The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Games in contract job vacancies advertised in the North West. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Games over the 3 months to 25 June 2017 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
England / North West
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 109 147 145
Rank change year-on-year +38 -2  
Contract jobs citing Games 26 15 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.90% 0.40% 0.19%
As % of the General category 2.75% 1.21% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 8 4
Median daily rate £250 £263 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% -25.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £126 £93 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £362 £715
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -8.00% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 2 0
Median hourly rate £30.00 £32.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.69% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £9.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +233.33% -77.50%  

Games is in the common skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for common skills.

General Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for common skills 944 1236 1326
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 32.55% 32.94% 35.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 558 791 743
Median daily rate £420 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £275 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.75% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 40 38
Median hourly rate £22.00 £20.50 £15.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.31% +28.32%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £13.50 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £42.73 £47.58
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +20.00% +11.11%  

Games
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Games as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the General category.

Job vacancy trend for Games in the North West

Games
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Games in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Games in the North West

Games
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Games in the North West over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Games in the North West

Games
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Games in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Games in the North West

Games
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Games within the North West region over the 3 months to 25 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +23 16 £225 +125.00% 31
Cheshire +33 9 £300 - 4
Merseyside -4 1 £423 +60.95% 1
Games
England

For the 6 months to 25 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Games also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Games.

1 20 (37.04%) Agile Software Development
1 20 (37.04%) Degree
2 19 (35.19%) HTML
3 18 (33.33%) HTML5
4 16 (29.63%) JIRA
5 12 (22.22%) Android
5 12 (22.22%) C++
5 12 (22.22%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 11 (20.37%) Apple iOS
6 11 (20.37%) C#
6 11 (20.37%) JavaScript
6 11 (20.37%) Microsoft
7 10 (18.52%) BDD
7 10 (18.52%) Confluence
8 9 (16.67%) Mathematics
9 8 (14.81%) Finance
9 8 (14.81%) Scrum
9 8 (14.81%) Windows
9 8 (14.81%) Kinematics
9 8 (14.81%) Linear Algebra
9 8 (14.81%) NVIDIA
10 7 (12.96%) Mobile App
10 7 (12.96%) .NET
10 7 (12.96%) Computer Science
10 7 (12.96%) QA
10 7 (12.96%) TDD
11 6 (11.11%) Java
11 6 (11.11%) HP
11 6 (11.11%) HP Quality Center
11 6 (11.11%) Computer Science Degree

