Period
to 23 November 2017

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 November 2017 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 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 348 330 379
Rank change year-on-year -18 +49 -49
Contract jobs citing Games 712 754 683
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.69% 0.72% 0.60%
As % of the General category 1.74% 1.96% 1.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 491 547 494
UK median daily rate £435 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.75% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £213 £260
90th Percentile £588 £550 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £364 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -3.00% +7.14% +12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 22 7
UK median hourly rate £28.33 £24.25 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.82% -34.46% +3.50%
10th Percentile £12.00 £8.55 £13.65
90th Percentile £47.50 £42.50 £100.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £24.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +30.61% +40.00% -51.05%

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 41006 38437 45389
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 39.77% 36.52% 39.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 27136 25531 28833
UK median daily rate £470 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £275 £263 £263
90th Percentile £663 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.13% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 904 935 1226
UK median hourly rate £25.31 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.24% - +13.64%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.31 £12.00
90th Percentile £48.00 £47.40 £48.12
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.83 £26.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year +3.20% - +13.81%

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 November 2017.

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 November 2017.

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 November 2017. 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 -14 685 £434 +8.44% 434
London -30 455 £463 +10.12% 249
UK excluding London +8 238 £364 -3.00% 195
North of England +34 92 £400 +5.26% 69
South East +2 58 £373 -0.67% 40
East of England +1 42 £320 -26.86% 23
Yorkshire +11 40 £425 +6.25% 34
North West +5 38 £340 -10.53% 29
Midlands +16 31 £325 -3.70% 43
West Midlands +18 16 £263 -22.22% 32
East Midlands 0 15 £340 -6.21% 11
North East +59 14 £320 -5.88% 6
Scotland -13 9 £240 +14.29% 9
South West -3 8 £385 +10.00% 10

For the 6 months to 23 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Games also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Games.

1 334 (46.91%) Agile Software Development
2 245 (34.41%) Java
3 179 (25.14%) JavaScript
4 151 (21.21%) Test Automation
5 133 (18.68%) Continuous Integration
6 132 (18.54%) E-Commerce
6 132 (18.54%) Scrum
7 130 (18.26%) SQL
8 127 (17.84%) TDD
9 117 (16.43%) CSS
10 116 (16.29%) HTML
11 108 (15.17%) Finance
12 106 (14.89%) Git (software)
13 91 (12.78%) C#
13 91 (12.78%) Linux
14 90 (12.64%) Kanban
15 84 (11.80%) Unix
15 84 (11.80%) User Experience
16 83 (11.66%) BDD
17 80 (11.24%) Scala
17 80 (11.24%) Software Engineering
18 79 (11.10%) Jenkins
19 77 (10.81%) DevOps
20 75 (10.53%) Cucumber
20 75 (10.53%) Retail
21 73 (10.25%) User Stories
21 73 (10.25%) REST
22 69 (9.69%) Microservices
23 66 (9.27%) RESTful
23 66 (9.27%) Spring

