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 17 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Gaming
Rank 151 149 164
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +15
Permanent jobs citing Games 107 91 91
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.47% 1.32% 1.23%
As % of the General category 3.54% 3.48% 3.42%
Number of salaries quoted 105 72 88
Average salary £40,000 £35,500 £32,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+12.67% +9.23%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £27,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £48,000 £49,850 £40,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £35,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -
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
3026 2615 2658
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 41.56% 37.94% 35.99%
Number of salaries quoted 2419 2145 2220
Average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £60,000 £65,000
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 17 September 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 17 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
(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 +16 64 £40,000 +25.00% 9
Merseyside +11 27 £35,000 -26.31% 3
Cheshire -14 12 £32,000 +1.58% 4
Lancashire -7 4 £40,000 +6.66% 2
Games
England

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 September 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.

1 101 (44.49%) Agile Software Development
2 95 (41.85%) C#
3 87 (38.33%) .NET
4 86 (37.89%) SQL Server
5 61 (26.87%) ASP.NET
6 59 (25.99%) Android
7 58 (25.55%) MVC
8 55 (24.23%) JavaScript
9 54 (23.79%) ASP.NET MVC
10 53 (23.35%) Linux
11 52 (22.91%) TDD
12 51 (22.47%) Web Application Development
13 50 (22.03%) iPhone
14 48 (21.15%) WCF
15 46 (20.26%) Mobile App
16 44 (19.38%) C++
16 44 (19.38%) Google
17 43 (18.94%) Windows
18 40 (17.62%) HTML
19 39 (17.18%) Software Engineering
20 37 (16.30%) Node.js
21 36 (15.86%) SQL Server 2012
22 35 (15.42%) Domain-Driven Design
23 33 (14.54%) KnockoutJS
24 31 (13.66%) SQL
24 31 (13.66%) CSS
24 31 (13.66%) ASP.NET MVC 4
25 30 (13.22%) 3D Graphics
26 29 (12.78%) Java
26 29 (12.78%) HTML5

