Period
to 22 June 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 22 June 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
22 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 308 375 347
Rank change year-on-year +67 -28 +4
Contract jobs citing Games 818 571 732
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.82% 0.63% 0.69%
As % of the General category 2.19% 1.60% 1.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 560 402 555
UK median daily rate £465 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.05% +3.75% +5.26%
10th Percentile £305 £225 £260
90th Percentile £638 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £350 £370
% change year-on-year +14.29% -5.41% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 19 20
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £31.50 £22.67
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.98% +38.97% -43.33%
10th Percentile £11.17 £19.43 £7.88
90th Percentile £94.10 £75.00 £37.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.38 £31.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -38.48% +110.00% -60.00%

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 37,322 35,594 40,371
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 37.23% 38.97% 37.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,304 23,315 26,531
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £442
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +1.81% +4.00%
10th Percentile £299 £275 £263
90th Percentile £675 £648 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £401 £400
% change year-on-year +6.12% +0.13% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 871 864 978
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £26.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -4.76% +14.98%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.33 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.25 £51.25 £49.21
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £26.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -3.85% -7.14% +7.69%

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 22 June 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 22 June 2018.

Contractor 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 22 June 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 +56 776 £475 +14.46% 741
London +50 505 £500 +17.51% 364
UK excluding London +26 296 £400 +14.29% 411
North of England -31 100 £375 +7.14% 118
South East +17 98 £428 +23.91% 91
North West -14 57 £350 +18.64% 73
Yorkshire -16 43 £450 +7.14% 36
Midlands +15 40 £361 +3.00% 78
Scotland -22 26 £438 +20.69% 19
East Midlands +13 24 £350 -2.10% 24
East of England +1 19 £375 +3.45% 50
West Midlands -20 16 £450 +28.57% 53
South West -2 11 £525 +50.00% 40
Wales -8 3 £475 -6.86% 11
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 22 June 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.

1 358 (43.77%) Agile Software Development
2 206 (25.18%) Java
3 193 (23.59%) TDD
4 187 (22.86%) JavaScript
5 159 (19.44%) Scrum
6 137 (16.75%) Test Automation
7 123 (15.04%) Problem-Solving
8 119 (14.55%) Python
9 118 (14.43%) Continuous Integration
10 115 (14.06%) Kanban
10 115 (14.06%) HTML
11 112 (13.69%) User Stories
12 109 (13.33%) SQL
13 101 (12.35%) C#
14 96 (11.74%) Amazon AWS
15 92 (11.25%) BDD
15 92 (11.25%) CSS
16 91 (11.12%) Finance
17 90 (11.00%) Microservices
18 88 (10.76%) Unity (Game Engine)
19 87 (10.64%) DevOps
20 82 (10.02%) Continuous Improvement
20 82 (10.02%) Software Engineering
21 79 (9.66%) RESTful
22 77 (9.41%) Git (software)
23 76 (9.29%) Analytics
24 74 (9.05%) C++
25 71 (8.68%) Web Services
25 71 (8.68%) Spring
26 70 (8.56%) React

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 43 (5.26%) Apache Spark
2 30 (3.67%) Elasticsearch
3 27 (3.30%) Confluence
4 19 (2.32%) MQSeries
5 13 (1.59%) Jupyter
6 12 (1.47%) Apache
7 11 (1.34%) CMS
8 10 (1.22%) Tomcat
9 9 (1.10%) WebSphere
10 7 (0.86%) Apache Solr
11 6 (0.73%) Predix
12 5 (0.61%) Apache Pig
12 5 (0.61%) MS Exchange
12 5 (0.61%) nginx
12 5 (0.61%) WordPress
13 4 (0.49%) EPiServer
14 3 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2010
14 3 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2013
14 3 (0.37%) Moodle
14 3 (0.37%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 18 (2.20%) Photoshop
2 8 (0.98%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (0.86%) Maya
4 6 (0.73%) InVision
4 6 (0.73%) Microsoft Excel
5 4 (0.49%) Adobe Illustrator
5 4 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.37%) Adobe After Effects
6 3 (0.37%) Adobe Premiere
6 3 (0.37%) Blender
6 3 (0.37%) MS Visio
7 2 (0.24%) 3ds Max
7 2 (0.24%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 2 (0.24%) CINEMA 4D
8 1 (0.12%) HipChat
8 1 (0.12%) Houdini
8 1 (0.12%) InDesign
8 1 (0.12%) OmniGraffle
8 1 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.12%) ZBrush
Business Applications
1 5 (0.61%) Adobe Campaign
1 5 (0.61%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 5 (0.61%) Summit
2 3 (0.37%) Magento
3 2 (0.24%) Shopify
4 1 (0.12%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.12%) Sprinklr
Cloud Services
1 96 (11.74%) Amazon AWS
2 45 (5.50%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (2.20%) Google Cloud Platform
4 11 (1.34%) Amazon S3
5 9 (1.10%) AWS Lambda
5 9 (1.10%) GitHub
5 9 (1.10%) SaaS
6 6 (0.73%) npm
7 5 (0.61%) Adobe Analytics
7 5 (0.61%) AWS CloudFormation
7 5 (0.61%) Serverless
8 4 (0.49%) Amazon EC2
8 4 (0.49%) Amazon EMR
8 4 (0.49%) Firebase
9 3 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (0.37%) PaaS
9 3 (0.37%) Route 53
9 3 (0.37%) Slack
9 3 (0.37%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 2 (0.24%) iTunes
Communications & Networking
1 14 (1.71%) Internet
2 12 (1.47%) VPN
3 11 (1.34%) HTTP
4 8 (0.98%) Firewall
5 7 (0.86%) SSL
5 7 (0.86%) Wireless
6 6 (0.73%) HTTPS
6 6 (0.73%) Kerberos
6 6 (0.73%) SAN
6 6 (0.73%) SMS
6 6 (0.73%) Wi-Fi
7 5 (0.61%) BGP
7 5 (0.61%) Bluetooth
7 5 (0.61%) GSM
7 5 (0.61%) LAN
7 5 (0.61%) LTE
7 5 (0.61%) NFC
7 5 (0.61%) TCP/IP
7 5 (0.61%) UMTS
7 5 (0.61%) WiMAX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (8.19%) NoSQL
2 60 (7.33%) MongoDB
3 55 (6.72%) Big Data
4 54 (6.60%) SQL Server
5 52 (6.36%) Hadoop
6 45 (5.50%) MySQL
7 33 (4.03%) Apache Cassandra
8 31 (3.79%) Relational Database
9 30 (3.67%) HBase
10 27 (3.30%) Data Lake
11 25 (3.06%) Apache Hive
12 23 (2.81%) PostgreSQL
12 23 (2.81%) Power BI
12 23 (2.81%) Redis
13 20 (2.44%) Couchbase
13 20 (2.44%) Data Mining
13 20 (2.44%) Data Warehouse
14 17 (2.08%) Impala
14 17 (2.08%) SAP HANA
