The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Games in IT jobs advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Games over the 3 months to 9 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
9 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Gaming
Rank 98 164 141
Rank change year-on-year
+66 -23
Permanent jobs citing Games 139 52 54
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 2.47% 1.03% 1.25%
As % of the General category 6.71% 3.16% 3.23%
Number of salaries quoted 102 37 50
Average salary £40,000 £37,500 £45,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.66% -16.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,750 £22,500 £32,500
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £48,500 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £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 West Midlands region.

General Category
West Midlands
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
General category
2072 1643 1672
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 36.76% 32.44% 38.78%
Number of salaries quoted 1636 1342 1285
Average salary £43,596 £42,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.57% -
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £25,000 £28,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £60,225 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year
- +5.88%

Games
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT 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
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

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

Games Salary Trend in the West Midlands

Games
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Games across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 9 February 2016.

Games Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

Games
Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Games within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 9 February 2016. 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
Birmingham +63 102 £42,500 - 25
Warwickshire +2 21 £40,000 +33.33% 9
Staffordshire +2 11 £35,000 +21.73%
Coventry - 3 £30,000 - 5
Solihull - 1 £22,500 -
Games
England

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, IT 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 IT job ads sampled that cited Games.

1 118 (42.60%) Agile Software Development
2 82 (29.60%) Git (software)
3 72 (25.99%) C#
4 71 (25.63%) JavaScript
5 69 (24.91%) .NET
6 68 (24.55%) TDD
7 64 (23.10%) Subversion
7 64 (23.10%) MVC
8 63 (22.74%) C++
9 55 (19.86%) BDD
10 51 (18.41%) HTML
11 49 (17.69%) Game Development
12 48 (17.33%) Software Engineering
13 45 (16.25%) ASP.NET
13 45 (16.25%) Finance
14 42 (15.16%) HTML5
15 41 (14.80%) Degree
16 40 (14.44%) SQL
17 39 (14.08%) SQL Server
18 36 (13.00%) CSS
19 33 (11.91%) Retail
20 32 (11.55%) OO
20 32 (11.55%) Open Source
21 31 (11.19%) Java
22 30 (10.83%) MySQL
23 29 (10.47%) ASP.NET MVC
24 28 (10.11%) Mentoring
25 27 (9.75%) OOD
25 27 (9.75%) Project Management
26 26 (9.39%) Unit Testing

