Period
to 21 April 2021

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 21 April 2021 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
21 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 332 363 411
Rank change year-on-year +31 +48 -118
Contract jobs citing Games 263 289 524
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.62% 0.57% 0.60%
As % of the General category 1.50% 1.54% 1.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 181 190 338
10th Percentile £263 £175 £221
25th Percentile £375 £331 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £420 £450 £463
Median % change year-on-year -6.67% -2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £575 £515 £575
90th Percentile £594 £613 £650
UK median daily rate £425 £450 £450
% change year-on-year -5.56% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 3 15
10th Percentile £22.56 £17.45 £10.75
25th Percentile £26.93 £26.94 £11.17
Median hourly rate £30.00 £43.50 £13.00
Median % change year-on-year -31.03% +234.62% -67.50%
75th Percentile £31.76 £48.38 £39.13
90th Percentile £42.72 £50.85 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £31.35 £43.50 £12.39
% change year-on-year -27.93% +251.09% -66.96%

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 17,591 18,797 34,642
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 41.48% 36.97% 39.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,076 12,600 23,427
10th Percentile £313 £280 £306
25th Percentile £405 £400 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £500
75th Percentile £615 £600 £594
90th Percentile £700 £700 £675
UK median daily rate £500 £482 £485
% change year-on-year +3.73% -0.62% +2.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 665 594 845
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.44 £12.25
25th Percentile £15.04 £15.25 £15.19
Median hourly rate £23.47 £21.00 £21.16
Median % change year-on-year +11.76% -0.76% -1.58%
75th Percentile £43.75 £43.75 £41.50
90th Percentile £54.50 £52.50 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £23.47 £21.15 £21.00
% change year-on-year +11.00% +0.69% +1.94%

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 21 April 2021.

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 21 April 2021.

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 21 April 2021. 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 -64 127 £523 +16.11% 214
North of England +80 53 £405 +102.50% 103
North West +54 42 £405 +102.50% 37
South East +80 34 £420 +15.86% 54
East of England +22 16 £425 +13.33% 48
South West +60 13 £475 -15.56% 24
Yorkshire +38 10 £210 -53.33% 48
Midlands +32 8 £158 -60.63% 45
East Midlands +23 4 £100 - 9
West Midlands +16 4 £215 -46.25% 36
North East - 1 - - 18
Games
UK

For the 6 months to 21 April 2021, 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 95 (36.12%) Agile Software Development
2 59 (22.43%) JavaScript
3 50 (19.01%) C#
4 48 (18.25%) Software Engineering
5 42 (15.97%) Python
6 40 (15.21%) Game Development
7 38 (14.45%) Unity (Game Engine)
8 36 (13.69%) Java
9 33 (12.55%) SQL
9 33 (12.55%) Marketing
9 33 (12.55%) TDD
10 28 (10.65%) CSS
11 27 (10.27%) Git (software)
12 25 (9.51%) Azure
12 25 (9.51%) AWS
12 25 (9.51%) C++
13 24 (9.13%) Microsoft
13 24 (9.13%) Scrum
13 24 (9.13%) Continuous Integration
13 24 (9.13%) Analytics
13 24 (9.13%) Problem-Solving
14 22 (8.37%) Project Management
14 22 (8.37%) Finance
15 21 (7.98%) Mobile Games
15 21 (7.98%) DevOps
16 20 (7.60%) Unreal Engine
16 20 (7.60%) Android
16 20 (7.60%) .NET
16 20 (7.60%) React
17 19 (7.22%) Greenfield Project

