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to

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 12 August 2022 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
12 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 392 415 339
Rank change year-on-year +23 -76 +36
Contract jobs citing Games 574 421 217
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.65% 0.57% 0.63%
As % of the General category 1.12% 1.07% 1.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 443 329 141
10th Percentile £376 £325 £183
25th Percentile £413 £401 £305
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% +5.56%
75th Percentile £644 £588 £525
90th Percentile £715 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £405 £300
% change year-on-year +23.46% +35.00% -20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 11 3
10th Percentile £41.55 £16.00 £28.55
25th Percentile £42.25 - £33.88
Median hourly rate £47.50 £18.00 £43.50
Median % change year-on-year +163.89% -58.62% +2.35%
75th Percentile £69.50 £36.40 £59.63
90th Percentile £71.50 £69.75 £68.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £69.00 £18.00 £43.50
% change year-on-year +283.33% -58.62% +8.75%

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 51,387 39,321 18,213
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 57.95% 53.19% 52.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 35,697 26,343 12,094
10th Percentile £325 £308 £263
25th Percentile £445 £406 £381
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £650 £613 £598
90th Percentile £750 £700 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £495 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +10.00% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,333 1,322 685
10th Percentile £13.16 £12.00 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.25 £13.25 £15.00
Median hourly rate £24.42 £19.00 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year +28.53% -9.52% +6.03%
75th Percentile £50.00 £39.55 £42.00
90th Percentile £65.00 £56.50 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £19.95
% change year-on-year +14.29% -12.28% +10.83%

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 12 August 2022.

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 12 August 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Games in the UK

Games
Top 16 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 12 August 2022. 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
Jobs
England -8 493 £523 +5.56% 401
Work from Home +26 310 £500 +5.26% 223
London +15 290 £550 -2.87% 169
UK excluding London -64 142 £500 +23.46% 263
North of England -50 64 £489 +20.68% 60
Yorkshire -3 36 £525 +10.53% 12
North West -69 28 £405 - 39
South East -45 23 £438 -11.62% 51
Midlands -23 22 £530 +35.90% 48
East of England +8 20 £500 +42.86% 35
West Midlands -15 19 £530 +32.50% 32
Channel Islands - 7 - - 3
South West -13 4 £538 +7.50% 37
East Midlands -6 1 - - 16
Scotland -16 1 £530 -3.64% 20
Wales - 1 - - 9

For the 6 months to 12 August 2022, 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.

1 158 (27.53%) Agile
2 105 (18.29%) AWS
3 104 (18.12%) TDD
4 100 (17.42%) JIRA
5 85 (14.81%) Social Skills
6 74 (12.89%) Scrum
7 72 (12.54%) Test Automation
8 66 (11.50%) Azure
9 63 (10.98%) Finance
9 63 (10.98%) Problem-Solving
10 62 (10.80%) Microservices
11 61 (10.63%) SQL
11 61 (10.63%) .NET
12 57 (9.93%) Analytics
12 57 (9.93%) User Stories
13 54 (9.41%) DevOps
14 47 (8.19%) JavaScript
15 45 (7.84%) Stakeholder Management
15 45 (7.84%) Kubernetes
16 44 (7.67%) SQL Server
16 44 (7.67%) Linux
17 43 (7.49%) MVC
18 42 (7.32%) Project Management
19 41 (7.14%) C#
19 41 (7.14%) User Experience
20 40 (6.97%) Legacy Code
20 40 (6.97%) Python
20 40 (6.97%) Telecoms
21 38 (6.62%) Java
21 38 (6.62%) QA

