Period
to 9 July 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 9 July 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
9 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 351 378 308
Rank change year-on-year +27 -70 +72
Contract jobs citing Games 244 585 851
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.59% 0.62% 0.82%
As % of the General category 1.50% 1.57% 2.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 170 367 569
Median daily rate £450 £450 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.24% +15.13%
10th Percentile £205 £213 £300
90th Percentile £638 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £311 £375 £405
% change year-on-year -17.00% -7.41% +15.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 11 24
Median hourly rate £25.00 £35.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -29.58% +115.15% -46.34%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £40.00 £13.00
% change year-on-year +8.75% +207.69% -58.73%

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 16,315 37,319 42,517
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 39.54% 39.75% 40.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,290 24,092 27,597
Median daily rate £500 £488 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +2.63% +5.56%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £288
90th Percentile £700 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 595 993 1,139
Median hourly rate £27.18 £22.75 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.45% +5.81% -0.16%
10th Percentile £12.94 £12.50 £11.61
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £21.57 £23.50 £19.52
% change year-on-year -8.21% +20.39% -10.01%

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 9 July 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 9 July 2020.

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 9 July 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 +61 239 £450 -1.10% 280
London +53 159 £475 -5.24% 99
UK excluding London +53 71 £311 -17.00% 204
Work from Home +14 31 £400 +14.29% 67
East of England +43 20 £373 +272.50% 28
North of England +72 18 £213 -52.78% 57
South East +134 15 £363 -9.38% 53
Midlands +59 14 £300 +22.45% 31
West Midlands +71 11 £300 +33.33% 24
North West +52 11 £200 -55.56% 33
Yorkshire +52 5 £450 +5.88% 13
South West +74 2 £350 +16.67% 12
Scotland +45 2 - - 14
East Midlands +32 2 - - 7
North East +29 2 £275 -52.34% 11

For the 6 months to 9 July 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 62 (25.41%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 59 (24.18%) C#
3 57 (23.36%) Agile Software Development
4 46 (18.85%) Python
5 39 (15.98%) AWS
6 38 (15.57%) Java
7 33 (13.52%) JavaScript
8 31 (12.70%) User Experience
9 30 (12.30%) Problem-Solving
10 28 (11.48%) DevOps
10 28 (11.48%) Artificial Intelligence
11 26 (10.66%) C++
12 25 (10.25%) HTML
12 25 (10.25%) CSS
12 25 (10.25%) Finance
13 24 (9.84%) E-Commerce
13 24 (9.84%) TDD
14 23 (9.43%) Node.js
15 22 (9.02%) Azure
15 22 (9.02%) Android
16 21 (8.61%) Docker
17 20 (8.20%) Microservices
17 20 (8.20%) Kubernetes
17 20 (8.20%) Time Management
17 20 (8.20%) JIRA
18 18 (7.38%) Machine Learning
19 17 (6.97%) Apple iOS
19 17 (6.97%) Linux
20 16 (6.56%) Animation
20 16 (6.56%) Scrum

