Period
to 23 October 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 23 October 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
23 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 355 341 378
Rank change year-on-year -14 +37 -17
Contract jobs citing Games 562 769 656
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.66% 0.74% 0.65%
As % of the General category 1.71% 1.84% 1.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 310 486 440
UK median daily rate £450 £500 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.00% +17.65% +6.25%
10th Percentile £225 £284 £274
90th Percentile £638 £638 £576
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £450 £369
% change year-on-year -16.67% +22.03% -1.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 33 20
UK median hourly rate £42.75 £13.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +228.85% -56.67% +23.71%
10th Percentile £10.75 £11.17 £12.00
90th Percentile £53.00 £47.50 £46.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £11.50 £11.78 £31.00
% change year-on-year -2.38% -62.00% +27.84%

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 32,783 41,751 43,979
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 38.71% 40.36% 43.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 21,000 27,048 29,102
UK median daily rate £478 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.53% +5.56% +2.86%
10th Percentile £290 £290 £275
90th Percentile £675 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £401
% change year-on-year +2.94% +5.92% +0.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 983 1,154 1,089
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £21.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.76% -6.67% +9.42%
10th Percentile £12.44 £11.85 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.76 £20.00 £22.65
% change year-on-year +8.80% -11.68% +10.46%

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 23 October 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 23 October 2019.

Contractor 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 23 October 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 -12 542 £450 -10.00% 713
London +6 323 £500 - 343
UK excluding London -18 224 £375 -16.67% 401
East of England +80 67 £234 -37.67% 50
Midlands +75 49 £250 -28.57% 77
North of England +5 44 £425 +12.58% 106
South East -17 43 £400 -21.95% 91
East Midlands +48 27 £298 -15.00% 32
Yorkshire +20 22 £425 +7.94% 31
North West +7 21 £438 +16.67% 69
West Midlands +34 20 £250 -37.50% 40
South West -43 14 £350 -33.33% 46
Scotland -3 8 £450 -5.26% 22
North East +15 1 £375 - 6

For the 6 months to 23 October 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.

1 222 (39.50%) Agile Software Development
2 147 (26.16%) Java
3 145 (25.80%) JavaScript
4 121 (21.53%) E-Commerce
5 117 (20.82%) HTML
6 110 (19.57%) CSS
7 100 (17.79%) TDD
8 89 (15.84%) Problem-Solving
9 88 (15.66%) Git (software)
10 85 (15.12%) Python
11 77 (13.70%) Continuous Integration
12 67 (11.92%) Finance
13 66 (11.74%) User Experience
13 66 (11.74%) React
14 64 (11.39%) Scrum
14 64 (11.39%) Linux
15 63 (11.21%) SQL
15 63 (11.21%) Test Automation
