Period
to 19 June 2021

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 19 June 2021 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
19 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 384 365 404
Rank change year-on-year -19 +39 -80
Contract jobs citing Games 356 250 553
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.57% 0.59% 0.61%
As % of the General category 1.08% 1.14% 1.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 251 154 338
10th Percentile £313 £191 £213
25th Percentile £400 £313 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
75th Percentile £588 £524 £575
90th Percentile £619 £630 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £310 £375
% change year-on-year +30.65% -17.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 2 12
10th Percentile £17.00 £26.78 £12.38
25th Percentile £18.00 £29.44 £27.00
Median hourly rate £29.43 £34.25 £35.50
Median % change year-on-year -14.09% -3.52% -11.25%
75th Percentile £45.63 £39.44 £47.81
90th Percentile £57.88 £42.33 £49.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £43.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -58.62% +8.75% +19.44%

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 33,042 21,948 47,731
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 52.87% 51.62% 52.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,064 14,289 31,030
10th Percentile £300 £263 £280
25th Percentile £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £588 £575
90th Percentile £700 £688 £669
UK excluding London median daily rate £443 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +1.26% +2.94% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,178 852 1,412
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.31 £10.75
25th Percentile £14.13 £15.00 £13.75
Median hourly rate £21.15 £20.00 £19.21
Median % change year-on-year +5.75% +4.13% +9.76%
75th Percentile £42.25 £40.70 £38.78
90th Percentile £55.00 £53.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%

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 19 June 2021.

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 19 June 2021.

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 19 June 2021. 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 -5 313 £450 - 461
London -74 162 £550 +15.79% 202
UK excluding London +66 151 £405 +30.65% 270
Work from Home -213 82 £450 +14.29% 153
North of England +48 63 £405 +80.00% 78
North West +40 52 £405 +105.06% 43
South East +23 41 £435 +20.00% 59
South West +29 14 £438 -4.11% 29
Scotland -32 13 £550 - 10
East of England -5 12 £350 -6.04% 41
Yorkshire +11 9 £463 +27.59% 24
Midlands -22 8 £185 -38.33% 53
East Midlands +3 4 £100 - 18
West Midlands -23 4 £293 -2.50% 35
North East +11 2 £165 -40.00% 11

For the 6 months to 19 June 2021, 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.

1 133 (37.36%) Agile Software Development
2 79 (22.19%) JavaScript
3 65 (18.26%) TDD
4 62 (17.42%) Social Skills
5 61 (17.13%) Software Engineering
6 52 (14.61%) C#
7 44 (12.36%) Unity (Game Engine)
8 43 (12.08%) Python
9 41 (11.52%) DevOps
10 39 (10.96%) .NET
10 39 (10.96%) Scrum
11 38 (10.67%) Continuous Integration
12 37 (10.39%) Game Development
12 37 (10.39%) Java
13 35 (9.83%) Marketing
14 34 (9.55%) SQL
15 32 (8.99%) Microservices
16 31 (8.71%) Greenfield Project
16 31 (8.71%) CSS
16 31 (8.71%) Finance
16 31 (8.71%) Test Automation
17 30 (8.43%) Microsoft
17 30 (8.43%) React
18 29 (8.15%) C++
18 29 (8.15%) Git (software)
18 29 (8.15%) Azure
18 29 (8.15%) JIRA
19 28 (7.87%) Analytics
19 28 (7.87%) Docker
20 26 (7.30%) Kubernetes

