The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Games in IT jobs advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Games over the 3 months to 22 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
22 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Gaming
Rank 154 182 166
Rank change year-on-year
+28 -16
Permanent jobs citing Games 103 63 104
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.41% 0.93% 1.30%
As % of the General category 3.44% 2.83% 3.87%
Number of salaries quoted 90 57 97
Average salary £36,750 £37,500 £34,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-2.00% +10.29%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,900 £24,300 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £42,750 £43,000 £42,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Games
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire General category in permanent jobs advertised in the North West region.

General Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
General category
2990 2225 2684
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 40.87% 32.76% 33.66%
Number of salaries quoted 2539 1809 2346
Average salary £41,500 £37,750 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+9.93% +0.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £25,950 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £55,000 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year
+5.88% -

Games
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Games Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Games
Salary Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Games across the North West region.

Games Salary Trend in the North West

Games
Salary Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Games across the North West region over the 3 months to 22 December 2014.

Games Salary Histogram in the North West

Games
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Games within the North West region over the 3 months to 22 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -9 59 £38,500 +10.00% 8
Cheshire +4 17 £40,000 -5.88% 3
Merseyside +24 15 £35,000 - 1
Lancashire +1 5 - -
Games
England

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, IT jobs across the North West 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 IT job ads sampled that cited Games.

1 107 (52.20%) Agile Software Development
2 101 (49.27%) C#
3 90 (43.90%) .NET
4 89 (43.41%) SQL Server
5 77 (37.56%) MVC
6 74 (36.10%) ASP.NET
7 69 (33.66%) ASP.NET MVC
8 68 (33.17%) TDD
9 66 (32.20%) Web Application Development
10 64 (31.22%) WCF
11 57 (27.80%) Node.js
12 56 (27.32%) HTML
13 50 (24.39%) JavaScript
14 48 (23.41%) Google
15 47 (22.93%) Android
16 42 (20.49%) Degree
16 42 (20.49%) HTML5
16 42 (20.49%) Mobile App
17 41 (20.00%) Domain-Driven Design
17 41 (20.00%) iPhone
18 40 (19.51%) Java
19 37 (18.05%) BDD
20 36 (17.56%) CSS
21 34 (16.59%) KnockoutJS
22 33 (16.10%) Internet
23 31 (15.12%) Linux
24 30 (14.63%) Software Engineering
24 30 (14.63%) Git (software)
25 29 (14.15%) Dependency Injection
25 29 (14.15%) Ninject

