Period
to

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 1 July 2022 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
1 Jul 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 358 372 342
Rank change year-on-year +14 -30 +67
Contract jobs citing Games 491 326 239
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.68% 0.62% 0.65%
As % of the General category 1.18% 1.17% 1.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 402 243 152
10th Percentile £371 £313 £190
25th Percentile £413 £400 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £470 £450
Median % change year-on-year +6.38% +4.44% -2.70%
75th Percentile £638 £588 £525
90th Percentile £713 £619 £635
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 12 2
10th Percentile £40.90 - £26.78
25th Percentile £41.88 £18.00 £29.44
Median hourly rate £43.75 £23.43 £34.25
Median % change year-on-year +86.77% -31.61% -9.27%
75th Percentile £47.50 £34.32 £39.44
90th Percentile £48.25 £67.05 £42.33
UK median hourly rate £43.75 £18.00 £34.25
% change year-on-year +143.06% -47.45% -3.52%

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 41,556 27,871 18,998
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 57.68% 53.32% 51.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 29,240 18,821 12,666
10th Percentile £325 £306 £271
25th Percentile £445 £405 £388
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £488
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +2.56% +2.63%
75th Percentile £662 £619 £600
90th Percentile £771 £706 £700
UK median daily rate £550 £500 £475
% change year-on-year +10.00% +5.26% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,285 1,063 719
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.64 £12.41
25th Percentile £15.25 £14.00 £14.75
Median hourly rate £24.00 £21.00 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year +14.29% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £47.50 £41.63 £39.64
90th Percentile £60.90 £55.67 £52.60
UK median hourly rate £24.50 £21.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +16.67% +5.00% +2.56%

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 1 July 2022.

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
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 1 July 2022. 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
Jobs
London +6 292 £550 - 150
North of England -51 67 £500 +23.46% 86
Yorkshire -1 39 £500 +8.11% 28
North West -66 28 £415 +2.47% 47
Midlands -25 21 £530 +139.55% 41
West Midlands -19 19 £530 +105.83% 20
South East -53 18 £438 -2.78% 46
East of England -17 15 £500 +42.86% 31
South West -25 4 £538 +19.44% 18
East Midlands -12 1 - - 21
Games
UK

For the 6 months to 1 July 2022, 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.

1 125 (25.46%) Agile
2 106 (21.59%) JIRA
3 90 (18.33%) AWS
4 85 (17.31%) TDD
5 60 (12.22%) Azure
6 59 (12.02%) Microservices
7 57 (11.61%) .NET
8 52 (10.59%) Social Skills
9 51 (10.39%) SQL Server
10 50 (10.18%) Finance
11 49 (9.98%) Scrum
11 49 (9.98%) Analytics
12 48 (9.78%) Test Automation
12 48 (9.78%) Stakeholder Management
12 48 (9.78%) Legacy Code
12 48 (9.78%) Problem-Solving
13 47 (9.57%) SQL
14 46 (9.37%) MVC
15 44 (8.96%) JavaScript
16 43 (8.76%) DevOps
17 39 (7.94%) User Experience
17 39 (7.94%) User Stories
18 38 (7.74%) Telecoms
19 37 (7.54%) C#
19 37 (7.54%) Linux
20 36 (7.33%) Kubernetes
21 35 (7.13%) Project Management
22 33 (6.72%) Git (software)
23 32 (6.52%) Java
24 31 (6.31%) React

