Period
to 19 October 2021

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 19 October 2021 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
19 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 393 350 374
Rank change year-on-year -43 +24 -29
Contract jobs citing Games 504 185 554
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.60% 0.59% 0.66%
As % of the General category 1.12% 1.12% 1.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 413 121 303
10th Percentile £325 £198 £225
25th Percentile £400 £293 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £400 £450
Median % change year-on-year +25.00% -11.11% -7.69%
75th Percentile £594 £538 £538
90th Percentile £675 £663 £635
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £300 £375
% change year-on-year +36.67% -20.00% -16.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 2 15
10th Percentile £17.60 £29.00 £10.75
25th Percentile " £35.00 £11.56
Median hourly rate £18.00 £47.50 £35.50
Median % change year-on-year -62.11% +33.80% +179.75%
75th Percentile £42.79 £62.50 £52.50
90th Percentile £70.49 £70.00 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 - £11.50

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 44,851 16,563 43,513
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 53.27% 53.12% 51.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 30,366 11,204 28,191
10th Percentile £306 £269 £263
25th Percentile £413 £375 £365
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £520 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +9.47% - +3.26%
75th Percentile £625 £588 £575
90th Percentile £713 £700 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,378 547 1,479
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.25 £15.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.00 £22.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -13.64% +15.79% +7.16%
75th Percentile £42.95 £41.77 £40.00
90th Percentile £60.15 £51.60 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.25 £20.13 £17.50
% change year-on-year -14.29% +15.00% -

Games
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Games in the UK

Games
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Games in the UK

Games
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Games over the 6 months to 19 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Games in the UK

Games
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Games in the UK

Games
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Games over the 6 months to 19 October 2021.

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 19 October 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 -40 444 £500 +25.00% 673
London -102 229 £550 +22.22% 303
UK excluding London -17 206 £410 +36.67% 386
Work from Home -141 135 £450 +16.13% 189
North of England +20 111 £405 +37.29% 127
North West +6 70 £405 +80.00% 63
Yorkshire -8 40 £486 +56.61% 45
South East -79 32 £550 +39.24% 61
Midlands -73 25 £400 +93.94% 84
West Midlands -56 22 £400 +93.94% 41
Scotland -64 20 £575 - 11
South West -45 10 £513 -19.61% 46
East of England -41 8 £400 -16.45% 51
East Midlands -33 3 £408 - 43
North East -12 1 £165 -40.00% 19

For the 6 months to 19 October 2021, 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 (43.25%) Agile Software Development
2 97 (19.25%) TDD
3 92 (18.25%) Social Skills
4 86 (17.06%) JavaScript
5 83 (16.47%) Scrum
6 74 (14.68%) Test Automation
7 72 (14.29%) DevOps
8 69 (13.69%) C#
9 67 (13.29%) Docker
10 66 (13.10%) Java
11 63 (12.50%) .NET
11 63 (12.50%) User Stories
12 62 (12.30%) Kubernetes
13 60 (11.90%) AWS
14 57 (11.31%) Microservices
15 56 (11.11%) Software Engineering
16 55 (10.91%) SQL
17 53 (10.52%) Linux
18 52 (10.32%) Python
19 50 (9.92%) Git (software)
20 49 (9.72%) Continuous Integration
20 49 (9.72%) React
20 49 (9.72%) Terraform
21 47 (9.33%) TypeScript
21 47 (9.33%) OO
22 46 (9.13%) JIRA
23 44 (8.73%) Go
24 41 (8.13%) C++
25 40 (7.94%) BDD
25 40 (7.94%) Ansible

