Period
to 30 March 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 30 March 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
30 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 376 426 303
Rank change year-on-year +50 -123 +26
Contract jobs citing Games 358 546 840
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.57% 0.56% 0.82%
As % of the General category 1.53% 1.41% 1.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 228 369 613
Median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £192 £213 £275
90th Percentile £604 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £311 £380 £375
% change year-on-year -18.09% +1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 13 16
Median hourly rate £27.38 £11.78 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +132.39% -68.59% +53.06%
10th Percentile £11.13 £10.75 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.03 £46.75 £80.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £11.78 £33.49
% change year-on-year +269.27% -64.83% +36.69%

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 23,383 38,736 42,398
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 37.26% 39.80% 41.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,688 25,442 27,773
Median daily rate £480 £482 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.41% +1.47% +5.56%
10th Percentile £275 £300 £280
90th Percentile £688 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £438 £423
% change year-on-year +0.57% +3.43% +5.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 846 1,039 1,119
Median hourly rate £23.69 £22.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.68% - +3.33%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.85 £11.54
90th Percentile £51.75 £49.16 £48.03
Median hourly rate £21.50 £20.86 £21.25
% change year-on-year +3.09% -1.86% +6.25%

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 30 March 2020.

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 30 March 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Games in the UK

Games
Top 14 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 30 March 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 +41 340 £450 -1.64% 554
London +49 229 £475 -2.56% 245
UK excluding London +64 109 £311 -18.09% 332
East of England +62 34 £373 -0.67% 51
North of England +20 33 £256 -32.57% 108
South East +69 20 £290 -43.41% 62
North West +21 19 £200 -47.37% 61
Midlands +54 16 £316 +5.42% 54
Yorkshire +23 14 £363 -9.38% 32
Work from Home +18 10 £425 +70.00% 40
West Midlands +48 8 £356 +18.75% 35
East Midlands +32 7 £298 +6.25% 19
Scotland +10 4 £425 - 14
South West +22 2 £563 +25.00% 33

For the 6 months to 30 March 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.

1 101 (28.21%) Agile Software Development
2 76 (21.23%) JavaScript
3 74 (20.67%) Java
3 74 (20.67%) Python
4 66 (18.44%) CSS
5 63 (17.60%) Problem-Solving
6 62 (17.32%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 62 (17.32%) HTML
7 59 (16.48%) C#
8 55 (15.36%) User Experience
9 54 (15.08%) E-Commerce
10 40 (11.17%) AWS
11 38 (10.61%) Linux
12 36 (10.06%) TDD
12 36 (10.06%) Android
12 36 (10.06%) AngularJS
13 35 (9.78%) Node.js
13 35 (9.78%) Microservices
13 35 (9.78%) DevOps
14 32 (8.94%) Azure
14 32 (8.94%) Game Development
14 32 (8.94%) MySQL
15 30 (8.38%) Degree
16 29 (8.10%) Finance
17 28 (7.82%) C++
17 28 (7.82%) JIRA
17 28 (7.82%) Apple iOS
17 28 (7.82%) Front End Development
18 27 (7.54%) Web Services
18 27 (7.54%) Adobe

