Period
to 27 June 2019

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 27 June 2019 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
27 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 389 309 374
Rank change year-on-year -80 +65 -25
Contract jobs citing Games 561 830 579
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.62% 0.82% 0.63%
As % of the General category 1.72% 2.20% 1.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 344 556 405
UK median daily rate £450 £460 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.17% +10.84% +3.75%
10th Percentile £213 £310 £225
90th Percentile £650 £638 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £400 £350
% change year-on-year -6.25% +14.29% -5.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 19 19
UK median hourly rate £35.50 £20.00 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +77.50% -36.51% +38.97%
10th Percentile £27.00 £11.14 £19.43
90th Percentile £50.00 £89.15 £75.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £13.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year +207.69% -58.73% +110.00%

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 32,529 37,689 36,045
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 35.69% 37.29% 39.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 21,044 24,525 23,612
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +1.12%
10th Percentile £306 £300 £275
90th Percentile £675 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £425 £405
% change year-on-year +3.53% +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 717 878 874
UK median hourly rate £31.00 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.00% - -5.66%
10th Percentile £13.75 £12.25 £11.33
90th Percentile £51.45 £50.00 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £26.83
% change year-on-year +40.00% -6.82% -6.68%

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 27 June 2019.

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 27 June 2019.

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 27 June 2019. 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 -84 519 £463 -2.63% 421
London -52 337 £500 - 210
UK excluding London -67 208 £375 -6.25% 231
North of England -6 63 £425 +13.33% 79
East of England +28 41 £100 -73.33% 26
Midlands +15 37 £240 -32.58% 36
Yorkshire +6 35 £400 -8.57% 27
South East -49 30 £360 -23.81% 44
Scotland +24 24 £413 -5.71% 16
North West -9 23 £450 +26.32% 47
East Midlands +16 22 £263 -25.00% 14
West Midlands -1 14 £220 -51.11% 21
South West -20 10 £300 -42.86% 26
North East - 5 £577 - 5
Wales +6 4 £344 -27.63% 3

For the 6 months to 27 June 2019, 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.

1 218 (38.86%) Agile Software Development
2 139 (24.78%) Java
3 125 (22.28%) JavaScript
4 110 (19.61%) TDD
5 97 (17.29%) Python
6 91 (16.22%) C#
7 90 (16.04%) E-Commerce
8 88 (15.69%) Git (software)
8 88 (15.69%) Problem-Solving
9 85 (15.15%) HTML
10 82 (14.62%) Continuous Integration
11 81 (14.44%) SQL
12 77 (13.73%) DevOps
13 75 (13.37%) Amazon AWS
14 74 (13.19%) Test Automation
14 74 (13.19%) Finance
15 73 (13.01%) Jenkins
16 70 (12.48%) Scrum
16 70 (12.48%) CSS
17 66 (11.76%) Retail
18 65 (11.59%) Microsoft Azure
18 65 (11.59%) User Experience
19 61 (10.87%) JIRA
20 60 (10.70%) Unity (Game Engine)
21 58 (10.34%) Linux
22 57 (10.16%) React
23 56 (9.98%) Banking
24 52 (9.27%) .NET
25 51 (9.09%) Kanban
26 50 (8.91%) AngularJS

