The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Games in contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Games over the 3 months to 26 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Gaming
North West / Cheshire
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 48 80 -
Rank change year-on-year +32 -  
Contract jobs citing Games 9 2 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 1.41% 0.22% -
As % of the General category 2.86% 0.57% -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 0
Median daily rate £300 - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -8.00% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 2 0
Median hourly rate £31.00 £32.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.61% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £9.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +233.33% -77.50%  

Games is in the common skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for common skills.

General Skills
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for common skills 315 350 407
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 49.37% 38.17% 41.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 207 247 245
Median daily rate £425 £425 £425
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £563 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.75% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 11 14
Median hourly rate £14.00 £13.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.70% -3.57%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +20.00% +11.11%  

Games
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire citing Games as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the General category.

Job vacancy trend for Games in Cheshire

Games
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Games in Cheshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for Games in Cheshire

Games
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Games in Cheshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Games in Cheshire

Games
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Games within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 26 June 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
Warrington +27 8 - -
Games
North West

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for Games.

1 8 (80.00%) C#
1 8 (80.00%) C++
1 8 (80.00%) Degree
1 8 (80.00%) Mathematics
1 8 (80.00%) Unity (Game Engine)
1 8 (80.00%) Kinematics
1 8 (80.00%) Linear Algebra
1 8 (80.00%) NVIDIA
2 4 (40.00%) Robotics
3 3 (30.00%) .NET
3 3 (30.00%) Visual Studio
4 2 (20.00%) Microsoft
4 2 (20.00%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (20.00%) Software Engineering
5 1 (10.00%) QA
5 1 (10.00%) JIRA
5 1 (10.00%) Office 365
5 1 (10.00%) Windows 8
5 1 (10.00%) Analytics
5 1 (10.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (10.00%) Mac OS
5 1 (10.00%) Windows 7
5 1 (10.00%) Active Directory
5 1 (10.00%) Windows
5 1 (10.00%) Windows 10
5 1 (10.00%) CryEngine

Games
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 8 (80.00%) Kinematics
Applications
1 2 (20.00%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (10.00%) Office 365
Development Applications
1 3 (30.00%) Visual Studio
2 1 (10.00%) JIRA
Job Titles
1 6 (60.00%) C# Developer
1 6 (60.00%) C++ Developer
1 6 (60.00%) C++/C# Developer
1 6 (60.00%) Developer
2 4 (40.00%) C# Software Developer
2 4 (40.00%) C++ Games Developer
2 4 (40.00%) C++ Software Developer
2 4 (40.00%) Games Developer
2 4 (40.00%) Software Developer
3 2 (20.00%) C# Software Engineer
3 2 (20.00%) C++ Software Engineer
3 2 (20.00%) Software Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) Games Tester
4 1 (10.00%) IT Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) IT Support
4 1 (10.00%) IT Support Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) QA Tester
4 1 (10.00%) Support Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (80.00%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 3 (30.00%) .NET
3 1 (10.00%) CryEngine
Miscellaneous
1 4 (40.00%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 1 (10.00%) Mac OS
1 1 (10.00%) Windows
1 1 (10.00%) Windows 10
1 1 (10.00%) Windows 7
1 1 (10.00%) Windows 8
1 1 (10.00%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (80.00%) Linear Algebra
1 8 (80.00%) Mathematics
2 2 (20.00%) Software Engineering
3 1 (10.00%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 8 (80.00%) C#
1 8 (80.00%) C++
Qualifications
1 8 (80.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (10.00%) QA
System Software
1 1 (10.00%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 8 (80.00%) NVIDIA
2 2 (20.00%) Microsoft