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 23 (4.01%) OpenStack
2 21 (3.66%) Confluence
3 12 (2.09%) nginx
4 9 (1.57%) MS Exchange
5 6 (1.05%) Apache
5 6 (1.05%) Apache Spark
5 6 (1.05%) CMS
6 5 (0.87%) Apache Airflow
6 5 (0.87%) Ethereum
7 2 (0.35%) ArcGIS
7 2 (0.35%) JBoss
7 2 (0.35%) Strapi
7 2 (0.35%) WordPress
8 1 (0.17%) Geth
8 1 (0.17%) Jupyter
8 1 (0.17%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.17%) Traefik
Applications
1 15 (2.61%) Microsoft Excel
2 9 (1.57%) Maya
3 6 (1.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.87%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.70%) 3ds Max
5 4 (0.70%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 4 (0.70%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.52%) Blender
6 3 (0.52%) Houdini
6 3 (0.52%) Microsoft Office
6 3 (0.52%) SPSS
7 2 (0.35%) Adobe XD
7 2 (0.35%) InVision
7 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Project
7 2 (0.35%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.35%) Sketch
8 1 (0.17%) Adobe After Effects
8 1 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.17%) MotionBuilder
8 1 (0.17%) NUKE
Business Applications
1 2 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.17%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 105 (18.29%) AWS
2 66 (11.50%) Azure
3 26 (4.53%) PaaS
4 22 (3.83%) GCP
5 20 (3.48%) Snowflake
6 18 (3.14%) SaaS
7 17 (2.96%) Power Platform
8 13 (2.26%) Figma
9 12 (2.09%) Google Analytics
9 12 (2.09%) IaaS
10 10 (1.74%) Microsoft 365
10 10 (1.74%) SurveyMonkey
11 9 (1.57%) Amazon EC2
11 9 (1.57%) GitHub
11 9 (1.57%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 7 (1.22%) Azure DevOps
12 7 (1.22%) Google Data Studio
13 6 (1.05%) Serverless
14 5 (0.87%) Amazon EKS
14 5 (0.87%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 23 (4.01%) SSL
2 21 (3.66%) Firewall
3 13 (2.26%) DNS
4 11 (1.92%) IKE
4 11 (1.92%) IPsec
4 11 (1.92%) VPN
5 6 (1.05%) LAN
5 6 (1.05%) WAN
6 5 (0.87%) RTMP
6 5 (0.87%) Wireless
7 4 (0.70%) 5G
7 4 (0.70%) Internet
7 4 (0.70%) IP Telephony
8 2 (0.35%) 4G
8 2 (0.35%) Broadband
8 2 (0.35%) Ethernet
8 2 (0.35%) Network Security
8 2 (0.35%) TCP/IP
9 1 (0.17%) Cisco IOS
9 1 (0.17%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (7.67%) SQL Server
2 24 (4.18%) MySQL
3 23 (4.01%) MongoDB
4 21 (3.66%) PostgreSQL
5 17 (2.96%) Power BI
6 16 (2.79%) Big Data
7 12 (2.09%) BigQuery
7 12 (2.09%) Couchbase
7 12 (2.09%) Hadoop
8 11 (1.92%) Tableau
9 6 (1.05%) NoSQL
10 5 (0.87%) Amazon Redshift
10 5 (0.87%) Data Mart
10 5 (0.87%) Relational Database
11 4 (0.70%) CouchDB
11 4 (0.70%) Delta Lake
11 4 (0.70%) Flink
12 2 (0.35%) Apache Cassandra
12 2 (0.35%) GIS
12 2 (0.35%) Redis
Development Applications
1 100 (17.42%) JIRA
2 34 (5.92%) Git (software)
3 22 (3.83%) Jenkins
4 19 (3.31%) Cucumber
5 16 (2.79%) Selenium
6 14 (2.44%) WebDriver
7 13 (2.26%) JUnit
8 12 (2.09%) Sonatype Nexus
9 11 (1.92%) RSpec
10 8 (1.39%) TeamCity
11 7 (1.22%) Axure RP
11 7 (1.22%) Bitbucket
12 6 (1.05%) Maven
12 6 (1.05%) Postman
12 6 (1.05%) Subversion
13 4 (0.70%) Eclipse
14 3 (0.52%) PHPUnit
15 2 (0.35%) Balsamiq
15 2 (0.35%) Visual Studio
15 2 (0.35%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 85 (14.81%) Social Skills
2 63 (10.98%) Finance
3 40 (6.97%) Telecoms
4 35 (6.10%) Analytical Skills
5 32 (5.57%) Marketing
6 27 (4.70%) Retail
7 24 (4.18%) Public Sector
8 23 (4.01%) Banking
9 18 (3.14%) Legal
10 10 (1.74%) Digital Economy
10 10 (1.74%) Presentation Skills
10 10 (1.74%) Publishing
11 8 (1.39%) Law
12 6 (1.05%) Electronics
12 6 (1.05%) Front Office
12 6 (1.05%) Inclusion and Diversity
13 5 (0.87%) Organisational Skills
14 4 (0.70%) Automotive
14 4 (0.70%) Influencing Skills
14 4 (0.70%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 175 (30.49%) Developer
2 55 (9.58%) Analyst
3 50 (8.71%) .NET Developer
4 46 (8.01%) Architect
5 24 (4.18%) Business Analyst
6 23 (4.01%) Security Engineer
6 23 (4.01%) VMware Engineer
7 21 (3.66%) Scrum Master
8 19 (3.31%) QA Engineer
8 19 (3.31%) Senior Developer
9 18 (3.14%) Designer
9 18 (3.14%) Project Manager
9 18 (3.14%) Solutions Architect
10 15 (2.61%) Support Engineer
11 14 (2.44%) Data Architect
11 14 (2.44%) Games Developer
12 13 (2.26%) Java Developer
13 12 (2.09%) Data Engineer