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 49 (8.73%) WebSphere
2 32 (5.70%) Confluence
3 20 (3.57%) CMS
4 19 (3.39%) Elasticsearch
5 14 (2.50%) Tomcat
6 12 (2.14%) Sitecore CMS
7 9 (1.60%) Cloud Foundry
8 8 (1.43%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 8 (1.43%) nginx
9 7 (1.25%) Apache
10 5 (0.89%) Apache Spark
10 5 (0.89%) CoreMedia CMS
11 4 (0.71%) Apache Solr
11 4 (0.71%) Ethereum
11 4 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2013
11 4 (0.71%) Hyperledger
11 4 (0.71%) JBoss
12 3 (0.53%) Apache Airflow
12 3 (0.53%) MQSeries
12 3 (0.53%) WordPress
Applications
1 12 (2.14%) Photoshop
2 7 (1.25%) Sketch
3 6 (1.07%) Adobe Illustrator
3 6 (1.07%) Maya
4 5 (0.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.71%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 4 (0.71%) Microsoft Excel
5 4 (0.71%) Microsoft Office
6 3 (0.53%) Chatbot
6 3 (0.53%) InVision
7 2 (0.36%) Adobe After Effects
7 2 (0.36%) Adobe Premiere
7 2 (0.36%) Blender
7 2 (0.36%) MotionBuilder
7 2 (0.36%) ZBrush
7 2 (0.36%) Zeplin
8 1 (0.18%) Figma
8 1 (0.18%) Houdini
8 1 (0.18%) MS Visio
8 1 (0.18%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 29 (5.17%) Magento
2 5 (0.89%) Distributed Ledger
2 5 (0.89%) SAP Hybris
3 4 (0.71%) Fredhopper
3 4 (0.71%) Payment Gateway
4 3 (0.53%) Shopify
5 2 (0.36%) Temenos T24
6 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.18%) R3 Corda
6 1 (0.18%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 75 (13.37%) Amazon AWS
2 65 (11.59%) Microsoft Azure
3 26 (4.63%) Google Cloud Platform
4 24 (4.28%) GitHub
4 24 (4.28%) Serverless
5 20 (3.57%) PaaS
6 18 (3.21%) SaaS
7 12 (2.14%) Amazon ECS
7 12 (2.14%) Office 365
7 12 (2.14%) Route 53
8 11 (1.96%) IaaS
9 10 (1.78%) Amazon EC2
10 9 (1.60%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 9 (1.60%) AWS Lambda
10 9 (1.60%) npm
11 8 (1.43%) Amazon S3
11 8 (1.43%) CloudFront
11 8 (1.43%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 6 (1.07%) Amazon SQS
12 6 (1.07%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 10 (1.78%) Internet
2 9 (1.60%) HTTP
3 8 (1.43%) Firewall
4 4 (0.71%) OpenLDAP
5 3 (0.53%) Network Security
5 3 (0.53%) VPN
6 2 (0.36%) HSRP
6 2 (0.36%) LAN
6 2 (0.36%) Skype
6 2 (0.36%) SSH
6 2 (0.36%) VLAN
6 2 (0.36%) VRRP
6 2 (0.36%) WAN
6 2 (0.36%) Wireless
7 1 (0.18%) DNS
7 1 (0.18%) Ethernet
7 1 (0.18%) IPsec
7 1 (0.18%) IPv4
7 1 (0.18%) OpenVPN
7 1 (0.18%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (6.95%) NoSQL
2 31 (5.53%) Relational Database
3 27 (4.81%) MySQL
4 25 (4.46%) Big Data
4 25 (4.46%) SQL Server
5 19 (3.39%) PostgreSQL
6 17 (3.03%) MongoDB
6 17 (3.03%) RDBMS
7 15 (2.67%) Redis
8 10 (1.78%) Amazon RDS
9 8 (1.43%) Apache Cassandra
9 8 (1.43%) Data Warehouse
10 7 (1.25%) Hadoop
11 6 (1.07%) DB2
11 6 (1.07%) DbVisualizer
12 5 (0.89%) BigQuery
12 5 (0.89%) Blockchain
13 4 (0.71%) Cosmos DB
13 4 (0.71%) HBase
13 4 (0.71%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 88 (15.69%) Git (software)
2 73 (13.01%) Jenkins
3 61 (10.87%) JIRA
4 27 (4.81%) JUnit
5 26 (4.63%) Jasmine
