Period
to 25 September 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 25 September 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
25 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 330 386 360
Rank change year-on-year +56 -26 +40
Contract jobs citing Games 808 605 713
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.79% 0.62% 0.67%
As % of the General category 2.12% 1.54% 1.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 522 404 529
UK median daily rate £484 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.82% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £278 £263 £213
90th Percentile £638 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +21.43% -6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 20 21
UK median hourly rate £13.00 £30.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -56.67% -7.69% -18.75%
10th Percentile £11.17 £12.00 £7.88
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £11.78 £32.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year -63.19% +33.33% -36.00%

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 38,092 39,217 38,814
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 37.05% 39.92% 36.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,906 25,881 25,929
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £281 £263
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 873 850 959
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £26.00 £22.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +13.81% -4.81%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -12.73% +10.00% -9.09%

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 25 September 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 25 September 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Games in the UK

Games
Top 16 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 25 September 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 +26 742 £488 +14.71% 817
London +34 462 £500 +11.11% 350
UK excluding London +64 330 £425 +21.43% 500
South East +30 113 £513 +48.55% 107
North of England -32 71 £375 -5.06% 142
South West +27 51 £525 +33.33% 56
Wales - 45 £500 - 13
North West -23 41 £375 +10.29% 92
Scotland +19 39 £475 +26.67% 20
Yorkshire -27 29 £388 -8.82% 42
Midlands -9 28 £350 - 106
West Midlands -13 16 £400 +14.29% 71
East of England -30 16 £375 +36.36% 56
East Midlands +4 13 £350 +5.26% 35
Northern Ireland - 4 - - 1
North East -20 1 - - 8

For the 6 months to 25 September 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.

1 330 (40.84%) Agile Software Development
2 227 (28.09%) Java
3 180 (22.28%) TDD
4 172 (21.29%) JavaScript
5 127 (15.72%) HTML
6 116 (14.36%) Scrum
7 115 (14.23%) Unity (Game Engine)
8 113 (13.99%) Degree
9 111 (13.74%) Microservices
10 110 (13.61%) C#
11 109 (13.49%) BDD
12 106 (13.12%) CSS
12 106 (13.12%) Java 8
13 101 (12.50%) Git (software)
14 99 (12.25%) Docker
15 98 (12.13%) Spring
16 95 (11.76%) Continuous Integration
17 94 (11.63%) Software Engineering
17 94 (11.63%) Test Automation
18 91 (11.26%) Problem-Solving
19 88 (10.89%) RESTful
19 88 (10.89%) Web Services
19 88 (10.89%) C++
20 87 (10.77%) Jenkins
21 86 (10.64%) Python
22 85 (10.52%) Scala