Games
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, IT 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 IT job ads sampled that cited Games. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 22 (7.94%) Node.js
2 8 (2.89%) SharePoint
3 5 (1.81%) Apache
3 5 (1.81%) Elasticsearch
4 4 (1.44%) WordPress
5 3 (1.08%) Confluence
5 3 (1.08%) Facebook Platform
Applications
1 13 (4.69%) Photoshop
2 10 (3.61%) MS Office
3 8 (2.89%) MS Excel
4 7 (2.53%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 4 (1.44%) MS PowerPoint
6 3 (1.08%) Adobe After Effects
6 3 (1.08%) Adobe Illustrator
7 2 (0.72%) 3ds Max
7 2 (0.72%) MS Project
8 1 (0.36%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 2 (0.72%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 13 (4.69%) GitHub
2 8 (2.89%) Google Analytics
3 7 (2.53%) Office 365
4 5 (1.81%) Cloud Computing
4 5 (1.81%) IaaS
4 5 (1.81%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (1.81%) PaaS
5 2 (0.72%) AdWords
6 1 (0.36%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (2.53%) HTTP
2 5 (1.81%) Internet
3 3 (1.08%) Wireshark
4 2 (0.72%) Firewall
4 2 (0.72%) Intrusion Detection
4 2 (0.72%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.36%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (14.08%) SQL Server
2 30 (10.83%) MySQL
3 20 (7.22%) NoSQL
4 17 (6.14%) SQL Server 2014
5 8 (2.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 7 (2.53%) OLTP
6 7 (2.53%) Redis
6 7 (2.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 6 (2.17%) Apache Cassandra
7 6 (2.17%) Couchbase
8 5 (1.81%) Data Mining
9 4 (1.44%) Relational Database
9 4 (1.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 3 (1.08%) Data Warehouse
10 3 (1.08%) MongoDB
11 2 (0.72%) SQL Server 2012
12 1 (0.36%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 82 (29.60%) Git (software)
2 64 (23.10%) Subversion
3 14 (5.05%) JUnit
4 10 (3.61%) Jenkins
5 8 (2.89%) NUnit
5 8 (2.89%) Ranorex
5 8 (2.89%) Selenium
5 8 (2.89%) SoapUI
6 7 (2.53%) Visual Studio
7 6 (2.17%) Moq
7 6 (2.17%) MSTest
7 6 (2.17%) Rhino Mocks
8 5 (1.81%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 5 (1.81%) JIRA
9 3 (1.08%) Eclipse
9 3 (1.08%) Jasmine
10 2 (0.72%) Grunt
10 2 (0.72%) gulp
10 2 (0.72%) SpecFlow
11 1 (0.36%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 45 (16.25%) Finance
2 33 (11.91%) Retail
3 13 (4.69%) Billing
4 11 (3.97%) Marketing
5 8 (2.89%) Banking
5 8 (2.89%) Telecoms
6 3 (1.08%) Advertising
7 2 (0.72%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 164 (59.21%) Developer
2 41 (14.80%) .NET Developer
3 37 (13.36%) C++ Developer
4 31 (11.19%) Senior Developer
5 26 (9.39%) Software Developer
6 23 (8.30%) Analyst
7 18 (6.50%) Consultant
8 17 (6.14%) Graduate
9 16 (5.78%) JavaScript Developer
9 16 (5.78%) Software Engineer
10 15 (5.42%) C# Developer
10 15 (5.42%) C++ Software Engineer
11 14 (5.05%) PHP Developer
12 13 (4.69%) Games Developer
12 13 (4.69%) Lead Developer
13 12 (4.33%) Junior
13 12 (4.33%) Senior C++ Developer
13 12 (4.33%) Team Leader
14 11 (3.97%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
14 11 (3.97%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 69 (24.91%) .NET
2 51 (18.41%) HTML
3 45 (16.25%) ASP.NET
4 42 (15.16%) HTML5
5 36 (13.00%) CSS
6 29 (10.47%) ASP.NET MVC
7 25 (9.03%) AngularJS
8 23 (8.30%) WCF
9 22 (7.94%) ASP.NET MVC 5
10 20 (7.22%) .NET Framework
10 20 (7.22%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 20 (7.22%) WPF
11 15 (5.42%) XML
12 13 (4.69%) JSON
12 13 (4.69%) KnockoutJS
12 13 (4.69%) REST
13 12 (4.33%) Entity Framework
13 12 (4.33%) Spring
14 11 (3.97%) ASP.NET Web API
14 11 (3.97%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 22 (7.94%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (5.05%) Computer Science
2 14 (5.05%) Mathematics
3 13 (4.69%) Mobile Games
4 12 (4.33%) 3D Graphics
5 7 (2.53%) Statistics
6 6 (2.17%) Animation
6 6 (2.17%) Inversion of Control
6 6 (2.17%) Social Media
7 5 (1.81%) Blog
7 5 (1.81%) Economics
7 5 (1.81%) Management Information System
7 5 (1.81%) Mobile App
7 5 (1.81%) Public Cloud
7 5 (1.81%) User Experience
8 4 (1.44%) Graphic Design
8 4 (1.44%) Online Gambling
9 3 (1.08%) Data Protection Act
9 3 (1.08%) Motion Graphics
9 3 (1.08%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 15 (5.42%) Windows
2 14 (5.05%) Linux
3 5 (1.81%) Windows 10
4 4 (1.44%) Android
4 4 (1.44%) Apple iOS
5 3 (1.08%) Unix
6 1 (0.36%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 118 (42.60%) Agile Software Development
2 68 (24.55%) TDD
3 64 (23.10%) MVC
4 55 (19.86%) BDD
5 49 (17.69%) Game Development
6 48 (17.33%) Software Engineering
7 32 (11.55%) OO
7 32 (11.55%) Open Source
8 28 (10.11%) Mentoring
9 27 (9.75%) OOD
9 27 (9.75%) Project Management
10 26 (9.39%) Unit Testing
11 22 (7.94%) OOP
12 21 (7.58%) Web Application Development
13 20 (7.22%) Software Testing
14 19 (6.86%) Continuous Integration
14 19 (6.86%) MVVM
15 17 (6.14%) Scrum
16 16 (5.78%) Dependency Injection
17 14 (5.05%) API Integration
Programming Languages
1 72 (25.99%) C#
2 71 (25.63%) JavaScript
3 63 (22.74%) C++
4 40 (14.44%) SQL
5 31 (11.19%) Java
6 25 (9.03%) PHP
7 17 (6.14%) Ruby
8 14 (5.05%) Python
8 14 (5.05%) Scala
9 13 (4.69%) PHP 5
10 9 (3.25%) Lua
11 6 (2.17%) PL/SQL
12 5 (1.81%) Groovy
13 4 (1.44%) T-SQL
13 4 (1.44%) TypeScript
14 3 (1.08%) PowerShell
15 1 (0.36%) C
15 1 (0.36%) VB.NET
15 1 (0.36%) VC++
Qualifications
1 41 (14.80%) Degree
2 9 (3.25%) ISTQB
3 8 (2.89%) Microsoft Certification
4 7 (2.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 5 (1.81%) ISEB
5 5 (1.81%) MCSE
6 4 (1.44%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 3 (1.08%) MCSD
7 3 (1.08%) Postgraduate
8 2 (0.72%) HNC
8 2 (0.72%) HND
8 2 (0.72%) NVQ Level 4
9 1 (0.36%) APMP
9 1 (0.36%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (6.86%) QA
2 5 (1.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.08%) Data Quality
3 3 (1.08%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 6 (2.17%) Docker
Vendors
1 18 (6.50%) Microsoft
2 12 (4.33%) Adobe
2 12 (4.33%) Facebook
2 12 (4.33%) Google
3 9 (3.25%) Twitter
4 5 (1.81%) Atlassian
5 2 (0.72%) Oracle
6 1 (0.36%) Apple
6 1 (0.36%) NEC
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