) Software Tester
6 1 (3.85%) Android Developer
6 1 (3.85%) Lead Developer
6 1 (3.85%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (15.38%) CSS
1 4 (15.38%) DirectX
1 4 (15.38%) HTML
1 4 (15.38%) JSON
2 3 (11.54%) RESTful
3 2 (7.69%) .NET
3 2 (7.69%) CSS3
3 2 (7.69%) HTML5
3 2 (7.69%) Node.js
3 2 (7.69%) React
3 2 (7.69%) REST
3 2 (7.69%) Spring
4 1 (3.85%) Cocoa
4 1 (3.85%) Core Data
4 1 (3.85%) EDI
4 1 (3.85%) Material Design
4 1 (3.85%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 4 (15.38%) Psychology
1 4 (15.38%) Robotics
1 4 (15.38%) User Experience
2 2 (7.69%) Computer Science
2 2 (7.69%) Inversion of Control
2 2 (7.69%) Mobile App
2 2 (7.69%) Online Gambling
2 2 (7.69%) Online Games
3 1 (3.85%) iPad
3 1 (3.85%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 2 (7.69%) Android
2 1 (3.85%) Apple iOS
2 1 (3.85%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (30.77%) TDD
3 7 (26.92%) Automated Testing
3 7 (26.92%) Test Scripting
4 6 (23.08%) Test Automation
5 5 (19.23%) Automation Testing
5 5 (19.23%) Defect Tracking
5 5 (19.23%) User Stories
5 5 (19.23%) Web Testing
6 4 (15.38%) Scrum
7 3 (11.54%) Human Factors
7 3 (11.54%) OOP
8 2 (7.69%) API Design
8 2 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
8 2 (7.69%) DevOps
8 2 (7.69%) Front End Development
8 2 (7.69%) Regression Testing
8 2 (7.69%) Software Engineering
8 2 (7.69%) User Acceptance Testing
9 1 (3.85%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 8 (30.77%) Java
2 5 (19.23%) C++
2 5 (19.23%) Scala
3 4 (15.38%) JavaScript
4 3 (11.54%) C#
4 3 (11.54%) SQL
5 2 (7.69%) Objective-C
5 2 (7.69%) Ruby
6 1 (3.85%) Apple Swift
6 1 (3.85%) C
6 1 (3.85%) ES6
6 1 (3.85%) Python
6 1 (3.85%) T-SQL
6 1 (3.85%) VB
6 1 (3.85%) VB.NET
6 1 (3.85%) VB6
Qualifications
1 5 (19.23%) Degree
2 1 (3.85%) ISEB
2 1 (3.85%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (23.08%) QA
2 4 (15.38%) WCAG
System Software
1 2 (7.69%) Docker
Vendors
1 1 (3.85%) Apple
1 1 (3.85%) Microsoft