23 83 (10.27%) Finance
24 82 (10.15%) REST
25 79 (9.78%) Visualisation
26 77 (9.53%) NoSQL

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 46 (5.69%) MQSeries
2 33 (4.08%) Apache Spark
3 23 (2.85%) Confluence
3 23 (2.85%) Elasticsearch
4 13 (1.61%) CMS
5 12 (1.49%) WordPress
6 10 (1.24%) Apache
6 10 (1.24%) Jupyter
7 8 (0.99%) Apache Pig
8 7 (0.87%) MS Exchange
9 6 (0.74%) Apache Solr
10 4 (0.50%) Skype for Business
10 4 (0.50%) Tomcat
11 3 (0.37%) CoreMedia CMS
11 3 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2010
11 3 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2013
12 2 (0.25%) OpenStack
12 2 (0.25%) Oracle Workflow
12 2 (0.25%) SharePoint
12 2 (0.25%) WebSphere
Applications
1 19 (2.35%) Photoshop
2 11 (1.36%) Maya
3 10 (1.24%) Adobe Illustrator
4 7 (0.87%) Microsoft Excel
5 6 (0.74%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 6 (0.74%) InVision
6 5 (0.62%) 3ds Max
6 5 (0.62%) Microsoft Office
7 4 (0.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 4 (0.50%) MS Visio
8 3 (0.37%) Blender
8 3 (0.37%) InDesign
9 2 (0.25%) Adobe After Effects
9 2 (0.25%) Adobe Premiere
9 2 (0.25%) CINEMA 4D
9 2 (0.25%) Fireworks
9 2 (0.25%) Microsoft Project
9 2 (0.25%) ZBrush
10 1 (0.12%) Open Workbench
10 1 (0.12%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 3 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
1 3 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.25%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.25%) Magento
2 2 (0.25%) Shopify
2 2 (0.25%) Summit
3 1 (0.12%) Cognos TM1
3 1 (0.12%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.12%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 69 (8.54%) Amazon AWS
2 31 (3.84%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (2.60%) Google Cloud Platform
4 9 (1.11%) GitHub
5 8 (0.99%) Amazon S3
5 8 (0.99%) PaaS
6 7 (0.87%) AWS Lambda
6 7 (0.87%) SaaS
7 5 (0.62%) IaaS
7 5 (0.62%) Slack
8 4 (0.50%) Amazon EMR
8 4 (0.50%) AWS CloudFormation
8 4 (0.50%) Serverless
9 3 (0.37%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (0.37%) Dynamics 365
10 2 (0.25%) Azure Data Factory
10 2 (0.25%) Google Play
10 2 (0.25%) IBM Cloud
10 2 (0.25%) iTunes
10 2 (0.25%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 12 (1.49%) VPN
2 10 (1.24%) Firewall
3 8 (0.99%) Internet
4 7 (0.87%) HTTP
4 7 (0.87%) HTTPS
4 7 (0.87%) LAN
4 7 (0.87%) SSL
4 7 (0.87%) Wireless
5 6 (0.74%) SAN
5 6 (0.74%) WAN
6 5 (0.62%) DNS
6 5 (0.62%) Kerberos
6 5 (0.62%) Skype
6 5 (0.62%) Wi-Fi
6 5 (0.62%) WLAN
7 4 (0.50%) TCP/IP
8 3 (0.37%) 3GPP
8 3 (0.37%) Bluetooth
8 3 (0.37%) GSM
8 3 (0.37%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (9.53%) NoSQL
2 64 (7.92%) MongoDB
3 63 (7.80%) Apache Cassandra
4 46 (5.69%) Couchbase
5 42 (5.20%) SQL Server
6 39 (4.83%) Hadoop
7 37 (4.58%) Big Data
8 34 (4.21%) MySQL
9 21 (2.60%) Impala
10 20 (2.48%) Data Warehouse
11 19 (2.35%) Relational Database
12 18 (2.23%) Apache Hive
13 17 (2.10%) Data Mining
14 16 (1.98%) Data Lake
15 15 (1.86%) HBase
15 15 (1.86%) PostgreSQL
16 14 (1.73%) Redis
17 11 (1.36%) Power BI
18 7 (0.87%) OLTP
19 6 (0.74%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 101 (12.50%) Git (software)
2 87 (10.77%) Jenkins
