Period
to 23 October 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 23 October 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
23 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 355 356 346
Rank change year-on-year +1 -10 +34
Contract jobs citing Games 186 562 769
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.58% 0.66% 0.74%
As % of the General category 1.39% 1.71% 1.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 136 331 490
Median daily rate £400 £450 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.11% -10.00% +17.65%
10th Percentile £209 £225 £281
90th Percentile £650 £625 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £313 £375 £460
% change year-on-year -16.67% -18.48% +26.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 16 34
Median hourly rate £25.00 £42.75 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -41.52% +228.85% -56.67%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £11.50 £11.78
% change year-on-year - -2.38% -62.00%

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 13,349 32,788 41,752
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 41.72% 38.70% 40.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,571 21,001 27,048
Median daily rate £500 £478 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.71% +0.53% +5.56%
10th Percentile £288 £290 £290
90th Percentile £700 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £430 £438 £425
% change year-on-year -1.71% +2.94% +5.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 480 983 1,154
Median hourly rate £29.95 £22.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.11% +4.76% -6.67%
10th Percentile £12.90 £12.44 £11.85
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £23.38 £21.76 £20.00
% change year-on-year +7.42% +8.80% -11.68%

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 23 October 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 23 October 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 23 October 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 +37 175 £400 -11.11% 449
London +34 118 £450 -10.00% 191
UK excluding London +90 54 £313 -16.67% 295
Work from Home -77 44 £394 -7.35% 144
Midlands +57 20 £215 -14.00% 48
West Midlands +71 15 £215 -14.00% 34
South East +150 12 £390 -2.50% 56
South West +110 7 £388 +29.17% 23
North of England +85 7 £295 -32.57% 101
East of England +31 6 £438 +87.17% 31
East Midlands +31 5 - - 14
North West +68 3 £225 -48.57% 46
Scotland +70 2 - - 27
Yorkshire +56 2 £310 -27.06% 42
North East +36 2 £275 -26.67% 13

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 46 (24.73%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (19.35%) Java
3 35 (18.82%) Python
4 33 (17.74%) Unity (Game Engine)
5 31 (16.67%) C#
6 29 (15.59%) SQL
7 25 (13.44%) C++
8 24 (12.90%) JavaScript
8 24 (12.90%) E-Commerce
9 22 (11.83%) TDD
9 22 (11.83%) Git (software)
9 22 (11.83%) User Experience
9 22 (11.83%) Analytics
10 20 (10.75%) AWS
10 20 (10.75%) HTML
10 20 (10.75%) CSS
11 19 (10.22%) Spring
11 19 (10.22%) DevOps
12 18 (9.68%) Artificial Intelligence
12 18 (9.68%) Animation
13 16 (8.60%) Machine Learning
14 15 (8.06%) Front End Development
14 15 (8.06%) Data Modelling
14 15 (8.06%) Finance
14 15 (8.06%) Problem-Solving
15 14 (7.53%) Apache
15 14 (7.53%) Azure
15 14 (7.53%) React
16 13 (6.99%) Continuous Integration
16 13 (6.99%) Self-Motivation

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 14 (7.53%) Apache
