Period
to 23 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Game Development skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Game Development over the 6 months to 23 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

Games Development
UK
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 868 825 852
Rank change year-on-year -43 +27 -16
Contract jobs citing Game Development 19 66 43
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.018% 0.063% 0.038%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.022% 0.075% 0.046%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 45 21
UK median daily rate £433 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.82% +1.33% +15.38%
10th Percentile £125 £178 £263
90th Percentile £488 £475 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £375 £275
% change year-on-year -20.00% +36.36% -2.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
UK median hourly rate - £32.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £32.50 -

Game Development is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 87085 88317 92969
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.46% 83.90% 81.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 58028 58368 60222
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £631 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2061 2366 2748
UK median hourly rate £23.75 £23.89 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.58% +6.17% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.25 £11.28
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.00 £23.75
% change year-on-year - +1.05% +18.75%

Game Development
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Game Development as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Game Development in the UK

Game Development
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Game Development.

Contractor daily rate trend for Game Development in the UK

Game Development
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Game Development over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Game Development in the UK

Game Development
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Game Development.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Game Development in the UK

Game Development
Top 10 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Game Development within the UK over the 6 months to 23 November 2017. 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
England -32 17 £433 +12.70% 31
London -48 10 £475 +25.00% 15
UK excluding London +21 9 £300 -20.00% 17
Midlands +27 3 £213 +123.68% 8
North of England +44 2 £200 -50.00% 2
West Midlands +34 2 £300 +215.79% 6
North West +6 2 £200 -50.00% 1
South East +5 2 £338 -12.90% 4
Scotland 0 2 - - 1
East Midlands - 1 £125 - 2

For the 6 months to 23 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Game Development also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Game Development.

1 19 (100.00%) Games
2 9 (47.37%) Apple iOS
3 8 (42.11%) Mobile Games
3 8 (42.11%) Android
3 8 (42.11%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (36.84%) TDD
4 7 (36.84%) Git (software)
4 7 (36.84%) iOS Development
5 6 (31.58%) React Native
5 6 (31.58%) Android Development
5 6 (31.58%) Jest
5 6 (31.58%) Kanban
5 6 (31.58%) Mobile App
5 6 (31.58%) Pair Programming
5 6 (31.58%) Scrum
5 6 (31.58%) JavaScript
6 5 (26.32%) C#
7 4 (21.05%) C++
8 3 (15.79%) Flash
8 3 (15.79%) Xbox
8 3 (15.79%) QA
8 3 (15.79%) Unity (Game Engine)
9 2 (10.53%) Algorithms
9 2 (10.53%) Mobile Development
9 2 (10.53%) HTC Vive
9 2 (10.53%) Scenario Testing
9 2 (10.53%) JIRA
9 2 (10.53%) Mathematics
9 2 (10.53%) Physics
9 2 (10.53%) Degree

Game Development
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 1 (5.26%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Adobe Illustrator
1 1 (5.26%) Photoshop
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.26%) iTunes
Development Applications
1 7 (36.84%) Git (software)
2 2 (10.53%) JIRA
3 1 (5.26%) Cucumber
3 1 (5.26%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 19 (100.00%) Games
2 1 (5.26%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 13 (68.42%) Developer
2 4 (21.05%) Games Developer
2 4 (21.05%) Tester
3 3 (15.79%) Games Tester
4 2 (10.53%) QA Tester
5 1 (5.26%) Algorithm Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) Audio Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) C# Developer
5 1 (5.26%) C# Software Developer
5 1 (5.26%) C# Software Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) Developer/Software Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) Flash Developer
5 1 (5.26%) Flash Games Developer
5 1 (5.26%) iOS Developer
5 1 (5.26%) Mobile Developer
5 1 (5.26%) Mobile Games Developer
5 1 (5.26%) Software Developer
5 1 (5.26%) Software Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (31.58%) Jest
1 6 (31.58%) React Native
2 3 (15.79%) Flash
2 3 (15.79%) Unity (Game Engine)
3 2 (10.53%) OpenGL
3 2 (10.53%) WebGL
4 1 (5.26%) CSS
4 1 (5.26%) HTML
4 1 (5.26%) Middleware
4 1 (5.26%) Robotlegs
4 1 (5.26%) Unreal Engine
Miscellaneous
1 8 (42.11%) Mobile Games
2 6 (31.58%) Mobile App
3 3 (15.79%) Xbox
4 2 (10.53%) Algorithms
4 2 (10.53%) HTC Vive
4 2 (10.53%) iPad
4 2 (10.53%) iPhone
5 1 (5.26%) Augmented Reality
5 1 (5.26%) Computer Science
5 1 (5.26%) Data Structures
5 1 (5.26%) Oculus Rift
5 1 (5.26%) Online Games
5 1 (5.26%) PlayStation
5 1 (5.26%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 9 (47.37%) Apple iOS
2 8 (42.11%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (42.11%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (36.84%) iOS Development
2 7 (36.84%) TDD
3 6 (31.58%) Android Development
3 6 (31.58%) Kanban
3 6 (31.58%) Pair Programming
3 6 (31.58%) Scrum
4 2 (10.53%) Mathematics
4 2 (10.53%) Mobile Development
4 2 (10.53%) Physics
4 2 (10.53%) Scenario Testing
4 2 (10.53%) Software Engineering
5 1 (5.26%) Applied Mathematics
5 1 (5.26%) Computer Vision
5 1 (5.26%) Line Management
5 1 (5.26%) MVC
5 1 (5.26%) OO
5 1 (5.26%) Regression Testing
5 1 (5.26%) Risk Assessment
5 1 (5.26%) Smoke Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (31.58%) JavaScript
2 5 (26.32%) C#
3 4 (21.05%) C++
4 2 (10.53%) ActionScript
4 2 (10.53%) Java
4 2 (10.53%) Python
4 2 (10.53%) Ruby
5 1 (5.26%) ActionScript 3.0
5 1 (5.26%) Apple Swift
5 1 (5.26%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 2 (10.53%) Degree
2 1 (5.26%) Computer Science Degree
2 1 (5.26%) ISEB
2 1 (5.26%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (15.79%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (5.26%) Google
1 1 (5.26%) Microsoft
1 1 (5.26%) Perforce