Period
to 29 November 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 29 November 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
29 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 330 363 371
Rank change year-on-year +33 +8 -27
Contract jobs citing Games 181 502 676
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.59% 0.67% 0.71%
As % of the General category 1.42% 1.78% 1.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 138 305 446
Median daily rate £419 £438 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.29% -10.26% +12.07%
10th Percentile £209 £225 £288
90th Percentile £638 £625 £631
UK median daily rate £411 £450 £488
% change year-on-year -8.61% -7.69% +11.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 14 31
Median hourly rate £44.43 £31.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +43.31% +138.46% -54.11%
10th Percentile £28.05 £10.75 £11.17
90th Percentile £70.13 £53.00 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £44.43 £31.00 £12.24
% change year-on-year +43.31% +153.37% -56.81%

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 12,742 28,140 37,661
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 41.60% 37.72% 39.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,245 18,349 25,020
Median daily rate £500 £495 £485
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.01% +2.06% +2.11%
10th Percentile £300 £285 £300
90th Percentile £700 £688 £675
UK median daily rate £495 £480 £475
% change year-on-year +3.13% +1.05% +3.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 515 891 1,017
Median hourly rate £30.00 £22.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.36% +2.33% -2.34%
10th Percentile £12.76 £12.44 £12.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £28.93 £22.32 £21.00
% change year-on-year +29.62% +6.26% -4.11%

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 29 November 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 29 November 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 29 November 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 +15 116 £438 -10.26% 172
Midlands +60 20 £215 -14.00% 65
North of England +99 16 £413 -2.94% 118
West Midlands +59 15 £215 -14.00% 43
North West +72 10 £413 +6.45% 36
South West +104 9 £525 +28.05% 35
South East +138 8 £425 +6.25% 65
East of England +38 8 £438 +87.17% 39
Yorkshire +48 6 £375 -11.76% 73
East Midlands +28 5 - - 22
Games
UK

For the 6 months to 29 November 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 49 (27.07%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (23.76%) Python
3 35 (19.34%) Java
4 32 (17.68%) SQL
5 28 (15.47%) C#
5 28 (15.47%) C++
5 28 (15.47%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 26 (14.36%) AWS
7 23 (12.71%) E-Commerce
8 22 (12.15%) Analytics
9 20 (11.05%) TDD
9 20 (11.05%) Spring
10 19 (10.50%) Animation
10 19 (10.50%) Git (software)
10 19 (10.50%) DevOps
11 18 (9.94%) User Experience
11 18 (9.94%) Azure
11 18 (9.94%) JavaScript
12 17 (9.39%) Game Development
13 15 (8.29%) Unreal Engine
13 15 (8.29%) Microservices
13 15 (8.29%) Kubernetes
13 15 (8.29%) React
13 15 (8.29%) Problem-Solving
13 15 (8.29%) HTML
13 15 (8.29%) Data Modelling
14 14 (7.73%) CSS
14 14 (7.73%) Finance
14 14 (7.73%) RESTful
14 14 (7.73%) Artificial Intelligence

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 12 (6.63%) Apache
2 10 (5.52%) WebSphere
3 8 (4.42%) WebSphere Application Server
