Period
to 22 February 2018

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Games in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Games over the 6 months to 22 February 2018 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
UK
6 months to
22 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 315 318 344
Rank change year-on-year +3 +26 -39
Contract jobs citing Games 798 709 734
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.79% 0.74% 0.68%
As % of the General category 2.05% 2.01% 1.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 575 492 571
UK median daily rate £450 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.43% +3.75% +6.67%
10th Percentile £275 £250 £238
90th Percentile £613 £563 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £398 £375 £370
% change year-on-year +6.00% +1.35% +13.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 16 10
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £20.48 £25.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +95.36% -20.49% +0.98%
10th Percentile £12.00 £8.50 £15.73
90th Percentile £65.75 £55.50 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £19.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year +107.79% +10.00% -44.18%

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 with a requirement for common skills.

All General Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for common skills 38,843 35,343 41,971
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 38.24% 36.81% 39.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 25,597 23,319 26,787
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £428
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.26% +0.59%
10th Percentile £280 £263 £263
90th Percentile £675 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.13% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 900 904 1,107
UK median hourly rate £25.31 £25.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.23% -9.09% +21.20%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.32 £12.00
90th Percentile £49.26 £47.82 £49.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.89 £25.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +7.55% -9.09% +5.77%

Games
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Games in the UK

Games
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Games in the UK

Games
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Games over the 6 months to 22 February 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Games in the UK

Games
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Games in the UK

Games
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Games over the 6 months to 22 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Games in the UK

Games
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Games within the UK over the 6 months to 22 February 2018. 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 +9 764 £458 +10.24% 776
London -24 491 £475 +8.57% 360
UK excluding London +26 289 £398 +6.00% 452
North of England +4 95 £408 +6.19% 150
South East +14 74 £513 +47.48% 63
Midlands +33 56 £330 -17.50% 98
Yorkshire 0 52 £475 +26.67% 58
East of England +21 40 £365 -20.65% 74
North West -17 36 £340 -15.00% 81
West Midlands +9 31 £288 -36.11% 53
East Midlands +20 25 £335 -10.67% 44
Scotland -2 18 £240 -40.00% 21
North East +36 7 £350 - 11
South West -2 6 £338 -3.57% 31
Wales -3 1 - - 9

For the 6 months to 22 February 2018, 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 with a requirement for Games.

1 378 (47.37%) Agile Software Development
2 258 (32.33%) Java
3 188 (23.56%) JavaScript
4 169 (21.18%) Test Automation
5 165 (20.68%) TDD
6 158 (19.80%) Scrum
7 142 (17.79%) Kanban
8 130 (16.29%) Continuous Integration
9 117 (14.66%) SQL
10 107 (13.41%) User Stories
11 106 (13.28%) Python
12 104 (13.03%) E-Commerce
13 103 (12.91%) C#
14 102 (12.78%) HTML
15 100 (12.53%) CSS
15 100 (12.53%) Git (software)
16 98 (12.28%) Software Engineering
17 91 (11.40%) Finance
18 87 (10.90%) Spring
19 86 (10.78%) Scala
19 86 (10.78%) NoSQL
20 84 (10.53%) Microservices
21 81 (10.15%) User Experience
21 81 (10.15%) MongoDB
21 81 (10.15%) Degree
22 80 (10.03%) REST
23 78 (9.77%) BDD
23 78 (9.77%) RESTful
24 77 (9.65%) Linux
25 76 (9.52%) Analytics