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 26 (7.26%) WebSphere
2 14 (3.91%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 10 (2.79%) Confluence
4 8 (2.23%) Apache
4 8 (2.23%) CMS
5 7 (1.96%) Apache Spark
6 6 (1.68%) WebLogic
7 5 (1.40%) Tomcat
8 4 (1.12%) JBoss
9 3 (0.84%) Elasticsearch
9 3 (0.84%) Jupyter
9 3 (0.84%) Oracle Application Server
9 3 (0.84%) WebSphere Application Server
10 2 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2013
10 2 (0.56%) nginx
11 1 (0.28%) Apache Solr
11 1 (0.28%) Drupal
11 1 (0.28%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 1 (0.28%) SAS
Applications
1 18 (5.03%) Photoshop
1 18 (5.03%) Sketch
2 11 (3.07%) 3ds Max
2 11 (3.07%) Maya
3 8 (2.23%) CINEMA 4D
4 6 (1.68%) Adobe Illustrator
5 5 (1.40%) Adobe XD
6 3 (0.84%) Adobe After Effects
6 3 (0.84%) Figma
6 3 (0.84%) InVision
7 2 (0.56%) Lectora
7 2 (0.56%) Microsoft Excel
7 2 (0.56%) Microsoft Office
7 2 (0.56%) Zeplin
8 1 (0.28%) Houdini
8 1 (0.28%) MS Visio
8 1 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 22 (6.15%) Magento
2 13 (3.63%) Shopify
3 2 (0.56%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 1 (0.28%) SAP Hybris
4 1 (0.28%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 40 (11.17%) AWS
2 32 (8.94%) Azure
3 16 (4.47%) GCP
4 14 (3.91%) Serverless
5 10 (2.79%) AWS CloudFormation
5 10 (2.79%) AWS Lambda
6 9 (2.51%) Amazon EKS
7 6 (1.68%) SaaS
8 5 (1.40%) Cloud Computing
8 5 (1.40%) Office 365
9 4 (1.12%) Amazon ECS
9 4 (1.12%) GitHub
9 4 (1.12%) Google Play
10 3 (0.84%) Azure Functions
10 3 (0.84%) Firebase
10 3 (0.84%) Google Analytics
10 3 (0.84%) Heroku
10 3 (0.84%) IaaS
10 3 (0.84%) npm
10 3 (0.84%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 8 (2.23%) HTTP
2 7 (1.96%) Internet
3 6 (1.68%) Firewall
4 4 (1.12%) Cisco Nexus
4 4 (1.12%) DNS
4 4 (1.12%) TCP/IP
4 4 (1.12%) VXLAN
5 3 (0.84%) Bluetooth
5 3 (0.84%) Network Security
5 3 (0.84%) OSPF
5 3 (0.84%) Skype
5 3 (0.84%) VPN
6 2 (0.56%) 5G
6 2 (0.56%) Ethernet
6 2 (0.56%) IPv4
6 2 (0.56%) IPv6
6 2 (0.56%) OpenLDAP
6 2 (0.56%) Spanning Tree
6 2 (0.56%) Wireshark
7 1 (0.28%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (8.94%) MySQL
2 20 (5.59%) NoSQL
3 16 (4.47%) Relational Database
4 15 (4.19%) MongoDB
5 14 (3.91%) SQL Server
6 10 (2.79%) Apache Cassandra
6 10 (2.79%) PostgreSQL
6 10 (2.79%) Redis
7 9 (2.51%) Big Data
8 8 (2.23%) Hadoop
9 5 (1.40%) Data Warehouse
10 4 (1.12%) Looker
10 4 (1.12%) Oracle Database
11 3 (0.84%) Amazon Redshift
11 3 (0.84%) Apache Hive
11 3 (0.84%) Blockchain
11 3 (0.84%) DB2
11 3 (0.84%) Oracle Database 11g
11 3 (0.84%) Oracle Database 12c
11 3 (0.84%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 28 (7.82%) JIRA
2 18 (5.03%) Jasmine
3 15 (4.19%) Git (software)
4 13 (3.63%) Karma Test Runner
5 12 (3.35%) Jenkins
6 11 (3.07%) Grunt
7 6 (1.68%) Selenium
8 5 (1.40%) Maven
8 5 (1.40%) Visual Studio
9 4 (1.12%) Bitbucket
9 4 (1.12%) GitLab
10 2 (0.56%) Appium
10 2 (0.56%) Axure RP
10 2 (0.56%) Dreamweaver
10 2 (0.56%) Mercurial
10 2 (0.56%) Mocha
10 2 (0.56%) Protractor
10 2 (0.56%) Subversion
10 2 (0.56%) Vagrant
10 2 (0.56%) webpack
General
1 29 (8.10%) Finance
2 22 (6.15%) Marketing
3 13 (3.63%) Retail
4 12 (3.35%) Banking
5 9 (2.51%) Front Office
6 8 (2.23%) Investment Banking
6 8 (2.23%) Publishing
7 6 (1.68%) Multimedia
7 6 (1.68%) Telecoms
8 5 (1.40%) Automotive
8 5 (1.40%) Back Office
8 5 (1.40%) Public Sector
9 3 (0.84%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.56%) Aerospace
10 2 (0.56%) Arabic Language
10 2 (0.56%) Electronics
10 2 (0.56%) German Language
10 2 (0.56%) iGaming
11 1 (0.28%) Russian Language
11 1 (0.28%) Turkish Language
Job Titles
1 154 (43.02%) Developer
2 23 (6.42%) React Developer
3 21 (5.87%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
4 18 (5.03%) Senior Developer
5 16 (4.47%) Designer
6 15 (4.19%) Python Developer
7 14 (3.91%) C# Developer
7 14 (3.91%) Scrum Master
8 13 (3.63%) Analyst
8 13 (3.63%) DevOps Engineer
9 12 (3.35%) Architect
9 12 (3.35%) Games Developer
9 12 (3.35%) Java Developer
10 10 (2.79%) 3D Artist
10 10 (2.79%) Applications Support
10 10 (2.79%) Business Analyst
10 10 (2.79%) Consultant
11 9 (2.51%) Games Artist
11 9 (2.51%) iOS Developer
11 9 (2.51%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 66 (18.44%) CSS
2 62 (17.32%) HTML
2 62 (17.32%) Unity (Game Engine)
