The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Games in contract job vacancies advertised in the South West. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Games over the 3 months to 29 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 / South West
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 135 132 127
Rank change year-on-year -3 -5  
Contract jobs citing Games 5 9 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.18% 0.30% 0.45%
As % of the General category 0.56% 1.04% 1.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 7 10
Median daily rate £394 £363 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.62% -11.58%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £379 £331 £346
10% offered a daily rate of more than £412 £460 £441
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -8.00% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 3
Median hourly rate £32.50 £32.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -13.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.25 £31.25 £15.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.75 £33.75 £45.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £9.00 £38.75
% change year-on-year +233.33% -76.77%  

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 South West with a requirement for common skills.

General Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for common skills 889 868 945
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 32.52% 28.83% 30.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 1163 1034 1209
Median daily rate £410 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.33% -6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £247 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £602 £575 £536
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £395
% change year-on-year +3.12% +1.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 59 84
Median hourly rate £39.50 £35.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.85% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.90 £12.00 £11.82
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.13 £48.85 £55.00
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 South West

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

Job vacancy trend for Games in the South West

Games
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Games in the South West

Games
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Games in the South West

Games
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Games in the South West over the 3 months to 29 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Games in the South West

Games
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 3 months to 29 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
Cornwall - 2 £394 - 1
Gloucestershire - 2 - - 2
Devon - 1 - -
Games
England

For the 6 months to 29 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 South West region with a requirement for Games.

1 7 (41.18%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (35.29%) Software Engineering
2 6 (35.29%) Python
3 5 (29.41%) C#
3 5 (29.41%) Unity (Game Engine)
4 4 (23.53%) User Stories
4 4 (23.53%) Mentoring
4 4 (23.53%) Coaching
4 4 (23.53%) Java
4 4 (23.53%) JavaScript
4 4 (23.53%) Scrum
5 3 (17.65%) C
5 3 (17.65%) TDD
5 3 (17.65%) Spring
5 3 (17.65%) Hibernate
5 3 (17.65%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (17.65%) SQL
5 3 (17.65%) C++
5 3 (17.65%) HTML
5 3 (17.65%) CSS
5 3 (17.65%) Aerospace
5 3 (17.65%) 3D Graphics
5 3 (17.65%) DevOps
5 3 (17.65%) Big Data
5 3 (17.65%) Open Source
6 2 (11.76%) ZBrush
6 2 (11.76%) Feature Driven Development
6 2 (11.76%) Test Automation
6 2 (11.76%) Hadoop
6 2 (11.76%) 3D Modelling

Games
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South 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 (11.76%) Apache Pig
1 2 (11.76%) WebLogic
2 1 (5.88%) Apache
2 1 (5.88%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (11.76%) 3ds Max
1 2 (11.76%) Photoshop
1 2 (11.76%) ZBrush
2 1 (5.88%) Maya
Cloud Services
1 2 (11.76%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (17.65%) Big Data
2 2 (11.76%) Apache Hive
2 2 (11.76%) Hadoop
2 2 (11.76%) MySQL
2 2 (11.76%) Redis
3 1 (5.88%) NonStop SQL
3 1 (5.88%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 2 (11.76%) Jenkins
1 2 (11.76%) Rational Rhapsody
1 2 (11.76%) Subversion
2 1 (5.88%) Ant
2 1 (5.88%) Cucumber
2 1 (5.88%) Git (software)
2 1 (5.88%) JBehave
2 1 (5.88%) Maven
2 1 (5.88%) Selenium
2 1 (5.88%) Vagrant
General
1 3 (17.65%) Aerospace
2 2 (11.76%) Advertising
2 2 (11.76%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 5 (29.41%) Developer
1 5 (29.41%) Software Engineer
2 2 (11.76%) 3D Artist
2 2 (11.76%) C# Software Engineer
2 2 (11.76%) C++ Software Engineer
2 2 (11.76%) DevOps Engineer
2 2 (11.76%) Games Artist
2 2 (11.76%) J2EE Software Engineer
2 2 (11.76%) Java Engineer
2 2 (11.76%) Java J2EE Software Engineer
2 2 (11.76%) Java Software Engineer
2 2 (11.76%) Python Software Engineer
2 2 (11.76%) Scrum Master
3 1 (5.88%) Developer in Test
3 1 (5.88%) Full Stack Developer
3 1 (5.88%) Graduate
3 1 (5.88%) Graduate Software Engineer
3 1 (5.88%) Java Developer
3 1 (5.88%) Software Developer
3 1 (5.88%) Technical Artist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (29.41%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 3 (17.65%) CSS
2 3 (17.65%) Hibernate
2 3 (17.65%) HTML
2 3 (17.65%) Spring
3 2 (11.76%) AngularJS
3 2 (11.76%) Backbone.js
3 2 (11.76%) EJB
3 2 (11.76%) J2EE
3 2 (11.76%) Java EE
3 2 (11.76%) Node.js
3 2 (11.76%) OpenGL
3 2 (11.76%) STL
3 2 (11.76%) XML
4 1 (5.88%) HTML5
4 1 (5.88%) OpenGL ES
Miscellaneous
1 3 (17.65%) 3D Graphics
2 2 (11.76%) Animation
2 2 (11.76%) Computer Science
2 2 (11.76%) Mobile App
2 2 (11.76%) Vector Graphics
2 2 (11.76%) Virtual Team
3 1 (5.88%) Algorithms
3 1 (5.88%) Data Structures
3 1 (5.88%) Interactive TV
Operating Systems
1 2 (11.76%) Android
1 2 (11.76%) Apple iOS
1 2 (11.76%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (41.18%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (35.29%) Software Engineering
3 4 (23.53%) Coaching
3 4 (23.53%) Mentoring
3 4 (23.53%) Scrum
3 4 (23.53%) User Stories
4 3 (17.65%) Continuous Integration
4 3 (17.65%) DevOps
4 3 (17.65%) Open Source
4 3 (17.65%) TDD
5 2 (11.76%) 3D Modelling
5 2 (11.76%) ATDD
5 2 (11.76%) BDD
5 2 (11.76%) Data Protection
5 2 (11.76%) Feature Driven Development
5 2 (11.76%) Kanban
5 2 (11.76%) Multithreading
5 2 (11.76%) OOP
5 2 (11.76%) Physics
5 2 (11.76%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 6 (35.29%) Python
2 5 (29.41%) C#
3 4 (23.53%) Java
3 4 (23.53%) JavaScript
4 3 (17.65%) C
4 3 (17.65%) C++
4 3 (17.65%) SQL
5 2 (11.76%) Embedded C
5 2 (11.76%) Objective-C
5 2 (11.76%) PHP
6 1 (5.88%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (11.76%) DV Cleared
1 2 (11.76%) Security Cleared
2 1 (5.88%) Degree
2 1 (5.88%) ISEB
2 1 (5.88%) ISTQB
System Software
1 1 (5.88%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (11.76%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (11.76%) Puppet
Vendors
1 1 (5.88%) Oracle