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 17 December 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
17 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Gaming
Rank 104 90 88
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -2
Contract jobs citing Games 11 19 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.47% 0.89% 0.93%
As % of the General category 1.52% 2.79% 3.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 14 10
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£344 £288 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+19.56% -12.87%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £22.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- -25.00%
Games
England

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
724 681 608
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 31.18% 31.87% 29.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 407 376 245
Average daily rate £360 £370 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.70% -1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £213 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 27 65
Average hourly rate £28.69 £27.25 £34.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.28% -21.01%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.06 £12.00 £12.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.40 £45.00 £36.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.68 £23.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-1.39% +2.22%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Games across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 17 December 2014.

Games Daily Rate Histogram 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 17 December 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
Warwickshire - 4 - -
Staffordshire +3 2 £313 - 1
Birmingham -9 1 - - 3
Brierley Hill - - - - 1
Stourbridge - - - -
Games
England

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 17 December 2014, 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 5 (27.78%) HTML
1 5 (27.78%) JavaScript
1 5 (27.78%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (27.78%) Apple iOS
1 5 (27.78%) Game Development
2 4 (22.22%) HTML5
2 4 (22.22%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 4 (22.22%) Objective-C
2 4 (22.22%) Degree
2 4 (22.22%) C++
2 4 (22.22%) CSS
3 3 (16.67%) Java
3 3 (16.67%) MVC
3 3 (16.67%) .NET
3 3 (16.67%) Apple
3 3 (16.67%) Open Source
3 3 (16.67%) jQuery
3 3 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
3 3 (16.67%) Kanban
3 3 (16.67%) Android
3 3 (16.67%) Automated Testing
3 3 (16.67%) TDD
3 3 (16.67%) Scrum
3 3 (16.67%) iOS Development
3 3 (16.67%) User Stories
3 3 (16.67%) Mobile App
3 3 (16.67%) Mentoring
3 3 (16.67%) Coaching
3 3 (16.67%) Feature Driven Development
3 3 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement

Games
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 17 December 2014, 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 2 (11.11%) ZBrush
1 2 (11.11%) Photoshop
1 2 (11.11%) Maya
2 1 (5.56%) MS Excel
2 1 (5.56%) S-PLUS
2 1 (5.56%) Blender
2 1 (5.56%) Adobe Premiere
2 1 (5.56%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 1 (5.56%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (11.11%) Redis
1 2 (11.11%) MySQL
2 1 (5.56%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.56%) SQLite
2 1 (5.56%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 1 (5.56%) Eclipse
1 1 (5.56%) Visual Studio
Job Titles
1 8 (44.44%) Developer
2 3 (16.67%) ScrumMaster
3 2 (11.11%) iOS Developer
3 2 (11.11%) JavaScript Developer
4 1 (5.56%) Games Developer
4 1 (5.56%) Consultant
4 1 (5.56%) Applications Developer
4 1 (5.56%) Programmer
4 1 (5.56%) Database Consultant
4 1 (5.56%) Lead Developer
4 1 (5.56%) Project Manager
4 1 (5.56%) Front-End Developer
4 1 (5.56%) Agile Project Manager
4 1 (5.56%) Mobile Applications Developer
4 1 (5.56%) Mobile Developer
4 1 (5.56%) .NET Developer
4 1 (5.56%) C# Developer
4 1 (5.56%) VB.NET Developer
4 1 (5.56%) Java Programmer
4 1 (5.56%) Animator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (27.78%) HTML
2 4 (22.22%) HTML5
2 4 (22.22%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 4 (22.22%) CSS
3 3 (16.67%) .NET
3 3 (16.67%) jQuery
4 2 (11.11%) CSS3
4 2 (11.11%) iOS SDK
4 2 (11.11%) RabbitMQ
4 2 (11.11%) Web Services
5 1 (5.56%) XML
5 1 (5.56%) Flash
5 1 (5.56%) ASP.NET
5 1 (5.56%) Apache Flex
5 1 (5.56%) WCF
5 1 (5.56%) WPF
5 1 (5.56%) JSON
5 1 (5.56%) Android SDK
5 1 (5.56%) Unreal Engine
5 1 (5.56%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 3 (16.67%) Open Source
1 3 (16.67%) Mobile App
2 2 (11.11%) Computer Science
2 2 (11.11%) Mobile Games
3 1 (5.56%) Client/Server
3 1 (5.56%) Blackberry
3 1 (5.56%) Augmented Reality
3 1 (5.56%) Replication
3 1 (5.56%) Animation
3 1 (5.56%) Mathematics
3 1 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (5.56%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 5 (27.78%) Apple iOS
2 3 (16.67%) Android
3 1 (5.56%) Windows
3 1 (5.56%) Linux
3 1 (5.56%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (27.78%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (27.78%) Game Development
2 3 (16.67%) MVC
2 3 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
2 3 (16.67%) Kanban
2 3 (16.67%) Automated Testing
2 3 (16.67%) TDD
2 3 (16.67%) Scrum
2 3 (16.67%) iOS Development
2 3 (16.67%) User Stories
2 3 (16.67%) Mentoring
2 3 (16.67%) Coaching
2 3 (16.67%) Feature Driven Development
2 3 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
2 3 (16.67%) ATDD
3 2 (11.11%) Memory Management
3 2 (11.11%) Mobile Application Development
4 1 (5.56%) CRM
4 1 (5.56%) Project Management
4 1 (5.56%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (27.78%) JavaScript
2 4 (22.22%) Objective-C
2 4 (22.22%) C++
3 3 (16.67%) Java
4 2 (11.11%) C
4 2 (11.11%) C#
5 1 (5.56%) SQL
5 1 (5.56%) VB.NET
5 1 (5.56%) ActionScript
5 1 (5.56%) ActionScript 3.0
Qualifications
1 4 (22.22%) Degree
Vendors
1 3 (16.67%) Apple
2 1 (5.56%) Microsoft
2 1 (5.56%) Adobe
2 1 (5.56%) Google
2 1 (5.56%) Facebook
2 1 (5.56%) Twitter
2 1 (5.56%) Xamarin