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 (5.33%) WebSphere
2 9 (3.69%) Confluence
3 7 (2.87%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 5 (2.05%) Apache Spark
5 3 (1.23%) Apache
5 3 (1.23%) CMS
5 3 (1.23%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (1.23%) Jupyter
5 3 (1.23%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.82%) OpenStack
6 2 (0.82%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.41%) Apache Solr
7 1 (0.41%) Ethereum
7 1 (0.41%) JBoss
7 1 (0.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.41%) Red Hat Fuse
7 1 (0.41%) SAS
Applications
1 9 (3.69%) Maya
2 6 (2.46%) Photoshop
2 6 (2.46%) Sketch
3 3 (1.23%) 3ds Max
4 2 (0.82%) Adobe After Effects
4 2 (0.82%) CINEMA 4D
4 2 (0.82%) Houdini
4 2 (0.82%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.41%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.41%) Adobe XD
5 1 (0.41%) Figma
5 1 (0.41%) InVision
5 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Office
5 1 (0.41%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 10 (4.10%) Magento
2 5 (2.05%) Shopify
3 2 (0.82%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 1 (0.41%) SAP Hybris
4 1 (0.41%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 39 (15.98%) AWS
2 22 (9.02%) Azure
3 12 (4.92%) Serverless
4 10 (4.10%) GCP
5 8 (3.28%) AWS CloudFormation
5 8 (3.28%) AWS Lambda
6 7 (2.87%) Amazon S3
7 6 (2.46%) GitHub
8 5 (2.05%) Amazon EC2
8 5 (2.05%) Amazon ECS
8 5 (2.05%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (1.64%) SaaS
10 3 (1.23%) Amazon Kinesis
10 3 (1.23%) Amazon SageMaker
10 3 (1.23%) Azure Functions
10 3 (1.23%) Google Analytics
10 3 (1.23%) Heroku
10 3 (1.23%) Power Platform
11 2 (0.82%) AWS CodePipeline
11 2 (0.82%) Google Play
Communications & Networking
1 4 (1.64%) Bluetooth
1 4 (1.64%) Internet
1 4 (1.64%) TCP/IP
2 3 (1.23%) DNS
3 2 (0.82%) 5G
3 2 (0.82%) Firewall
3 2 (0.82%) HTTP
3 2 (0.82%) OpenLDAP
4 1 (0.41%) BGP
4 1 (0.41%) MPLS
4 1 (0.41%) NetScreen
4 1 (0.41%) OpenVPN
4 1 (0.41%) OSPF
4 1 (0.41%) Skype
4 1 (0.41%) VLAN
4 1 (0.41%) VPN
4 1 (0.41%) WAN
4 1 (0.41%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (6.56%) NoSQL
2 10 (4.10%) MySQL
3 9 (3.69%) Looker
4 8 (3.28%) Big Data
5 7 (2.87%) Amazon RDS
5 7 (2.87%) Amazon Redshift
5 7 (2.87%) Blockchain
5 7 (2.87%) PostgreSQL
5 7 (2.87%) Redis
6 6 (2.46%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 6 (2.46%) MongoDB
6 6 (2.46%) Relational Database
7 4 (1.64%) Hadoop
8 3 (1.23%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (1.23%) Pentaho
8 3 (1.23%) Power BI
9 2 (0.82%) Apache Cassandra
9 2 (0.82%) Cosmos DB
9 2 (0.82%) Data Lake
9 2 (0.82%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 20 (8.20%) JIRA
2 14 (5.74%) Git (software)
3 10 (4.10%) Jenkins
4 6 (2.46%) Jasmine
5 5 (2.05%) Bitbucket
5 5 (2.05%) Grunt
6 4 (1.64%) GitLab
6 4 (1.64%) Karma Test Runner
7 3 (1.23%) Maven
8 2 (0.82%) Axure RP
8 2 (0.82%) Mocha
8 2 (0.82%) Selenium
8 2 (0.82%) TestRail
9 1 (0.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (0.41%) Cucumber
9 1 (0.41%) gulp
9 1 (0.41%) Moq
9 1 (0.41%) Postman
9 1 (0.41%) Sonatype Nexus
9 1 (0.41%) Sourcetree
General
1 25 (10.25%) Finance
2 11 (4.51%) Retail
3 8 (3.28%) Publishing
4 5 (2.05%) Marketing
4 5 (2.05%) Multimedia
5 4 (1.64%) Banking
6 3 (1.23%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.23%) Telecoms
7 2 (0.82%) Advertising
7 2 (0.82%) Arabic Language
7 2 (0.82%) Billing
7 2 (0.82%) Electronics
7 2 (0.82%) Law
7 2 (0.82%) Public Sector
8 1 (0.41%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.41%) Music Industry
8 1 (0.41%) Turkish Language
Job Titles
1 105 (43.03%) Developer
2 14 (5.74%) Architect
2 14 (5.74%) Designer
3 12 (4.92%) React Developer
4 11 (4.51%) C# Developer
4 11 (4.51%) Scrum Master
5 10 (4.10%) DevOps Engineer
5 10 (4.10%) Games Developer
5 10 (4.10%) Senior Developer
6 9 (3.69%) AWS Engineer
6 9 (3.69%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 8 (3.28%) Data Engineer
