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 3 months to 26 March 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Gaming
UK
Rank 328 321 314
Rank change year-on-year -7 -7  
Contract jobs citing Games 303 362 359
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.68% 0.68% 0.67%
As % of the General category 1.78% 1.78% 1.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 217 261 235
Median daily rate £415 £400 £389
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +2.89%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £351
% change year-on-year +7.14% -0.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 11 2
Median hourly rate £45.00 £29.00 £31.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +55.17% -7.49%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.72 £15.00 £30.43
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £70.00 £37.50 £32.27
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.25 £32.00 £31.35
% change year-on-year +19.53% +2.07%  

Games is in the common skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for common skills.

General Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for common skills 17022 20343 20854
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 38.06% 38.23% 39.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 11132 13176 12792
Median daily rate £450 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £294 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £635 £625 £615
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 455 508 490
Median hourly rate £26.82 £27.50 £22.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.49% +23.04%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.82 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £31.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -14.28% +26.00%  

Games
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Games as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the General category.

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 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Games in the UK

Games
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Games in the UK

Games
Top 30 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 3 months to 26 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +11 295 £415 +3.75% 375
London -11 172 £426 +0.11% 154
North West +39 28 £295 -10.60% 38
Yorkshire +19 27 £420 +12.00% 46
Manchester +28 24 £338 +2.27% 29
South East +27 23 £363 -7.99% 30
West Yorkshire +14 21 £415 +10.66% 32
Leeds +9 19 £415 +12.16% 30
City of London -16 18 £450 +28.57% 30
South West +8 13 £300 -20.00% 21
East of England +4 10 £388 +29.16% 29
Salford - 10 £425 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -1 9 £320 - 5
North East -5 9 £320 -28.88% 8
Tyne and Wear -5 9 £320 - 6
Surrey +9 7 £475 +7.04%
West Midlands +5 7 £325 -7.14% 40
East Midlands -6 6 £358 +58.88% 9
East Sussex +10 5 £253 - 4
Berkshire +23 4 £438 +47.05% 11
Scotland +16 4 £221 -36.78% 13
Bristol +6 4 £300 -33.33% 9
Brighton +5 4 £239 - 4
Guildford +4 4 £575 +21.05%
Leicestershire 0 4 £283 +25.55% 1
Wiltshire -1 4 £150 -55.55% 1
Gloucestershire - 4 £500 - 2
Cambridgeshire - 4 £525 - 10
Cambridge - 4 £525 - 6
Sheffield +3 3 £475 +111.11% 7

Games
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 March 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.

1 309 (43.64%) Agile Software Development
2 218 (30.79%) Java
3 172 (24.29%) JavaScript
4 170 (24.01%) TDD
5 130 (18.36%) HTML
6 117 (16.53%) Scrum
7 100 (14.12%) CSS
8 85 (12.01%) HTML5
9 84 (11.86%) Jenkins
9 84 (11.86%) QA
10 82 (11.58%) BDD
11 80 (11.30%) Git (software)
11 80 (11.30%) AngularJS
11 80 (11.30%) C#
12 78 (11.02%) Finance
13 75 (10.59%) SQL
14 74 (10.45%) Unity (Game Engine)
15 72 (10.17%) C++
16 71 (10.03%) Android
17 68 (9.60%) Cucumber
18 67 (9.46%) Continuous Integration
18 67 (9.46%) React
19 66 (9.32%) Selenium
20 65 (9.18%) Automated Testing
20 65 (9.18%) Software Engineering
21 63 (8.90%) Scala
21 63 (8.90%) Front End Development
22 60 (8.47%) DevOps
23 59 (8.33%) Online Games
24 57 (8.05%) Ruby