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 13 (3.65%) Confluence
2 9 (2.53%) Apache
3 8 (2.25%) Apache Spark
4 3 (0.84%) Apache Airflow
4 3 (0.84%) Cloud Foundry
4 3 (0.84%) Elasticsearch
4 3 (0.84%) nginx
5 2 (0.56%) CMS
5 2 (0.56%) Headless CMS
5 2 (0.56%) SAS
6 1 (0.28%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 1 (0.28%) Apache TomEE
6 1 (0.28%) IPython
6 1 (0.28%) Site Server
6 1 (0.28%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.28%) Totara
6 1 (0.28%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.28%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 13 (3.65%) Photoshop
2 7 (1.97%) Maya
2 7 (1.97%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (1.69%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (1.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.84%) 3ds Max
6 2 (0.56%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.56%) Houdini
6 2 (0.56%) Microsoft Office
6 2 (0.56%) ZBrush
7 1 (0.28%) Adobe After Effects
7 1 (0.28%) Adobe Captivate
7 1 (0.28%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.28%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.28%) Figma
7 1 (0.28%) InDesign
7 1 (0.28%) MotionBuilder
Business Applications
1 4 (1.12%) Magento
2 3 (0.84%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.84%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.28%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (0.28%) Toggl
3 1 (0.28%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 29 (8.15%) Azure
2 26 (7.30%) AWS
3 15 (4.21%) GitHub
4 12 (3.37%) GCP
4 12 (3.37%) Power Platform
5 7 (1.97%) Azure Data Factory
5 7 (1.97%) npm
6 6 (1.69%) Serverless
7 5 (1.40%) AWS Lambda
7 5 (1.40%) Azure Synapse Analytics
8 4 (1.12%) Amazon S3
8 4 (1.12%) Azure Cosmos DB
8 4 (1.12%) Azure Data Lake Analytics
8 4 (1.12%) SaaS
9 3 (0.84%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (0.84%) Azure Stack
9 3 (0.84%) Dynamics 365
9 3 (0.84%) Firebase
10 2 (0.56%) PlayCanvas
10 2 (0.56%) Snowflake
Communications & Networking
1 4 (1.12%) HTTP
2 3 (0.84%) Broadband
2 3 (0.84%) DNS
3 2 (0.56%) IPsec
3 2 (0.56%) IPv4
3 2 (0.56%) OpenVPN
3 2 (0.56%) VPN
4 1 (0.28%) Firewall
4 1 (0.28%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (7.30%) SQL Server
2 12 (3.37%) Power BI
2 12 (3.37%) Relational Database
3 11 (3.09%) Big Data
4 10 (2.81%) Data Lake
4 10 (2.81%) MySQL
5 9 (2.53%) Hadoop
6 5 (1.40%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 5 (1.40%) MongoDB
6 5 (1.40%) PostgreSQL
7 4 (1.12%) Azure SQL Database
7 4 (1.12%) Data Mining
7 4 (1.12%) Data Vault
7 4 (1.12%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (1.12%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
7 4 (1.12%) NoSQL
7 4 (1.12%) Redis
8 3 (0.84%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 3 (0.84%) HDInsight
8 3 (0.84%) Lumira
Development Applications
1 29 (8.15%) Git (software)
1 29 (8.15%) JIRA
2 20 (5.62%) GitLab
3 19 (5.34%) Jenkins
4 16 (4.49%) Jasmine
5 12 (3.37%) Cypress.io
6 11 (3.09%) Cucumber
7 10 (2.81%) Mocha
8 8 (2.25%) Subversion
9 7 (1.97%) Grunt
10 5 (1.40%) Bitbucket
10 5 (1.40%) Visual Studio
11 3 (0.84%) Postman
11 3 (0.84%) Selenium
11 3 (0.84%) SonarQube
11 3 (0.84%) SpecFlow
11 3 (0.84%) Team Foundation Server
11 3 (0.84%) Vagrant
11 3 (0.84%) Visual Studio Team System
12 2 (0.56%) Artifactory
General
1 62 (17.42%) Social Skills
2 35 (9.83%) Marketing
3 31 (8.71%) Finance
4 11 (3.09%) Analytical Skills
5 9 (2.53%) Retail
6 6 (1.69%) Multimedia
6 6 (1.69%) Presentation Skills
6 6 (1.69%) Public Sector
7 5 (1.40%) iGaming
8 4 (1.12%) Banking
8 4 (1.12%) Influencing Skills
8 4 (1.12%) Manufacturing
8 4 (1.12%) Organisational Skills
8 4 (1.12%) Telecoms
9 3 (0.84%) Military
9 3 (0.84%) Wearables
10 2 (0.56%) Front Office
10 2 (0.56%) German Language
10 2 (0.56%) Law
11 1 (0.28%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 127 (35.67%) Developer
2 25 (7.02%) .NET Developer
3 20 (5.62%) Games Developer
4 18 (5.06%) Scrum Master
5 16 (4.49%) DevOps Engineer
5 16 (4.49%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
5 16 (4.49%) JavaScript Developer
5 16 (4.49%) Software Engineer