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 21 (4.17%) Confluence
2 16 (3.17%) OpenStack
3 13 (2.58%) Apache Spark
4 7 (1.39%) Elasticsearch
5 6 (1.19%) nginx
6 5 (0.99%) Apache
7 3 (0.60%) Apache Airflow
8 2 (0.40%) CMS
8 2 (0.40%) Headless CMS
8 2 (0.40%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.20%) Ethereum
9 1 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2010
9 1 (0.20%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 7 (1.39%) Photoshop
2 6 (1.19%) Figma
3 5 (0.99%) Maya
4 4 (0.79%) Microsoft Office
5 3 (0.60%) Sketch
6 2 (0.40%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.40%) Adobe XD
6 2 (0.40%) Microsoft Excel
6 2 (0.40%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.20%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.20%) MotionBuilder
7 1 (0.20%) Simulink
7 1 (0.20%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 3 (0.60%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (0.60%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.20%) IBM Planning Analytics
2 1 (0.20%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 60 (11.90%) AWS
2 38 (7.54%) Azure
3 26 (5.16%) PaaS
3 26 (5.16%) SaaS
4 21 (4.17%) GCP
5 20 (3.97%) Serverless
6 17 (3.37%) AWS Lambda
6 17 (3.37%) IaaS
7 13 (2.58%) GitHub
8 10 (1.98%) AWS CloudFormation
8 10 (1.98%) Power Platform
9 8 (1.59%) Snowflake
10 7 (1.39%) Firebase
11 6 (1.19%) Amazon EKS
12 5 (0.99%) Amazon S3
12 5 (0.99%) Azure Cosmos DB
12 5 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
12 5 (0.99%) Google Play
12 5 (0.99%) npm
12 5 (0.99%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 16 (3.17%) SSL
2 14 (2.78%) Firewall
2 14 (2.78%) VPN
3 13 (2.58%) IPsec
4 11 (2.18%) IKE
5 8 (1.59%) DNS
6 4 (0.79%) HTTP
6 4 (0.79%) Wireless
7 2 (0.40%) Internet
7 2 (0.40%) IPv4
7 2 (0.40%) OpenVPN
8 1 (0.20%) 4G
8 1 (0.20%) 5G
8 1 (0.20%) Fibre Channel
8 1 (0.20%) NFC
8 1 (0.20%) SAN
8 1 (0.20%) SD-WAN
8 1 (0.20%) VSAN
8 1 (0.20%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (0.20%) WiMAX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (6.75%) SQL Server
2 23 (4.56%) Big Data
3 21 (4.17%) PostgreSQL
4 16 (3.17%) NoSQL
5 15 (2.98%) MySQL
5 15 (2.98%) Relational Database
6 14 (2.78%) Redis
7 12 (2.38%) BigQuery
7 12 (2.38%) MongoDB
8 11 (2.18%) Data Warehouse
8 11 (2.18%) Hadoop
9 10 (1.98%) Power BI
10 9 (1.79%) Couchbase
11 7 (1.39%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 7 (1.39%) Amazon Redshift
11 7 (1.39%) Data Lake
12 5 (0.99%) Apache Cassandra
13 4 (0.79%) HBase
13 4 (0.79%) HDInsight
13 4 (0.79%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 50 (9.92%) Git (software)
2 46 (9.13%) JIRA
3 30 (5.95%) Jenkins
4 28 (5.56%) GitLab
5 17 (3.37%) Cypress.io
6 15 (2.98%) Bitbucket
7 12 (2.38%) Cucumber
7 12 (2.38%) Jasmine
8 11 (2.18%) Sonatype Nexus
9 9 (1.79%) GoCD
9 9 (1.79%) Maven
10 8 (1.59%) JUnit
11 7 (1.39%) Selenium
11 7 (1.39%) TeamCity