Games
Top Related 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 24 (3.39%) Confluence
2 16 (2.26%) Tomcat
3 14 (1.98%) Apache
4 13 (1.84%) CMS
5 12 (1.69%) Apache Spark
6 8 (1.13%) MS Exchange
6 8 (1.13%) WebSphere
7 7 (0.99%) Elasticsearch
8 6 (0.85%) Apache Pig
8 6 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2007
8 6 (0.85%) Jetty
9 5 (0.71%) Cloud Foundry
9 5 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2013
10 4 (0.56%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 4 (0.56%) GlassFish
10 4 (0.56%) IIS
10 4 (0.56%) SharePoint
11 3 (0.42%) nginx
11 3 (0.42%) SAS
11 3 (0.42%) WebLogic
Applications
1 20 (2.82%) Photoshop
2 12 (1.69%) Adobe Illustrator
3 11 (1.55%) MS Excel
4 8 (1.13%) 3ds Max
5 7 (0.99%) Maya
5 7 (0.99%) MS Office
6 5 (0.71%) MS PowerPoint
7 4 (0.56%) Adobe After Effects
7 4 (0.56%) MS Visio
7 4 (0.56%) Spreadsheet
8 3 (0.42%) InDesign
8 3 (0.42%) OmniGraffle
8 3 (0.42%) ZBrush
9 2 (0.28%) Acrobat
9 2 (0.28%) Adobe Premiere
10 1 (0.14%) Adobe Captivate
10 1 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.14%) Mingle
10 1 (0.14%) MotionBuilder
10 1 (0.14%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 5 (0.71%) Magento
2 3 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.14%) Radian6
4 1 (0.14%) SAP CO
4 1 (0.14%) SAP FI
4 1 (0.14%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (0.14%) SAP SD
4 1 (0.14%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 50 (7.06%) Amazon AWS
2 19 (2.68%) GitHub
3 16 (2.26%) Microsoft Azure
4 14 (1.98%) Amazon EC2
5 13 (1.84%) Amazon S3
6 12 (1.69%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 11 (1.55%) Amazon ELB
8 10 (1.41%) Amazon EMR
8 10 (1.41%) Amazon Kinesis
8 10 (1.41%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8 10 (1.41%) Route 53
9 7 (0.99%) Google Analytics
10 5 (0.71%) Adobe Creative Cloud
11 4 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (0.56%) Office 365
11 4 (0.56%) SaaS
12 3 (0.42%) AdWords
12 3 (0.42%) Heroku
13 2 (0.28%) Google Play
13 2 (0.28%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 18 (2.54%) Internet
2 10 (1.41%) SSL
3 9 (1.27%) DNS
3 9 (1.27%) HTTP
3 9 (1.27%) TCP/IP
4 8 (1.13%) Firewall
5 7 (0.99%) LAN
5 7 (0.99%) SAN
6 5 (0.71%) DHCP
6 5 (0.71%) WAN
7 4 (0.56%) LDAP
7 4 (0.56%) PuTTY
7 4 (0.56%) SMTP
8 3 (0.42%) AMQP
8 3 (0.42%) Kerberos
8 3 (0.42%) Network Security
8 3 (0.42%) VPN
9 2 (0.28%) IPv6
9 2 (0.28%) Wireless
9 2 (0.28%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (3.95%) Big Data
1 28 (3.95%) SQL Server
2 26 (3.67%) NoSQL
3 25 (3.53%) MySQL
4 22 (3.11%) Hadoop
5 16 (2.26%) Relational Database
6 13 (1.84%) MongoDB
7 12 (1.69%) Apache Cassandra
7 12 (1.69%) RDBMS
7 12 (1.69%) Redis
8 11 (1.55%) Apache Hive
9 10 (1.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 9 (1.27%) PostgreSQL
11 7 (0.99%) Data Warehouse
11 7 (0.99%) Hazelcast
11 7 (0.99%) Neo4j
12 6 (0.85%) SQL Server 2012
12 6 (0.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 5 (0.71%) DB2
13 5 (0.71%) HBase
Development Applications
1 84 (11.86%) Jenkins
2 80 (11.30%) Git (software)
3 68 (9.60%) Cucumber
4 66 (9.32%) Selenium
5 51 (7.20%) JIRA
6 49 (6.92%) WebDriver
7 32 (4.52%) JUnit
8 30 (4.24%) RSpec
9 21 (2.97%) gulp
10 20 (2.82%) Grunt
11 17 (2.40%) Jasmine
11 17 (2.40%) Maven
12 15 (2.12%) Mocha
13 10 (1.41%) Gradle
14 9 (1.27%) TeamCity
14 9 (1.27%) Vagrant
15 8 (1.13%) Eclipse
15 8 (1.13%) IntelliJ
15 8 (1.13%) JMeter
15 8 (1.13%) Subversion
General
1 78 (11.02%) Finance
2 52 (7.34%) Banking
3 43 (6.07%) Telecoms
4 38 (5.37%) Marketing
5 37 (5.23%) Retail
6 27 (3.81%) Back Office
7 24 (3.39%) Advertising
8 19 (2.68%) Investment Banking
9 16 (2.26%) Publishing
10 10 (1.41%) Online Betting
11 9 (1.27%) Electronics
11 9 (1.27%) Legal
12 6 (0.85%) Automotive
13 5 (0.71%) iGaming
13 5 (0.71%) Manufacturing
14 3 (0.42%) Multimedia
14 3 (0.42%) Polish Language