3 65 (8.04%) Maven
4 53 (6.56%) JIRA
5 20 (2.48%) Jasmine
6 15 (1.86%) webpack
7 14 (1.73%) Cucumber
8 13 (1.61%) gulp
8 13 (1.61%) Selenium
9 12 (1.49%) Grunt
9 12 (1.49%) Visual Studio
10 8 (0.99%) Gradle
10 8 (0.99%) Subversion
11 6 (0.74%) Bitbucket
11 6 (0.74%) JUnit
11 6 (0.74%) Sonatype Nexus
12 5 (0.62%) FishEye
12 5 (0.62%) GoogleTest
12 5 (0.62%) Mercurial
12 5 (0.62%) Travis CI
General
1 83 (10.27%) Finance
2 48 (5.94%) Banking
3 29 (3.59%) Marketing
4 24 (2.97%) Retail
5 17 (2.10%) Advertising
5 17 (2.10%) Telecoms
6 9 (1.11%) Publishing
7 8 (0.99%) Automotive
8 7 (0.87%) Investment Banking
9 6 (0.74%) French Language
10 5 (0.62%) Online Betting
11 4 (0.50%) Billing
11 4 (0.50%) Legal
11 4 (0.50%) Russian Language
12 3 (0.37%) Aerospace
12 3 (0.37%) Law
12 3 (0.37%) Spanish Language
13 2 (0.25%) Electronics
13 2 (0.25%) German Language
13 2 (0.25%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 400 (49.50%) Developer
2 127 (15.72%) Java Developer
3 66 (8.17%) Games Developer
4 55 (6.81%) Scrum Master
5 46 (5.69%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
6 42 (5.20%) Senior Developer
7 40 (4.95%) JavaScript Developer
8 39 (4.83%) C# Developer
8 39 (4.83%) React Developer
9 36 (4.46%) Designer
10 35 (4.33%) Architect
11 34 (4.21%) Software Engineer
12 33 (4.08%) C++ Developer
13 32 (3.96%) Analyst
14 23 (2.85%) HTML Developer
15 22 (2.72%) .NET Developer
15 22 (2.72%) Project Manager
16 20 (2.48%) Desktop Support
16 20 (2.48%) Senior Java Developer
17 19 (2.35%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 127 (15.72%) HTML
2 115 (14.23%) Unity (Game Engine)
3 106 (13.12%) CSS
4 98 (12.13%) Spring
5 88 (10.89%) RESTful
5 88 (10.89%) Web Services
6 82 (10.15%) REST
7 76 (9.41%) React
8 74 (9.16%) Spring Boot
9 68 (8.42%) HTML5
10 65 (8.04%) AngularJS
11 62 (7.67%) Hibernate
12 58 (7.18%) Node.js
13 56 (6.93%) Play Framework
14 52 (6.44%) .NET
15 50 (6.19%) Unreal Engine
16 46 (5.69%) JMS
16 46 (5.69%) Kafka
16 46 (5.69%) Spring MVC
17 36 (4.46%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 63 (7.80%) Greenfield Project
1 63 (7.80%) User Experience
2 58 (7.18%) Analytical Skills
3 55 (6.81%) Computer Science
4 49 (6.06%) Online Games
5 39 (4.83%) Mobile App
6 38 (4.70%) Algorithms
7 31 (3.84%) Enterprise Software
8 24 (2.97%) Fintech
9 22 (2.72%) Self-Motivation
10 21 (2.60%) Animation
11 19 (2.35%) Data Structures
11 19 (2.35%) Mobile Games
12 17 (2.10%) 3D Graphics
12 17 (2.10%) Data Centre
13 16 (1.98%) Online Gambling
14 13 (1.61%) Video on Demand
15 12 (1.49%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 12 (1.49%) Over-the-Top Content
16 10 (1.24%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 59 (7.30%) Linux
2 44 (5.45%) Windows
3 42 (5.20%) Android
4 35 (4.33%) Apple iOS
5 24 (2.97%) Windows 10
6 18 (2.23%) Unix
7 17 (2.10%) Windows XP
8 9 (1.11%) Windows Server 2008
9 7 (0.87%) Windows Server
10 6 (0.74%) CentOS
10 6 (0.74%) Windows 7
11 5 (0.62%) Mac OS
11 5 (0.62%) Windows Server 2012
12 4 (0.50%) VMS
13 3 (0.37%) Mac OS X
13 3 (0.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 3 (0.37%) VxWorks
14 2 (0.25%) CoreOS
14 2 (0.25%) Data ONTAP