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 8 (3.04%) Apache
1 8 (3.04%) Confluence
2 7 (2.66%) Apache Spark
3 4 (1.52%) Cloud Foundry
3 4 (1.52%) WebSphere
4 3 (1.14%) nginx
4 3 (1.14%) SharePoint
5 2 (0.76%) Apache Airflow
5 2 (0.76%) CMS
5 2 (0.76%) SAS
6 1 (0.38%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 1 (0.38%) Anypoint
6 1 (0.38%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.38%) IPython
6 1 (0.38%) Site Server
6 1 (0.38%) Totara
6 1 (0.38%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 9 (3.42%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (3.04%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 6 (2.28%) Maya
3 6 (2.28%) Photoshop
4 5 (1.90%) Microsoft Office
5 4 (1.52%) 3ds Max
5 4 (1.52%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (1.14%) Houdini
7 2 (0.76%) Adobe After Effects
7 2 (0.76%) Adobe Illustrator
7 2 (0.76%) ZBrush
8 1 (0.38%) Adobe Captivate
8 1 (0.38%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.38%) Adobe Premiere
8 1 (0.38%) Blender
8 1 (0.38%) InDesign
8 1 (0.38%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 5 (1.90%) Magento
2 1 (0.38%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (0.38%) Toggl
2 1 (0.38%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 25 (9.51%) AWS
1 25 (9.51%) Azure
2 11 (4.18%) GCP
3 10 (3.80%) GitHub
4 8 (3.04%) Power Platform
5 7 (2.66%) Serverless
6 5 (1.90%) Amazon S3
6 5 (1.90%) Azure Data Factory
7 4 (1.52%) Adobe Analytics
7 4 (1.52%) AWS Lambda
7 4 (1.52%) Azure Data Lake Analytics
7 4 (1.52%) Azure Synapse Analytics
7 4 (1.52%) Firebase
7 4 (1.52%) SaaS
8 3 (1.14%) Azure Cosmos DB
9 2 (0.76%) Amazon Kinesis
9 2 (0.76%) Google Play
9 2 (0.76%) iPaaS
9 2 (0.76%) npm
9 2 (0.76%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (1.52%) HTTP
2 2 (0.76%) Broadband
3 1 (0.38%) Firewall
3 1 (0.38%) Internet
3 1 (0.38%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (5.32%) SQL Server
2 12 (4.56%) Relational Database
3 9 (3.42%) Big Data
3 9 (3.42%) MySQL
4 8 (3.04%) Power BI
5 7 (2.66%) Data Lake
5 7 (2.66%) Hadoop
5 7 (2.66%) MongoDB
6 6 (2.28%) Redis
7 4 (1.52%) Azure SQL Database
7 4 (1.52%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
7 4 (1.52%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 4 (1.52%) NoSQL
8 3 (1.14%) Data Mining
8 3 (1.14%) HDInsight
8 3 (1.14%) PostgreSQL
8 3 (1.14%) SAP BW
8 3 (1.14%) SAP HANA
8 3 (1.14%) Spotfire
8 3 (1.14%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 27 (10.27%) Git (software)
2 15 (5.70%) JIRA
3 10 (3.80%) Jenkins
4 9 (3.42%) Jasmine
5 8 (3.04%) GitLab
5 8 (3.04%) Mocha
5 8 (3.04%) Subversion
6 6 (2.28%) Cucumber
7 5 (1.90%) Bitbucket
8 4 (1.52%) Cypress.io
9 3 (1.14%) Mercurial
9 3 (1.14%) Selenium
9 3 (1.14%) SpecFlow
9 3 (1.14%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (1.14%) Vagrant
9 3 (1.14%) Visual Studio
9 3 (1.14%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (0.76%) Grunt
10 2 (0.76%) REST Assured
10 2 (0.76%) WebDriver
General
1 33 (12.55%) Marketing
2 22 (8.37%) Finance
3 11 (4.18%) Retail
4 7 (2.66%) Advertising
5 5 (1.90%) Multimedia
6 4 (1.52%) Banking
6 4 (1.52%) Public Sector
6 4 (1.52%) Spanish Language
7 3 (1.14%) Japanese Language
7 3 (1.14%) Manufacturing
7 3 (1.14%) Telecoms
8 2 (0.76%) Automotive
8 2 (0.76%) German Language
8 2 (0.76%) Law
9 1 (0.38%) Back Office
9 1 (0.38%) Billing
9 1 (0.38%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.38%) Italian Language
9 1 (0.38%) Legal
9 1 (0.38%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 85 (32.32%) Developer
2 16 (6.08%) Software Engineer
3 15 (5.70%) Games Developer
4 14 (5.32%) Project Manager
5 13 (4.94%) Data Engineer
6 12 (4.56%) .NET Developer
7 11 (4.18%) Analyst
7 11 (4.18%) Consultant