15 63 (11.21%) WebSphere
15 63 (11.21%) Jenkins
15 63 (11.21%) AWS
16 60 (10.68%) AngularJS
16 60 (10.68%) DevOps
17 59 (10.50%) IBM
18 57 (10.14%) C#
19 56 (9.96%) Retail
20 54 (9.61%) Node.js
21 53 (9.43%) JIRA
22 51 (9.07%) Docker
23 48 (8.54%) 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 63 (11.21%) WebSphere
2 32 (5.69%) CMS
3 21 (3.74%) Confluence
4 19 (3.38%) Sitecore CMS
5 15 (2.67%) Apache
6 10 (1.78%) Tomcat
7 8 (1.42%) JBoss
8 7 (1.25%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 7 (1.25%) Apache Spark
9 5 (0.89%) Elasticsearch
10 4 (0.71%) Apache Airflow
10 4 (0.71%) Apache Solr
10 4 (0.71%) SAS
10 4 (0.71%) WebLogic
11 3 (0.53%) Ethereum
11 3 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2013
11 3 (0.53%) Hyperledger
11 3 (0.53%) Oracle Application Server
11 3 (0.53%) WebSphere Application Server
12 2 (0.36%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 18 (3.20%) Photoshop
2 12 (2.14%) Sketch
3 11 (1.96%) Maya
4 8 (1.42%) 3ds Max
5 7 (1.25%) Adobe Illustrator
6 6 (1.07%) CINEMA 4D
7 3 (0.53%) Adobe After Effects
7 3 (0.53%) Adobe XD
7 3 (0.53%) Chatbot
7 3 (0.53%) Microsoft Office
8 2 (0.36%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.36%) Figma
8 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Excel
8 2 (0.36%) Zeplin
9 1 (0.18%) InVision
9 1 (0.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
9 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Project
9 1 (0.18%) MotionBuilder
9 1 (0.18%) OmniGraffle
9 1 (0.18%) ZBrush
Business Applications
1 43 (7.65%) Magento
2 7 (1.25%) Shopify
3 4 (0.71%) SAP Hybris
4 3 (0.53%) Payment Gateway
5 2 (0.36%) Fredhopper
5 2 (0.36%) MultiChain
5 2 (0.36%) Quorum
5 2 (0.36%) SAP S/4HANA
5 2 (0.36%) Unica
6 1 (0.18%) Distributed Ledger
6 1 (0.18%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.18%) R3 Corda
6 1 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 63 (11.21%) AWS
2 43 (7.65%) Azure
3 21 (3.74%) GCP
3 21 (3.74%) Serverless
4 14 (2.49%) GitHub
5 10 (1.78%) Office 365
5 10 (1.78%) SaaS
6 9 (1.60%) AWS Lambda
6 9 (1.60%) Force.com
7 8 (1.42%) Route 53
8 7 (1.25%) Amazon EC2
8 7 (1.25%) Cloud Computing
9 6 (1.07%) Amazon ECS
9 6 (1.07%) Amazon EKS
9 6 (1.07%) Amazon S3
9 6 (1.07%) AWS CloudFormation
9 6 (1.07%) Power Platform
10 5 (0.89%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 5 (0.89%) Amazon SQS
10 5 (0.89%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (2.49%) Firewall
2 10 (1.78%) Cisco Nexus
3 9 (1.60%) HTTP
3 9 (1.60%) VPN
4 6 (1.07%) Internet
4 6 (1.07%) Skype
4 6 (1.07%) Software-Defined Networking
5 5 (0.89%) DNS
5 5 (0.89%) OpenLDAP
5 5 (0.89%) OSPF
6 4 (0.71%) DHCP
6 4 (0.71%) Ethernet
6 4 (0.71%) IPv4
6 4 (0.71%) IPv6
6 4 (0.71%) SSH
6 4 (0.71%) VXLAN
6 4 (0.71%) Wireshark
7 3 (0.53%) ICMP
7 3 (0.53%) Spanning Tree
7 3 (0.53%) Telnet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (6.41%) MySQL
2 34 (6.05%) Relational Database
3 25 (4.45%) SQL Server
4 22 (3.91%) NoSQL
5 18 (3.20%) PostgreSQL
6 16 (2.85%) Big Data
7 15 (2.67%) RDBMS
8 11 (1.96%) MongoDB
8 11 (1.96%) Redis
9 10 (1.78%) Apache Cassandra
9 10 (1.78%) Hadoop
10 9 (1.60%) DB2
11 6 (1.07%) Amazon RDS
11 6 (1.07%) DbVisualizer