6 13 (3.65%) Data Engineer
6 13 (3.65%) Project Manager
7 12 (3.37%) Java Developer
8 11 (3.09%) Architect
8 11 (3.09%) C# Developer
8 11 (3.09%) Consultant
9 10 (2.81%) Analyst
9 10 (2.81%) Senior Developer
10 9 (2.53%) Designer
11 8 (2.25%) C# .NET Developer
12 7 (1.97%) Azure Engineer
12 7 (1.97%) Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (12.36%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 39 (10.96%) .NET
3 31 (8.71%) CSS
4 30 (8.43%) React
5 24 (6.74%) Node.js
6 21 (5.90%) RESTful
6 21 (5.90%) Unreal Engine
7 20 (5.62%) HTML
7 20 (5.62%) Jest
8 19 (5.34%) Spring
9 17 (4.78%) GraphQL
10 16 (4.49%) Redux
11 14 (3.93%) WebGL
12 13 (3.65%) AngularJS
12 13 (3.65%) REST
13 12 (3.37%) HTML5
14 9 (2.53%) OpenGL
14 9 (2.53%) RxJS
14 9 (2.53%) Web Services
15 8 (2.25%) Pixi.js
Miscellaneous
1 31 (8.71%) Greenfield Project
2 22 (6.18%) Mobile Games
3 18 (5.06%) User Experience
4 15 (4.21%) Online Games
5 8 (2.25%) Animation
5 8 (2.25%) Social Media
6 7 (1.97%) Mobile App
6 7 (1.97%) PlayStation
6 7 (1.97%) Self-Motivation
6 7 (1.97%) Xbox
7 5 (1.40%) Cloud Native
8 4 (1.12%) Blog
8 4 (1.12%) Digital Media
8 4 (1.12%) Management Information System
9 3 (0.84%) Algorithms
9 3 (0.84%) Data Centre
9 3 (0.84%) Data Protection Act
10 2 (0.56%) Augmented Reality
10 2 (0.56%) iPhone
10 2 (0.56%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 25 (7.02%) Linux
2 16 (4.49%) Android
3 14 (3.93%) Windows
4 10 (2.81%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.28%) Android TV
5 1 (0.28%) Mac OS X
5 1 (0.28%) Tizen
5 1 (0.28%) tvOS
5 1 (0.28%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 133 (37.36%) Agile Software Development
2 65 (18.26%) TDD
3 61 (17.13%) Software Engineering
4 41 (11.52%) DevOps
5 39 (10.96%) Scrum
6 38 (10.67%) Continuous Integration
7 37 (10.39%) Game Development
8 32 (8.99%) Microservices
9 31 (8.71%) Test Automation
10 28 (7.87%) Analytics
11 26 (7.30%) Problem-Solving
11 26 (7.30%) User Stories
12 24 (6.74%) OO
13 20 (5.62%) Project Management
14 19 (5.34%) BDD
14 19 (5.34%) E-Commerce
15 17 (4.78%) Front End Development
15 17 (4.78%) Waterfall
16 16 (4.49%) Project Delivery
17 15 (4.21%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 79 (22.19%) JavaScript
2 52 (14.61%) C#
3 43 (12.08%) Python
4 37 (10.39%) Java
5 34 (9.55%) SQL
6 29 (8.15%) C++
7 22 (6.18%) Go
8 18 (5.06%) TypeScript
9 15 (4.21%) Kotlin
10 12 (3.37%) C
11 8 (2.25%) ES6
12 7 (1.97%) PHP
13 5 (1.40%) R
13 5 (1.40%) VB
14 3 (0.84%) Bash Shell
14 3 (0.84%) C++/CLI
14 3 (0.84%) MAXScript
14 3 (0.84%) Shell Script
15 2 (0.56%) Perl
15 2 (0.56%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 15 (4.21%) Degree
2 7 (1.97%) Computer Science Degree
3 6 (1.69%) Security Cleared
4 3 (0.84%) ACCA
4 3 (0.84%) CIMA
4 3 (0.84%) ISEB
4 3 (0.84%) ISTQB
4 3 (0.84%) Master's Degree
5 2 (0.56%) PhD
5 2 (0.56%) PMI Certification
5 2 (0.56%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.28%) AWS Certification
6 1 (0.28%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (3.93%) GDPR
2 10 (2.81%) QA
3 5 (1.40%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.28%) Accessibility
5 1 (0.28%) GRC
5 1 (0.28%) NIST
5 1 (0.28%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 28 (7.87%) Docker
2 2 (0.56%) HDFS
2 2 (0.56%) iptables
3 1 (0.28%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (0.28%) VMware NSX
3 1 (0.28%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 26 (7.30%) Kubernetes
2 19 (5.34%) Terraform
3 13 (3.65%) Ansible
4 4 (1.12%) Hadoop YARN
4 4 (1.12%) Puppet
5 2 (0.56%) Ambari
5 2 (0.56%) Grafana
5 2 (0.56%) Salt
5 2 (0.56%) Sysdig
6 1 (0.28%) Istio
6 1 (0.28%) Marathon
6 1 (0.28%) Prometheus
6 1 (0.28%) Rundeck
6 1 (0.28%) WSUS
Vendors
1 30 (8.43%) Microsoft
2 13 (3.65%) Google
3 8 (2.25%) Adobe
4 5 (1.40%) Databricks
5 4 (1.12%) Perforce
5 4 (1.12%) Samsung
5 4 (1.12%) SAP
5 4 (1.12%) Zend
6 3 (0.84%) Alteryx
6 3 (0.84%) Autodesk
6 3 (0.84%) Oracle
6 3 (0.84%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (0.56%) Cisco
7 2 (0.56%) Cloudera
7 2 (0.56%) Dynatrace
7 2 (0.56%) Mapbox
7 2 (0.56%) New Relic
7 2 (0.56%) ServiceNow
7 2 (0.56%) Splunk
7 2 (0.56%) Workday