Games
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 37 (16.30%) Node.js
2 11 (4.85%) Apache
3 7 (3.08%) Tomcat
3 7 (3.08%) WebSphere
4 5 (2.20%) Drupal
4 5 (2.20%) WordPress
5 1 (0.44%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.44%) CloudStack
5 1 (0.44%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.44%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 5 (2.20%) Photoshop
2 4 (1.76%) MS Office
3 3 (1.32%) MS Excel
3 3 (1.32%) Maya
3 3 (1.32%) 3ds Max
3 3 (1.32%) Adobe After Effects
4 2 (0.88%) MS Project
4 2 (0.88%) Adobe Illustrator
4 2 (0.88%) ZBrush
5 1 (0.44%) Mudbox
5 1 (0.44%) GIMP
5 1 (0.44%) Blender
Business Applications
1 5 (2.20%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.44%) Amazon EC2
1 1 (0.44%) Rackspace Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 21 (9.25%) Internet
2 8 (3.52%) HTTP
3 1 (0.44%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.44%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 86 (37.89%) SQL Server
2 36 (15.86%) SQL Server 2012
3 12 (5.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 12 (5.29%) Relational Database
4 11 (4.85%) NoSQL
5 9 (3.96%) OLTP
5 9 (3.96%) RDBMS
6 8 (3.52%) MySQL
7 7 (3.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 7 (3.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 5 (2.20%) Data Warehouse
9 4 (1.76%) SQL Server 2008
10 3 (1.32%) PostgreSQL
11 2 (0.88%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 2 (0.88%) MongoDB
11 2 (0.88%) Hazelcast
12 1 (0.44%) Riak
12 1 (0.44%) Big Data
12 1 (0.44%) Apache Cassandra
12 1 (0.44%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 22 (9.69%) Git (software)
2 12 (5.29%) Subversion
3 9 (3.96%) Eclipse
3 9 (3.96%) Cucumber
3 9 (3.96%) SoapUI
3 9 (3.96%) Selenium
4 8 (3.52%) Xcode
4 8 (3.52%) NUnit
5 7 (3.08%) Maven
5 7 (3.08%) JIRA
5 7 (3.08%) WebDriver
5 7 (3.08%) Rhino Mocks
6 4 (1.76%) Moq
7 3 (1.32%) Mercurial
8 1 (0.44%) Bugzilla
8 1 (0.44%) Hudson
8 1 (0.44%) Jenkins
General
1 10 (4.41%) Marketing
2 4 (1.76%) Finance
3 3 (1.32%) Online Betting
4 2 (0.88%) Back Office
4 2 (0.88%) Banking
5 1 (0.44%) Retail
5 1 (0.44%) Russian Language
5 1 (0.44%) Electronics
5 1 (0.44%) Legal
5 1 (0.44%) Advertising
5 1 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 142 (62.56%) Developer
2 53 (23.35%) .NET Developer
3 41 (18.06%) Software Developer
4 36 (15.86%) Software Engineer
5 19 (8.37%) C++ Developer
5 19 (8.37%) C++ Software Developer
6 18 (7.93%) Project Manager
7 13 (5.73%) Web Developer
8 12 (5.29%) Analyst
8 12 (5.29%) C# Developer
9 11 (4.85%) Games Developer
10 10 (4.41%) Tester
11 9 (3.96%) Programmer
11 9 (3.96%) Integration Engineer
11 9 (3.96%) Software Integration Engineer
12 8 (3.52%) Java Developer
12 8 (3.52%) Junior
12 8 (3.52%) iOS Developer
13 7 (3.08%) Automation Tester
13 7 (3.08%) Front-End Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 87 (38.33%) .NET
2 61 (26.87%) ASP.NET
3 54 (23.79%) ASP.NET MVC
4 48 (21.15%) WCF
5 40 (17.62%) HTML
6 33 (14.54%) KnockoutJS
7 31 (13.66%) ASP.NET MVC 4
7 31 (13.66%) CSS
8 29 (12.78%) HTML5
9 26 (11.45%) Ninject
10 17 (7.49%) SOAP
11 16 (7.05%) Servlets
11 16 (7.05%) XML
11 16 (7.05%) OpenGL
11 16 (7.05%) CSS3
12 11 (4.85%) RESTful
12 11 (4.85%) Web Services
13 10 (4.41%) DirectX
13 10 (4.41%) jQuery
13 10 (4.41%) Qt
Miscellaneous
1 50 (22.03%) iPhone
2 46 (20.26%) Mobile App
3 30 (13.22%) 3D Graphics
4 23 (10.13%) Online Games
5 16 (7.05%) Animation
5 16 (7.05%) Computer Science
6 10 (4.41%) Mathematics
6 10 (4.41%) User Experience
7 9 (3.96%) Physics
8 8 (3.52%) Smartphone
8 8 (3.52%) iPad
9 6 (2.64%) Analytical Skills
9 6 (2.64%) Xbox
10 5 (2.20%) CUDA
10 5 (2.20%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 4 (1.76%) W3C
11 4 (1.76%) Mobile Games
11 4 (1.76%) Social Network
11 4 (1.76%) Open Source
12 3 (1.32%) New Media
Operating Systems
1 59 (25.99%) Android
2 53 (23.35%) Linux
3 43 (18.94%) Windows
4 12 (5.29%) Mac OS X
5 10 (4.41%) Apple iOS
5 10 (4.41%) UNIX
6 7 (3.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.88%) Windows XP
8 1 (0.44%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 101 (44.49%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (25.55%) MVC
3 52 (22.91%) TDD
4 51 (22.47%) Web Application Development
5 39 (17.18%) Software Engineering
6 35 (15.42%) Domain-Driven Design
7 26 (11.45%) Dependency Injection
8 23 (10.13%) BDD
9 22 (9.69%) Project Management
10 21 (9.25%) OO
11 17 (7.49%) Scrum
12 16 (7.05%) E-Commerce
12 16 (7.05%) Game Development
13 15 (6.61%) PRINCE2
14 11 (4.85%) CAD
15 10 (4.41%) OOD
16 9 (3.96%) 3D Modelling
16 9 (3.96%) Time Management
16 9 (3.96%) Test Automation
16 9 (3.96%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 95 (41.85%) C#
2 55 (24.23%) JavaScript
3 44 (19.38%) C++
4 31 (13.66%) SQL
5 29 (12.78%) Java
6 27 (11.89%) Python
7 18 (7.93%) C
8 11 (4.85%) PHP
8 11 (4.85%) Ruby
9 8 (3.52%) Objective-C
10 7 (3.08%) XPath
11 6 (2.64%) T-SQL
11 6 (2.64%) GLSL
12 5 (2.20%) Perl
12 5 (2.20%) Lua
13 2 (0.88%) VB6
13 2 (0.88%) VB
13 2 (0.88%) VB.NET
14 1 (0.44%) VBA
14 1 (0.44%) PowerHouse
Qualifications
1 27 (11.89%) Degree
2 9 (3.96%) Microsoft Certification
3 6 (2.64%) MCSE
3 6 (2.64%) MCSA
3 6 (2.64%) MCITP
4 2 (0.88%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.52%) QA
System Software
1 9 (3.96%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.44%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 6 (2.64%) McAfee ePO
2 2 (0.88%) SCCM
3 1 (0.44%) Puppet
3 1 (0.44%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.44%) Ansible
3 1 (0.44%) Salt
Vendors
1 44 (19.38%) Google
2 15 (6.61%) Oracle
3 11 (4.85%) Microsoft
4 7 (3.08%) Red Hat
5 6 (2.64%) McAfee
5 6 (2.64%) Sony
6 4 (1.76%) Zend
7 3 (1.32%) VMware
8 2 (0.88%) Twitter
8 2 (0.88%) Salesforce.com
8 2 (0.88%) Citrix
9 1 (0.44%) Avaya
9 1 (0.44%) Adobe
9 1 (0.44%) SAP
9 1 (0.44%) Rackspace
9 1 (0.44%) Facebook
9 1 (0.44%) Kronos
9 1 (0.44%) Perforce
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