Period
to 21 February 2020

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 6 months to 21 February 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
England > North West
6 months to
21 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 161 192 166
Rank change year-on-year +31 -26 -9
Contract jobs citing Games 20 27 36
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.43% 0.47% 0.67%
As % of the General category 1.49% 1.37% 1.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 22 26
North West median daily rate £275 £360 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -23.61% +5.88% -15.00%
10th Percentile £175 £301 £239
90th Percentile £475 £399 £398
England median daily rate £450 £468 £450
% change year-on-year -3.74% +3.89% +8.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £11.75 £11.78 £40.00
% change year-on-year -0.25% -70.55% +95.36%

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 the North West with a requirement for common skills.

All General Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for common skills 1,346 1,967 1,921
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 29.15% 34.27% 35.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 778 1,176 1,218
North West median daily rate £425 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £225 £263 £258
90th Percentile £608 £600 £606
England median daily rate £488 £500 £475
% change year-on-year -2.50% +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 143 118
North West median hourly rate £21.50 £23.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.52% +9.52% +2.13%
10th Percentile £14.03 £12.90 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.75 £43.80 £55.98
England median hourly rate £22.00 £22.00 £22.00

Games
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Games as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

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 6 months to 21 February 2020.

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 6 months to 21 February 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
Manchester +20 18 £238 -37.50% 54
Cheshire +16 1 - - 16
Merseyside - 1 £550 - 5
Games
England

For the 6 months to 21 February 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 North West region with a requirement for Games.

1 6 (30.00%) Test Automation
1 6 (30.00%) Game Development
2 5 (25.00%) Software Testing
2 5 (25.00%) Mentoring
2 5 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
3 4 (20.00%) Critical Thinking
3 4 (20.00%) Cross-Browser Testing
3 4 (20.00%) Self-Motivation
3 4 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (20.00%) Test Scripting
3 4 (20.00%) QA
3 4 (20.00%) Regression Testing
3 4 (20.00%) Finance
3 4 (20.00%) C#
3 4 (20.00%) C++
3 4 (20.00%) Test Strategy
3 4 (20.00%) Black-Box Testing
4 3 (15.00%) Unreal Engine
4 3 (15.00%) User Experience
4 3 (15.00%) Front End Development
4 3 (15.00%) Azure
4 3 (15.00%) Continuous Improvement
4 3 (15.00%) HTML
4 3 (15.00%) Java
4 3 (15.00%) JavaScript
4 3 (15.00%) CSS
4 3 (15.00%) Python
4 3 (15.00%) Continuous Integration
4 3 (15.00%) TDD
4 3 (15.00%) Scrum

