Period
to 2 August 2021

The median contractor rate for a Games Developer was £513 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 2 August 2021.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Game Developer
UK
6 months to
2 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 735 561 847
Rank change year-on-year -174 +286 +22
Contract jobs requiring a Games Developer 18 10 24
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.025% 0.028% 0.026%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.027% 0.030% 0.028%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 6 13
10th Percentile £314 £269 £275
25th Percentile £374 £291 £300
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £363 £350
Median % change year-on-year +41.38% +3.57% -13.85%
75th Percentile £588 £431 £488
90th Percentile " £456 £528
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £300 £388
% change year-on-year +66.67% -22.58% +34.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 5
Median hourly rate - - £52.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 67,033 33,855 86,844
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.02% 93.20% 94.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 46,151 22,471 58,011
10th Percentile £300 £256 £263
25th Percentile £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £466
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.93% +3.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £688 £663 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,954 1,166 2,817
10th Percentile £11.43 £11.34 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.50 £14.30 £13.46
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.07 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -0.34% +7.31% +6.86%
75th Percentile £43.00 £42.50 £42.50
90th Percentile £58.64 £52.50 £51.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.75 £19.21 £17.50
% change year-on-year -7.59% +9.76% -

Games Developer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Games Developer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Games Developer in the UK

Games Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Games Developer.

Daily rate trend for Games Developer in the UK

Games Developer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Games Developer over the 6 months to 2 August 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Games Developer in the UK

Games Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Games Developer.

Hourly rate trend for Games Developer in the UK

Games Developer
Top 8 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Games Developer within the UK over the 6 months to 2 August 2021. 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 -149 18 £513 +36.67% 30
London -141 10 £550 +29.41% 17
UK excluding London -78 8 £500 +66.67% 13
South West -14 3 £513 +46.43%
Midlands - 3 £390 - 8
South East - 2 - - 2
West Midlands - 2 - - 8
East Midlands - 1 £390 -

Games Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 August 2021, Games Developer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Games Developer in the job title.

1 18 (100.00%) Games
2 6 (33.33%) JavaScript
2 6 (33.33%) Unity (Game Engine)
3 5 (27.78%) Game Development
4 4 (22.22%) GitHub
4 4 (22.22%) C++
4 4 (22.22%) Windows
4 4 (22.22%) Linux
4 4 (22.22%) OOD
5 3 (16.67%) Web Development
5 3 (16.67%) OO
5 3 (16.67%) C#
5 3 (16.67%) CSS
5 3 (16.67%) WebGL
5 3 (16.67%) Unreal Engine
5 3 (16.67%) Jasmine
5 3 (16.67%) TypeScript
5 3 (16.67%) React
5 3 (16.67%) PostCSS
6 2 (11.11%) GCP
6 2 (11.11%) Vue.js
6 2 (11.11%) Kanban
6 2 (11.11%) AngularJS
6 2 (11.11%) 3D Modelling
6 2 (11.11%) MVVM
6 2 (11.11%) Project Management
6 2 (11.11%) MVC
6 2 (11.11%) Manufacturing
6 2 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (11.11%) Google

Games Developer Skill Set
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:

Cloud Services
1 4 (22.22%) GitHub
2 2 (11.11%) GCP
3 1 (5.56%) Azure
3 1 (5.56%) PlayCanvas
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.56%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 3 (16.67%) Jasmine
1 3 (16.67%) PostCSS
General
1 18 (100.00%) Games
2 2 (11.11%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (33.33%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 3 (16.67%) CSS
2 3 (16.67%) React
2 3 (16.67%) Unreal Engine
2 3 (16.67%) WebGL
3 2 (11.11%) AngularJS
3 2 (11.11%) Vue.js
4 1 (5.56%) .NET
4 1 (5.56%) HTML
4 1 (5.56%) Node.js
4 1 (5.56%) Pixi.js
Miscellaneous
1 1 (5.56%) Augmented Reality
1 1 (5.56%) iPhone
1 1 (5.56%) Mobile Games
1 1 (5.56%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 4 (22.22%) Linux
1 4 (22.22%) Windows
2 1 (5.56%) Android
2 1 (5.56%) Apple iOS
2 1 (5.56%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (27.78%) Game Development
2 4 (22.22%) OOD
3 3 (16.67%) OO
3 3 (16.67%) Web Development
4 2 (11.11%) 3D Modelling
4 2 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (11.11%) Kanban
4 2 (11.11%) MVC
4 2 (11.11%) MVVM
4 2 (11.11%) Project Management
5 1 (5.56%) Load Testing
5 1 (5.56%) OOP
5 1 (5.56%) Prototyping
5 1 (5.56%) Scrum
5 1 (5.56%) Technical Debt
Programming Languages
1 6 (33.33%) JavaScript
2 4 (22.22%) C++
3 3 (16.67%) C#
3 3 (16.67%) TypeScript
4 1 (5.56%) Java
4 1 (5.56%) SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (11.11%) Accessibility
System Software
1 1 (5.56%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (5.56%) Kubernetes
1 1 (5.56%) Marathon
Vendors
1 2 (11.11%) Google
2 1 (5.56%) Microsoft
2 1 (5.56%) Samsung