Games
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 (18.52%) Confluence
2 8 (14.81%) Kinematics
3 2 (3.70%) MS Exchange
3 2 (3.70%) WordPress
Applications
1 3 (5.56%) Microsoft Office
1 3 (5.56%) Photoshop
2 2 (3.70%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (1.85%) Maya
3 1 (1.85%) ZBrush
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.70%) GitHub
1 2 (3.70%) Office 365
2 1 (1.85%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.85%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.70%) Internet
2 1 (1.85%) HTTP
2 1 (1.85%) iSCSI
2 1 (1.85%) NAS
2 1 (1.85%) SAN
2 1 (1.85%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.70%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.85%) Data Mining
2 1 (1.85%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.85%) NoSQL
2 1 (1.85%) Oracle BI EE
2 1 (1.85%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.85%) Oracle Database 12c
2 1 (1.85%) Oracle ODI
2 1 (1.85%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (1.85%) RDBMS
2 1 (1.85%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 16 (29.63%) JIRA
2 4 (7.41%) Cucumber
2 4 (7.41%) Selenium
3 3 (5.56%) Git (software)
3 3 (5.56%) Visual Studio
3 3 (5.56%) WebDriver
4 2 (3.70%) Bitbucket
5 1 (1.85%) AccuRev
5 1 (1.85%) Axure RP
5 1 (1.85%) Babel
5 1 (1.85%) Grunt
5 1 (1.85%) gulp
5 1 (1.85%) IntelliJ
5 1 (1.85%) Jasmine
5 1 (1.85%) Jenkins
5 1 (1.85%) JMeter
5 1 (1.85%) Log4j
5 1 (1.85%) Mocha
5 1 (1.85%) TestNG
5 1 (1.85%) Xcode
General
1 8 (14.81%) Finance
2 1 (1.85%) Advertising
2 1 (1.85%) Interactive Media
2 1 (1.85%) Marketing
2 1 (1.85%) Retail
Job Titles
1 21 (38.89%) Developer
2 6 (11.11%) Analyst
2 6 (11.11%) C# Developer
2 6 (11.11%) C++ Developer
2 6 (11.11%) C++/C# Developer
3 5 (9.26%) iOS Developer
3 5 (9.26%) Software Developer
4 4 (7.41%) C# Software Developer
4 4 (7.41%) C++ Games Developer
4 4 (7.41%) C++ Software Developer
4 4 (7.41%) Games Developer
4 4 (7.41%) Junior
4 4 (7.41%) QA Tester
4 4 (7.41%) Test Analyst
4 4 (7.41%) Tester
5 3 (5.56%) Android Developer
5 3 (5.56%) Infrastructure Team Leader
5 3 (5.56%) Software Engineer
5 3 (5.56%) Team Leader
5 3 (5.56%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (35.19%) HTML
2 18 (33.33%) HTML5
3 12 (22.22%) Unity (Game Engine)
4 7 (12.96%) .NET
5 6 (11.11%) React
6 5 (9.26%) Apache Cordova
6 5 (9.26%) CSS
7 4 (7.41%) Node.js
7 4 (7.41%) XML
8 3 (5.56%) AngularJS
8 3 (5.56%) CSS3
8 3 (5.56%) HTML5 Canvas
8 3 (5.56%) Marmalade SDK
9 2 (3.70%) .NET Framework
9 2 (3.70%) jQuery
9 2 (3.70%) Web Services
10 1 (1.85%) CGI
10 1 (1.85%) CryEngine
10 1 (1.85%) JSON
10 1 (1.85%) Pixi.js
Miscellaneous
1 7 (12.96%) Computer Science
1 7 (12.96%) Mobile App
2 6 (11.11%) User Experience
3 5 (9.26%) Mobile Games
4 4 (7.41%) Robotics
5 3 (5.56%) Blackberry
6 2 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (3.70%) iPad
6 2 (3.70%) New Media
6 2 (3.70%) Online Games
7 1 (1.85%) 3D Graphics
7 1 (1.85%) Animation
7 1 (1.85%) Clustering
7 1 (1.85%) Data Centre
7 1 (1.85%) Interactive TV
7 1 (1.85%) IPTV
7 1 (1.85%) Smartphone
7 1 (1.85%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 12 (22.22%) Android
2 11 (20.37%) Apple iOS
3 8 (14.81%) Windows
4 3 (5.56%) Windows Phone
4 3 (5.56%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.85%) Linux
5 1 (1.85%) Mac OS
5 1 (1.85%) Unix
5 1 (1.85%) Windows 10
5 1 (1.85%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.85%) Windows 8
5 1 (1.85%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (37.04%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (18.52%) BDD
3 9 (16.67%) Mathematics
4 8 (14.81%) Linear Algebra
4 8 (14.81%) Scrum
5 7 (12.96%) TDD
6 5 (9.26%) Android Development
6 5 (9.26%) iOS Development
6 5 (9.26%) Software Engineering
6 5 (9.26%) Software Testing
7 4 (7.41%) Project Management
7 4 (7.41%) Test Automation
8 3 (5.56%) Analytics
8 3 (5.56%) Game Development
8 3 (5.56%) High Availability
8 3 (5.56%) Kanban
8 3 (5.56%) OOP
8 3 (5.56%) Test Management
8 3 (5.56%) Test Scripting
8 3 (5.56%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (22.22%) C++
2 11 (20.37%) C#
2 11 (20.37%) JavaScript
3 6 (11.11%) Java
4 5 (9.26%) SQL
5 4 (7.41%) Objective-C
6 3 (5.56%) PL/SQL
7 2 (3.70%) Apple Swift
8 1 (1.85%) ES6
8 1 (1.85%) PHP
8 1 (1.85%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 20 (37.04%) Degree
2 6 (11.11%) Computer Science Degree
3 2 (3.70%) ISEB
3 2 (3.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (3.70%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (1.85%) CCNA
4 1 (1.85%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (1.85%) MCSE
4 1 (1.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (12.96%) QA
System Software
1 4 (7.41%) Active Directory
1 4 (7.41%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.85%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 6 (11.11%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.85%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 11 (20.37%) Microsoft
2 8 (14.81%) NVIDIA
3 6 (11.11%) HP
4 4 (7.41%) VMware
5 3 (5.56%) Atlassian
6 2 (3.70%) Facebook
7 1 (1.85%) NetApp
7 1 (1.85%) Oracle
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