Period
to 21 January 2020

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 21 January 2020 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
21 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 371 389 341
Rank change year-on-year +18 -48 -18
Contract jobs citing Games 434 653 731
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.60% 0.66% 0.74%
As % of the General category 1.59% 1.64% 1.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 263 433 521
UK median daily rate £450 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.70% +2.78% +9.09%
10th Percentile £213 £260 £275
90th Percentile £598 £623 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £425 £374
% change year-on-year -20.59% +13.71% -0.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 24 14
UK median hourly rate £12.00 £11.78 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.87% -68.59% +53.06%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.88 £12.00
90th Percentile £52.95 £47.50 £48.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £11.50 £11.78 £44.00
% change year-on-year -2.38% -73.23% +79.59%

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 27,350 39,707 42,253
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 37.52% 40.18% 42.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,510 25,901 28,020
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £465
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.15% +3.33%
10th Percentile £275 £300 £275
90th Percentile £675 £675 £658
UK excluding London median daily rate £430 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +1.18% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 898 1,080 1,077
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £22.00 £22.00
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.21 £20.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -1.44% -8.89% +12.50%

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 21 January 2020.

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 21 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Games in the UK

Games
Top 13 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 21 January 2020. 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 +13 412 £450 -4.51% 657
London +34 278 £450 -5.26% 273
UK excluding London -16 134 £338 -20.59% 416
East of England +63 44 £349 -13.62% 54
North of England +15 34 £438 +15.13% 131
South East 0 25 £356 -30.49% 89
Midlands +37 22 £275 -15.38% 71
North West +5 19 £438 +19.05% 79
Yorkshire +22 15 £469 +17.19% 40
East Midlands +40 14 £320 -28.89% 31
West Midlands +22 8 £250 -23.08% 39
Scotland +5 5 £325 -23.53% 17
South West -17 4 £463 +8.82% 39

For the 6 months to 21 January 2020, 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.

1 145 (33.41%) Agile Software Development
2 114 (26.27%) JavaScript
3 96 (22.12%) CSS
4 93 (21.43%) HTML
5 91 (20.97%) Java
6 78 (17.97%) E-Commerce
7 77 (17.74%) Python
8 71 (16.36%) Problem-Solving
9 57 (13.13%) User Experience
10 49 (11.29%) TDD
11 46 (10.60%) C#
11 46 (10.60%) Degree
12 45 (10.37%) AngularJS
13 42 (9.68%) Unity (Game Engine)
13 42 (9.68%) Finance
14 41 (9.45%) Android
15 40 (9.22%) React
16 39 (8.99%) Git (software)
16 39 (8.99%) Node.js
16 39 (8.99%) Continuous Integration
17 38 (8.76%) Game Development
17 38 (8.76%) Linux
17 38 (8.76%) Front End Development
18 36 (8.29%) Wireframes
18 36 (8.29%) Web Services
19 35 (8.06%) SQL
19 35 (8.06%) AWS
19 35 (8.06%) DevOps
20 33 (7.60%) Sass
20 33 (7.60%) Analytical Skills