11 7 (1.39%) webpack
12 6 (1.19%) Mercurial
12 6 (1.19%) Visual Studio
13 5 (0.99%) Axure RP
13 5 (0.99%) Postman
13 5 (0.99%) Subversion
General
1 92 (18.25%) Social Skills
2 35 (6.94%) Marketing
3 34 (6.75%) Finance
4 26 (5.16%) Analytical Skills
5 24 (4.76%) Retail
6 18 (3.57%) Telecoms
7 10 (1.98%) Presentation Skills
8 8 (1.59%) German Language
9 7 (1.39%) iGaming
10 6 (1.19%) Advertising
10 6 (1.19%) Banking
11 5 (0.99%) Front Office
11 5 (0.99%) Public Sector
12 3 (0.60%) Law
13 2 (0.40%) Back Office
13 2 (0.40%) Manufacturing
13 2 (0.40%) Multimedia
13 2 (0.40%) Online Betting
13 2 (0.40%) Organisational Skills
13 2 (0.40%) Wearables
Job Titles
1 179 (35.52%) Developer
2 35 (6.94%) .NET Developer
3 31 (6.15%) Scrum Master
4 28 (5.56%) Senior Developer
5 24 (4.76%) Architect
5 24 (4.76%) Software Engineer
6 23 (4.56%) DevOps Engineer
7 21 (4.17%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 21 (4.17%) Java Developer
8 17 (3.37%) Analyst
9 16 (3.17%) Security Engineer
10 15 (2.98%) Games Developer
11 14 (2.78%) JavaScript Developer
11 14 (2.78%) Project Manager
12 13 (2.58%) Designer
13 12 (2.38%) Security Architect
14 11 (2.18%) Design Engineer
14 11 (2.18%) Lead Architect
14 11 (2.18%) Senior Java Developer
14 11 (2.18%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (12.50%) .NET
2 49 (9.72%) React
3 38 (7.54%) CSS
4 36 (7.14%) HTML
5 34 (6.75%) Node.js
5 34 (6.75%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 33 (6.55%) Spring
7 28 (5.56%) Kafka
7 28 (5.56%) RESTful
8 26 (5.16%) HTML5
9 25 (4.96%) GraphQL
10 22 (4.37%) Redux
11 17 (3.37%) OAuth
12 16 (3.17%) Spring Boot
13 15 (2.98%) Jest
14 12 (2.38%) AngularJS
14 12 (2.38%) CSS3
14 12 (2.38%) OAuth2
14 12 (2.38%) Unreal Engine
15 10 (1.98%) Laravel
Miscellaneous
1 30 (5.95%) Greenfield Project
2 29 (5.75%) Online Games
3 26 (5.16%) User Experience
4 20 (3.97%) Data Protection Act
5 15 (2.98%) Legacy Code
5 15 (2.98%) Mobile App
6 13 (2.58%) PKI
6 13 (2.58%) Private Cloud
7 11 (2.18%) Self-Motivation
8 10 (1.98%) Animation
8 10 (1.98%) Data Centre
8 10 (1.98%) PlayStation
9 8 (1.59%) Cloud Native
9 8 (1.59%) Mobile Games
10 7 (1.39%) Xbox
11 4 (0.79%) Data Structures
11 4 (0.79%) Digital Media
11 4 (0.79%) PMI
12 3 (0.60%) Management Information System
12 3 (0.60%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 53 (10.52%) Linux
2 27 (5.36%) Android
3 24 (4.76%) Apple iOS
4 19 (3.77%) Windows
5 5 (0.99%) Debian
6 3 (0.60%) Ubuntu
7 2 (0.40%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.40%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.20%) Android TV
8 1 (0.20%) CentOS
8 1 (0.20%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.20%) Solaris
8 1 (0.20%) Tizen
8 1 (0.20%) tvOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 218 (43.25%) Agile Software Development
2 97 (19.25%) TDD
3 83 (16.47%) Scrum
4 74 (14.68%) Test Automation
5 72 (14.29%) DevOps
6 63 (12.50%) User Stories