6 25 (4.46%) Cucumber
7 18 (3.21%) Selenium
8 17 (3.03%) Grunt
9 16 (2.85%) TeamCity
10 15 (2.67%) Karma Test Runner
11 14 (2.50%) Maven
12 13 (2.32%) Subversion
12 13 (2.32%) WebDriver
13 12 (2.14%) Bower
14 11 (1.96%) gulp
15 9 (1.60%) Gradle
16 8 (1.43%) Bitbucket
16 8 (1.43%) IBM UrbanCode
16 8 (1.43%) Mockito
16 8 (1.43%) SonarQube
General
1 74 (13.19%) Finance
2 66 (11.76%) Retail
3 56 (9.98%) Banking
4 23 (4.10%) Marketing
5 13 (2.32%) French Language
6 11 (1.96%) Advertising
6 11 (1.96%) Investment Banking
6 11 (1.96%) Legal
7 10 (1.78%) Online Betting
7 10 (1.78%) Telecoms
8 8 (1.43%) Law
9 6 (1.07%) Publishing
10 4 (0.71%) German Language
10 4 (0.71%) Spanish Language
11 3 (0.53%) Back Office
11 3 (0.53%) Front Office
12 2 (0.36%) Automotive
12 2 (0.36%) Billing
12 2 (0.36%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.36%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 239 (42.60%) Developer
2 41 (7.31%) Java Developer
3 38 (6.77%) DevOps Engineer
4 32 (5.70%) Scrum Master
4 32 (5.70%) Senior Developer
5 30 (5.35%) Python Developer
6 28 (4.99%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 27 (4.81%) Analyst
8 24 (4.28%) C# Developer
8 24 (4.28%) React Developer
9 20 (3.57%) Project Manager
10 19 (3.39%) Games Developer
11 17 (3.03%) Full Stack Developer
11 17 (3.03%) Tester
12 15 (2.67%) Senior Java Developer
13 14 (2.50%) Agile Scrum Master
14 13 (2.32%) C++ Programmer
14 13 (2.32%) Data Engineer
14 13 (2.32%) Designer
14 13 (2.32%) JavaScript Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 85 (15.15%) HTML
2 70 (12.48%) CSS
3 60 (10.70%) Unity (Game Engine)
4 57 (10.16%) React
5 52 (9.27%) .NET
6 50 (8.91%) AngularJS
7 48 (8.56%) Node.js
8 43 (7.66%) RESTful
9 42 (7.49%) Web Services
10 38 (6.77%) REST
11 28 (4.99%) Django
11 28 (4.99%) Spring
12 27 (4.81%) HTML5
13 26 (4.63%) J2EE
14 25 (4.46%) Sass
15 24 (4.28%) JSON
16 22 (3.92%) XHTML
17 21 (3.74%) RabbitMQ
17 21 (3.74%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 21 (3.74%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 65 (11.59%) User Experience
2 43 (7.66%) Analytical Skills
3 41 (7.31%) Mobile App
4 40 (7.13%) Online Games
5 22 (3.92%) Greenfield Project
6 19 (3.39%) Social Media
7 17 (3.03%) W3C
8 14 (2.50%) Mobile Games
9 13 (2.32%) Digital Media
10 12 (2.14%) Enterprise Software
10 12 (2.14%) Vector Graphics
11 10 (1.78%) Cloud Native
12 9 (1.60%) Animation
12 9 (1.60%) Augmented Reality
12 9 (1.60%) FMCG
12 9 (1.60%) Self-Motivation
13 8 (1.43%) Analytical Mindset
13 8 (1.43%) Linux Command Line
13 8 (1.43%) Video\Live Streaming
14 7 (1.25%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 58 (10.34%) Linux
2 35 (6.24%) Unix
3 26 (4.63%) Android
4 20 (3.57%) Windows
5 16 (2.85%) Apple iOS
6 10 (1.78%) Windows 10
7 9 (1.60%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (1.43%) Windows 7
8 8 (1.43%) Windows Server
9 6 (1.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 5 (0.89%) CentOS
10 5 (0.89%) Mac OS X
11 3 (0.53%) Ubuntu
11 3 (0.53%) Windows Server 2008
12 2 (0.36%) Windows Server 2003
13 1 (0.18%) AIX