15 2 (0.28%) French Language
15 2 (0.28%) German Language
16 1 (0.14%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 320 (45.20%) Developer
2 69 (9.75%) Java Developer
3 54 (7.63%) Analyst
4 52 (7.34%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
4 52 (7.34%) Games Developer
5 45 (6.36%) Senior Developer
6 42 (5.93%) Test Engineer
7 34 (4.80%) QA Engineer
8 28 (3.95%) QA Test Engineer
8 28 (3.95%) Tester
9 27 (3.81%) JavaScript Developer
9 27 (3.81%) Quality Engineer
10 26 (3.67%) Project Manager
11 25 (3.53%) Architect
12 23 (3.25%) C# Developer
12 23 (3.25%) DevOps Engineer
13 22 (3.11%) Ruby Developer
14 21 (2.97%) Android Developer
14 21 (2.97%) Business Analyst
15 20 (2.82%) Scrum Master
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 130 (18.36%) HTML
2 100 (14.12%) CSS
3 85 (12.01%) HTML5
4 80 (11.30%) AngularJS
5 74 (10.45%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 67 (9.46%) React
7 54 (7.63%) JSON
8 53 (7.49%) .NET
9 51 (7.20%) Node.js
10 50 (7.06%) Spring
11 45 (6.36%) CSS3
11 45 (6.36%) Web Services
12 44 (6.21%) RESTful
13 39 (5.51%) REST
14 36 (5.08%) Ruby on Rails
15 29 (4.10%) XML
16 27 (3.81%) Hibernate
17 25 (3.53%) jQuery
18 21 (2.97%) Unreal Engine
19 20 (2.82%) Backbone.js
Miscellaneous
1 59 (8.33%) Online Games
2 48 (6.78%) User Experience
3 37 (5.23%) Computer Science
4 30 (4.24%) Mobile App
5 29 (4.10%) Analytical Skills
6 28 (3.95%) Mobile Games
7 15 (2.12%) Animation
8 12 (1.69%) 3D Graphics
8 12 (1.69%) Social Media
8 12 (1.69%) Spread Betting
9 10 (1.41%) Algorithms
9 10 (1.41%) Xbox
10 9 (1.27%) Clustering
10 9 (1.27%) STB
11 8 (1.13%) Video on Demand
12 7 (0.99%) Augmented Reality
12 7 (0.99%) Data Structures
12 7 (0.99%) FMCG
12 7 (0.99%) iPad
12 7 (0.99%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 71 (10.03%) Android
2 50 (7.06%) Apple iOS
3 48 (6.78%) Linux
4 43 (6.07%) Windows
5 26 (3.67%) Unix
6 23 (3.25%) Windows Server
7 13 (1.84%) Windows Server 2008
8 12 (1.69%) Windows Server 2012
9 10 (1.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 8 (1.13%) Windows 10
11 7 (0.99%) Mac OS X
11 7 (0.99%) Windows 7
12 4 (0.56%) Ubuntu
13 3 (0.42%) CentOS
13 3 (0.42%) Mac OS
13 3 (0.42%) Windows 8
14 2 (0.28%) Windows Phone
15 1 (0.14%) AIX
15 1 (0.14%) Embedded Linux
15 1 (0.14%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 309 (43.64%) Agile Software Development
2 170 (24.01%) TDD
3 117 (16.53%) Scrum
4 82 (11.58%) BDD
5 67 (9.46%) Continuous Integration
6 65 (9.18%) Automated Testing
6 65 (9.18%) Software Engineering
7 63 (8.90%) Front End Development
8 60 (8.47%) DevOps
9 56 (7.91%) OO
9 56 (7.91%) User Stories
10 53 (7.49%) Kanban
11 52 (7.34%) E-Commerce
12 51 (7.20%) Test Automation
13 49 (6.92%) Web Development
14 47 (6.64%) Game Development
15 46 (6.50%) MVC
16 44 (6.21%) Microservices
17 41 (5.79%) Analytics
17 41 (5.79%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 218 (30.79%) Java
2 172 (24.29%) JavaScript
3 80 (11.30%) C#
4 75 (10.59%) SQL
5 72 (10.17%) C++
6 63 (8.90%) Scala
7 57 (8.05%) Ruby
8 52 (7.34%) Python
9 37 (5.23%) Objective-C
10 23 (3.25%) C
11 19 (2.68%) ActionScript
11 19 (2.68%) ES6
11 19 (2.68%) PHP
12 12 (1.69%) Bash Shell
13 10 (1.41%) Apple Swift
13 10 (1.41%) PowerShell
14 9 (1.27%) Go
14 9 (1.27%) T-SQL
15 8 (1.13%) R
16 7 (0.99%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 52 (7.34%) Degree
2 12 (1.69%) ISTQB
3 6 (0.85%) ISEB
4 5 (0.71%) ITIL Certification
4 5 (0.71%) Microsoft Certification
5 3 (0.42%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 2 (0.28%) Citrix Certification
6 2 (0.28%) DV Cleared
6 2 (0.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (0.28%) MCP
6 2 (0.28%) MCSE
6 2 (0.28%) OCPJP
6 2 (0.28%) PhD
6 2 (0.28%) Security Cleared
7 1 (0.14%) MCDST
7 1 (0.14%) MCTS
7 1 (0.14%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.14%) PMP