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 22 (4.48%) Confluence
2 21 (4.28%) OpenStack
3 10 (2.04%) nginx
4 6 (1.22%) CMS
5 5 (1.02%) Apache Spark
6 4 (0.81%) Apache
6 4 (0.81%) Apache Airflow
6 4 (0.81%) Ethereum
6 4 (0.81%) SharePoint
7 2 (0.41%) JBoss
7 2 (0.41%) Strapi
8 1 (0.20%) Jupyter
8 1 (0.20%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.20%) NetWeaver
8 1 (0.20%) Traefik
8 1 (0.20%) WordPress
Applications
1 11 (2.24%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (2.04%) Maya
3 6 (1.22%) MS Visio
4 5 (1.02%) 3ds Max
4 5 (1.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.81%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 4 (0.81%) Houdini
5 4 (0.81%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.61%) Blender
6 3 (0.61%) Microsoft Office
6 3 (0.61%) Photoshop
6 3 (0.61%) SPSS
7 2 (0.41%) Adobe After Effects
7 2 (0.41%) InVision
8 1 (0.20%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.20%) Adobe Premiere
8 1 (0.20%) Adobe XD
8 1 (0.20%) MotionBuilder
8 1 (0.20%) NUKE
8 1 (0.20%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 2 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.20%) RMDS
2 1 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.20%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 90 (18.33%) AWS
2 60 (12.22%) Azure
3 22 (4.48%) PaaS
4 17 (3.46%) GCP
5 15 (3.05%) SaaS
6 14 (2.85%) Power Platform
6 14 (2.85%) Snowflake
7 12 (2.44%) Google Analytics
7 12 (2.44%) IaaS
8 11 (2.24%) Figma
9 10 (2.04%) SurveyMonkey
10 8 (1.63%) Amazon EC2
10 8 (1.63%) GitHub
10 8 (1.63%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 7 (1.43%) Google Data Studio
11 7 (1.43%) Trello
12 5 (1.02%) Azure DevOps
12 5 (1.02%) Serverless
13 4 (0.81%) AWS Lambda
13 4 (0.81%) Microsoft 365
Communications & Networking
1 21 (4.28%) SSL
2 12 (2.44%) Firewall
3 11 (2.24%) IKE
3 11 (2.24%) IPsec
3 11 (2.24%) VPN
4 10 (2.04%) DNS
5 6 (1.22%) LAN
5 6 (1.22%) WAN
6 5 (1.02%) RTMP
6 5 (1.02%) Wireless
7 4 (0.81%) IP Telephony
8 3 (0.61%) 5G
9 2 (0.41%) 4G
9 2 (0.41%) Ethernet
9 2 (0.41%) HTTP
9 2 (0.41%) Internet
10 1 (0.20%) 3G
10 1 (0.20%) Broadband
10 1 (0.20%) Intranet
10 1 (0.20%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (10.39%) SQL Server
2 21 (4.28%) MySQL
3 20 (4.07%) MongoDB
4 18 (3.67%) PostgreSQL
5 14 (2.85%) Power BI
6 13 (2.65%) Big Data
7 12 (2.44%) Tableau
8 11 (2.24%) BigQuery
9 10 (2.04%) Couchbase
9 10 (2.04%) Hadoop
10 8 (1.63%) NoSQL
11 5 (1.02%) Amazon Redshift
12 3 (0.61%) Apache Cassandra
12 3 (0.61%) CouchDB
12 3 (0.61%) Delta Lake
12 3 (0.61%) Flink
12 3 (0.61%) Relational Database
13 2 (0.41%) Data Mart
13 2 (0.41%) Hazelcast
13 2 (0.41%) Redis
Development Applications
1 106 (21.59%) JIRA
2 33 (6.72%) Git (software)
3 10 (2.04%) Sonatype Nexus
4 9 (1.83%) Jenkins
5 5 (1.02%) Axure RP
5 5 (1.02%) TeamCity
6 4 (0.81%) Balsamiq
6 4 (0.81%) Bitbucket
6 4 (0.81%) Cucumber
7 3 (0.61%) CircleCI
7 3 (0.61%) GitLab
7 3 (0.61%) Maven
7 3 (0.61%) PHPUnit
7 3 (0.61%) Postman
7 3 (0.61%) Selenium
7 3 (0.61%) Subversion
7 3 (0.61%) webpack
8 2 (0.41%) ERwin
8 2 (0.41%) JMeter
8 2 (0.41%) PhpStorm
General
1 52 (10.59%) Social Skills
2 50 (10.18%) Finance
3 38 (7.74%) Telecoms
4 30 (6.11%) Retail
5 29 (5.91%) Analytical Skills
5 29 (5.91%) Marketing
6 20 (4.07%) Banking
7 11 (2.24%) Presentation Skills
8 10 (2.04%) Law
8 10 (2.04%) Legal
9 7 (1.43%) Public Sector
10 6 (1.22%) Electronics
10 6 (1.22%) Publishing
11 5 (1.02%) Inclusion and Diversity
11 5 (1.02%) Influencing Skills
12 4 (0.81%) Automotive
12 4 (0.81%) Digital Economy
12 4 (0.81%) Investment Banking
13 3 (0.61%) Manufacturing
13 3 (0.61%) Organisational Skills
Job Titles
1 168 (34.22%) Developer
2 49 (9.98%) Analyst
3 48 (9.78%) .NET Developer
4 28 (5.70%) Business Analyst
5 27 (5.50%) Architect
6 21 (4.28%) Security Engineer
6 21 (4.28%) VMware Engineer
7 20 (4.07%) Project Manager
7 20 (4.07%) Scrum Master
8 18 (3.67%) Designer
9 16 (3.26%) React Developer
10 15 (3.05%) Games Developer
11 13 (2.65%) Java Developer
11 13 (2.65%) JavaScript Developer
12 12 (2.44%) Senior Developer
12 12 (2.44%) Solutions Architect
13 11 (2.24%) Design Engineer