13 1 (0.18%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 218 (38.86%) Agile Software Development
2 110 (19.61%) TDD
3 90 (16.04%) E-Commerce
4 88 (15.69%) Problem-Solving
5 82 (14.62%) Continuous Integration
6 77 (13.73%) DevOps
7 74 (13.19%) Test Automation
8 70 (12.48%) Scrum
9 51 (9.09%) Kanban
10 50 (8.91%) Continuous Improvement
11 49 (8.73%) BDD
12 45 (8.02%) User Stories
13 37 (6.60%) ATDD
13 37 (6.60%) Continuous Delivery
14 36 (6.42%) Mentoring
15 35 (6.24%) Front End Development
16 32 (5.70%) Software Engineering
17 31 (5.53%) Microservices
18 29 (5.17%) Fintech
19 28 (4.99%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 139 (24.78%) Java
2 125 (22.28%) JavaScript
3 97 (17.29%) Python
4 91 (16.22%) C#
5 81 (14.44%) SQL
6 46 (8.20%) C++
7 21 (3.74%) Scala
8 17 (3.03%) PHP
9 16 (2.85%) Bash Shell
9 16 (2.85%) C
10 14 (2.50%) ES6
11 13 (2.32%) Ruby
12 12 (2.14%) Shell Script
13 11 (1.96%) Groovy
14 10 (1.78%) Java 8
15 8 (1.43%) Objective-C
16 5 (0.89%) Apple Swift
16 5 (0.89%) Kotlin
16 5 (0.89%) R
16 5 (0.89%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 28 (4.99%) Degree
2 8 (1.43%) AWS Certification
2 8 (1.43%) Computer Science Degree
2 8 (1.43%) Security Cleared
3 6 (1.07%) BPSS Clearance
3 6 (1.07%) SC Cleared
4 3 (0.53%) MCSA
4 3 (0.53%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (0.36%) ISTQB
5 2 (0.36%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 2 (0.36%) MCP
5 2 (0.36%) PhD
5 2 (0.36%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.18%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.18%) ISEB
6 1 (0.18%) MCSE
6 1 (0.18%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (3.21%) QA
2 8 (1.43%) PMO
3 6 (1.07%) WCAG
4 4 (0.71%) GDPR
5 3 (0.53%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.53%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.36%) SLA
7 1 (0.18%) MiFID
7 1 (0.18%) PSD2
7 1 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 49 (8.73%) Docker
2 9 (1.60%) Active Directory
3 8 (1.43%) Virtual Machines
4 6 (1.07%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.53%) Firmware
6 2 (0.36%) HDFS
6 2 (0.36%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (0.36%) XenApp
7 1 (0.18%) iptables
Systems Management
1 41 (7.31%) Terraform
2 39 (6.95%) Kubernetes
3 26 (4.63%) Ansible
4 23 (4.10%) Opscode Chef
5 14 (2.50%) Puppet
6 10 (1.78%) SCCM
7 4 (0.71%) Consul
7 4 (0.71%) Packer
7 4 (0.71%) ZABBIX
8 3 (0.53%) Docker Swarm
8 3 (0.53%) Grafana
8 3 (0.53%) Jamf Pro
9 2 (0.36%) Kibana
10 1 (0.18%) Graphite
10 1 (0.18%) Marathon
10 1 (0.18%) Mesos
10 1 (0.18%) PingFederate
10 1 (0.18%) Red Hat Satellite
10 1 (0.18%) Sysdig
Vendors
1 47 (8.38%) Microsoft
2 45 (8.02%) IBM
3 28 (4.99%) hybris
4 21 (3.74%) Adobe
5 17 (3.03%) Google
6 14 (2.50%) Oracle
7 13 (2.32%) Atlassian
7 13 (2.32%) Sitecore
8 8 (1.43%) Facebook
8 8 (1.43%) Salesforce.com
9 7 (1.25%) SAP
9 7 (1.25%) VMware
10 6 (1.07%) Cisco
10 6 (1.07%) Citrix
10 6 (1.07%) Red Hat
11 5 (0.89%) Elastic Path
12 4 (0.71%) Databricks
12 4 (0.71%) Tableau
13 3 (0.53%) Xamarin
13 3 (0.53%) Zend