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 2 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (5.00%) Apache
2 1 (5.00%) CMS
2 1 (5.00%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (5.00%) InVision
1 1 (5.00%) Sketch
Cloud Services
1 3 (15.00%) Azure
2 2 (10.00%) AWS
2 2 (10.00%) Office 365
3 1 (5.00%) GCP
3 1 (5.00%) IaaS
3 1 (5.00%) iTunes
3 1 (5.00%) npm
3 1 (5.00%) Yarn
Communications & Networking
1 2 (10.00%) 5G
1 2 (10.00%) Firewall
2 1 (5.00%) Cisco Nexus
2 1 (5.00%) Software-Defined Networking
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.00%) Amazon DynamoDB
1 1 (5.00%) Apache Cassandra
1 1 (5.00%) Hazelcast
1 1 (5.00%) RDBMS
1 1 (5.00%) Redis
1 1 (5.00%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (10.00%) JIRA
2 1 (5.00%) Axure RP
2 1 (5.00%) Git (software)
2 1 (5.00%) Jasmine
2 1 (5.00%) Jenkins
2 1 (5.00%) Karma Test Runner
2 1 (5.00%) Protractor
2 1 (5.00%) webpack
General
1 4 (20.00%) Finance
2 2 (10.00%) Banking
2 2 (10.00%) Public Sector
3 1 (5.00%) Back Office
3 1 (5.00%) Law
Job Titles
1 7 (35.00%) Developer
2 4 (20.00%) QA Engineer
3 3 (15.00%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
3 3 (15.00%) Scrum Master
4 2 (10.00%) Support Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) 3D Developer
5 1 (5.00%) AWS Developer
5 1 (5.00%) C# Programmer
5 1 (5.00%) C++ Programmer
5 1 (5.00%) Gameplay Programmer
5 1 (5.00%) Games Developer
5 1 (5.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) IT Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) IT Support
5 1 (5.00%) IT Support Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) JavaScript Developer
5 1 (5.00%) Network Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) Programmer
5 1 (5.00%) Senior Network Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) Service Desk Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (15.00%) CSS
1 3 (15.00%) HTML
1 3 (15.00%) Unreal Engine
2 2 (10.00%) AngularJS
2 2 (10.00%) HTML5
2 2 (10.00%) Sass
2 2 (10.00%) Unity (Game Engine)
3 1 (5.00%) Angular 2
3 1 (5.00%) Kafka
3 1 (5.00%) Memcached
3 1 (5.00%) Node.js
3 1 (5.00%) NumPy
3 1 (5.00%) Pandas
3 1 (5.00%) Pixi.js
3 1 (5.00%) REST
3 1 (5.00%) RxJS
3 1 (5.00%) scikit-learn
3 1 (5.00%) TensorFlow
3 1 (5.00%) WebGL
3 1 (5.00%) WebSockets
Miscellaneous
1 4 (20.00%) Self-Motivation
2 3 (15.00%) User Experience
3 2 (10.00%) Augmented Reality
3 2 (10.00%) e-Learning
4 1 (5.00%) Algorithms
4 1 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (5.00%) Data Centre
4 1 (5.00%) Data Structures
4 1 (5.00%) iPhone
4 1 (5.00%) Linux Command Line
4 1 (5.00%) PlayStation
4 1 (5.00%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 2 (10.00%) Windows
1 2 (10.00%) Windows 10
1 2 (10.00%) Windows 7
2 1 (5.00%) Android
2 1 (5.00%) Apple iOS
2 1 (5.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (30.00%) Game Development
1 6 (30.00%) Test Automation
2 5 (25.00%) Mentoring
2 5 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
2 5 (25.00%) Software Testing
3 4 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (20.00%) Black-Box Testing
3 4 (20.00%) Critical Thinking
3 4 (20.00%) Cross-Browser Testing
3 4 (20.00%) Regression Testing
3 4 (20.00%) Test Scripting
3 4 (20.00%) Test Strategy
4 3 (15.00%) Continuous Improvement
4 3 (15.00%) Continuous Integration
4 3 (15.00%) Front End Development
4 3 (15.00%) Scrum
4 3 (15.00%) TDD
5 2 (10.00%) Low Latency
5 2 (10.00%) Personalization
5 2 (10.00%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 4 (20.00%) C#
1 4 (20.00%) C++
2 3 (15.00%) Java
2 3 (15.00%) JavaScript
2 3 (15.00%) Python
3 1 (5.00%) ActionScript
3 1 (5.00%) ActionScript 3.0
3 1 (5.00%) ES6
3 1 (5.00%) Go
3 1 (5.00%) Scala
3 1 (5.00%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 3 (15.00%) Degree
2 2 (10.00%) Computer Science Degree
3 1 (5.00%) CCNP
3 1 (5.00%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (20.00%) QA
System Software
1 2 (10.00%) Active Directory
1 2 (10.00%) Docker
2 1 (5.00%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 1 (5.00%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (5.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (5.00%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 2 (10.00%) Ansible
1 2 (10.00%) SCCM
1 2 (10.00%) Terraform
2 1 (5.00%) Istio
2 1 (5.00%) Kubernetes
2 1 (5.00%) linkerd
Vendors
1 2 (10.00%) Citrix
2 1 (5.00%) Atlassian
2 1 (5.00%) Cisco
2 1 (5.00%) VMware