11 6 (1.07%) HBase
11 6 (1.07%) Oracle Database
11 6 (1.07%) Power BI
12 5 (0.89%) Data Warehouse
12 5 (0.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 4 (0.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 88 (15.66%) Git (software)
2 63 (11.21%) Jenkins
3 53 (9.43%) JIRA
4 35 (6.23%) Jasmine
5 28 (4.98%) Karma Test Runner
6 25 (4.45%) Grunt
7 19 (3.38%) Bower
8 17 (3.02%) Subversion
9 13 (2.31%) Selenium
10 11 (1.96%) Cucumber
11 8 (1.42%) GitLab
11 8 (1.42%) JUnit
11 8 (1.42%) Mocha
11 8 (1.42%) Mockito
11 8 (1.42%) MSTest
11 8 (1.42%) NUnit
11 8 (1.42%) Visual Studio
12 7 (1.25%) Maven
12 7 (1.25%) WebDriver
12 7 (1.25%) webpack
General
1 67 (11.92%) Finance
2 56 (9.96%) Retail
3 31 (5.52%) Banking
4 26 (4.63%) Marketing
5 16 (2.85%) Telecoms
6 12 (2.14%) Advertising
7 9 (1.60%) Legal
7 9 (1.60%) Public Sector
8 7 (1.25%) Investment Banking
8 7 (1.25%) Military
9 6 (1.07%) Law
10 5 (0.89%) Online Betting
11 4 (0.71%) Electronics
12 3 (0.53%) Automotive
12 3 (0.53%) Front Office
12 3 (0.53%) iGaming
12 3 (0.53%) Publishing
12 3 (0.53%) Spanish Language
13 2 (0.36%) Billing
13 2 (0.36%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 250 (44.48%) Developer
2 41 (7.30%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
3 36 (6.41%) React Developer
4 35 (6.23%) Senior Developer
5 32 (5.69%) Python Developer
6 31 (5.52%) Java Developer
7 27 (4.80%) Games Developer
7 27 (4.80%) Scrum Master
8 23 (4.09%) Analyst
9 22 (3.91%) Designer
9 22 (3.91%) JavaScript Developer
10 20 (3.56%) Project Manager
11 17 (3.02%) C# Developer
11 17 (3.02%) DevOps Engineer
11 17 (3.02%) Software Engineer
11 17 (3.02%) Tester
12 16 (2.85%) Magento Developer
13 14 (2.49%) PHP Developer
13 14 (2.49%) Senior Java Developer
14 13 (2.31%) Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 117 (20.82%) HTML
2 110 (19.57%) CSS
3 66 (11.74%) React
4 60 (10.68%) AngularJS
5 54 (9.61%) Node.js
6 42 (7.47%) Web Services
7 40 (7.12%) Sass
8 38 (6.76%) RESTful
9 37 (6.58%) HTML5
9 37 (6.58%) Unity (Game Engine)
9 37 (6.58%) XHTML
10 34 (6.05%) J2EE
11 32 (5.69%) .NET
12 30 (5.34%) JSON
12 30 (5.34%) REST
13 28 (4.98%) Spring
14 27 (4.80%) Semantic HTML
15 26 (4.63%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 25 (4.45%) Django
16 25 (4.45%) LESS
Miscellaneous
1 66 (11.74%) User Experience
2 48 (8.54%) Analytical Skills
3 36 (6.41%) Online Games
4 26 (4.63%) W3C
5 19 (3.38%) Greenfield Project
5 19 (3.38%) Vector Graphics
6 15 (2.67%) Mobile App
6 15 (2.67%) Mobile Games
7 14 (2.49%) Animation
8 13 (2.31%) Data Centre
9 12 (2.14%) PlayStation
10 11 (1.96%) Data Structures
10 11 (1.96%) Enterprise Software
11 9 (1.60%) 3D Graphics
11 9 (1.60%) Algorithms
12 8 (1.42%) Cloud Native
13 7 (1.25%) Self-Motivation
14 6 (1.07%) Client/Server
14 6 (1.07%) Digital Media
14 6 (1.07%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 64 (11.39%) Linux
2 31 (5.52%) Windows
3 30 (5.34%) Android
3 30 (5.34%) Unix
4 19 (3.38%) Apple iOS
5 9 (1.60%) Windows 10
6 8 (1.42%) CentOS
7 7 (1.25%) Windows Server
8 6 (1.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 6 (1.07%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (0.89%) Windows 7
10 4 (0.71%) AIX