13 12 (2.09%) Programme Manager
13 12 (2.09%) React Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (10.63%) .NET
2 36 (6.27%) Unreal Engine
3 31 (5.40%) Kafka
4 28 (4.88%) React
4 28 (4.88%) Unity (Game Engine)
5 23 (4.01%) OAuth
6 20 (3.48%) Node.js
7 15 (2.61%) RabbitMQ
8 14 (2.44%) HTML
8 14 (2.44%) JSON
8 14 (2.44%) REST
9 13 (2.26%) CSS
10 12 (2.09%) gRPC
10 12 (2.09%) JWT
11 11 (1.92%) OAuth2
11 11 (1.92%) Spring
12 10 (1.74%) GraphQL
13 9 (1.57%) Next.js
14 7 (1.22%) Laravel
14 7 (1.22%) React Native
Miscellaneous
1 41 (7.14%) User Experience
2 40 (6.97%) Legacy Code
3 27 (4.70%) Greenfield Project
4 19 (3.31%) Mobile App
5 18 (3.14%) Blockchain
6 16 (2.79%) Online Games
7 14 (2.44%) Self-Motivation
8 13 (2.26%) Sports Betting
9 12 (2.09%) Data Structures
10 11 (1.92%) PKI
10 11 (1.92%) Private Cloud
11 9 (1.57%) PMI
12 8 (1.39%) Derivative
12 8 (1.39%) Fixed Income
12 8 (1.39%) Mobile Games
12 8 (1.39%) Over-the-Top Content
13 7 (1.22%) Hedge funds
13 7 (1.22%) Hybrid Cloud
13 7 (1.22%) NFT
13 7 (1.22%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 44 (7.67%) Linux
2 25 (4.36%) Windows
3 19 (3.31%) Apple iOS
4 17 (2.96%) Android
5 12 (2.09%) Debian
6 11 (1.92%) Unix
7 6 (1.05%) Windows 10
8 3 (0.52%) Windows Server
9 2 (0.35%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.17%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 158 (27.53%) Agile
2 104 (18.12%) TDD
3 74 (12.89%) Scrum
4 72 (12.54%) Test Automation
5 63 (10.98%) Problem-Solving
6 62 (10.80%) Microservices
7 57 (9.93%) Analytics
7 57 (9.93%) User Stories
8 54 (9.41%) DevOps
9 45 (7.84%) Stakeholder Management
10 43 (7.49%) MVC
11 42 (7.32%) Project Management
12 31 (5.40%) Continuous Improvement
13 28 (4.88%) Acceptance Criteria
13 28 (4.88%) Decision-Making
13 28 (4.88%) Scaled Agile Framework
14 27 (4.70%) CI/CD
14 27 (4.70%) Continuous Integration
15 25 (4.36%) Cybersecurity
15 25 (4.36%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 61 (10.63%) SQL
2 47 (8.19%) JavaScript
3 41 (7.14%) C#
4 40 (6.97%) Python
5 38 (6.62%) Java
6 27 (4.70%) C++
7 24 (4.18%) Kotlin
8 22 (3.83%) Go
9 16 (2.79%) TypeScript
10 15 (2.61%) Scala
11 11 (1.92%) PHP
12 8 (1.39%) R
13 7 (1.22%) Apple Swift
14 6 (1.05%) Solidity
15 4 (0.70%) PL/SQL
15 4 (0.70%) PowerShell
15 4 (0.70%) XAML
16 3 (0.52%) Bash
16 3 (0.52%) Ruby
17 2 (0.35%) GLSL
Qualifications
1 21 (3.66%) Degree
2 14 (2.44%) Security Cleared
3 13 (2.26%) SC Cleared
4 9 (1.57%) PMI Certification
5 5 (0.87%) Numerate Degree
6 4 (0.70%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (0.52%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (0.52%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.35%) AWS Certification
8 2 (0.35%) DBS Check
8 2 (0.35%) IIBA
8 2 (0.35%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.17%) ACCA
9 1 (0.17%) CIMA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (6.62%) QA
2 17 (2.96%) Accessibility
3 16 (2.79%) WCAG
4 11 (1.92%) GDPR
5 7 (1.22%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.52%) SLA
7 2 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.17%) Actionable Recommendations
System Software
1 29 (5.05%) Docker
2 23 (4.01%) vCloud
3 11 (1.92%) VMware Workstation
4 6 (1.05%) Active Directory
5 4 (0.70%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (0.35%) Squid
6 2 (0.35%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.17%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 45 (7.84%) Kubernetes
2 31 (5.40%) Terraform
3 17 (2.96%) Ansible
4 14 (2.44%) HAProxy
5 13 (2.26%) Consul
5 13 (2.26%) Grafana
6 12 (2.09%) Fluentd
6 12 (2.09%) Prometheus
6 12 (2.09%) ZABBIX
7 4 (0.70%) Puppet
8 3 (0.52%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (0.35%) Kustomize
10 1 (0.17%) Demisto
10 1 (0.17%) Jamf Pro
10 1 (0.17%) Packer
10 1 (0.17%) Salt
10 1 (0.17%) SCCM
Vendors
1 36 (6.27%) Microsoft
2 29 (5.05%) VMware
3 23 (4.01%) CA
4 22 (3.83%) Adobe
5 21 (3.66%) Google
6 16 (2.79%) Mercator
7 13 (2.26%) Databricks
8 12 (2.09%) CyberArk
8 12 (2.09%) Red Hat
8 12 (2.09%) Sonatype
9 11 (1.92%) IBM
10 10 (1.74%) SAP
11 7 (1.22%) Oracle
12 6 (1.05%) Perforce
13 4 (0.70%) Sybase
14 3 (0.52%) Apple
14 3 (0.52%) Omniture
14 3 (0.52%) Palo Alto
14 3 (0.52%) Workday
15 2 (0.35%) Xamarin