Games
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 28 (3.51%) Confluence
1 28 (3.51%) Elasticsearch
2 27 (3.38%) Apache Spark
3 18 (2.26%) MQSeries
4 17 (2.13%) WebSphere
5 16 (2.01%) Jupyter
6 15 (1.88%) Tomcat
7 10 (1.25%) Apache
7 10 (1.25%) CMS
8 8 (1.00%) JBoss
9 6 (0.75%) Apache Pig
9 6 (0.75%) Apache Solr
9 6 (0.75%) nginx
10 5 (0.63%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 4 (0.50%) EPiServer
11 4 (0.50%) GlassFish
11 4 (0.50%) Jetty
11 4 (0.50%) Marvel
12 3 (0.38%) Cloud Foundry
12 3 (0.38%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 17 (2.13%) Photoshop
2 12 (1.50%) Adobe Illustrator
3 11 (1.38%) OmniGraffle
4 8 (1.00%) Microsoft Office
5 6 (0.75%) Microsoft Excel
6 4 (0.50%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 3 (0.38%) InVision
7 3 (0.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 2 (0.25%) Maya
8 2 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.13%) 3ds Max
9 1 (0.13%) Adobe After Effects
9 1 (0.13%) Adobe Premiere
9 1 (0.13%) Chatbot
9 1 (0.13%) HipChat
9 1 (0.13%) Houdini
9 1 (0.13%) InDesign
9 1 (0.13%) MicroStation
9 1 (0.13%) SOLIDWORKS
9 1 (0.13%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 2 (0.25%) Payment Gateway
1 2 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 2 (0.25%) Summit
2 1 (0.13%) Magento
2 1 (0.13%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (0.13%) Sprinklr
Cloud Services
1 65 (8.15%) Amazon AWS
2 29 (3.63%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (1.75%) Google Cloud Platform
4 12 (1.50%) Amazon EC2
4 12 (1.50%) Amazon S3
5 11 (1.38%) SaaS
6 10 (1.25%) AWS Lambda
6 10 (1.25%) Serverless
7 7 (0.88%) npm
8 6 (0.75%) Route 53
9 5 (0.63%) Firebase
10 4 (0.50%) Amazon ELB
10 4 (0.50%) Amazon EMR
10 4 (0.50%) Amazon Kinesis
10 4 (0.50%) CloudFront
10 4 (0.50%) Force.com
10 4 (0.50%) GitHub
10 4 (0.50%) Google Play
10 4 (0.50%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 3 (0.38%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 16 (2.01%) Internet
2 5 (0.63%) BGP
2 5 (0.63%) Bluetooth
2 5 (0.63%) SMS
3 4 (0.50%) DSL
3 4 (0.50%) HTTP
3 4 (0.50%) VPN
4 3 (0.38%) DHCP
4 3 (0.38%) DNS
4 3 (0.38%) Firewall
4 3 (0.38%) HTTPS
4 3 (0.38%) Network Security
4 3 (0.38%) OSPF
4 3 (0.38%) RIP
4 3 (0.38%) TCP/IP
5 2 (0.25%) 3GPP
5 2 (0.25%) AMQP
5 2 (0.25%) BIG-IP
5 2 (0.25%) IPsec
5 2 (0.25%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 86 (10.78%) NoSQL
2 81 (10.15%) MongoDB
3 56 (7.02%) MySQL
4 50 (6.27%) Relational Database
5 46 (5.76%) Big Data
6 42 (5.26%) SQL Server
7 37 (4.64%) Hadoop
8 35 (4.39%) Redis
9 24 (3.01%) Apache Cassandra
10 21 (2.63%) Data Mining
11 19 (2.38%) Apache Hive
12 17 (2.13%) Couchbase
12 17 (2.13%) HBase
12 17 (2.13%) PostgreSQL
13 15 (1.88%) Data Warehouse
13 15 (1.88%) RDBMS
14 13 (1.63%) Data Lake
14 13 (1.63%) SAP HANA
15 12 (1.50%) Impala
15 12 (1.50%) Lumira
Development Applications
1 100 (12.53%) Git (software)
2 60 (7.52%) Jenkins
3 57 (7.14%) Cucumber
4 50 (6.27%) JIRA
5 32 (4.01%) Maven
6 29 (3.63%) JUnit
7 27 (3.38%) Selenium
8 16 (2.01%) gulp
8 16 (2.01%) Jasmine
9 15 (1.88%) Mockito
10 14 (1.75%) IntelliJ
10 14 (1.75%) WebDriver
11 12 (1.50%) Hudson
11 12 (1.50%) RSpec
12 11 (1.38%) Axure RP
13 10 (1.25%) Subversion
13 10 (1.25%) webpack
14 9 (1.13%) Visual Studio
15 8 (1.00%) Xcode
16 7 (0.88%) JMeter
General
1 91 (11.40%) Finance
2 59 (7.39%) Banking
3 57 (7.14%) Retail
4 42 (5.26%) Marketing
5 38 (4.76%) Telecoms
6 10 (1.25%) Manufacturing
7 7 (0.88%) Military
7 7 (0.88%) Online Betting
8 6 (0.75%) Advertising
8 6 (0.75%) Law
9 5 (0.63%) Legal
10 4 (0.50%) Automotive
10 4 (0.50%) iGaming
11 3 (0.38%) Electronics
11 3 (0.38%) German Language
11 3 (0.38%) Turkish Language
12 2 (0.25%) Arabic Language
12 2 (0.25%) Brand Awareness
12 2 (0.25%) Dutch Language
12 2 (0.25%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 366 (45.86%) Developer
2 119 (14.91%) Java Developer
3 59 (7.39%) Games Developer
4 50 (6.27%) Scrum Master
5 48 (6.02%) Analyst
6 47 (5.89%) Tester
7 46 (5.76%) React Developer
8 45 (5.64%) Senior Developer
9 36 (4.51%) Web Developer
10 31 (3.88%) Senior Java Developer
11 29 (3.63%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
12 27 (3.38%) JavaScript Developer
13 25 (3.13%) Architect
13 25 (3.13%) Automation Tester
13 25 (3.13%) Business Analyst
14 23 (2.88%) Designer
14 23 (2.88%) Full Stack Developer
15 21 (2.63%) Data Scientist
15 21 (2.63%) DevOps Engineer
15 21 (2.63%) Java Games Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 102 (12.78%) HTML
2 100 (12.53%) CSS
3 87 (10.90%) Spring
4 80 (10.03%) REST
5 78 (9.77%) RESTful
6 68 (8.52%) React
7 66 (8.27%) AngularJS
8 65 (8.15%) Web Services
9 62 (7.77%) Unity (Game Engine)
10 56 (7.02%) HTML5
11 49 (6.14%) .NET
11 49 (6.14%) Hibernate
12 47 (5.89%) Node.js
13 46 (5.76%) JSON
14 40 (5.01%) JMS
15 33 (4.14%) Kafka
16 30 (3.76%) CSS3
17 29 (3.63%) Spring Boot
18 26 (3.26%) Velocity
19 25 (3.13%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 81 (10.15%) User Experience
2 66 (8.27%) Online Games
3 62 (7.77%) Computer Science
4 50 (6.27%) Greenfield Project
5 47 (5.89%) Analytical Skills
6 44 (5.51%) Mobile App
7 21 (2.63%) Algorithms
8 19 (2.38%) Mobile Games
9 18 (2.26%) Virtual Team
10 17 (2.13%) Data Structures
11 14 (1.75%) Animation
12 12 (1.50%) Management Information System
13 11 (1.38%) Enterprise Software
13 11 (1.38%) Equities
13 11 (1.38%) Fintech
14 9 (1.13%) Media Streaming
14 9 (1.13%) Over-the-Top Content
14 9 (1.13%) Social Media
15 7 (0.88%) STB
15 7 (0.88%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 77 (9.65%) Linux
2 75 (9.40%) Android
3 67 (8.40%) Apple iOS
4 59 (7.39%) Unix
5 23 (2.88%) Mac OS X
6 14 (1.75%) Windows
7 10 (1.25%) CentOS
7 10 (1.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 5 (0.63%) AIX
9 3 (0.38%) HPUX
9 3 (0.38%) Solaris
9 3 (0.38%) Windows Server
10 2 (0.25%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.13%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.13%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 378 (47.37%) Agile Software Development
2 169 (21.18%) Test Automation
3 165 (20.68%) TDD
4 158 (19.80%) Scrum
5 142 (17.79%) Kanban