7 11 (4.18%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 10 (3.80%) C# Developer
8 10 (3.80%) Java Developer
9 9 (3.42%) C# Software Engineer
9 9 (3.42%) Java Engineer
9 9 (3.42%) Java Software Engineer
9 9 (3.42%) JavaScript Engineer
10 8 (3.04%) Architect
11 7 (2.66%) Designer
11 7 (2.66%) DevOps Engineer
11 7 (2.66%) Games Engineer
12 6 (2.28%) Android Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (14.45%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 28 (10.65%) CSS
3 20 (7.60%) .NET
3 20 (7.60%) React
3 20 (7.60%) Unreal Engine
4 16 (6.08%) RESTful
5 15 (5.70%) REST
6 13 (4.94%) Node.js
7 12 (4.56%) HTML
8 11 (4.18%) Jest
8 11 (4.18%) Web Services
9 10 (3.80%) GraphQL
9 10 (3.80%) React Native
9 10 (3.80%) Spring
10 9 (3.42%) Redux
10 9 (3.42%) WebGL
11 7 (2.66%) PyTorch
12 6 (2.28%) AngularJS
12 6 (2.28%) Pandas
12 6 (2.28%) PySpark
Miscellaneous
1 21 (7.98%) Mobile Games
2 19 (7.22%) Greenfield Project
2 19 (7.22%) User Experience
3 18 (6.84%) Analytical Skills
4 13 (4.94%) Mobile App
4 13 (4.94%) Online Games
5 8 (3.04%) Social Media
6 7 (2.66%) Algorithms
6 7 (2.66%) Animation
7 6 (2.28%) PlayStation
8 5 (1.90%) Cloud Native
8 5 (1.90%) Organisational Skills
8 5 (1.90%) Self-Motivation
9 4 (1.52%) Blog
10 3 (1.14%) Management Information System
10 3 (1.14%) Media Streaming
10 3 (1.14%) Xbox
11 2 (0.76%) e-Learning
12 1 (0.38%) STB
12 1 (0.38%) Verilog
Operating Systems
1 20 (7.60%) Android
2 14 (5.32%) Apple iOS
2 14 (5.32%) Linux
3 8 (3.04%) Windows
4 4 (1.52%) Unix
5 1 (0.38%) Mac OS
5 1 (0.38%) Mac OS X
5 1 (0.38%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 95 (36.12%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (18.25%) Software Engineering
3 40 (15.21%) Game Development
4 33 (12.55%) TDD
5 24 (9.13%) Analytics
5 24 (9.13%) Continuous Integration
5 24 (9.13%) Problem-Solving
5 24 (9.13%) Scrum
6 22 (8.37%) Project Management
7 21 (7.98%) DevOps
8 19 (7.22%) Test Automation
9 18 (6.84%) E-Commerce
9 18 (6.84%) Front End Development
10 17 (6.46%) Microservices
11 16 (6.08%) Waterfall
12 15 (5.70%) 3D Modelling
12 15 (5.70%) Project Delivery
13 14 (5.32%) Computer Science
13 14 (5.32%) User Stories
14 13 (4.94%) Resource Management
Programming Languages
1 59 (22.43%) JavaScript
2 50 (19.01%) C#
3 42 (15.97%) Python
4 36 (13.69%) Java
5 33 (12.55%) SQL
6 25 (9.51%) C++
7 18 (6.84%) Go
8 11 (4.18%) Kotlin
9 10 (3.80%) C
9 10 (3.80%) TypeScript
10 8 (3.04%) PHP
11 7 (2.66%) R
12 5 (1.90%) Java 8
13 4 (1.52%) Apple Swift
14 3 (1.14%) C++/CLI
14 3 (1.14%) VB
15 2 (0.76%) ES6
15 2 (0.76%) HLSL
15 2 (0.76%) Objective-C
16 1 (0.38%) Dart
Qualifications
1 15 (5.70%) Degree
2 8 (3.04%) Security Cleared
3 5 (1.90%) Computer Science Degree
4 4 (1.52%) SC Cleared
5 3 (1.14%) Master's Degree
6 2 (0.76%) ISEB
6 2 (0.76%) ISTQB
6 2 (0.76%) PhD
7 1 (0.38%) ACCA
7 1 (0.38%) AWS Certification
7 1 (0.38%) CIMA
7 1 (0.38%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (4.18%) GDPR
2 10 (3.80%) QA
3 5 (1.90%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.38%) GRC
5 1 (0.38%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 14 (5.32%) Docker
2 2 (0.76%) HDFS
3 1 (0.38%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 15 (5.70%) Kubernetes
2 4 (1.52%) Terraform
3 3 (1.14%) Ansible
4 2 (0.76%) Ambari
4 2 (0.76%) Grafana
4 2 (0.76%) Hadoop YARN
5 1 (0.38%) Puppet
Vendors
1 24 (9.13%) Microsoft
2 14 (5.32%) Google
3 8 (3.04%) Adobe
3 8 (3.04%) Salesforce.com
4 4 (1.52%) Databricks
4 4 (1.52%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
4 4 (1.52%) SAP
5 3 (1.14%) Alteryx
5 3 (1.14%) IBM
5 3 (1.14%) Oracle
5 3 (1.14%) Perforce
5 3 (1.14%) Zend
6 2 (0.76%) Autodesk
6 2 (0.76%) Cloudera
6 2 (0.76%) hybris
6 2 (0.76%) Informatica
6 2 (0.76%) ServiceNow
6 2 (0.76%) Talend
6 2 (0.76%) Workday
7 1 (0.38%) MicroStrategy