10 4 (0.71%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.36%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.18%) Android TV
12 1 (0.18%) Debian
12 1 (0.18%) Embedded Linux
12 1 (0.18%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 222 (39.50%) Agile Software Development
2 121 (21.53%) E-Commerce
3 100 (17.79%) TDD
4 89 (15.84%) Problem-Solving
5 77 (13.70%) Continuous Integration
6 64 (11.39%) Scrum
7 63 (11.21%) Test Automation
8 60 (10.68%) DevOps
9 48 (8.54%) BDD
10 47 (8.36%) User Stories
11 45 (8.01%) Microservices
12 42 (7.47%) Continuous Improvement
13 40 (7.12%) Front End Development
14 38 (6.76%) OO
15 37 (6.58%) Project Management
16 36 (6.41%) Mentoring
16 36 (6.41%) Wireframes
17 35 (6.23%) Kanban
17 35 (6.23%) Machine Learning
18 34 (6.05%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 147 (26.16%) Java
2 145 (25.80%) JavaScript
3 85 (15.12%) Python
4 63 (11.21%) SQL
5 57 (10.14%) C#
6 40 (7.12%) PHP
7 39 (6.94%) C++
8 22 (3.91%) Scala
9 20 (3.56%) C
10 18 (3.20%) ES6
11 15 (2.67%) Java 8
12 12 (2.14%) TypeScript
13 9 (1.60%) Bash Shell
14 6 (1.07%) Ruby
15 5 (0.89%) Apex Code
15 5 (0.89%) Clojure
15 5 (0.89%) ES7
15 5 (0.89%) Groovy
15 5 (0.89%) SOQL
15 5 (0.89%) SOSL
Qualifications
1 45 (8.01%) Degree
2 23 (4.09%) Security Cleared
3 11 (1.96%) CCNP
3 11 (1.96%) Cisco Certification
3 11 (1.96%) SC Cleared
4 7 (1.25%) DV Cleared
5 6 (1.07%) Computer Science Degree
6 4 (0.71%) AWS Certification
6 4 (0.71%) JNCIP
7 3 (0.53%) Numerate Degree
7 3 (0.53%) PhD
8 2 (0.36%) MCSA
8 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.18%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.18%) CCDP
9 1 (0.18%) CCNA
9 1 (0.18%) MCP
9 1 (0.18%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.18%) PMP
9 1 (0.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (4.45%) QA
2 7 (1.25%) PMO
3 4 (0.71%) GDPR
4 3 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.36%) Actionable Recommendations
6 1 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.18%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.18%) SLA
System Software
1 51 (9.07%) Docker
2 11 (1.96%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.89%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.53%) vSphere
5 1 (0.18%) Firmware
5 1 (0.18%) HDFS
5 1 (0.18%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 20 (3.56%) Kubernetes
2 19 (3.38%) Terraform
3 16 (2.85%) Ansible
4 11 (1.96%) Opscode Chef
5 9 (1.60%) SCCM
6 7 (1.25%) Nagios
6 7 (1.25%) ZABBIX
7 6 (1.07%) Grafana
8 5 (0.89%) Packer
9 3 (0.53%) Consul
9 3 (0.53%) Graphite
9 3 (0.53%) Puppet
9 3 (0.53%) WMI
10 2 (0.36%) Docker Swarm
10 2 (0.36%) Kibana
10 2 (0.36%) Opsview
10 2 (0.36%) Salt
11 1 (0.18%) Hadoop YARN
11 1 (0.18%) Jamf Pro
11 1 (0.18%) Mesos
Vendors
1 59 (10.50%) IBM
2 36 (6.41%) hybris
3 35 (6.23%) Microsoft
4 24 (4.27%) Oracle
5 20 (3.56%) Sitecore
6 19 (3.38%) Adobe
7 17 (3.02%) Salesforce.com
8 14 (2.49%) Google
9 11 (1.96%) Cisco
10 9 (1.60%) Atlassian
10 9 (1.60%) VMware
11 8 (1.42%) Perforce
11 8 (1.42%) SAP
11 8 (1.42%) Zend
12 6 (1.07%) Red Hat
12 6 (1.07%) Tableau
13 5 (0.89%) Juniper
14 4 (0.71%) SolarWinds
15 3 (0.53%) Elastic Path
15 3 (0.53%) Veeam