13 11 (2.24%) Telecoms Engineer
13 11 (2.24%) Unix Engineer
13 11 (2.24%) Unix Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (11.61%) .NET
2 31 (6.31%) React
3 30 (6.11%) Unreal Engine
4 27 (5.50%) Kafka
5 22 (4.48%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 21 (4.28%) OAuth
7 18 (3.67%) CSS
8 16 (3.26%) Node.js
9 15 (3.05%) HTML
10 13 (2.65%) RabbitMQ
11 12 (2.44%) Next.js
12 11 (2.24%) OAuth2
12 11 (2.24%) REST
13 10 (2.04%) gRPC
13 10 (2.04%) JWT
14 9 (1.83%) Spring
15 7 (1.43%) GraphQL
15 7 (1.43%) HTML5
15 7 (1.43%) Laravel
16 6 (1.22%) React Native
Miscellaneous
1 48 (9.78%) Legacy Code
2 39 (7.94%) User Experience
3 27 (5.50%) Greenfield Project
4 18 (3.67%) Blockchain
5 17 (3.46%) Mobile App
6 14 (2.85%) Sports Betting
7 13 (2.65%) Self-Motivation
8 11 (2.24%) PKI
8 11 (2.24%) Private Cloud
9 9 (1.83%) Data Structures
9 9 (1.83%) Online Games
10 8 (1.63%) Mobile Games
10 8 (1.63%) Over-the-Top Content
11 7 (1.43%) Animation
11 7 (1.43%) Hybrid Cloud
11 7 (1.43%) Social Media
12 5 (1.02%) Derivative
12 5 (1.02%) Fixed Income
12 5 (1.02%) MPEG
13 4 (0.81%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 37 (7.54%) Linux
2 20 (4.07%) Windows
3 14 (2.85%) Android
3 14 (2.85%) Apple iOS
4 11 (2.24%) Unix
5 10 (2.04%) Debian
6 6 (1.22%) Windows 10
7 4 (0.81%) Windows Server
8 2 (0.41%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.20%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.20%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 125 (25.46%) Agile
2 85 (17.31%) TDD
3 59 (12.02%) Microservices
4 49 (9.98%) Analytics
4 49 (9.98%) Scrum
5 48 (9.78%) Problem-Solving
5 48 (9.78%) Stakeholder Management
5 48 (9.78%) Test Automation
6 46 (9.37%) MVC
7 43 (8.76%) DevOps
8 39 (7.94%) User Stories
9 35 (7.13%) Project Management
10 30 (6.11%) CI/CD
11 29 (5.91%) Scaled Agile Framework
12 28 (5.70%) Continuous Improvement
12 28 (5.70%) Decision-Making
13 27 (5.50%) Continuous Integration
14 25 (5.09%) Kanban
15 24 (4.89%) E-Commerce
16 23 (4.68%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 47 (9.57%) SQL
2 44 (8.96%) JavaScript
3 37 (7.54%) C#
4 32 (6.52%) Java
5 24 (4.89%) Kotlin
6 23 (4.68%) C++
6 23 (4.68%) Python
7 21 (4.28%) Go
8 17 (3.46%) TypeScript
9 9 (1.83%) PHP
10 5 (1.02%) R
11 4 (0.81%) Apple Swift
11 4 (0.81%) XAML
12 3 (0.61%) Bash
12 3 (0.61%) PL/SQL
12 3 (0.61%) PowerShell
12 3 (0.61%) Scala
12 3 (0.61%) Solidity
13 2 (0.41%) GLSL
13 2 (0.41%) HLSL
Qualifications
1 14 (2.85%) Degree
2 5 (1.02%) SC Cleared
2 5 (1.02%) Security Cleared
3 4 (0.81%) IIBA
3 4 (0.81%) ITIL Certification
4 3 (0.61%) Computer Science Degree
5 2 (0.41%) CIPD
5 2 (0.41%) DBS Check
5 2 (0.41%) DV Cleared
5 2 (0.41%) Numerate Degree
6 1 (0.20%) ACCA
6 1 (0.20%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.20%) CIMA
6 1 (0.20%) ISEB
6 1 (0.20%) ISTQB
6 1 (0.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.20%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (3.67%) QA
2 5 (1.02%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.61%) SLA
4 1 (0.20%) Accessibility
4 1 (0.20%) Actionable Recommendations
4 1 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 1 (0.20%) GDPR
4 1 (0.20%) NCSC
4 1 (0.20%) NIST
4 1 (0.20%) PMO
System Software
1 29 (5.91%) Docker
2 21 (4.28%) vCloud
3 11 (2.24%) VMware Workstation
4 5 (1.02%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.20%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 36 (7.33%) Kubernetes
2 24 (4.89%) Terraform
3 17 (3.46%) Ansible
4 11 (2.24%) Consul
4 11 (2.24%) Prometheus
5 10 (2.04%) Fluentd
5 10 (2.04%) Grafana
5 10 (2.04%) HAProxy
5 10 (2.04%) ZABBIX
6 4 (0.81%) Puppet
7 3 (0.61%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.20%) Kustomize
8 1 (0.20%) Packer
8 1 (0.20%) Salt
Vendors
1 25 (5.09%) Microsoft
2 24 (4.89%) VMware
3 22 (4.48%) Google
4 21 (4.28%) Adobe
4 21 (4.28%) CA
5 11 (2.24%) IBM
6 10 (2.04%) CyberArk
6 10 (2.04%) Red Hat
6 10 (2.04%) Sonatype
7 8 (1.63%) Databricks
8 7 (1.43%) SAP
9 6 (1.22%) Perforce
10 4 (0.81%) Apple
10 4 (0.81%) Oracle
11 3 (0.61%) Omniture
11 3 (0.61%) Workday
12 2 (0.41%) Casewise
12 2 (0.41%) Facebook
12 2 (0.41%) NEC
13 1 (0.20%) ION Trading