7 1 (0.14%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 84 (11.86%) QA
2 28 (3.95%) WCAG
3 6 (0.85%) PMO
4 4 (0.56%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.42%) Actionable Recommendations
5 3 (0.42%) SDET
6 2 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.28%) SLA
7 1 (0.14%) COBIT
7 1 (0.14%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.14%) GDPR
7 1 (0.14%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.14%) MiFID
System Software
1 48 (6.78%) Docker
2 20 (2.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (2.54%) Active Directory
4 7 (0.99%) vSphere
5 5 (0.71%) Apache Flume
5 5 (0.71%) XenApp
6 4 (0.56%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 4 (0.56%) VMware ESX
7 2 (0.28%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.14%) Firmware
8 1 (0.14%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.14%) NFS
8 1 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.14%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 24 (3.39%) Ansible
2 22 (3.11%) Puppet
3 17 (2.40%) Opscode Chef
4 10 (1.41%) SCCM
5 5 (0.71%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 4 (0.56%) Nagios
6 4 (0.56%) NetBackup
6 4 (0.56%) vRealize
6 4 (0.56%) Zenoss
7 3 (0.42%) HP Quality Center
7 3 (0.42%) Kubernetes
8 2 (0.28%) HAProxy
9 1 (0.14%) logstash
9 1 (0.14%) Mesos
9 1 (0.14%) Oozie
9 1 (0.14%) Pingdom
9 1 (0.14%) Red Hat Satellite
9 1 (0.14%) StatsD
9 1 (0.14%) Sysprep
9 1 (0.14%) yum
Vendors
1 49 (6.92%) Microsoft
2 28 (3.95%) VMware
3 18 (2.54%) Adobe
4 17 (2.40%) Oracle
5 15 (2.12%) Apigee
5 15 (2.12%) Google
6 12 (1.69%) Apple
6 12 (1.69%) HP
6 12 (1.69%) Symantec
7 11 (1.55%) Cisco
7 11 (1.55%) Facebook
8 9 (1.27%) Red Hat
9 7 (0.99%) Citrix
9 7 (0.99%) Dell
9 7 (0.99%) IBM
10 6 (0.85%) SAP
11 5 (0.71%) EMC
12 4 (0.56%) Brocade
12 4 (0.56%) Sybase
12 4 (0.56%) Veritas
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Rate: £200 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Sanderson
Rate: £350 - £380 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Oscar
Rate: £301 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £275 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Revolution Technology
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Hatstand Limited
Rate: £500 - £750 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Brighton, East Sussex
TEKsystems
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Hatstand Limited
Rate: £500 - £700 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Sanderson
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Hounslow, Middlesex
Intrinsic Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Market rates + Bonus & Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Tamworth, Staffordshire
onezeero.
Rate: £300 - £400 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Hatstand Limited
Rate: £500 - £700 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Ampersand Consulting
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
TRG
Rate: 480-500 Per Day
Posted: 19 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £120 - £140 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 26 days ago
South West London
Frazer John Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £300 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Halesowen, West Midlands (County)
In touch games
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 27 days ago
London
Spectrum IT
Rate: £401 per day
Posted: 23 days ago
Hertfordshire
Ocado Technology
Rate: Competitive + Excellent benefits
Posted: 11 days ago
South West London
Gamesys
Posted: 18 days ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £31.92 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Hertfordshire
Ocado Technology
Rate: Competitive + Excellent benefits
Posted: 11 days ago
London
Hanover Recruitment
Rate: £20000 - £25000.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago