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 3 months to 24 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
UK
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 350 313 326
Rank change year-on-year -37 +13  
Contract jobs citing Games 269 374 371
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.58% 0.70% 0.66%
As % of the General category 1.48% 1.89% 1.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 185 288 213
Median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £567 £525 £543
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -8.00% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 9 13
Median hourly rate £30.00 £9.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +233.33% -77.50%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.28 £8.25 £10.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £32.50 £44.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £9.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +233.33% -77.50%  

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 with a requirement for common skills.

General Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for common skills 18136 19769 22175
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 39.21% 36.77% 39.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 11912 13193 14206
Median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +5.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £643 £633 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.75% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 404 464 540
Median hourly rate £26.45 £22.50 £22.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.55% -1.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.26 £11.00 £10.87
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £46.54 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £24.38 £22.67
% change year-on-year +23.07% +7.54%  

Games
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Games as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the General category.

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 3 months to 24 June 2017.

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 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Games in the UK

Games
Top 30 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 3 months to 24 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
England -25 265 £413 +3.12% 361
London -36 164 £438 +6.70% 165
City of London -26 30 £475 +26.66% 25
South East +44 27 £335 -21.17% 36
North West +31 26 £250 -4.76% 40
Manchester +19 16 £225 +125.00% 31
Yorkshire -33 13 £420 +5.00% 44
East of England +2 11 £300 - 18
Newcastle upon Tyne +90 10 £320 - 3
Tyne and Wear +88 10 £320 - 4
North East +78 10 £320 - 4
West Yorkshire -29 10 £423 +5.62% 43
Cheshire +32 9 £300 - 4
Berkshire +20 9 £535 +15.67% 7
Reading +19 9 £535 +15.05% 1
Leeds -29 9 £420 +5.00% 43
Watford - 9 £275 - 5
Hertfordshire - 9 £275 - 10
Warrington +28 8 - -
South West +1 5 £394 +8.62% 10
Milton Keynes - 5 £345 - 4
Buckinghamshire - 5 £345 - 6
Surrey - 5 £356 - 12
West Midlands +23 4 £350 +7.69% 31
East Midlands -12 4 £338 +3.84% 13
East Sussex +3 3 £225 -43.75%
Brighton +3 3 £225 -43.75%
Scotland +32 2 £375 +66.66% 10
Edinburgh +19 2 £375 - 3
Sheffield +12 2 £400 -33.33%

For the 6 months to 24 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 with a requirement for Games.

