Period
to 11 August 2020

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Games in contract job vacancies advertised in England. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Games over the 6 months to 11 August 2020 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
UK > England
6 months to
11 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 321 351 320
Rank change year-on-year +30 -31 +50
Contract jobs citing Games 212 561 779
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.69% 0.68% 0.83%
As % of the General category 1.69% 1.72% 2.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 153 324 519
Median daily rate £450 £460 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.17% -3.16% +15.15%
10th Percentile £206 £213 £300
90th Percentile £624 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £475
% change year-on-year - -5.26% +15.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 15 22
Median hourly rate £34.25 £45.00 £29.67
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.89% +51.66% -1.09%
10th Percentile £25.00 £27.00 £11.17
90th Percentile £65.78 £53.00 £52.38
UK median hourly rate £34.25 £42.50 £26.98
% change year-on-year -19.41% +57.52% -10.07%

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

All General Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for common skills 12,566 32,557 38,187
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 40.79% 39.29% 40.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,130 21,301 25,181
Median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £300 £304 £300
90th Percentile £715 £675 £675
UK median daily rate £500 £488 £475
% change year-on-year +2.56% +2.63% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 459 863 975
Median hourly rate £30.58 £23.00 £22.93
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.93% +0.31% +4.23%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.76 £12.25
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £30.00 £22.93 £21.90
% change year-on-year +30.83% +4.70% -2.67%

Games
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Games as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Games in England

Games
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Games in England.

Daily rate trend for Games in England

Games
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Games in England over the 6 months to 11 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Games in England

Games
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Games in England.

Hourly rate trend for Games in England

Games
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Games in England over the 6 months to 11 August 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Games in England

Games
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Games within the England region over the 6 months to 11 August 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +51 141 £488 -5.34% 124
Midlands +55 18 £300 +20.00% 37
West Midlands +63 15 £300 +25.00% 22
North of England +82 14 £225 -50.00% 73
East of England +38 14 £355 - 31
South East +147 12 £390 +0.65% 55
North West +59 8 £195 -56.67% 41
Yorkshire +49 4 £450 +5.88% 26
South West +82 2 £350 +16.67% 16
North East +45 2 £275 -26.67% 6
East Midlands +32 2 - - 15
Games
UK

For the 6 months to 11 August 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Games also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for Games.

1 50 (23.58%) C#
2 49 (23.11%) Unity (Game Engine)
3 47 (22.17%) Python
4 46 (21.70%) Agile Software Development
5 36 (16.98%) AWS
6 30 (14.15%) Java
7 25 (11.79%) JavaScript
7 25 (11.79%) C++
7 25 (11.79%) DevOps
7 25 (11.79%) User Experience
8 22 (10.38%) Analytics
9 21 (9.91%) SQL
9 21 (9.91%) E-Commerce
9 21 (9.91%) Finance
9 21 (9.91%) Artificial Intelligence
10 20 (9.43%) Docker
10 20 (9.43%) Azure
10 20 (9.43%) Problem-Solving
11 19 (8.96%) Node.js
12 18 (8.49%) Kubernetes
13 17 (8.02%) Android
13 17 (8.02%) TDD
13 17 (8.02%) Animation
13 17 (8.02%) CSS
14 16 (7.55%) Microservices
15 15 (7.08%) Time Management
15 15 (7.08%) Machine Learning
15 15 (7.08%) HTML
16 14 (6.60%) Game Development
16 14 (6.60%) Analytical Skills