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 31 (7.14%) WebSphere
2 24 (5.53%) CMS
3 12 (2.76%) Apache
4 9 (2.07%) Confluence
5 7 (1.61%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 7 (1.61%) Apache Spark
5 7 (1.61%) Sitecore CMS
6 5 (1.15%) SAS
6 5 (1.15%) Tomcat
6 5 (1.15%) WebLogic
7 4 (0.92%) JBoss
8 3 (0.69%) Oracle Application Server
8 3 (0.69%) WebSphere Application Server
9 2 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2013
9 2 (0.46%) MS Exchange
9 2 (0.46%) nginx
9 2 (0.46%) Skype for Business
10 1 (0.23%) Apache Solr
10 1 (0.23%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 18 (4.15%) Sketch
2 16 (3.69%) Photoshop
3 10 (2.30%) Maya
4 8 (1.84%) 3ds Max
5 6 (1.38%) Adobe Illustrator
5 6 (1.38%) CINEMA 4D
6 4 (0.92%) Adobe XD
7 3 (0.69%) Adobe After Effects
7 3 (0.69%) InVision
7 3 (0.69%) Microsoft Excel
8 2 (0.46%) Figma
8 2 (0.46%) Lectora
8 2 (0.46%) Microsoft Office
9 1 (0.23%) Houdini
9 1 (0.23%) InDesign
9 1 (0.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
9 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
9 1 (0.23%) MS Visio
9 1 (0.23%) OmniGraffle
9 1 (0.23%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 27 (6.22%) Magento
2 11 (2.53%) Shopify
3 2 (0.46%) Unica
4 1 (0.23%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 35 (8.06%) AWS
2 28 (6.45%) Azure
3 13 (3.00%) Serverless
4 10 (2.30%) GCP
5 9 (2.07%) Amazon EKS
5 9 (2.07%) AWS Lambda
6 8 (1.84%) GitHub
6 8 (1.84%) Office 365
6 8 (1.84%) Power Platform
7 7 (1.61%) AWS CloudFormation
8 6 (1.38%) Force.com
9 4 (0.92%) Google Play
10 3 (0.69%) Cloud Computing
10 3 (0.69%) Firebase
10 3 (0.69%) iTunes
10 3 (0.69%) SaaS
10 3 (0.69%) Yarn
11 2 (0.46%) IBM Cloud
11 2 (0.46%) npm
11 2 (0.46%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.76%) Cisco Nexus
2 10 (2.30%) Firewall
2 10 (2.30%) HTTP
3 8 (1.84%) VPN
4 6 (1.38%) Software-Defined Networking
4 6 (1.38%) VXLAN
5 5 (1.15%) DNS
6 4 (0.92%) DHCP
6 4 (0.92%) Ethernet
6 4 (0.92%) Internet
6 4 (0.92%) IPv4
6 4 (0.92%) IPv6
6 4 (0.92%) OSPF
6 4 (0.92%) Skype
6 4 (0.92%) Wireshark
7 3 (0.69%) Network Security
7 3 (0.69%) Spanning Tree
7 3 (0.69%) SSL
8 2 (0.46%) LAN
8 2 (0.46%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (7.37%) MySQL
2 19 (4.38%) Relational Database
2 19 (4.38%) SQL Server
3 16 (3.69%) NoSQL
4 12 (2.76%) MongoDB
5 11 (2.53%) Apache Cassandra
6 9 (2.07%) Big Data
7 8 (1.84%) Hadoop
7 8 (1.84%) PostgreSQL
7 8 (1.84%) Power BI
8 5 (1.15%) DB2
8 5 (1.15%) Redis
9 4 (0.92%) Apache Hive
9 4 (0.92%) Data Warehouse
10 3 (0.69%) Data Lake
10 3 (0.69%) Oracle Database
10 3 (0.69%) Oracle Database 11g
10 3 (0.69%) Oracle Database 12c
10 3 (0.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 2 (0.46%) Looker
Development Applications
1 39 (8.99%) Git (software)
2 29 (6.68%) JIRA
3 25 (5.76%) Jasmine
4 23 (5.30%) Jenkins
5 22 (5.07%) Karma Test Runner
6 17 (3.92%) Grunt
7 9 (2.07%) Selenium
7 9 (2.07%) webpack
8 7 (1.61%) Bower
9 6 (1.38%) Visual Studio
10 5 (1.15%) Mocha
10 5 (1.15%) Subversion
11 4 (0.92%) Cucumber
11 4 (0.92%) Maven
11 4 (0.92%) Vagrant
12 3 (0.69%) Mercurial
12 3 (0.69%) Octopus Deploy
12 3 (0.69%) TeamCity
13 2 (0.46%) MSTest
13 2 (0.46%) WebDriver
General
1 42 (9.68%) Finance
2 30 (6.91%) Marketing
3 21 (4.84%) Retail
4 17 (3.92%) Banking
5 14 (3.23%) Telecoms
6 10 (2.30%) Investment Banking
7 9 (2.07%) Front Office
8 8 (1.84%) Automotive
9 5 (1.15%) Back Office
9 5 (1.15%) Military
9 5 (1.15%) Public Sector
10 4 (0.92%) Advertising
10 4 (0.92%) iGaming
10 4 (0.92%) Law
11 3 (0.69%) Electronics
11 3 (0.69%) German Language
12 2 (0.46%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.46%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.46%) Multimedia
13 1 (0.23%) Billing
Job Titles
1 196 (45.16%) Developer
2 33 (7.60%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
3 27 (6.22%) React Developer
4 25 (5.76%) Python Developer
5 22 (5.07%) Designer
6 20 (4.61%) Senior Developer
7 16 (3.69%) Games Developer
8 15 (3.46%) Analyst
8 15 (3.46%) Java Developer
8 15 (3.46%) Scrum Master
9 13 (3.00%) JavaScript Developer
10 12 (2.76%) Architect
10 12 (2.76%) C# Developer
11 11 (2.53%) DevOps Engineer
11 11 (2.53%) Project Manager
12 10 (2.30%) Administrator
12 10 (2.30%) Magento Developer
12 10 (2.30%) Tester
13 9 (2.07%) Business Analyst