7 8 (3.28%) Python Engineer
8 7 (2.87%) Analyst
8 7 (2.87%) Java Developer
9 6 (2.46%) Applications Support
9 6 (2.46%) AWS Architect
9 6 (2.46%) iOS Developer
9 6 (2.46%) Python Developer
9 6 (2.46%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (25.41%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 25 (10.25%) CSS
2 25 (10.25%) HTML
3 23 (9.43%) Node.js
4 15 (6.15%) React
5 13 (5.33%) Unreal Engine
6 12 (4.92%) AngularJS
6 12 (4.92%) Web Services
7 11 (4.51%) .NET
7 11 (4.51%) Spring
8 9 (3.69%) XML
9 8 (3.28%) GraphQL
9 8 (3.28%) Kafka
9 8 (3.28%) RESTful
10 7 (2.87%) HTML5
10 7 (2.87%) JSON
10 7 (2.87%) React Native
10 7 (2.87%) Sass
10 7 (2.87%) XHTML
11 6 (2.46%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 31 (12.70%) User Experience
2 16 (6.56%) Animation
3 11 (4.51%) Self-Motivation
4 10 (4.10%) Greenfield Project
5 9 (3.69%) Mobile App
5 9 (3.69%) Mobile Games
6 8 (3.28%) Augmented Reality
6 8 (3.28%) Data Structures
7 6 (2.46%) Algorithms
7 6 (2.46%) Analytical Skills
7 6 (2.46%) W3C
8 5 (2.05%) Online Games
8 5 (2.05%) Virtual Team
9 3 (1.23%) Client/Server
9 3 (1.23%) e-Learning
9 3 (1.23%) Motion Graphics
9 3 (1.23%) Social Media
10 2 (0.82%) Blog
10 2 (0.82%) Graphic Design
10 2 (0.82%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 22 (9.02%) Android
2 17 (6.97%) Apple iOS
2 17 (6.97%) Linux
3 7 (2.87%) Windows
4 5 (2.05%) Unix
5 3 (1.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (0.82%) CentOS
6 2 (0.82%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.41%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.41%) VMS
7 1 (0.41%) VyOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (23.36%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (12.30%) Problem-Solving
3 28 (11.48%) Artificial Intelligence
3 28 (11.48%) DevOps
4 24 (9.84%) E-Commerce
4 24 (9.84%) TDD
5 20 (8.20%) Microservices
5 20 (8.20%) Time Management
6 18 (7.38%) Machine Learning
7 16 (6.56%) Analytics
7 16 (6.56%) Game Development
7 16 (6.56%) Scrum
8 15 (6.15%) Continuous Integration
8 15 (6.15%) Test Automation
9 12 (4.92%) Continuous Improvement
9 12 (4.92%) User Stories
10 11 (4.51%) Fintech
10 11 (4.51%) Project Management
11 10 (4.10%) Decision-Making
11 10 (4.10%) Front End Development
Programming Languages
1 59 (24.18%) C#
2 46 (18.85%) Python
3 38 (15.57%) Java
4 33 (13.52%) JavaScript
5 26 (10.66%) C++
6 14 (5.74%) SQL
7 9 (3.69%) Kotlin
7 9 (3.69%) PowerShell
8 7 (2.87%) Apple Swift
8 7 (2.87%) C
8 7 (2.87%) Scala
9 6 (2.46%) PHP
10 5 (2.05%) TypeScript
11 4 (1.64%) ES6
12 3 (1.23%) Java 8
12 3 (1.23%) Objective-C
13 2 (0.82%) Clojure
13 2 (0.82%) Go
13 2 (0.82%) R
14 1 (0.41%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 12 (4.92%) Degree
2 4 (1.64%) Computer Science Degree
3 3 (1.23%) Security Cleared
4 1 (0.41%) CCNA
4 1 (0.41%) CCNP
4 1 (0.41%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (0.41%) DV Cleared
4 1 (0.41%) JNCIA
4 1 (0.41%) JNCIS
4 1 (0.41%) Master's Degree
4 1 (0.41%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.28%) QA
2 3 (1.23%) GDPR
3 2 (0.82%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.41%) PMO
System Software
1 21 (8.61%) Docker
2 2 (0.82%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.41%) HDFS
3 1 (0.41%) LXC
3 1 (0.41%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 20 (8.20%) Kubernetes
2 10 (4.10%) Terraform
3 5 (2.05%) Ansible
4 2 (0.82%) EMC NetWorker
4 2 (0.82%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.41%) FreeIPA
5 1 (0.41%) Graphite
5 1 (0.41%) Prometheus
5 1 (0.41%) Puppet
5 1 (0.41%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 11 (4.51%) Google
2 9 (3.69%) IBM
3 8 (3.28%) Adobe
3 8 (3.28%) hybris
3 8 (3.28%) Tableau
4 5 (2.05%) Salesforce.com
4 5 (2.05%) Workday
5 4 (1.64%) SAP
6 3 (1.23%) Informatica
6 3 (1.23%) Microsoft
6 3 (1.23%) Oracle
6 3 (1.23%) Red Hat
6 3 (1.23%) Talend
6 3 (1.23%) VMware
7 2 (0.82%) Alibaba
7 2 (0.82%) Atlassian
7 2 (0.82%) Facebook
7 2 (0.82%) NVIDIA
7 2 (0.82%) Sparx
8 1 (0.41%) Confluent