3 36 (10.06%) AngularJS
4 35 (9.78%) Node.js
5 27 (7.54%) Web Services
6 26 (7.26%) React
7 24 (6.70%) Spring
8 22 (6.15%) Sass
8 22 (6.15%) XHTML
9 20 (5.59%) HTML5
10 18 (5.03%) REST
10 18 (5.03%) Unreal Engine
11 17 (4.75%) .NET
12 16 (4.47%) RabbitMQ
12 16 (4.47%) Semantic HTML
12 16 (4.47%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 15 (4.19%) Vue.js
14 14 (3.91%) Kafka
14 14 (3.91%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 55 (15.36%) User Experience
2 20 (5.59%) Greenfield Project
3 18 (5.03%) Animation
4 16 (4.47%) W3C
5 15 (4.19%) Analytical Skills
6 13 (3.63%) Data Structures
6 13 (3.63%) Self-Motivation
7 10 (2.79%) Mobile Games
8 8 (2.23%) Augmented Reality
8 8 (2.23%) Mobile App
8 8 (2.23%) Online Games
9 6 (1.68%) Algorithms
9 6 (1.68%) Virtual Team
10 5 (1.40%) FMCG
11 4 (1.12%) Data Centre
11 4 (1.12%) e-Learning
11 4 (1.12%) Social Media
11 4 (1.12%) Video Editing
12 3 (0.84%) Graphic Design
12 3 (0.84%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 38 (10.61%) Linux
2 36 (10.06%) Android
3 28 (7.82%) Apple iOS
4 22 (6.15%) Windows
5 14 (3.91%) Unix
6 5 (1.40%) Windows 10
7 3 (0.84%) AIX
7 3 (0.84%) CentOS
8 2 (0.56%) Mac OS
8 2 (0.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.56%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.56%) Windows Server
8 2 (0.56%) Windows Server 2016
8 2 (0.56%) Windows Server 2019
9 1 (0.28%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.28%) VMS
9 1 (0.28%) VyOS
9 1 (0.28%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 101 (28.21%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (17.60%) Problem-Solving
3 54 (15.08%) E-Commerce
4 36 (10.06%) TDD
5 35 (9.78%) DevOps
5 35 (9.78%) Microservices
6 32 (8.94%) Game Development
7 28 (7.82%) Front End Development
8 27 (7.54%) Scrum
9 25 (6.98%) Continuous Integration
10 24 (6.70%) Wireframes
11 23 (6.42%) Sprint Planning
12 22 (6.15%) Open Source
12 22 (6.15%) Test Automation
13 21 (5.87%) Artificial Intelligence
13 21 (5.87%) Machine Learning
13 21 (5.87%) OO
14 20 (5.59%) Continuous Improvement
14 20 (5.59%) Mentoring
14 20 (5.59%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 76 (21.23%) JavaScript
2 74 (20.67%) Java
2 74 (20.67%) Python
3 59 (16.48%) C#
4 28 (7.82%) C++
5 21 (5.87%) SQL
6 18 (5.03%) Scala
7 17 (4.75%) PHP
8 15 (4.19%) TypeScript
9 10 (2.79%) Kotlin
10 9 (2.51%) Apple Swift
10 9 (2.51%) C
11 8 (2.23%) Clojure
11 8 (2.23%) Ruby
12 7 (1.96%) Groovy
12 7 (1.96%) PowerShell
13 4 (1.12%) ES6
13 4 (1.12%) Objective-C
14 3 (0.84%) Go
14 3 (0.84%) R
Qualifications
1 30 (8.38%) Degree
2 5 (1.40%) Computer Science Degree
3 3 (0.84%) CCNP
3 3 (0.84%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (0.56%) JNCIP
4 2 (0.56%) Master's Degree
4 2 (0.56%) Security Cleared
5 1 (0.28%) CCNA
5 1 (0.28%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.28%) JNCIA
5 1 (0.28%) JNCIS
5 1 (0.28%) PMI Certification
5 1 (0.28%) PMP
5 1 (0.28%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (5.31%) QA
2 2 (0.56%) GDPR
3 1 (0.28%) PMO
3 1 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 22 (6.15%) Docker
2 8 (2.23%) Active Directory
3 4 (1.12%) Firmware
4 2 (0.56%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.28%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 1 (0.28%) HDFS
5 1 (0.28%) LXC
5 1 (0.28%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.28%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.28%) VMware NSX
5 1 (0.28%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 21 (5.87%) Kubernetes
2 15 (4.19%) Terraform
3 8 (2.23%) Ansible
4 6 (1.68%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.56%) EMC NetWorker
5 2 (0.56%) Nagios
5 2 (0.56%) Prometheus
5 2 (0.56%) SCCM
6 1 (0.28%) FreeIPA
6 1 (0.28%) Grafana
6 1 (0.28%) Graphite
6 1 (0.28%) HAProxy
6 1 (0.28%) Istio
6 1 (0.28%) Kibana
6 1 (0.28%) linkerd
6 1 (0.28%) Puppet
6 1 (0.28%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 27 (7.54%) Adobe
2 24 (6.70%) hybris
3 22 (6.15%) IBM
4 15 (4.19%) Oracle
5 12 (3.35%) Google
6 8 (2.23%) Microsoft
7 7 (1.96%) Cisco
7 7 (1.96%) Salesforce.com
8 6 (1.68%) Juniper
9 5 (1.40%) Workday
9 5 (1.40%) Zend
10 4 (1.12%) Apple
10 4 (1.12%) SAP
10 4 (1.12%) VMware
11 3 (0.84%) Citrix
11 3 (0.84%) Tableau
12 2 (0.56%) Alibaba
12 2 (0.56%) Databricks
12 2 (0.56%) SolarWinds
12 2 (0.56%) Sparx