15 1 (0.12%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 330 (40.84%) Agile Software Development
2 180 (22.28%) TDD
3 116 (14.36%) Scrum
4 111 (13.74%) Microservices
5 109 (13.49%) BDD
6 95 (11.76%) Continuous Integration
7 94 (11.63%) Software Engineering
7 94 (11.63%) Test Automation
8 91 (11.26%) Problem-Solving
9 79 (9.78%) Visualisation
10 76 (9.41%) DevOps
11 72 (8.91%) User Stories
12 71 (8.79%) MVC
13 65 (8.04%) Kanban
14 61 (7.55%) Collaborative Working
15 60 (7.43%) Front End Development
16 58 (7.18%) Data Visualisation
16 58 (7.18%) Mathematics
17 56 (6.93%) Continuous Improvement
18 55 (6.81%) OO
Programming Languages
1 227 (28.09%) Java
2 172 (21.29%) JavaScript
3 110 (13.61%) C#
4 106 (13.12%) Java 8
5 88 (10.89%) C++
6 86 (10.64%) Python
7 85 (10.52%) Scala
8 75 (9.28%) SQL
9 46 (5.69%) Java 9
10 27 (3.34%) PHP
11 26 (3.22%) C
12 23 (2.85%) Go
13 22 (2.72%) Bash Shell
14 21 (2.60%) TypeScript
15 19 (2.35%) R
16 18 (2.23%) Objective-C
17 13 (1.61%) ES6
18 12 (1.49%) Ruby
19 10 (1.24%) Apple Swift
19 10 (1.24%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 113 (13.99%) Degree
2 36 (4.46%) Postgraduate
3 26 (3.22%) Computer Science Degree
4 16 (1.98%) Security Cleared
5 15 (1.86%) SC Cleared
6 9 (1.11%) PMI Certification
7 8 (0.99%) Microsoft Certification
7 8 (0.99%) PMP
8 4 (0.50%) CCNP
8 4 (0.50%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (0.50%) Master's Degree
9 3 (0.37%) CCNA
9 3 (0.37%) DBS Check
9 3 (0.37%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (0.37%) PhD
9 3 (0.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 1 (0.12%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.12%) ISTQB
10 1 (0.12%) MBA
10 1 (0.12%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (2.85%) QA
2 10 (1.24%) PMO
3 5 (0.62%) GDPR
4 4 (0.50%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.25%) SLA
6 1 (0.12%) GAAP
6 1 (0.12%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.12%) WCAG
System Software
1 99 (12.25%) Docker
2 28 (3.47%) Active Directory
3 12 (1.49%) HDFS
4 8 (0.99%) VMware Infrastructure
5 7 (0.87%) Apache Flume
5 7 (0.87%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 6 (0.74%) vSphere
7 5 (0.62%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.25%) KVM
8 2 (0.25%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.12%) NFS
9 1 (0.12%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 29 (3.59%) Ansible
2 27 (3.34%) Kubernetes
3 21 (2.60%) Puppet
3 21 (2.60%) Terraform
4 11 (1.36%) Opscode Chef
5 9 (1.11%) Consul
6 8 (0.99%) ZABBIX
7 6 (0.74%) Prometheus
7 6 (0.74%) SCCM
8 5 (0.62%) Hadoop YARN
8 5 (0.62%) HP Quality Center
8 5 (0.62%) Nagios
9 4 (0.50%) Grafana
9 4 (0.50%) Kibana
10 3 (0.37%) Capistrano
10 3 (0.37%) Packer
10 3 (0.37%) SCOM
11 2 (0.25%) Control-M
11 2 (0.25%) DameWare
11 2 (0.25%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 39 (4.83%) Microsoft
2 30 (3.71%) Google
3 21 (2.60%) Oracle
4 19 (2.35%) Tableau
5 13 (1.61%) Adobe
6 12 (1.49%) Hortonworks
7 10 (1.24%) VMware
8 8 (0.99%) Atlassian
8 8 (0.99%) HP
9 7 (0.87%) Cloudera
9 7 (0.87%) MapR
10 6 (0.74%) F5
11 5 (0.62%) Apple
11 5 (0.62%) Cisco
11 5 (0.62%) Palo Alto
11 5 (0.62%) SAP
11 5 (0.62%) Splunk
11 5 (0.62%) Veeam
12 4 (0.50%) Autodesk
12 4 (0.50%) Red Hat