15 15 (1.83%) Lumira
Development Applications
1 77 (9.41%) Git (software)
2 59 (7.21%) Jenkins
3 56 (6.85%) JIRA
4 38 (4.65%) Maven
5 25 (3.06%) gulp
6 24 (2.93%) Jasmine
7 18 (2.20%) Cucumber
7 18 (2.20%) Grunt
8 17 (2.08%) webpack
9 16 (1.96%) Selenium
9 16 (1.96%) Visual Studio
10 14 (1.71%) Bitbucket
11 11 (1.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 10 (1.22%) JUnit
12 10 (1.22%) PhantomJS
13 7 (0.86%) IntelliJ
13 7 (0.86%) SoapUI
13 7 (0.86%) WebDriver
14 6 (0.73%) FishEye
14 6 (0.73%) GoogleTest
General
1 91 (11.12%) Finance
2 53 (6.48%) Banking
3 43 (5.26%) Marketing
4 36 (4.40%) Telecoms
5 29 (3.55%) Retail
6 11 (1.34%) Advertising
7 10 (1.22%) Manufacturing
8 7 (0.86%) Automotive
8 7 (0.86%) Investment Banking
8 7 (0.86%) Law
9 6 (0.73%) Legal
10 5 (0.61%) iGaming
10 5 (0.61%) Military
11 4 (0.49%) Publishing
11 4 (0.49%) Turkish Language
12 3 (0.37%) Brand Awareness
12 3 (0.37%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.37%) Online Betting
13 2 (0.24%) Arabic Language
13 2 (0.24%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 379 (46.33%) Developer
2 111 (13.57%) Java Developer
3 59 (7.21%) Scrum Master
4 50 (6.11%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
5 47 (5.75%) React Developer
6 44 (5.38%) Analyst
7 41 (5.01%) Games Developer
8 39 (4.77%) Architect
9 35 (4.28%) Web Developer
10 34 (4.16%) C++ Developer
11 32 (3.91%) Senior Developer
12 31 (3.79%) JavaScript Developer
13 26 (3.18%) C# Developer
14 24 (2.93%) DevOps Engineer
15 22 (2.69%) Business Analyst
15 22 (2.69%) Data Engineer
16 20 (2.44%) Software Developer
16 20 (2.44%) Software Engineer
17 19 (2.32%) Designer
17 19 (2.32%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 115 (14.06%) HTML
2 92 (11.25%) CSS
3 88 (10.76%) Unity (Game Engine)
4 79 (9.66%) RESTful
5 71 (8.68%) Spring
5 71 (8.68%) Web Services
6 70 (8.56%) React
7 69 (8.44%) AngularJS
8 65 (7.95%) .NET
9 64 (7.82%) REST
10 58 (7.09%) HTML5
10 58 (7.09%) Node.js
11 45 (5.50%) JSON
12 42 (5.13%) Kafka
13 40 (4.89%) Hibernate
13 40 (4.89%) jQuery
14 35 (4.28%) Sass
15 32 (3.91%) Redux
15 32 (3.91%) Unreal Engine
16 31 (3.79%) Play Framework
Miscellaneous
1 66 (8.07%) Analytical Skills
2 61 (7.46%) User Experience
3 52 (6.36%) Greenfield Project
4 51 (6.23%) Computer Science
5 47 (5.75%) Mobile App
6 46 (5.62%) Online Games
7 44 (5.38%) Algorithms
8 26 (3.18%) Data Structures
9 24 (2.93%) Self-Motivation
10 23 (2.81%) Fintech
11 21 (2.57%) Enterprise Software
12 19 (2.32%) Data Centre
13 14 (1.71%) Animation
14 13 (1.59%) Mobile Games
15 11 (1.34%) Video on Demand
16 10 (1.22%) Blog
16 10 (1.22%) Online Gambling
16 10 (1.22%) Virtual Team
17 9 (1.10%) Management Information System
17 9 (1.10%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 65 (7.95%) Linux
2 59 (7.21%) Apple iOS
3 55 (6.72%) Android
4 27 (3.30%) Unix
5 24 (2.93%) Windows
6 6 (0.73%) Windows 10
6 6 (0.73%) Windows Server
7 5 (0.61%) CentOS
7 5 (0.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (0.61%) VxWorks
7 5 (0.61%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (0.49%) Ubuntu
8 4 (0.49%) VMS
9 3 (0.37%) Mac OS
9 3 (0.37%) Mac OS X
9 3 (0.37%) Windows 7
10 2 (0.24%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.12%) Debian
11 1 (0.12%) HPUX