13 9 (2.07%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 96 (22.12%) CSS
2 93 (21.43%) HTML
3 45 (10.37%) AngularJS
4 42 (9.68%) Unity (Game Engine)
5 40 (9.22%) React
6 39 (8.99%) Node.js
7 36 (8.29%) Web Services
8 33 (7.60%) Sass
9 30 (6.91%) HTML5
10 29 (6.68%) XHTML
11 23 (5.30%) Spring
12 22 (5.07%) Unreal Engine
13 21 (4.84%) REST
13 21 (4.84%) RESTful
14 20 (4.61%) JSON
14 20 (4.61%) Semantic HTML
14 20 (4.61%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 19 (4.38%) CSS3
16 18 (4.15%) LAMP
16 18 (4.15%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 57 (13.13%) User Experience
2 33 (7.60%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (4.61%) Greenfield Project
3 20 (4.61%) W3C
4 15 (3.46%) Animation
4 15 (3.46%) Data Structures
5 14 (3.23%) Online Games
6 11 (2.53%) Data Centre
6 11 (2.53%) Self-Motivation
7 10 (2.30%) 3D Graphics
7 10 (2.30%) PlayStation
8 9 (2.07%) Algorithms
9 8 (1.84%) Mobile Games
10 7 (1.61%) Vector Graphics
11 6 (1.38%) Augmented Reality
11 6 (1.38%) Enterprise Software
11 6 (1.38%) Mobile App
12 5 (1.15%) Client/Server
12 5 (1.15%) FMCG
12 5 (1.15%) Online Gambling
Operating Systems
1 41 (9.45%) Android
2 38 (8.76%) Linux
3 31 (7.14%) Apple iOS
4 25 (5.76%) Windows
5 13 (3.00%) Unix
6 6 (1.38%) Windows 10
7 4 (0.92%) CentOS
8 3 (0.69%) AIX
9 2 (0.46%) Mac OS
9 2 (0.46%) Windows 7
9 2 (0.46%) Windows Server
10 1 (0.23%) Android TV
10 1 (0.23%) Debian
10 1 (0.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 145 (33.41%) Agile Software Development
2 78 (17.97%) E-Commerce
3 71 (16.36%) Problem-Solving
4 49 (11.29%) TDD
5 39 (8.99%) Continuous Integration
6 38 (8.76%) Front End Development
6 38 (8.76%) Game Development
7 36 (8.29%) Wireframes
8 35 (8.06%) DevOps
9 33 (7.60%) OO
10 31 (7.14%) Microservices
10 31 (7.14%) Scrum
10 31 (7.14%) Test Automation
11 30 (6.91%) Computer Science
11 30 (6.91%) Machine Learning
12 26 (5.99%) Mentoring
12 26 (5.99%) Sprint Planning
13 24 (5.53%) Open Source
14 23 (5.30%) Unit Testing
14 23 (5.30%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 114 (26.27%) JavaScript
2 91 (20.97%) Java
3 77 (17.74%) Python
4 46 (10.60%) C#
5 35 (8.06%) SQL
6 28 (6.45%) C++
6 28 (6.45%) PHP
7 19 (4.38%) Scala
8 15 (3.46%) TypeScript
9 13 (3.00%) C
10 11 (2.53%) ES6
11 9 (2.07%) Ruby
12 8 (1.84%) Clojure
12 8 (1.84%) Groovy
13 6 (1.38%) Apple Swift
14 5 (1.15%) Java 8
15 4 (0.92%) ES7
15 4 (0.92%) R
15 4 (0.92%) SOQL
15 4 (0.92%) SOSL
Qualifications
1 46 (10.60%) Degree
2 11 (2.53%) Security Cleared
3 10 (2.30%) CCNP
3 10 (2.30%) Cisco Certification
4 6 (1.38%) SC Cleared
5 4 (0.92%) JNCIP
6 3 (0.69%) DV Cleared
7 2 (0.46%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (0.46%) Numerate Degree
7 2 (0.46%) PhD
8 1 (0.23%) CCDP
8 1 (0.23%) Master's Degree
8 1 (0.23%) MCSA
8 1 (0.23%) MCSE
8 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.23%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.23%) PMP
8 1 (0.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (5.76%) QA
2 2 (0.46%) Actionable Recommendations
2 2 (0.46%) PMO
3 1 (0.23%) GDPR
System Software
1 28 (6.45%) Docker
2 10 (2.30%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.92%) Firmware
4 3 (0.69%) vSphere
5 1 (0.23%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 1 (0.23%) HDFS
5 1 (0.23%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.23%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.23%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 15 (3.46%) Terraform
2 14 (3.23%) Kubernetes
3 11 (2.53%) Ansible
4 7 (1.61%) Nagios
4 7 (1.61%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.69%) Grafana
5 3 (0.69%) Puppet
5 3 (0.69%) SCCM
5 3 (0.69%) ZABBIX
6 2 (0.46%) Consul
6 2 (0.46%) Docker Swarm
6 2 (0.46%) Graphite
6 2 (0.46%) Opsview
6 2 (0.46%) Packer
6 2 (0.46%) Salt
7 1 (0.23%) Hadoop YARN
7 1 (0.23%) HAProxy
7 1 (0.23%) Kibana
7 1 (0.23%) Oozie
7 1 (0.23%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 30 (6.91%) IBM
2 26 (5.99%) hybris
3 21 (4.84%) Adobe
4 16 (3.69%) Microsoft
4 16 (3.69%) Oracle
5 10 (2.30%) Salesforce.com
6 9 (2.07%) Cisco
6 9 (2.07%) Google
7 8 (1.84%) Perforce
7 8 (1.84%) Zend
8 7 (1.61%) Juniper
8 7 (1.61%) Sitecore
9 5 (1.15%) Tableau
9 5 (1.15%) VMware
10 4 (0.92%) Apple
10 4 (0.92%) Atlassian
10 4 (0.92%) SolarWinds
11 3 (0.69%) Roku
11 3 (0.69%) Veeam
12 2 (0.46%) Databricks