1 263 (45.74%) Agile Software Development
2 177 (30.78%) Java
3 134 (23.30%) TDD
4 126 (21.91%) Test Automation
5 124 (21.57%) Scrum
6 113 (19.65%) JavaScript
7 103 (17.91%) HTML
8 98 (17.04%) SQL
9 89 (15.48%) BDD
10 77 (13.39%) Continuous Integration
11 75 (13.04%) Git (software)
12 74 (12.87%) Jenkins
12 74 (12.87%) C#
13 71 (12.35%) Unity (Game Engine)
14 70 (12.17%) CSS
15 68 (11.83%) C++
16 66 (11.48%) Finance
17 61 (10.61%) Degree
18 60 (10.43%) QA
18 60 (10.43%) E-Commerce
19 59 (10.26%) Kanban
20 58 (10.09%) Selenium
21 57 (9.91%) Cucumber
22 56 (9.74%) Python
23 54 (9.39%) HTML5
24 52 (9.04%) User Stories
25 51 (8.87%) Microservices
25 51 (8.87%) Web Services
26 48 (8.35%) JIRA
27 46 (8.00%) 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 22 (3.83%) Confluence
2 15 (2.61%) Tomcat
3 14 (2.43%) WebSphere
4 11 (1.91%) MS Exchange
5 10 (1.74%) Apache
6 9 (1.57%) CMS
7 8 (1.39%) Apache Spark
7 8 (1.39%) Elasticsearch
7 8 (1.39%) Kinematics
8 7 (1.22%) Exchange Server 2007
8 7 (1.22%) Exchange Server 2013
9 6 (1.04%) Apache Pig
10 5 (0.87%) Cloud Foundry
10 5 (0.87%) GlassFish
10 5 (0.87%) Jetty
10 5 (0.87%) SharePoint
11 4 (0.70%) IIS
11 4 (0.70%) WordPress
12 3 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2010
12 3 (0.52%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 20 (3.48%) Photoshop
2 10 (1.74%) Adobe Illustrator
3 8 (1.39%) Microsoft Office
4 7 (1.22%) Microsoft Excel
5 6 (1.04%) Maya
6 5 (0.87%) Adobe After Effects
7 4 (0.70%) 3ds Max
7 4 (0.70%) ZBrush
8 3 (0.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 3 (0.52%) MS Visio
8 3 (0.52%) OmniGraffle
9 2 (0.35%) Adobe Premiere
9 2 (0.35%) InDesign
10 1 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.17%) CINEMA 4D
10 1 (0.17%) InVision
10 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
10 1 (0.17%) Mingle
10 1 (0.17%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 13 (2.26%) Magento
2 2 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.17%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.17%) Cognos TM1
Cloud Services
1 34 (5.91%) Amazon AWS
2 12 (2.09%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (1.57%) Google Analytics
4 6 (1.04%) GitHub
5 5 (0.87%) Amazon EC2
5 5 (0.87%) Amazon S3
5 5 (0.87%) Office 365
6 3 (0.52%) Adobe Creative Cloud
6 3 (0.52%) AdWords
6 3 (0.52%) Amazon ELB
6 3 (0.52%) Amazon EMR
6 3 (0.52%) Amazon Kinesis
6 3 (0.52%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
6 3 (0.52%) Azure Active Directory
6 3 (0.52%) OneDrive
6 3 (0.52%) Route 53
6 3 (0.52%) SaaS
6 3 (0.52%) Twilio
6 3 (0.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 2 (0.35%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 14 (2.43%) Internet
2 9 (1.57%) Firewall
2 9 (1.57%) HTTP
3 7 (1.22%) TCP/IP
4 4 (0.70%) SSL
4 4 (0.70%) WAN
5 3 (0.52%) PBX
5 3 (0.52%) PuTTY
5 3 (0.52%) Skype
6 2 (0.35%) BGP
6 2 (0.35%) EIGRP
6 2 (0.35%) MPLS
6 2 (0.35%) NAS
6 2 (0.35%) OSPF
6 2 (0.35%) SAN
6 2 (0.35%) Wireless
7 1 (0.17%) CTI
7 1 (0.17%) DNS
7 1 (0.17%) FlexRay
7 1 (0.17%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (5.57%) NoSQL
2 23 (4.00%) MySQL
3 22 (3.83%) Relational Database
4 20 (3.48%) SQL Server
5 18 (3.13%) Big Data
5 18 (3.13%) MongoDB
6 15 (2.61%) Hadoop
6 15 (2.61%) Redis
7 14 (2.43%) DB2
7 14 (2.43%) DbVisualizer
8 13 (2.26%) Apache Cassandra
9 11 (1.91%) Apache Hive
9 11 (1.91%) RDBMS
10 9 (1.57%) Data Warehouse
11 8 (1.39%) HBase
12 6 (1.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 5 (0.87%) PostgreSQL
13 5 (0.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 4 (0.70%) Data Mining
14 4 (0.70%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 75 (13.04%) Git (software)
2 74 (12.87%) Jenkins
3 58 (10.09%) Selenium
4 57 (9.91%) Cucumber
5 48 (8.35%) JIRA
6 42 (7.30%) WebDriver
7 33 (5.74%) Maven
8 25 (4.35%) JUnit
9 18 (3.13%) RSpec
10 17 (2.96%) TeamCity
11 14 (2.43%) Subversion
12 11 (1.91%) Ant
13 9 (1.57%) Eclipse
13 9 (1.57%) Gradle
13 9 (1.57%) IntelliJ
14 8 (1.39%) Hudson
14 8 (1.39%) Octopus Deploy
15 7 (1.22%) Bitbucket
15 7 (1.22%) Mercurial
16 6 (1.04%) Jasmine
General
1 66 (11.48%) Finance
2 38 (6.61%) Retail
3 35 (6.09%) Marketing
4 34 (5.91%) Banking
5 26 (4.52%) Telecoms
6 17 (2.96%) Back Office
7 16 (2.78%) Advertising
8 8 (1.39%) Publishing
9 6 (1.04%) Investment Banking
10 5 (0.87%) iGaming
10 5 (0.87%) Legal
11 4 (0.70%) Electronics
12 3 (0.52%) Aerospace
12 3 (0.52%) Automotive
12 3 (0.52%) French Language
12 3 (0.52%) Front Office
12 3 (0.52%) German Language
12 3 (0.52%) Online Betting
12 3 (0.52%) Polish Language
13 2 (0.35%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 245 (42.61%) Developer
2 62 (10.78%) Java Developer
3 49 (8.52%) Games Developer
4 43 (7.48%) Tester
5 36 (6.26%) Analyst
6 27 (4.70%) Automation Tester
6 27 (4.70%) C# Developer
6 27 (4.70%) Scrum Master
6 27 (4.70%) Test Engineer
7 25 (4.35%) Senior Developer
8 21 (3.65%) Project Manager
9 19 (3.30%) Software Engineer
10 18 (3.13%) C++ Developer
10 18 (3.13%) QA Engineer
11 17 (2.96%) Architect
11 17 (2.96%) Designer
11 17 (2.96%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
11 17 (2.96%) Java Games Developer
12 16 (2.78%) Android Developer
12 16 (2.78%) Java Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 103 (17.91%) HTML
2 71 (12.35%) Unity (Game Engine)
3 70 (12.17%) CSS
4 54 (9.39%) HTML5
5 51 (8.87%) Web Services
6 43 (7.48%) AngularJS
7 40 (6.96%) RESTful
8 39 (6.78%) Spring
9 38 (6.61%) REST
10 35 (6.09%) JSON
11 31 (5.39%) .NET
11 31 (5.39%) Node.js
12 29 (5.04%) React
13 28 (4.87%) XML
14 24 (4.17%) J2EE
15 23 (4.00%) Hibernate
16 21 (3.65%) CSS3
16 21 (3.65%) Ruby on Rails
17 18 (3.13%) SOAP
18 17 (2.96%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 42 (7.30%) Online Games
2 39 (6.78%) User Experience
3 38 (6.61%) Analytical Skills
4 37 (6.43%) Computer Science
5 25 (4.35%) Mobile App
6 16 (2.78%) Greenfield Project
7 11 (1.91%) iPad
7 11 (1.91%) Mobile Games
7 11 (1.91%) Social Media
8 9 (1.57%) Animation
9 8 (1.39%) Fintech
10 7 (1.22%) Client/Server
10 7 (1.22%) Enterprise Software
10 7 (1.22%) Equities
11 6 (1.04%) Data Centre
11 6 (1.04%) Over-the-Top Content
11 6 (1.04%) Xbox
12 5 (0.87%) Clustering
13 4 (0.70%) 3D Graphics
13 4 (0.70%) Oculus Rift
Operating Systems
1 42 (7.30%) Android
2 39 (6.78%) Linux
3 38 (6.61%) Unix
4 31 (5.39%) Apple iOS
5 28 (4.87%) Windows
6 13 (2.26%) Windows Server
7 9 (1.57%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (1.39%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (1.04%) Windows Phone
10 5 (0.87%) Mac OS X
11 4 (0.70%) Oracle Linux
12 3 (0.52%) AIX
12 3 (0.52%) Solaris
12 3 (0.52%) Windows 10
13 1 (0.17%) CentOS
13 1 (0.17%) Embedded Linux
13 1 (0.17%) HPUX
13 1 (0.17%) ThreadX
13 1 (0.17%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.17%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 263 (45.74%) Agile Software Development
2 134 (23.30%) TDD
3 126 (21.91%) Test Automation
4 124 (21.57%) Scrum
5 89 (15.48%) BDD
6 77 (13.39%) Continuous Integration
7 60 (10.43%) E-Commerce