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 29 (4.07%) Confluence
2 28 (3.93%) WebSphere
3 25 (3.51%) Elasticsearch
4 22 (3.09%) Tomcat
5 18 (2.53%) Apache
6 15 (2.11%) Apache Spark
7 12 (1.69%) Apache Solr
8 10 (1.40%) MQSeries
9 9 (1.26%) Apache Pig
10 8 (1.12%) CMS
11 7 (0.98%) Drupal
12 6 (0.84%) WordPress
13 5 (0.70%) JBoss
14 4 (0.56%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 4 (0.56%) Jupyter
14 4 (0.56%) nginx
15 3 (0.42%) Jetty
15 3 (0.42%) Marvel
16 2 (0.28%) GlassFish
16 2 (0.28%) Kinematics
Applications
1 26 (3.65%) Photoshop
2 15 (2.11%) Adobe Illustrator
3 12 (1.69%) Microsoft Excel
4 10 (1.40%) OmniGraffle
5 8 (1.12%) Microsoft Office
6 5 (0.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 3 (0.42%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 3 (0.42%) InDesign
7 3 (0.42%) InVision
7 3 (0.42%) MS Visio
8 2 (0.28%) Adobe After Effects
8 2 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.14%) Adobe Premiere
9 1 (0.14%) CINEMA 4D
9 1 (0.14%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.14%) HipChat
9 1 (0.14%) Maya
9 1 (0.14%) MicroStation
9 1 (0.14%) SOLIDWORKS
9 1 (0.14%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 6 (0.84%) Magento
2 4 (0.56%) Payment Gateway
2 4 (0.56%) WebTrends
3 1 (0.14%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.14%) Cognos TM1
3 1 (0.14%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (0.14%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 43 (6.04%) Amazon AWS
2 23 (3.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (1.97%) Amazon EC2
4 11 (1.54%) npm
5 9 (1.26%) Amazon S3
6 8 (1.12%) SaaS
7 7 (0.98%) Amazon ELB
7 7 (0.98%) Google Play
8 6 (0.84%) GitHub
9 4 (0.56%) Adobe Creative Cloud
9 4 (0.56%) Amazon EMR
9 4 (0.56%) Amazon Kinesis
9 4 (0.56%) AWS CloudFormation
9 4 (0.56%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 4 (0.56%) AWS Lambda
9 4 (0.56%) CloudFront
9 4 (0.56%) Force.com
9 4 (0.56%) Google Cloud Platform
9 4 (0.56%) Route 53
9 4 (0.56%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 22 (3.09%) Internet
2 4 (0.56%) Bluetooth
3 3 (0.42%) HTTP
3 3 (0.42%) Network Security
3 3 (0.42%) SMS
4 2 (0.28%) AMQP
4 2 (0.28%) ATM
4 2 (0.28%) Firewall
4 2 (0.28%) FTP
4 2 (0.28%) Unified Communications
4 2 (0.28%) WAN
5 1 (0.14%) 3GPP
5 1 (0.14%) BGP
5 1 (0.14%) DHCP
5 1 (0.14%) EIGRP
5 1 (0.14%) MPLS
5 1 (0.14%) NAS
5 1 (0.14%) OSPF
5 1 (0.14%) VoIP
5 1 (0.14%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 62 (8.71%) NoSQL
2 60 (8.43%) Relational Database
3 55 (7.72%) MySQL
4 46 (6.46%) MongoDB
5 31 (4.35%) Apache Cassandra
6 30 (4.21%) SQL Server
7 25 (3.51%) RDBMS
8 24 (3.37%) Big Data
9 19 (2.67%) Data Warehouse
9 19 (2.67%) Redis
10 17 (2.39%) DB2
11 16 (2.25%) Data Mining
12 15 (2.11%) Hadoop
13 12 (1.69%) Apache Hive
14 11 (1.54%) DbVisualizer
15 9 (1.26%) Blockchain
15 9 (1.26%) Oracle Database
16 8 (1.12%) Impala
16 8 (1.12%) MarkLogic
16 8 (1.12%) Riak
Development Applications
1 106 (14.89%) Git (software)
2 79 (11.10%) Jenkins
3 75 (10.53%) Cucumber