11 1 (0.12%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 358 (43.77%) Agile Software Development
2 193 (23.59%) TDD
3 159 (19.44%) Scrum
4 137 (16.75%) Test Automation
5 123 (15.04%) Problem-Solving
6 118 (14.43%) Continuous Integration
7 115 (14.06%) Kanban
8 112 (13.69%) User Stories
9 92 (11.25%) BDD
10 90 (11.00%) Microservices
11 87 (10.64%) DevOps
12 82 (10.02%) Continuous Improvement
12 82 (10.02%) Software Engineering
13 76 (9.29%) Analytics
14 59 (7.21%) Web Development
15 58 (7.09%) Collaborative Working
16 57 (6.97%) Front End Development
17 56 (6.85%) MVC
18 54 (6.60%) Decision-Making
18 54 (6.60%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 206 (25.18%) Java
2 187 (22.86%) JavaScript
3 119 (14.55%) Python
4 109 (13.33%) SQL
5 101 (12.35%) C#
6 74 (9.05%) C++
7 60 (7.33%) Scala
8 55 (6.72%) Java 8
9 45 (5.50%) Bash Shell
10 29 (3.55%) PHP
10 29 (3.55%) R
10 29 (3.55%) Ruby
11 23 (2.81%) ES6
12 22 (2.69%) Go
13 20 (2.44%) Java 9
14 17 (2.08%) TypeScript
15 15 (1.83%) C
16 14 (1.71%) Perl
16 14 (1.71%) VB.NET
17 12 (1.47%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 61 (7.46%) Degree
2 30 (3.67%) Security Cleared
3 24 (2.93%) SC Cleared
4 14 (1.71%) Computer Science Degree
5 10 (1.22%) Master's Degree
5 10 (1.22%) PMI Certification
6 9 (1.10%) PMP
7 5 (0.61%) Numerate Degree
7 5 (0.61%) PhD
8 4 (0.49%) BPSS Clearance
8 4 (0.49%) ISTQB
9 3 (0.37%) CCNA
9 3 (0.37%) CCNP
9 3 (0.37%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (0.37%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (0.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 2 (0.24%) AWS Certification
10 2 (0.24%) DBS Check
10 2 (0.24%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.12%) CBAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (5.62%) QA
2 15 (1.83%) GDPR
3 7 (0.86%) PMO
4 6 (0.73%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.49%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.49%) GCP
6 3 (0.37%) WCAG
7 1 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.12%) GAAP
7 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 62 (7.58%) Docker
2 10 (1.22%) HDFS
2 10 (1.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (0.86%) Virtual Machines
4 5 (0.61%) Active Directory
4 5 (0.61%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 4 (0.49%) Apache Flume
5 4 (0.49%) vSphere
6 3 (0.37%) Varnish
7 2 (0.24%) VMware Server
8 1 (0.12%) etcd
8 1 (0.12%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 28 (3.42%) Opscode Chef
2 24 (2.93%) Ansible
3 22 (2.69%) Puppet
3 22 (2.69%) Terraform
4 19 (2.32%) Kubernetes
5 7 (0.86%) Consul
5 7 (0.86%) Hadoop YARN
5 7 (0.86%) Kibana
5 7 (0.86%) ZABBIX
6 5 (0.61%) Grafana
6 5 (0.61%) logstash
7 3 (0.37%) Docker Swarm
7 3 (0.37%) Nagios
7 3 (0.37%) Packer
7 3 (0.37%) Prometheus
7 3 (0.37%) Rancher
7 3 (0.37%) SCCM
7 3 (0.37%) SCOM
8 2 (0.24%) Control-M
8 2 (0.24%) OpenView
Vendors
1 49 (5.99%) Microsoft
2 34 (4.16%) Google
3 24 (2.93%) Tableau
4 19 (2.32%) Oracle
5 18 (2.20%) SAP
6 17 (2.08%) Alteryx
7 13 (1.59%) Atlassian
7 13 (1.59%) Splunk
8 11 (1.34%) Adobe
9 10 (1.22%) Hortonworks
9 10 (1.22%) VMware
10 9 (1.10%) Cisco
11 8 (0.98%) AppDynamics
11 8 (0.98%) F5
11 8 (0.98%) Salesforce.com
12 6 (0.73%) HP
12 6 (0.73%) Informatica
12 6 (0.73%) Mapbox
12 6 (0.73%) Palo Alto
13 5 (0.61%) Red Hat