Period
to 25 September 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 25 September 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
25 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 349 326 357
Rank change year-on-year -23 +31 -8
Contract jobs citing Games 442 166 559
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.69% 0.64% 0.69%
As % of the General category 1.29% 1.20% 1.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 370 115 303
10th Percentile £324 £163 £225
25th Percentile £400 £281 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £425 £450
Median % change year-on-year +17.65% -5.56% -5.26%
75th Percentile £594 £535 £550
90th Percentile £669 £663 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £425 £450
% change year-on-year +17.65% -5.56% -5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 2 16
10th Percentile £17.60 £29.00 £10.75
25th Percentile " £35.00 £12.00
Median hourly rate £18.00 £47.50 £37.75
Median % change year-on-year -62.11% +25.83% +39.92%
75th Percentile £42.79 £62.50 £52.50
90th Percentile £70.49 £70.00 £53.00
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £47.50 £35.50
% change year-on-year -62.11% +33.80% +176.37%

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 34,275 13,831 41,629
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 53.50% 53.52% 51.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 23,305 9,449 27,322
10th Percentile £308 £275 £263
25th Percentile £413 £386 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £630 £600 £575
90th Percentile £719 £700 £675
UK median daily rate £513 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +7.89% - +4.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,227 468 1,341
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.75 £11.00
25th Percentile £13.25 £14.25 £14.00
Median hourly rate £18.94 £22.50 £19.50
Median % change year-on-year -15.82% +15.38% +8.33%
75th Percentile £42.48 £43.75 £40.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £52.50 £51.00
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £22.25 £19.33
% change year-on-year -14.61% +15.14% +10.43%

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 25 September 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 25 September 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 25 September 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 -89 223 £550 +22.22% 302
North of England +27 112 £405 +70.53% 126
North West +20 76 £405 +138.24% 65
South East -54 34 £525 +34.62% 73
Yorkshire - 34 £475 - 42
Midlands -72 23 £400 +86.05% 77
West Midlands -57 21 £400 +86.05% 50
South West -39 11 £500 -21.57% 46
East of England -48 7 £500 +4.44% 46
North East -10 2 £165 -40.00% 19
East Midlands -37 2 £390 - 27
Games
UK

For the 6 months to 25 September 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.

1 190 (42.99%) Agile Software Development
2 75 (16.97%) Social Skills
3 73 (16.52%) TDD
4 68 (15.38%) C#
5 67 (15.16%) JavaScript
6 63 (14.25%) DevOps
7 61 (13.80%) Software Engineering
7 61 (13.80%) Scrum
8 57 (12.90%) .NET
9 54 (12.22%) Java
10 50 (11.31%) Test Automation
10 50 (11.31%) AWS
10 50 (11.31%) Docker
11 48 (10.86%) OO
12 47 (10.63%) SQL
12 47 (10.63%) Python
13 46 (10.41%) Git (software)
14 45 (10.18%) Go
15 43 (9.73%) Microservices
15 43 (9.73%) Kubernetes
16 41 (9.28%) Linux
17 40 (9.05%) Terraform
18 39 (8.82%) React
18 39 (8.82%) C++
18 39 (8.82%) JIRA
19 38 (8.60%) TypeScript
19 38 (8.60%) Marketing
20 35 (7.92%) User Stories
20 35 (7.92%) Greenfield Project
21 34 (7.69%) Problem-Solving