Games
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 10 (4.72%) WebSphere
2 7 (3.30%) Confluence
3 6 (2.83%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 5 (2.36%) Apache Spark
5 4 (1.89%) Apache
6 3 (1.42%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (1.42%) WebSphere Application Server
7 2 (0.94%) CMS
7 2 (0.94%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.47%) Apache Solr
8 1 (0.47%) Ethereum
8 1 (0.47%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.47%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.47%) WebLogic
Applications
1 10 (4.72%) Maya
2 3 (1.42%) 3ds Max
2 3 (1.42%) Photoshop
3 2 (0.94%) CINEMA 4D
4 1 (0.47%) Adobe After Effects
4 1 (0.47%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (0.47%) Adobe XD
4 1 (0.47%) Figma
4 1 (0.47%) Houdini
4 1 (0.47%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.47%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.47%) Sketch
4 1 (0.47%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (2.36%) Magento
2 2 (0.94%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 1 (0.47%) SAP Hybris
3 1 (0.47%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 36 (16.98%) AWS
2 20 (9.43%) Azure
3 10 (4.72%) Serverless
4 8 (3.77%) AWS CloudFormation
4 8 (3.77%) GCP
5 6 (2.83%) Amazon S3
5 6 (2.83%) AWS Lambda
6 5 (2.36%) GitHub
7 4 (1.89%) Amazon EC2
7 4 (1.89%) Amazon ECS
8 3 (1.42%) Amazon Kinesis
8 3 (1.42%) Amazon SageMaker
8 3 (1.42%) Azure Functions
8 3 (1.42%) Heroku
8 3 (1.42%) SaaS
9 2 (0.94%) AWS CodePipeline
9 2 (0.94%) Google Analytics
9 2 (0.94%) IaaS
9 2 (0.94%) OpenShift
9 2 (0.94%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 4 (1.89%) Broadband
1 4 (1.89%) TCP/IP
2 3 (1.42%) DNS
2 3 (1.42%) Internet
3 2 (0.94%) Bluetooth
4 1 (0.47%) BGP
4 1 (0.47%) Firewall
4 1 (0.47%) HTTP
4 1 (0.47%) MPLS
4 1 (0.47%) NetScreen
4 1 (0.47%) OpenLDAP
4 1 (0.47%) OSPF
4 1 (0.47%) Skype
4 1 (0.47%) VLAN
4 1 (0.47%) VPN
4 1 (0.47%) WAN
4 1 (0.47%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (6.13%) NoSQL
2 9 (4.25%) Big Data
2 9 (4.25%) Looker
3 8 (3.77%) MySQL
4 7 (3.30%) Amazon Redshift
4 7 (3.30%) Blockchain
5 6 (2.83%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 6 (2.83%) Amazon RDS
5 6 (2.83%) Redis
6 5 (2.36%) MongoDB
6 5 (2.36%) Relational Database
7 3 (1.42%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (1.42%) Hadoop
7 3 (1.42%) Pentaho
7 3 (1.42%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.94%) Apache Cassandra
8 2 (0.94%) Apache Hive
8 2 (0.94%) BigQuery
8 2 (0.94%) Cosmos DB
8 2 (0.94%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 13 (6.13%) Git (software)
1 13 (6.13%) JIRA
2 8 (3.77%) Jenkins
3 5 (2.36%) Bitbucket
4 4 (1.89%) GitLab
5 3 (1.42%) Subversion
6 2 (0.94%) Jasmine
6 2 (0.94%) Maven
6 2 (0.94%) Mocha
6 2 (0.94%) Selenium
6 2 (0.94%) TestRail
7 1 (0.47%) Appium
7 1 (0.47%) Artifactory
7 1 (0.47%) Axure RP
7 1 (0.47%) Grunt
7 1 (0.47%) gulp
7 1 (0.47%) Postman
7 1 (0.47%) SonarQube
7 1 (0.47%) Sourcetree
7 1 (0.47%) webpack
General
1 21 (9.91%) Finance
2 8 (3.77%) Marketing
3 7 (3.30%) Retail
4 5 (2.36%) Publishing
5 4 (1.89%) Multimedia
6 3 (1.42%) Banking
6 3 (1.42%) Electronics
7 2 (0.94%) Advertising
7 2 (0.94%) Arabic Language
7 2 (0.94%) Billing
7 2 (0.94%) Law
7 2 (0.94%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.47%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.47%) Mandarin Language
8 1 (0.47%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.47%) Music Industry
8 1 (0.47%) Public Sector
8 1 (0.47%) Turkish Language
Job Titles
1 78 (36.79%) Developer
2 13 (6.13%) Architect
3 12 (5.66%) Analyst
4 11 (5.19%) Designer
5 10 (4.72%) DevOps Engineer
6 9 (4.25%) AWS Engineer
6 9 (4.25%) Games Developer
7 8 (3.77%) Data Engineer
7 8 (3.77%) Python Engineer
8 7 (3.30%) Animator
8 7 (3.30%) Product Manager
8 7 (3.30%) React Developer