2 12 (6.45%) WebSphere
3 8 (4.30%) WebSphere Application Server
4 4 (2.15%) Apache Spark
4 4 (2.15%) CMS
5 3 (1.61%) Confluence
5 3 (1.61%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.54%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 1 (0.54%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (0.54%) Drupal
6 1 (0.54%) Ethereum
6 1 (0.54%) nginx
6 1 (0.54%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.54%) WordPress
Applications
1 12 (6.45%) Maya
2 2 (1.08%) Photoshop
3 1 (0.54%) 3ds Max
3 1 (0.54%) Adobe After Effects
3 1 (0.54%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (0.54%) Blender
3 1 (0.54%) Figma
3 1 (0.54%) Houdini
3 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 6 (3.23%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 20 (10.75%) AWS
2 14 (7.53%) Azure
3 6 (3.23%) Serverless
4 5 (2.69%) Amazon S3
4 5 (2.69%) AWS CloudFormation
5 4 (2.15%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (1.61%) AWS Lambda
6 3 (1.61%) Firebase
6 3 (1.61%) GCP
6 3 (1.61%) GitHub
7 2 (1.08%) Amazon SageMaker
7 2 (1.08%) AWS CodePipeline
7 2 (1.08%) PaaS
8 1 (0.54%) Amazon ECS
8 1 (0.54%) Amazon EKS
8 1 (0.54%) AWS CodeCommit
8 1 (0.54%) Google Play
8 1 (0.54%) Office 365
8 1 (0.54%) OpenShift
8 1 (0.54%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.15%) Broadband
2 3 (1.61%) HTTP
3 1 (0.54%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (5.91%) NoSQL
2 10 (5.38%) Tableau
3 7 (3.76%) MySQL
4 5 (2.69%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 5 (2.69%) Amazon RDS
4 5 (2.69%) Amazon Redshift
4 5 (2.69%) Big Data
4 5 (2.69%) Looker
5 4 (2.15%) Blockchain
5 4 (2.15%) Hadoop
5 4 (2.15%) Relational Database
6 3 (1.61%) Pentaho
6 3 (1.61%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (1.61%) SQL Server
7 2 (1.08%) Redis
8 1 (0.54%) Apache Hive
8 1 (0.54%) DB2
8 1 (0.54%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.54%) WhereScape RED
Development Applications
1 22 (11.83%) Git (software)
2 8 (4.30%) Subversion
3 6 (3.23%) Jenkins
4 5 (2.69%) Grunt
4 5 (2.69%) Jasmine
4 5 (2.69%) JIRA
5 3 (1.61%) Bower
5 3 (1.61%) Karma Test Runner
5 3 (1.61%) Maven
5 3 (1.61%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (1.08%) gulp
6 2 (1.08%) Mocha
7 1 (0.54%) CMake
7 1 (0.54%) Cucumber
7 1 (0.54%) Postman
7 1 (0.54%) SoapUI
7 1 (0.54%) Sourcetree
7 1 (0.54%) SpecFlow
7 1 (0.54%) TestRail
7 1 (0.54%) WebDriver
General
1 15 (8.06%) Finance
2 11 (5.91%) Marketing
3 4 (2.15%) Banking
4 3 (1.61%) Automotive
4 3 (1.61%) Law
4 3 (1.61%) Portuguese Language
4 3 (1.61%) Retail
4 3 (1.61%) Spanish Language
5 2 (1.08%) Advertising
5 2 (1.08%) French Language
5 2 (1.08%) German Language
5 2 (1.08%) Publishing
6 1 (0.54%) Billing
6 1 (0.54%) Electronics
6 1 (0.54%) Mandarin Language
6 1 (0.54%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.54%) Public Sector
6 1 (0.54%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 76 (40.86%) Developer
2 13 (6.99%) Senior Developer
3 10 (5.38%) Designer
3 10 (5.38%) Games Developer
4 8 (4.30%) Animator
4 8 (4.30%) Architect
4 8 (4.30%) WebSphere Developer
5 7 (3.76%) Product Manager
5 7 (3.76%) Project Manager
5 7 (3.76%) Senior Manager
6 6 (3.23%) AWS Architect
6 6 (3.23%) Data Engineer
6 6 (3.23%) Java Developer
6 6 (3.23%) Scrum Master
7 5 (2.69%) AWS Engineer
7 5 (2.69%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 5 (2.69%) Magento Developer
7 5 (2.69%) Python Engineer
7 5 (2.69%) Senior Product Manager