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 20 (4.52%) Confluence
2 12 (2.71%) Apache Spark
3 11 (2.49%) OpenStack
4 6 (1.36%) nginx
5 4 (0.90%) Apache
6 3 (0.68%) Apache Airflow
6 3 (0.68%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.45%) CMS
7 2 (0.45%) Headless CMS
7 2 (0.45%) SAS
8 1 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.23%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.23%) Tomcat
Applications
1 9 (2.04%) Photoshop
2 6 (1.36%) Maya
3 5 (1.13%) Figma
4 4 (0.90%) Microsoft Office
5 3 (0.68%) Sketch
6 2 (0.45%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.45%) Adobe XD
6 2 (0.45%) Microsoft Excel
6 2 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.23%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.23%) Houdini
7 1 (0.23%) MotionBuilder
7 1 (0.23%) ZBrush
7 1 (0.23%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 1 (0.23%) IBM Planning Analytics
1 1 (0.23%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 50 (11.31%) AWS
2 34 (7.69%) Azure
3 21 (4.75%) GCP
4 20 (4.52%) PaaS
5 17 (3.85%) SaaS
6 15 (3.39%) Serverless
7 14 (3.17%) GitHub
8 12 (2.71%) AWS Lambda
9 11 (2.49%) IaaS
9 11 (2.49%) Power Platform
10 9 (2.04%) Snowflake
11 8 (1.81%) AWS CloudFormation
12 7 (1.58%) Firebase
12 7 (1.58%) npm
13 6 (1.36%) Amazon S3
14 5 (1.13%) Amazon EKS
14 5 (1.13%) Google Play
14 5 (1.13%) Salesforce Service Cloud
15 4 (0.90%) Azure Cosmos DB
15 4 (0.90%) Pushwoosh
Communications & Networking
1 11 (2.49%) SSL
2 8 (1.81%) IPsec
2 8 (1.81%) VPN
3 7 (1.58%) DNS
3 7 (1.58%) Firewall
4 6 (1.36%) IKE
5 2 (0.45%) Internet
5 2 (0.45%) IPv4
5 2 (0.45%) OpenVPN
6 1 (0.23%) BGP
6 1 (0.23%) Ethernet
6 1 (0.23%) OSPF
6 1 (0.23%) VSAN
6 1 (0.23%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (6.33%) SQL Server
2 19 (4.30%) Big Data
3 15 (3.39%) MySQL
4 14 (3.17%) PostgreSQL
5 12 (2.71%) Hadoop
5 12 (2.71%) MongoDB
5 12 (2.71%) NoSQL
6 11 (2.49%) Power BI
7 10 (2.26%) Relational Database
8 9 (2.04%) Data Warehouse
8 9 (2.04%) Redis
9 8 (1.81%) Amazon Redshift
9 8 (1.81%) BigQuery
9 8 (1.81%) Data Lake
10 7 (1.58%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 5 (1.13%) Apache Cassandra
11 5 (1.13%) Couchbase
12 3 (0.68%) HBase
12 3 (0.68%) SAP HANA
12 3 (0.68%) Spotfire
Development Applications
1 46 (10.41%) Git (software)
2 39 (8.82%) JIRA
3 31 (7.01%) GitLab
4 27 (6.11%) Jenkins
5 17 (3.85%) Cypress.io
6 15 (3.39%) Jasmine
7 12 (2.71%) Cucumber
8 11 (2.49%) Bitbucket
8 11 (2.49%) Sonatype Nexus
9 7 (1.58%) Grunt
9 7 (1.58%) Subversion
10 6 (1.36%) Mercurial
10 6 (1.36%) TeamCity
10 6 (1.36%) Visual Studio
11 5 (1.13%) JUnit
11 5 (1.13%) Maven
11 5 (1.13%) Postman
11 5 (1.13%) Selenium
12 4 (0.90%) Mocha
12 4 (0.90%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 75 (16.97%) Social Skills
2 38 (8.60%) Marketing
3 26 (5.88%) Finance
4 22 (4.98%) Retail
5 19 (4.30%) Analytical Skills
6 11 (2.49%) Telecoms
7 10 (2.26%) Presentation Skills
8 7 (1.58%) German Language
8 7 (1.58%) iGaming
9 5 (1.13%) Banking
10 4 (0.90%) Front Office
10 4 (0.90%) Wearables
11 3 (0.68%) Back Office
11 3 (0.68%) Law
11 3 (0.68%) Multimedia
11 3 (0.68%) Organisational Skills
11 3 (0.68%) Public Sector
12 2 (0.45%) Advertising
12 2 (0.45%) Manufacturing
13 1 (0.23%) Military
Job Titles
1 163 (36.88%) Developer
2 36 (8.14%) .NET Developer
3 23 (5.20%) Software Engineer
4 20 (4.52%) Architect
4 20 (4.52%) DevOps Engineer
5 19 (4.30%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
6 18 (4.07%) Senior Developer
7 17 (3.85%) Scrum Master
8 14 (3.17%) Java Developer
9 13 (2.94%) Games Developer
9 13 (2.94%) JavaScript Developer
10 11 (2.49%) Analyst
10 11 (2.49%) Designer
10 11 (2.49%) Project Manager
10 11 (2.49%) Security Engineer
11 9 (2.04%) Data Engineer
11 9 (2.04%) Software Developer
12 8 (1.81%) Data Architect
12 8 (1.81%) Games Producer
12 8 (1.81%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (12.90%) .NET
2 39 (8.82%) React
3 34 (7.69%) Unity (Game Engine)
4 31 (7.01%) CSS
5 28 (6.33%) Node.js
6 27 (6.11%) HTML
7 26 (5.88%) GraphQL
7 26 (5.88%) Spring