8 7 (3.30%) Scrum Master
8 7 (3.30%) Software Engineer
9 6 (2.83%) AWS Architect
9 6 (2.83%) C# Developer
9 6 (2.83%) Data Analyst
9 6 (2.83%) Senior Developer
10 5 (2.36%) Azure Engineer
10 5 (2.36%) Games Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (23.11%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 19 (8.96%) Node.js
3 17 (8.02%) CSS
4 15 (7.08%) HTML
5 13 (6.13%) React
6 10 (4.72%) Spring
6 10 (4.72%) Unreal Engine
7 9 (4.25%) .NET
8 7 (3.30%) AngularJS
8 7 (3.30%) Web Services
9 6 (2.83%) J2EE
9 6 (2.83%) Kafka
9 6 (2.83%) REST
10 5 (2.36%) Django
10 5 (2.36%) GraphQL
10 5 (2.36%) JSON
10 5 (2.36%) React Native
11 4 (1.89%) HTML5
11 4 (1.89%) RESTful
11 4 (1.89%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 25 (11.79%) User Experience
2 17 (8.02%) Animation
3 14 (6.60%) Analytical Skills
4 12 (5.66%) Self-Motivation
5 11 (5.19%) Mobile App
5 11 (5.19%) Mobile Games
6 7 (3.30%) Data Structures
7 6 (2.83%) Algorithms
8 5 (2.36%) Augmented Reality
8 5 (2.36%) Greenfield Project
8 5 (2.36%) Virtual Team
9 3 (1.42%) Client/Server
9 3 (1.42%) Motion Graphics
9 3 (1.42%) Online Games
10 2 (0.94%) Blog
10 2 (0.94%) Graphic Design
10 2 (0.94%) iPhone
10 2 (0.94%) Marketing Technology
10 2 (0.94%) Video\Live Streaming
10 2 (0.94%) YubiKey
Operating Systems
1 17 (8.02%) Android
2 13 (6.13%) Linux
3 10 (4.72%) Apple iOS
4 6 (2.83%) Windows
5 5 (2.36%) Unix
6 2 (0.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (0.94%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.47%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (21.70%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (11.79%) DevOps
3 22 (10.38%) Analytics
4 21 (9.91%) Artificial Intelligence
4 21 (9.91%) E-Commerce
5 20 (9.43%) Problem-Solving
6 17 (8.02%) TDD
7 16 (7.55%) Microservices
8 15 (7.08%) Machine Learning
8 15 (7.08%) Time Management
9 14 (6.60%) Game Development
10 12 (5.66%) Scrum
11 11 (5.19%) Test Automation
12 10 (4.72%) Fintech
12 10 (4.72%) Software Engineering
12 10 (4.72%) User Stories
13 9 (4.25%) Business Intelligence
13 9 (4.25%) Continuous Integration
14 7 (3.30%) Mathematics
14 7 (3.30%) Refactoring
Programming Languages
1 50 (23.58%) C#
2 47 (22.17%) Python
3 30 (14.15%) Java
4 25 (11.79%) C++
4 25 (11.79%) JavaScript
5 21 (9.91%) SQL
6 9 (4.25%) PowerShell
7 7 (3.30%) C
8 6 (2.83%) TypeScript
9 5 (2.36%) Kotlin
10 4 (1.89%) ES6
10 4 (1.89%) PHP
10 4 (1.89%) Scala
11 3 (1.42%) Java 8
12 2 (0.94%) Apple Swift
12 2 (0.94%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.94%) Go
12 2 (0.94%) Objective-C
12 2 (0.94%) R
13 1 (0.47%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 10 (4.72%) Degree
2 3 (1.42%) Computer Science Degree
2 3 (1.42%) Security Cleared
3 1 (0.47%) CCNA
3 1 (0.47%) CCNP
3 1 (0.47%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (0.47%) DV Cleared
3 1 (0.47%) JNCIA
3 1 (0.47%) JNCIS
3 1 (0.47%) Master's Degree
3 1 (0.47%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (3.30%) QA
2 3 (1.42%) GDPR
3 2 (0.94%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 20 (9.43%) Docker
2 2 (0.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.47%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.47%) HDFS
3 1 (0.47%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 18 (8.49%) Kubernetes
2 8 (3.77%) Terraform
3 5 (2.36%) Ansible
4 2 (0.94%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.47%) Graphite
5 1 (0.47%) Prometheus
5 1 (0.47%) Puppet
Vendors
1 12 (5.66%) Tableau
2 7 (3.30%) Google
3 6 (2.83%) Adobe
4 4 (1.89%) Microsoft
4 4 (1.89%) Salesforce.com
4 4 (1.89%) Workday
5 3 (1.42%) hybris
5 3 (1.42%) IBM
5 3 (1.42%) Informatica
5 3 (1.42%) NVIDIA
5 3 (1.42%) Oracle
5 3 (1.42%) Talend
5 3 (1.42%) VMware
6 2 (0.94%) Atlassian
6 2 (0.94%) Facebook
6 2 (0.94%) Red Hat
6 2 (0.94%) SAP
6 2 (0.94%) Sparx
7 1 (0.47%) Cisco
7 1 (0.47%) Confluent