4 62 (8.71%) JIRA
5 44 (6.18%) Selenium
6 33 (4.63%) Maven
6 33 (4.63%) WebDriver
7 32 (4.49%) JUnit
8 21 (2.95%) Jasmine
9 20 (2.81%) Subversion
10 18 (2.53%) Mockito
11 17 (2.39%) Axure RP
11 17 (2.39%) gulp
12 13 (1.83%) RSpec
13 11 (1.54%) nodeunit
14 10 (1.40%) webpack
15 9 (1.26%) Bitbucket
15 9 (1.26%) Eclipse
15 9 (1.26%) Octopus Deploy
15 9 (1.26%) TeamCity
General
1 108 (15.17%) Finance
2 75 (10.53%) Retail
3 54 (7.58%) Banking
4 42 (5.90%) Telecoms
5 39 (5.48%) Marketing
6 16 (2.25%) Online Betting
7 13 (1.83%) Back Office
8 7 (0.98%) Advertising
8 7 (0.98%) Electronics
9 4 (0.56%) Publishing
10 3 (0.42%) Automotive
10 3 (0.42%) Front Office
10 3 (0.42%) German Language
10 3 (0.42%) iGaming
10 3 (0.42%) Interactive Media
10 3 (0.42%) Legal
11 2 (0.28%) Aerospace
11 2 (0.28%) Multimedia
12 1 (0.14%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.14%) Law
Job Titles
1 347 (48.74%) Developer
2 107 (15.03%) Java Developer
3 62 (8.71%) Games Developer
4 55 (7.72%) Tester
5 52 (7.30%) Senior Developer
6 44 (6.18%) Analyst
7 40 (5.62%) JavaScript Developer
8 39 (5.48%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
9 36 (5.06%) Automation Tester
9 36 (5.06%) Designer
9 36 (5.06%) Scrum Master
10 28 (3.93%) Web Developer
11 27 (3.79%) Java Games Developer
11 27 (3.79%) Project Manager
12 26 (3.65%) Business Analyst
12 26 (3.65%) Senior Java Developer
13 23 (3.23%) Node.js Developer
14 22 (3.09%) UX Designer
15 21 (2.95%) DevOps Engineer
16 20 (2.81%) Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 117 (16.43%) CSS
2 116 (16.29%) HTML
3 73 (10.25%) REST
4 66 (9.27%) RESTful
4 66 (9.27%) Spring
5 65 (9.13%) Web Services
6 62 (8.71%) React
7 59 (8.29%) Node.js
8 58 (8.15%) AngularJS
9 53 (7.44%) HTML5
10 49 (6.88%) .NET
11 43 (6.04%) CSS3
12 42 (5.90%) JSON
12 42 (5.90%) Unity (Game Engine)
13 37 (5.20%) JMS
14 34 (4.78%) XML
15 33 (4.63%) Hibernate
15 33 (4.63%) Kafka
16 25 (3.51%) J2EE
17 24 (3.37%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 84 (11.80%) User Experience
2 65 (9.13%) Online Games
3 54 (7.58%) Analytical Skills
4 46 (6.46%) Computer Science
5 28 (3.93%) Mobile App
6 21 (2.95%) Greenfield Project
7 20 (2.81%) Equities
8 15 (2.11%) Data Structures
8 15 (2.11%) Virtual Team
9 12 (1.69%) Algorithms
9 12 (1.69%) Animation
9 12 (1.69%) Blog
9 12 (1.69%) Over-the-Top Content
10 11 (1.54%) Fintech
11 10 (1.40%) iPad
11 10 (1.40%) Mobile Games
11 10 (1.40%) Replication
12 9 (1.26%) Management Information System
12 9 (1.26%) Social Media
13 7 (0.98%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 91 (12.78%) Linux
2 84 (11.80%) Unix
3 49 (6.88%) Android
4 39 (5.48%) Apple iOS
5 28 (3.93%) Mac OS X
6 17 (2.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 13 (1.83%) CentOS
8 9 (1.26%) Windows
9 7 (0.98%) AIX
10 6 (0.84%) HPUX
10 6 (0.84%) Solaris
11 4 (0.56%) Oracle Linux
12 3 (0.42%) Debian
13 1 (0.14%) Windows 10
13 1 (0.14%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 334 (46.91%) Agile Software Development
2 151 (21.21%) Test Automation
3 133 (18.68%) Continuous Integration
4 132 (18.54%) E-Commerce
4 132 (18.54%) Scrum
5 127 (17.84%) TDD
6 90 (12.64%) Kanban
7 83 (11.66%) BDD
8 80 (11.24%) Software Engineering
9 77 (10.81%) DevOps
10 73 (10.25%) User Stories
11 69 (9.69%) Microservices
12 56 (7.87%) Front End Development
13 52 (7.30%) OO
13 52 (7.30%) Pair Programming
14 49 (6.88%) Mentoring
14 49 (6.88%) Web Development
15 46 (6.46%) MVC
16 45 (6.32%) Acceptance Criteria
16 45 (6.32%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 245 (34.41%) Java
2 179 (25.14%) JavaScript
3 130 (18.26%) SQL
4 91 (12.78%) C#
5 80 (11.24%) Scala
6 64 (8.99%) Python
7 44 (6.18%) C++
8 31 (4.35%) PHP
9 30 (4.21%) Bash Shell
9 30 (4.21%) Ruby
10 26 (3.65%) R
11 19 (2.67%) Objective-C
12 17 (2.39%) ES6
12 17 (2.39%) Go
12 17 (2.39%) Groovy
12 17 (2.39%) TypeScript
13 16 (2.25%) Perl
14 15 (2.11%) Shell Script
15 14 (1.97%) T-SQL
16 13 (1.83%) ActionScript
Qualifications
1 66 (9.27%) Degree
2 20 (2.81%) Computer Science Degree
2 20 (2.81%) Numerate Degree
3 13 (1.83%) PMI Certification
3 13 (1.83%) PMP
4 11 (1.54%) Security Cleared
5 7 (0.98%) ISTQB
5 7 (0.98%) SC Cleared
6 5 (0.70%) VCP6
6 5 (0.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 4 (0.56%) ISEB
8 3 (0.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 2 (0.28%) Master's Degree
9 2 (0.28%) MBA
9 2 (0.28%) PhD
10 1 (0.14%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.14%) GIAC
10 1 (0.14%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (0.14%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (8.57%) QA
2 20 (2.81%) WCAG
3 10 (1.40%) GDPR
4 4 (0.56%) GCP
4 4 (0.56%) SLA
5 3 (0.42%) PMO
6 2 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.28%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.14%) COBIT
7 1 (0.14%) Data Quality
System Software
1 55 (7.72%) Docker
2 7 (0.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (0.70%) vCloud
3 5 (0.70%) VMware ESXi
3 5 (0.70%) vSphere
4 2 (0.28%) Apache Flume
4 2 (0.28%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 1 (0.14%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.14%) HDFS
5 1 (0.14%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 27 (3.79%) Grafana
1 27 (3.79%) Puppet
2 26 (3.65%) Opscode Chef
3 21 (2.95%) Kibana
3 21 (2.95%) logstash
4 18 (2.53%) Kubernetes
5 14 (1.97%) Ansible
6 8 (1.12%) Hadoop YARN
6 8 (1.12%) StatsD
7 7 (0.98%) Prometheus
7 7 (0.98%) Terraform
8 5 (0.70%) vCenter Server
9 4 (0.56%) HP Quality Center
9 4 (0.56%) Packer
10 3 (0.42%) Graphite
10 3 (0.42%) Opsview
11 1 (0.14%) AppManager
11 1 (0.14%) Oozie
11 1 (0.14%) Salt
11 1 (0.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 65 (9.13%) Oracle
2 34 (4.78%) Splunk
3 27 (3.79%) Google
3 27 (3.79%) IBM
4 26 (3.65%) AppDynamics
5 21 (2.95%) Adobe
6 20 (2.81%) Sybase
7 19 (2.67%) hybris
8 14 (1.97%) Microsoft
9 12 (1.69%) New Relic
10 10 (1.40%) Salesforce.com
11 7 (0.98%) Tableau
11 7 (0.98%) VMware
12 6 (0.84%) Maxymiser
12 6 (0.84%) Red Hat
12 6 (0.84%) Talend
13 5 (0.70%) Dynatrace
13 5 (0.70%) HP
14 4 (0.56%) PayPal
14 4 (0.56%) Perforce