8 25 (5.66%) RESTful
9 21 (4.75%) HTML5
9 21 (4.75%) Kafka
10 19 (4.30%) Jest
11 17 (3.85%) Redux
12 16 (3.62%) Unreal Engine
13 13 (2.94%) AngularJS
14 11 (2.49%) OAuth
14 11 (2.49%) WebGL
15 9 (2.04%) CSS3
15 9 (2.04%) Laravel
15 9 (2.04%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 35 (7.92%) Greenfield Project
2 22 (4.98%) Online Games
2 22 (4.98%) User Experience
3 18 (4.07%) Data Protection Act
4 15 (3.39%) Mobile App
5 14 (3.17%) Legacy Code
6 11 (2.49%) Mobile Games
6 11 (2.49%) Self-Motivation
7 10 (2.26%) PlayStation
8 9 (2.04%) Animation
9 8 (1.81%) PKI
10 7 (1.58%) Private Cloud
10 7 (1.58%) Xbox
11 6 (1.36%) Cloud Native
11 6 (1.36%) Data Centre
12 4 (0.90%) Digital Media
13 3 (0.68%) Algorithms
13 3 (0.68%) Management Information System
13 3 (0.68%) Over-the-Top Content
13 3 (0.68%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 41 (9.28%) Linux
2 28 (6.33%) Android
3 21 (4.75%) Apple iOS
4 16 (3.62%) Windows
5 5 (1.13%) Debian
6 2 (0.45%) Ubuntu
6 2 (0.45%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.23%) Android TV
7 1 (0.23%) CentOS
7 1 (0.23%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.23%) Tizen
7 1 (0.23%) tvOS
7 1 (0.23%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 190 (42.99%) Agile Software Development
2 73 (16.52%) TDD
3 63 (14.25%) DevOps
4 61 (13.80%) Scrum
4 61 (13.80%) Software Engineering
5 50 (11.31%) Test Automation
6 48 (10.86%) OO
7 43 (9.73%) Microservices
8 35 (7.92%) User Stories
9 34 (7.69%) BDD
9 34 (7.69%) Continuous Integration
9 34 (7.69%) Problem-Solving
10 32 (7.24%) Game Development
11 30 (6.79%) Analytics
12 28 (6.33%) OOP
13 25 (5.66%) E-Commerce
13 25 (5.66%) Project Management
14 24 (5.43%) Fintech
14 24 (5.43%) Full Stack Development
14 24 (5.43%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 68 (15.38%) C#
2 67 (15.16%) JavaScript
3 54 (12.22%) Java
4 47 (10.63%) Python
4 47 (10.63%) SQL
5 45 (10.18%) Go
6 39 (8.82%) C++
7 38 (8.60%) TypeScript
8 29 (6.56%) Kotlin
9 10 (2.26%) PHP
10 8 (1.81%) Bash Shell
10 8 (1.81%) ES6
10 8 (1.81%) VB.NET
11 7 (1.58%) C
12 5 (1.13%) Java 8
13 4 (0.90%) R
13 4 (0.90%) VB
14 3 (0.68%) Apple Swift
14 3 (0.68%) C++/CLI
14 3 (0.68%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 13 (2.94%) Degree
2 7 (1.58%) Computer Science Degree
3 4 (0.90%) Master's Degree
3 4 (0.90%) SC Cleared
3 4 (0.90%) Security Cleared
4 3 (0.68%) ISEB
4 3 (0.68%) ISTQB
4 3 (0.68%) PMI Certification
5 2 (0.45%) PhD
6 1 (0.23%) AWS Certification
6 1 (0.23%) CCNA
6 1 (0.23%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.23%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (3.62%) QA
2 9 (2.04%) GDPR
3 6 (1.36%) Accessibility
4 3 (0.68%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.68%) ISO 22301
4 3 (0.68%) SLA
5 2 (0.45%) NIST
6 1 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 50 (11.31%) Docker
2 11 (2.49%) vCloud
3 6 (1.36%) VMware Workstation
4 4 (0.90%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (0.68%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (0.45%) iptables
7 1 (0.23%) Active Directory
7 1 (0.23%) VMware NSX
7 1 (0.23%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 43 (9.73%) Kubernetes
2 40 (9.05%) Terraform
3 33 (7.47%) Ansible
4 10 (2.26%) Puppet
5 6 (1.36%) Grafana
5 6 (1.36%) Prometheus
5 6 (1.36%) ZABBIX
6 5 (1.13%) Consul
6 5 (1.13%) Fluentd
6 5 (1.13%) HAProxy
7 2 (0.45%) Hadoop YARN
7 2 (0.45%) Packer
7 2 (0.45%) Rundeck
7 2 (0.45%) Salt
7 2 (0.45%) Sysdig
8 1 (0.23%) Icinga
8 1 (0.23%) Marathon
8 1 (0.23%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.23%) Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.23%) WSUS
Vendors
1 22 (4.98%) Microsoft
2 16 (3.62%) Google
3 15 (3.39%) VMware
4 14 (3.17%) Salesforce.com
5 11 (2.49%) CA
6 6 (1.36%) Red Hat
7 5 (1.13%) Adobe
7 5 (1.13%) Cisco
7 5 (1.13%) CyberArk
7 5 (1.13%) Samsung
7 5 (1.13%) Sonatype
7 5 (1.13%) Vertica
8 4 (0.90%) Alteryx
8 4 (0.90%) Perforce
8 4 (0.90%) SAP
9 3 (0.68%) Databricks
10 2 (0.45%) Dynatrace
10 2 (0.45%) Juniper
10 2 (0.45%) New Relic
10 2 (0.45%) PayPal