7 5 (2.69%) UI Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (17.74%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 20 (10.75%) CSS
2 20 (10.75%) HTML
3 19 (10.22%) Spring
4 14 (7.53%) React
5 12 (6.45%) REST
5 12 (6.45%) RESTful
6 11 (5.91%) jQuery
6 11 (5.91%) Unreal Engine
7 9 (4.84%) Ajax
7 9 (4.84%) J2EE
8 8 (4.30%) EJB
8 8 (4.30%) GraphQL
8 8 (4.30%) JPA
8 8 (4.30%) JSP
8 8 (4.30%) Struts
8 8 (4.30%) Web Services
9 7 (3.76%) AngularJS
10 6 (3.23%) Node.js
10 6 (3.23%) WebGL
Miscellaneous
1 22 (11.83%) User Experience
2 18 (9.68%) Animation
3 13 (6.99%) Self-Motivation
4 11 (5.91%) Greenfield Project
5 10 (5.38%) Analytical Skills
6 8 (4.30%) Mobile App
7 7 (3.76%) Mobile Games
8 5 (2.69%) Augmented Reality
9 4 (2.15%) Data Structures
10 3 (1.61%) Cloud Native
10 3 (1.61%) FMCG
10 3 (1.61%) Motion Graphics
10 3 (1.61%) Online Games
10 3 (1.61%) Vector Graphics
10 3 (1.61%) W3C
11 2 (1.08%) Graphic Design
11 2 (1.08%) Online Banking
11 2 (1.08%) Video\Live Streaming
11 2 (1.08%) Virtual Team
11 2 (1.08%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 11 (5.91%) Android
2 9 (4.84%) Apple iOS
3 7 (3.76%) Linux
4 3 (1.61%) Windows
5 1 (0.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.54%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (24.73%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (12.90%) E-Commerce
3 22 (11.83%) Analytics
3 22 (11.83%) TDD
4 19 (10.22%) DevOps
5 18 (9.68%) Artificial Intelligence
6 16 (8.60%) Machine Learning
7 15 (8.06%) Data Modelling
7 15 (8.06%) Front End Development
7 15 (8.06%) Problem-Solving
8 13 (6.99%) Continuous Integration
9 12 (6.45%) MVC
10 11 (5.91%) Game Development
10 11 (5.91%) Microservices
11 10 (5.38%) Test Automation
12 9 (4.84%) BDD
12 9 (4.84%) Wireframes
13 8 (4.30%) Continuous Improvement
13 8 (4.30%) Secure Coding
13 8 (4.30%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 36 (19.35%) Java
2 35 (18.82%) Python
3 31 (16.67%) C#
4 29 (15.59%) SQL
5 25 (13.44%) C++
6 24 (12.90%) JavaScript
7 7 (3.76%) C
7 7 (3.76%) Kotlin
8 6 (3.23%) PHP
8 6 (3.23%) TypeScript
9 4 (2.15%) Java 8
9 4 (2.15%) Scala
10 3 (1.61%) Apple Swift
10 3 (1.61%) PowerShell
11 2 (1.08%) ES6
12 1 (0.54%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.54%) BrightScript
12 1 (0.54%) GLSL
12 1 (0.54%) Groovy
12 1 (0.54%) R
Qualifications
1 10 (5.38%) Degree
2 5 (2.69%) Security Cleared
3 3 (1.61%) SC Cleared
4 2 (1.08%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (1.08%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (0.54%) APMP
5 1 (0.54%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.15%) QA
2 3 (1.61%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.08%) GDPR
4 1 (0.54%) COBIT
4 1 (0.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 10 (5.38%) Docker
2 1 (0.54%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 1 (0.54%) etcd
2 1 (0.54%) Varnish
2 1 (0.54%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 10 (5.38%) Kubernetes
2 5 (2.69%) Terraform
3 3 (1.61%) Ansible
3 3 (1.61%) Puppet
4 2 (1.08%) Salt
5 1 (0.54%) Consul
5 1 (0.54%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 5 (2.69%) Adobe
2 4 (2.15%) Google
2 4 (2.15%) IBM
3 3 (1.61%) Autodesk
3 3 (1.61%) Informatica
3 3 (1.61%) Microsoft
3 3 (1.61%) NVIDIA
3 3 (1.61%) Sitecore
3 3 (1.61%) Talend
3 3 (1.61%) Zend
4 1 (0.54%) Alteryx
4 1 (0.54%) Apple
4 1 (0.54%) Red Hat
4 1 (0.54%) Roku
4 1 (0.54%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (0.54%) VMware