7 57 (11.31%) Microservices
8 56 (11.11%) Software Engineering
9 49 (9.72%) Continuous Integration
10 47 (9.33%) OO
11 40 (7.94%) BDD
11 40 (7.94%) Problem-Solving
12 31 (6.15%) Programme Management
13 29 (5.75%) Analytics
13 29 (5.75%) Coaching
14 27 (5.36%) Fintech
14 27 (5.36%) OOP
15 26 (5.16%) Kanban
15 26 (5.16%) Stakeholder Management
16 25 (4.96%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 86 (17.06%) JavaScript
2 69 (13.69%) C#
3 66 (13.10%) Java
4 55 (10.91%) SQL
5 52 (10.32%) Python
6 47 (9.33%) TypeScript
7 44 (8.73%) Go
8 41 (8.13%) C++
9 29 (5.75%) Kotlin
10 14 (2.78%) PHP
11 9 (1.79%) Bash Shell
11 9 (1.79%) C
11 9 (1.79%) VB.NET
12 8 (1.59%) Java 8
12 8 (1.59%) Scala
13 6 (1.19%) ES6
14 4 (0.79%) Ruby
15 3 (0.60%) Apple Swift
15 3 (0.60%) PowerShell
15 3 (0.60%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 16 (3.17%) Degree
2 9 (1.79%) Computer Science Degree
3 6 (1.19%) SC Cleared
3 6 (1.19%) Security Cleared
4 5 (0.99%) BPSS Clearance
5 4 (0.79%) PMI Certification
6 3 (0.60%) Master's Degree
7 1 (0.20%) ACCA
7 1 (0.20%) CCNA
7 1 (0.20%) CIMA
7 1 (0.20%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.20%) CISM
7 1 (0.20%) CISSP
7 1 (0.20%) CSSLP
7 1 (0.20%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.20%) ISEB
7 1 (0.20%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (3.57%) QA
2 8 (1.59%) Accessibility
3 7 (1.39%) GDPR
4 3 (0.60%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.60%) ISO 22301
4 3 (0.60%) NIST
4 3 (0.60%) SLA
5 2 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.40%) WCAG
System Software
1 67 (13.29%) Docker
2 16 (3.17%) vCloud
3 11 (2.18%) VMware Workstation
4 4 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (0.60%) Active Directory
5 3 (0.60%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (0.40%) iptables
7 1 (0.20%) Firmware
7 1 (0.20%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.20%) NFS
7 1 (0.20%) Samba
7 1 (0.20%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.20%) VMware NSX
7 1 (0.20%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 62 (12.30%) Kubernetes
2 49 (9.72%) Terraform
3 40 (7.94%) Ansible
4 12 (2.38%) Puppet
5 9 (1.79%) Consul
6 7 (1.39%) ZABBIX
7 6 (1.19%) Grafana
7 6 (1.19%) Prometheus
8 5 (0.99%) Fluentd
8 5 (0.99%) HAProxy
9 3 (0.60%) Single Sign-On
10 2 (0.40%) Hadoop YARN
10 2 (0.40%) Icinga
10 2 (0.40%) Marathon
10 2 (0.40%) Packer
10 2 (0.40%) Rundeck
10 2 (0.40%) Salt
10 2 (0.40%) Sysdig
10 2 (0.40%) WSUS
11 1 (0.20%) SCCM
Vendors
1 22 (4.37%) Microsoft
2 21 (4.17%) VMware
3 20 (3.97%) Google
4 16 (3.17%) CA
5 15 (2.98%) Salesforce.com
6 7 (1.39%) Cisco
6 7 (1.39%) Red Hat
7 6 (1.19%) Adobe
7 6 (1.19%) Alteryx
8 5 (0.99%) CyberArk
8 5 (0.99%) Samsung
8 5 (0.99%) Sonatype
8 5 (0.99%) Vertica
9 4 (0.79%) Databricks
9 4 (0.79%) SAP
10 3 (0.60%) IBM
10 3 (0.60%) Juniper
11 2 (0.40%) Brocade
11 2 (0.40%) Mercator
11 2 (0.40%) Perforce