6 130 (16.29%) Continuous Integration
7 107 (13.41%) User Stories
8 104 (13.03%) E-Commerce
9 98 (12.28%) Software Engineering
10 84 (10.53%) Microservices
11 78 (9.77%) BDD
12 76 (9.52%) Analytics
13 75 (9.40%) DevOps
14 66 (8.27%) Continuous Delivery
15 63 (7.89%) Mentoring
16 62 (7.77%) Continuous Improvement
17 58 (7.27%) Web Development
18 56 (7.02%) Coaching
19 54 (6.77%) Open Source
20 51 (6.39%) Mathematics
Programming Languages
1 258 (32.33%) Java
2 188 (23.56%) JavaScript
3 117 (14.66%) SQL
4 106 (13.28%) Python
5 103 (12.91%) C#
6 86 (10.78%) Scala
7 54 (6.77%) C++
8 43 (5.39%) Bash Shell
9 40 (5.01%) R
10 34 (4.26%) Ruby
11 32 (4.01%) PHP
12 24 (3.01%) Groovy
13 20 (2.51%) TypeScript
14 17 (2.13%) Java 9
14 17 (2.13%) Shell Script
15 16 (2.01%) Kotlin
16 15 (1.88%) Apple Swift
17 14 (1.75%) ES6
17 14 (1.75%) Objective-C
18 12 (1.50%) Perl
Qualifications
1 81 (10.15%) Degree
2 31 (3.88%) Security Cleared
3 21 (2.63%) Computer Science Degree
3 21 (2.63%) SC Cleared
4 16 (2.01%) Numerate Degree
4 16 (2.01%) PMI Certification
4 16 (2.01%) PMP
5 13 (1.63%) Master's Degree
6 11 (1.38%) ISTQB
7 5 (0.63%) VCP6
7 5 (0.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 3 (0.38%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (0.25%) AWS Certification
9 2 (0.25%) ISEB
10 1 (0.13%) CHECK Team Leader
10 1 (0.13%) CHECK Team Member
10 1 (0.13%) CREST Certified
10 1 (0.13%) GPEN
10 1 (0.13%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.13%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 69 (8.65%) QA
2 18 (2.26%) GDPR
3 14 (1.75%) WCAG
4 8 (1.00%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.63%) GCP
6 4 (0.50%) SLA
7 3 (0.38%) PMO
8 2 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 1 (0.13%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 55 (6.89%) Docker
2 7 (0.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (0.63%) vCloud
3 5 (0.63%) VMware ESXi
3 5 (0.63%) vSphere
4 3 (0.38%) Active Directory
4 3 (0.38%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 3 (0.38%) Varnish
5 2 (0.25%) Apache Flume
5 2 (0.25%) HDFS
6 1 (0.13%) etcd
6 1 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.13%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 34 (4.26%) Grafana
2 24 (3.01%) Puppet
3 17 (2.13%) Opscode Chef
4 13 (1.63%) Kubernetes
5 12 (1.50%) Kibana
5 12 (1.50%) logstash
5 12 (1.50%) StatsD
5 12 (1.50%) Terraform
6 11 (1.38%) Ansible
7 6 (0.75%) Graphite
7 6 (0.75%) Opsview
8 5 (0.63%) Packer
8 5 (0.63%) vCenter Server
9 4 (0.50%) Hadoop YARN
10 3 (0.38%) SCCM
11 2 (0.25%) Consul
11 2 (0.25%) Oozie
12 1 (0.13%) CA Wily
12 1 (0.13%) OpenView
12 1 (0.13%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 38 (4.76%) Google
2 34 (4.26%) Oracle
2 34 (4.26%) Splunk
3 32 (4.01%) Microsoft
4 23 (2.88%) Tableau
5 18 (2.26%) Adobe
6 17 (2.13%) AppDynamics
7 14 (1.75%) New Relic
7 14 (1.75%) SAP
8 12 (1.50%) Alteryx
8 12 (1.50%) Salesforce.com
8 12 (1.50%) Sybase
9 8 (1.00%) Apple
10 7 (0.88%) VMware
11 6 (0.75%) Talend
12 5 (0.63%) Cisco
12 5 (0.63%) Dynatrace
12 5 (0.63%) hybris
12 5 (0.63%) IBM
13 4 (0.50%) Informatica