4 6 (3.31%) Confluence
5 3 (1.66%) Apache Spark
5 3 (1.66%) SharePoint
6 2 (1.10%) CMS
7 1 (0.55%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.55%) Anypoint
7 1 (0.55%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.55%) Drupal
7 1 (0.55%) WordPress
Applications
1 13 (7.18%) Maya
2 3 (1.66%) 3ds Max
2 3 (1.66%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (1.66%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.66%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 3 (1.66%) Photoshop
3 2 (1.10%) Adobe After Effects
3 2 (1.10%) Houdini
4 1 (0.55%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (0.55%) Blender
4 1 (0.55%) Figma
4 1 (0.55%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.55%) Sketch
Cloud Services
1 26 (14.36%) AWS
2 18 (9.94%) Azure
3 10 (5.52%) Serverless
4 5 (2.76%) Amazon S3
5 4 (2.21%) Amazon EC2
5 4 (2.21%) AWS CloudFormation
5 4 (2.21%) AWS Lambda
5 4 (2.21%) GCP
6 3 (1.66%) Firebase
7 2 (1.10%) Adobe Analytics
7 2 (1.10%) Amazon Kinesis
7 2 (1.10%) Amazon SQS
7 2 (1.10%) AWS CodePipeline
7 2 (1.10%) PaaS
8 1 (0.55%) Amazon EKS
8 1 (0.55%) AWS CodeCommit
8 1 (0.55%) AWS Step Functions
8 1 (0.55%) Office 365
8 1 (0.55%) Power Platform
8 1 (0.55%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.21%) Broadband
2 1 (0.55%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (6.08%) NoSQL
2 10 (5.52%) Tableau
3 7 (3.87%) Big Data
4 6 (3.31%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 5 (2.76%) Amazon RDS
5 5 (2.76%) Amazon Redshift
5 5 (2.76%) Looker
5 5 (2.76%) SQL Server
6 4 (2.21%) MySQL
6 4 (2.21%) Relational Database
7 3 (1.66%) Hadoop
7 3 (1.66%) Pentaho
7 3 (1.66%) PostgreSQL
7 3 (1.66%) Redis
8 2 (1.10%) Blockchain
8 2 (1.10%) Cosmos DB
8 2 (1.10%) MongoDB
8 2 (1.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.55%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.55%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 19 (10.50%) Git (software)
2 8 (4.42%) Jenkins
2 8 (4.42%) Subversion
3 6 (3.31%) JIRA
4 3 (1.66%) Maven
4 3 (1.66%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (1.10%) Grunt
5 2 (1.10%) gulp
5 2 (1.10%) Jasmine
5 2 (1.10%) JUnit
5 2 (1.10%) Mercurial
5 2 (1.10%) Mocha
5 2 (1.10%) Mockito
6 1 (0.55%) CMake
6 1 (0.55%) Cucumber
6 1 (0.55%) FumeFX
6 1 (0.55%) GitLab
6 1 (0.55%) SoapUI
6 1 (0.55%) TestRail
6 1 (0.55%) webpack
General
1 14 (7.73%) Finance
2 13 (7.18%) Marketing
3 7 (3.87%) Advertising
4 6 (3.31%) Retail
4 6 (3.31%) Spanish Language
5 3 (1.66%) Automotive
5 3 (1.66%) Japanese Language
5 3 (1.66%) Portuguese Language
6 2 (1.10%) Banking
6 2 (1.10%) French Language
6 2 (1.10%) German Language
6 2 (1.10%) Law
7 1 (0.55%) Electronics
7 1 (0.55%) Mandarin Language
7 1 (0.55%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.55%) Public Sector
7 1 (0.55%) Publishing
7 1 (0.55%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 63 (34.81%) Developer
2 9 (4.97%) Senior Developer
3 8 (4.42%) Analyst
3 8 (4.42%) Animator
3 8 (4.42%) Designer
3 8 (4.42%) Games Developer
3 8 (4.42%) Project Manager
3 8 (4.42%) WebSphere Developer
4 7 (3.87%) Data Engineer
4 7 (3.87%) Product Manager
4 7 (3.87%) Senior Manager
4 7 (3.87%) Software Engineer
5 6 (3.31%) C++ Developer
5 6 (3.31%) Python Engineer
5 6 (3.31%) Scrum Master
6 5 (2.76%) AWS Engineer
6 5 (2.76%) iOS Developer
6 5 (2.76%) Java Developer
6 5 (2.76%) Senior Product Manager