Games
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 2014, IT jobs across the North West 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 IT job ads sampled that cited Games. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 57 (27.80%) Node.js
2 12 (5.85%) Apache
3 6 (2.93%) MS Exchange
4 5 (2.44%) Tomcat
4 5 (2.44%) WebSphere
4 5 (2.44%) Umbraco
5 4 (1.95%) WordPress
6 3 (1.46%) IIS
7 2 (0.98%) Sitecore CMS
7 2 (0.98%) CMS
8 1 (0.49%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.49%) Drupal
8 1 (0.49%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.49%) CloudStack
Applications
1 4 (1.95%) Adobe After Effects
2 3 (1.46%) MS PowerPoint
2 3 (1.46%) Photoshop
2 3 (1.46%) MS Excel
3 2 (0.98%) Maya
3 2 (0.98%) 3ds Max
3 2 (0.98%) ZBrush
3 2 (0.98%) MS Office
4 1 (0.49%) Mudbox
4 1 (0.49%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 1 (0.49%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.46%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.49%) Amazon EC2
1 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (0.49%) Rackspace Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 33 (16.10%) Internet
2 7 (3.41%) HTTP
3 6 (2.93%) TCP/IP
4 5 (2.44%) RIP
4 5 (2.44%) Broadband
4 5 (2.44%) WAN
4 5 (2.44%) MPLS
4 5 (2.44%) OSPF
4 5 (2.44%) BGP
4 5 (2.44%) Junos
5 2 (0.98%) ATM
5 2 (0.98%) VPN
6 1 (0.49%) SAN
6 1 (0.49%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 89 (43.41%) SQL Server
2 25 (12.20%) NoSQL
3 13 (6.34%) SQL Server 2012
4 11 (5.37%) Relational Database
4 11 (5.37%) MySQL
5 9 (4.39%) OLTP
5 9 (4.39%) RDBMS
6 6 (2.93%) MongoDB
7 5 (2.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 5 (2.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 5 (2.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 5 (2.44%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (1.95%) SQL Server 2008
9 3 (1.46%) PostgreSQL
10 2 (0.98%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 1 (0.49%) MS Access
11 1 (0.49%) Hadoop
11 1 (0.49%) Apache Cassandra
11 1 (0.49%) Riak
11 1 (0.49%) Hazelcast
Development Applications
1 30 (14.63%) Git (software)
2 9 (4.39%) Eclipse
3 8 (3.90%) Subversion
3 8 (3.90%) Selenium
3 8 (3.90%) WebDriver
4 7 (3.41%) Cucumber
4 7 (3.41%) JIRA
5 5 (2.44%) Maven
5 5 (2.44%) Xcode
5 5 (2.44%) NUnit
5 5 (2.44%) Rhino Mocks
5 5 (2.44%) Moq
5 5 (2.44%) SoapUI
6 4 (1.95%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.98%) MSBuild
7 2 (0.98%) Jenkins
7 2 (0.98%) Grunt
8 1 (0.49%) Jasmine
8 1 (0.49%) JUnit
8 1 (0.49%) Mockito
General
1 11 (5.37%) Finance
2 7 (3.41%) Retail
3 6 (2.93%) Marketing
4 5 (2.44%) Electronics
5 4 (1.95%) Banking
6 3 (1.46%) Online Betting
6 3 (1.46%) Back Office
7 2 (0.98%) Financial Institution
7 2 (0.98%) Legal
8 1 (0.49%) Advertising
8 1 (0.49%) Law
8 1 (0.49%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.49%) Billing
Job Titles
1 136 (66.34%) Developer
2 71 (34.63%) .NET Developer
3 22 (10.73%) Software Engineer
4 16 (7.80%) Web Developer
5 15 (7.32%) Graduate
6 11 (5.37%) Software Developer
6 11 (5.37%) Senior Developer
7 10 (4.88%) Junior
8 9 (4.39%) Project Manager
8 9 (4.39%) Games Developer
8 9 (4.39%) Junior Developer
8 9 (4.39%) Integration Engineer
8 9 (4.39%) Graduate Developer
8 9 (4.39%) Software Integration Engineer
9 8 (3.90%) Front-End Developer
10 7 (3.41%) Mobile Developer
10 7 (3.41%) Java Developer
11 6 (2.93%) Mobile Games Developer
12 5 (2.44%) JavaScript Developer
12 5 (2.44%) .NET Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 90 (43.90%) .NET
2 74 (36.10%) ASP.NET
3 69 (33.66%) ASP.NET MVC
4 64 (31.22%) WCF
5 56 (27.32%) HTML
6 42 (20.49%) HTML5
7 36 (17.56%) CSS
8 34 (16.59%) KnockoutJS
9 29 (14.15%) Ninject
10 23 (11.22%) RESTful
11 21 (10.24%) ASP.NET Web API
12 16 (7.80%) CSS3
12 16 (7.80%) XML
13 15 (7.32%) Web Services
14 14 (6.83%) Servlets
14 14 (6.83%) SOAP
15 13 (6.34%) jQuery
15 13 (6.34%) WebGL
16 9 (4.39%) AngularJS
16 9 (4.39%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 42 (20.49%) Mobile App
2 41 (20.00%) iPhone
3 26 (12.68%) Computer Science
4 24 (11.71%) Online Games
5 18 (8.78%) Mathematics
6 14 (6.83%) Mobile Games
7 9 (4.39%) Physics
8 8 (3.90%) Management Information System
9 7 (3.41%) User Experience
10 5 (2.44%) iPad
10 5 (2.44%) 3D Graphics
10 5 (2.44%) Smartphone
11 4 (1.95%) Social Network
11 4 (1.95%) Open Source
12 2 (0.98%) Client/Server
12 2 (0.98%) New Media
12 2 (0.98%) Analytical Skills
12 2 (0.98%) Algorithms
13 1 (0.49%) Enterprise Software
13 1 (0.49%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 47 (22.93%) Android
2 31 (15.12%) Linux
3 20 (9.76%) Windows
4 11 (5.37%) UNIX
5 10 (4.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (2.93%) Apple iOS
7 5 (2.44%) Ubuntu
8 2 (0.98%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.49%) SmartOS
9 1 (0.49%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 107 (52.20%) Agile Software Development
2 77 (37.56%) MVC
3 68 (33.17%) TDD
4 66 (32.20%) Web Application Development
5 41 (20.00%) Domain-Driven Design
6 37 (18.05%) BDD
7 30 (14.63%) Software Engineering
8 29 (14.15%) Dependency Injection
9 22 (10.73%) OO
10 18 (8.78%) Game Development
11 17 (8.29%) Project Management
12 15 (7.32%) E-Commerce
13 12 (5.85%) CQRS
14 11 (5.37%) Scrum
15 6 (2.93%) Unit Testing
15 6 (2.93%) Continuous Integration
15 6 (2.93%) Multithreading
15 6 (2.93%) Business Intelligence
15 6 (2.93%) Mentoring
16 5 (2.44%) iOS Development
Programming Languages
1 101 (49.27%) C#
2 50 (24.39%) JavaScript
3 40 (19.51%) Java
4 28 (13.66%) Ruby
5 18 (8.78%) C++
6 17 (8.29%) PHP
7 16 (7.80%) SQL
8 13 (6.34%) Objective-C
9 8 (3.90%) Python
10 6 (2.93%) T-SQL
11 5 (2.44%) XPath
12 3 (1.46%) VB
13 2 (0.98%) VB.NET
13 2 (0.98%) VC++
13 2 (0.98%) VB6
14 1 (0.49%) VBA
14 1 (0.49%) C
Qualifications
1 42 (20.49%) Degree
2 5 (2.44%) Cisco Certification
2 5 (2.44%) CCNA
2 5 (2.44%) JNCIA
2 5 (2.44%) LPIC
3 3 (1.46%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (0.98%) ISTQB
4 2 (0.98%) ISEB
5 1 (0.49%) CISSP
5 1 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (0.49%) CISM
5 1 (0.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 1 (0.49%) ISSAP
5 1 (0.49%) ISSMP
5 1 (0.49%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.93%) QA
2 2 (0.98%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.49%) COBIT
System Software
1 5 (2.44%) Firmware
2 3 (1.46%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.49%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.49%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 1 (0.49%) Puppet
1 1 (0.49%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (0.49%) Ansible
1 1 (0.49%) Salt
Vendors
1 48 (23.41%) Google
2 10 (4.88%) Red Hat
3 9 (4.39%) Oracle
4 8 (3.90%) Microsoft
5 5 (2.44%) Cisco
5 5 (2.44%) Juniper
6 4 (1.95%) Sitecore
7 3 (1.46%) VMware
8 2 (0.98%) Salesforce.com
8 2 (0.98%) Adobe
9 1 (0.49%) Avaya
9 1 (0.49%) SAP
9 1 (0.49%) Sage
9 1 (0.49%) Perforce
9 1 (0.49%) Zend
9 1 (0.49%) Rackspace
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