8 59 (10.26%) Kanban
9 52 (9.04%) User Stories
10 51 (8.87%) Microservices
11 46 (8.00%) Analytics
12 39 (6.78%) DevOps
13 36 (6.26%) MVC
14 33 (5.74%) Software Engineering
15 30 (5.22%) OO
16 29 (5.04%) Business Intelligence
17 28 (4.87%) High Availability
17 28 (4.87%) Open Source
18 26 (4.52%) Continuous Delivery
18 26 (4.52%) Game Development
Programming Languages
1 177 (30.78%) Java
2 113 (19.65%) JavaScript
3 98 (17.04%) SQL
4 74 (12.87%) C#
5 68 (11.83%) C++
6 56 (9.74%) Python
7 43 (7.48%) Scala
8 42 (7.30%) Ruby
9 22 (3.83%) C
10 20 (3.48%) Objective-C
11 19 (3.30%) PHP
12 14 (2.43%) Groovy
13 11 (1.91%) Bash Shell
13 11 (1.91%) Go
14 9 (1.57%) PowerShell
14 9 (1.57%) T-SQL
15 8 (1.39%) R
16 6 (1.04%) ActionScript
16 6 (1.04%) PL/SQL
17 4 (0.70%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 61 (10.61%) Degree
2 21 (3.65%) Computer Science Degree
3 9 (1.57%) ISTQB
4 8 (1.39%) ISEB
5 7 (1.22%) Numerate Degree
6 3 (0.52%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (0.35%) CCIE
7 2 (0.35%) DV Cleared
7 2 (0.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (0.35%) OCPJP
7 2 (0.35%) PhD
7 2 (0.35%) PMI Certification
7 2 (0.35%) Security Cleared
8 1 (0.17%) CCNA
8 1 (0.17%) Master's Degree
8 1 (0.17%) MBA
8 1 (0.17%) MCSE
8 1 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (0.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 60 (10.43%) QA
2 20 (3.48%) WCAG
3 4 (0.70%) Data Quality
3 4 (0.70%) MiFID
4 2 (0.35%) COBIT
4 2 (0.35%) PMO
5 1 (0.17%) GDPR
5 1 (0.17%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 19770
5 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.17%) SLA
System Software
1 29 (5.04%) Docker
2 14 (2.43%) Active Directory
2 14 (2.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.70%) XenApp
4 3 (0.52%) Apache Flume
5 1 (0.17%) Firmware
5 1 (0.17%) HDFS
5 1 (0.17%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 12 (2.09%) Puppet
2 11 (1.91%) Ansible
3 10 (1.74%) Opscode Chef
4 8 (1.39%) Kubernetes
5 6 (1.04%) Grafana
5 6 (1.04%) HP Quality Center
5 6 (1.04%) Kibana
5 6 (1.04%) logstash
5 6 (1.04%) SCCM
6 4 (0.70%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 3 (0.52%) StatsD
8 2 (0.35%) Mesos
9 1 (0.17%) Consul
9 1 (0.17%) Docker Swarm
9 1 (0.17%) Marathon
9 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Clustering
9 1 (0.17%) Oozie
9 1 (0.17%) Packer
9 1 (0.17%) Prometheus
9 1 (0.17%) Terraform
Vendors
1 35 (6.09%) Microsoft
2 34 (5.91%) Oracle
3 19 (3.30%) IBM
4 17 (2.96%) Google
5 16 (2.78%) Adobe
5 16 (2.78%) VMware
6 14 (2.43%) HP
7 13 (2.26%) hybris
8 9 (1.57%) Splunk
9 8 (1.39%) Facebook
9 8 (1.39%) NVIDIA
9 8 (1.39%) Sybase
10 6 (1.04%) AppDynamics
10 6 (1.04%) Atlassian
10 6 (1.04%) Symantec
11 5 (0.87%) Zend
12 4 (0.70%) Apigee
12 4 (0.70%) Cloudera
12 4 (0.70%) Tableau
12 4 (0.70%) Talend
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Posted: Yesterday
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London
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West London
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Rate: £425.00 - £500.00 per day
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Rate: £300 - £400 per day
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North London
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London
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Rate: £450 to £500 p/day
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Rate: £350 - £400 per day
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