6 5 (2.76%) UI Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (15.47%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 20 (11.05%) Spring
3 15 (8.29%) HTML
3 15 (8.29%) React
3 15 (8.29%) Unreal Engine
4 14 (7.73%) CSS
4 14 (7.73%) REST
4 14 (7.73%) RESTful
5 10 (5.52%) J2EE
6 9 (4.97%) Ajax
6 9 (4.97%) GraphQL
7 8 (4.42%) EJB
7 8 (4.42%) JPA
7 8 (4.42%) jQuery
7 8 (4.42%) JSP
7 8 (4.42%) Struts
8 6 (3.31%) Node.js
8 6 (3.31%) WebGL
9 5 (2.76%) Kafka
9 5 (2.76%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 19 (10.50%) Animation
2 18 (9.94%) User Experience
3 13 (7.18%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (7.18%) Mobile App
4 11 (6.08%) Self-Motivation
5 9 (4.97%) Greenfield Project
5 9 (4.97%) Mobile Games
6 7 (3.87%) Online Games
7 5 (2.76%) Algorithms
7 5 (2.76%) Augmented Reality
8 4 (2.21%) PlayStation
9 3 (1.66%) Data Structures
9 3 (1.66%) FMCG
9 3 (1.66%) Motion Graphics
9 3 (1.66%) Social Media
10 2 (1.10%) Graphic Design
10 2 (1.10%) Media Streaming
10 2 (1.10%) Online Banking
10 2 (1.10%) Video\Live Streaming
10 2 (1.10%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 12 (6.63%) Android
1 12 (6.63%) Apple iOS
2 4 (2.21%) Linux
3 2 (1.10%) Unix
3 2 (1.10%) Windows
4 1 (0.55%) Mac OS X
4 1 (0.55%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (27.07%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (12.71%) E-Commerce
3 22 (12.15%) Analytics
4 20 (11.05%) TDD
5 19 (10.50%) DevOps
6 17 (9.39%) Game Development
7 15 (8.29%) Data Modelling
7 15 (8.29%) Microservices
7 15 (8.29%) Problem-Solving
8 14 (7.73%) Artificial Intelligence
8 14 (7.73%) Machine Learning
9 13 (7.18%) Software Engineering
10 11 (6.08%) Continuous Integration
10 11 (6.08%) Test Automation
11 10 (5.52%) Front End Development
11 10 (5.52%) MVC
11 10 (5.52%) User Stories
12 9 (4.97%) Continuous Improvement
12 9 (4.97%) Scrum
13 8 (4.42%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 43 (23.76%) Python
2 35 (19.34%) Java
3 32 (17.68%) SQL
4 28 (15.47%) C#
4 28 (15.47%) C++
5 18 (9.94%) JavaScript
6 11 (6.08%) C
7 10 (5.52%) Kotlin
8 6 (3.31%) Java 8
8 6 (3.31%) TypeScript
9 5 (2.76%) Apple Swift
9 5 (2.76%) Go
10 3 (1.66%) PHP
10 3 (1.66%) R
11 2 (1.10%) Scala
12 1 (0.55%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.55%) GLSL
12 1 (0.55%) Groovy
12 1 (0.55%) HLSL
12 1 (0.55%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 11 (6.08%) Degree
2 5 (2.76%) SC Cleared
2 5 (2.76%) Security Cleared
3 3 (1.66%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (1.10%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (0.55%) APMP
5 1 (0.55%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (3.87%) QA
2 3 (1.66%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.10%) GDPR
4 1 (0.55%) COBIT
4 1 (0.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 13 (7.18%) Docker
2 1 (0.55%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 1 (0.55%) etcd
2 1 (0.55%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 15 (8.29%) Kubernetes
2 6 (3.31%) Terraform
3 4 (2.21%) Ansible
4 3 (1.66%) Puppet
5 2 (1.10%) Salt
6 1 (0.55%) Consul
6 1 (0.55%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 9 (4.97%) Microsoft
2 7 (3.87%) Adobe
3 6 (3.31%) Salesforce.com
4 4 (2.21%) Google
5 3 (1.66%) Autodesk
5 3 (1.66%) Informatica
5 3 (1.66%) Talend
6 2 (1.10%) IBM
6 2 (1.10%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
7 1 (0.55%) Alteryx
7 1 (0.55%) MuleSoft
7 1 (0.55%) NVIDIA
7 1 (0.55%) Roku