Period
to 12 December 2018

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 December 2018 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 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 367 344 330
Rank change year-on-year -23 -14 +56
Contract jobs citing Games 730 750 779
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.69% 0.73% 0.75%
As % of the General category 1.92% 1.84% 2.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 466 518 552
UK median daily rate £478 £438 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.14% +9.38% -
10th Percentile £278 £263 £214
90th Percentile £625 £588 £574
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £373 £368
% change year-on-year +16.78% +1.36% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 17 22
UK median hourly rate £11.78 £27.66 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -57.41% +12.90% -34.23%
10th Percentile £11.14 £12.00 £8.55
90th Percentile £37.70 £47.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £11.78 £32.00 £24.50
% change year-on-year -63.19% +30.61% -10.09%

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 38,013 40,821 37,590
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 36.10% 39.50% 36.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,955 26,948 24,924
UK median daily rate £477 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.42% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £675 £668 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 830 889 938
UK median hourly rate £23.58 £26.30 £24.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.36% +7.74% -3.33%
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.25 £11.32
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.05 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £27.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -11.11% +8.00% -3.85%

Games
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Games as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 12 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Games in the UK

Games
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 6 months to 12 December 2018.

Contractor 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 December 2018. 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 -26 681 £475 +8.57% 847
London -35 411 £488 +5.41% 405
UK excluding London 0 303 £435 +16.78% 471
South East +20 98 £513 +24.24% 80
North of England -52 67 £375 -9.09% 178
South West +18 53 £425 +25.93% 41
Wales +30 43 £500 - 18
Yorkshire -27 35 £394 -12.50% 46
North West -26 31 £360 +5.88% 120
Scotland +10 30 £500 +108.33% 12
Midlands -24 28 £338 +12.50% 80
West Midlands -17 23 £325 +36.70% 48
East of England -38 16 £375 +2.74% 63
East Midlands -2 6 £350 +5.26% 30
Northern Ireland - 4 - -
North East -15 1 - - 12

For the 6 months to 12 December 2018, 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.

1 296 (40.55%) Agile Software Development
2 203 (27.81%) Java
3 167 (22.88%) TDD
4 154 (21.10%) JavaScript
5 118 (16.16%) HTML
6 109 (14.93%) Git (software)
7 107 (14.66%) Degree
8 105 (14.38%) Microservices
9 104 (14.25%) Docker
9 104 (14.25%) CSS
10 102 (13.97%) Java 8
11 97 (13.29%) Spring
12 93 (12.74%) Scrum
12 93 (12.74%) Jenkins
13 89 (12.19%) BDD
13 89 (12.19%) C#
14 88 (12.05%) Unity (Game Engine)
14 88 (12.05%) React
15 87 (11.92%) Web Services
15 87 (11.92%) Test Automation
16 84 (11.51%) Continuous Integration
16 84 (11.51%) REST
17 82 (11.23%) Finance
18 81 (11.10%) Spring Boot
19 78 (10.68%) Scala
20 75 (10.27%) RESTful
21 74 (10.14%) Software Engineering
22 71 (9.73%) C++
22 71 (9.73%) User Experience
23 70 (9.59%) NoSQL

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 42 (5.75%) MQSeries
2 22 (3.01%) CMS
3 18 (2.47%) Apache Spark
4 17 (2.33%) Elasticsearch
5 16 (2.19%) Confluence
6 10 (1.37%) CoreMedia CMS
7 8 (1.10%) WordPress
8 4 (0.55%) Apache Pig
8 4 (0.55%) Apache Solr
9 3 (0.41%) Apache
9 3 (0.41%) Jupyter
9 3 (0.41%) SharePoint
10 2 (0.27%) Apache Airflow
10 2 (0.27%) Ethereum
10 2 (0.27%) GlassFish
10 2 (0.27%) Jetty
10 2 (0.27%) MS Exchange
10 2 (0.27%) Mule
10 2 (0.27%) nginx
10 2 (0.27%) Tomcat
Applications
1 17 (2.33%) Photoshop
2 11 (1.51%) Adobe Illustrator
3 8 (1.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 8 (1.10%) Maya
3 8 (1.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (0.82%) InVision
4 6 (0.82%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (0.82%) Microsoft Office
5 5 (0.68%) 3ds Max
6 3 (0.41%) Adobe Captivate
6 3 (0.41%) Camtasia
6 3 (0.41%) MS Visio
7 2 (0.27%) Fireworks
7 2 (0.27%) InDesign
7 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Project
7 2 (0.27%) ZBrush
8 1 (0.14%) MotionBuilder
8 1 (0.14%) Open Workbench
8 1 (0.14%) Pixate
8 1 (0.14%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 4 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
1 4 (0.55%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.14%) Cognos TM1
2 1 (0.14%) Distributed Ledger
2 1 (0.14%) Magento
2 1 (0.14%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 53 (7.26%) Amazon AWS
2 29 (3.97%) Google Cloud Platform
3 18 (2.47%) Microsoft Azure
4 11 (1.51%) GitHub
5 7 (0.96%) PaaS
5 7 (0.96%) SaaS
6 6 (0.82%) Amazon S3
6 6 (0.82%) AWS Lambda
6 6 (0.82%) Dynamics 365
6 6 (0.82%) IaaS
6 6 (0.82%) Serverless
7 5 (0.68%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8 3 (0.41%) Apigee
9 2 (0.27%) Amazon EC2
9 2 (0.27%) AWS CloudFormation
9 2 (0.27%) Google Play
9 2 (0.27%) iTunes
9 2 (0.27%) Slack
9 2 (0.27%) Trello
9 2 (0.27%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 8 (1.10%) Internet
2 6 (0.82%) Firewall
2 6 (0.82%) LAN
2 6 (0.82%) WAN
3 5 (0.68%) VPN
4 4 (0.55%) HTTPS
4 4 (0.55%) SSL
4 4 (0.55%) TCP/IP
4 4 (0.55%) Wireless
5 3 (0.41%) DNS
5 3 (0.41%) HTTP
5 3 (0.41%) Kerberos
5 3 (0.41%) WLAN
6 2 (0.27%) DSL
6 2 (0.27%) Intranet
6 2 (0.27%) NAS
6 2 (0.27%) SAN
7 1 (0.14%) Cisco Nexus
7 1 (0.14%) FCoE
7 1 (0.14%) MVNO
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (9.59%) NoSQL
2 53 (7.26%) MongoDB
3 51 (6.99%) Apache Cassandra
4 42 (5.75%) Couchbase
5 26 (3.56%) Big Data
5 26 (3.56%) SQL Server
6 25 (3.42%) Hadoop
6 25 (3.42%) MySQL
7 15 (2.05%) Data Warehouse
8 14 (1.92%) Impala
8 14 (1.92%) PostgreSQL
9 11 (1.51%) Apache Hive
9 11 (1.51%) Relational Database
10 9 (1.23%) Data Mining
10 9 (1.23%) Redis
11 6 (0.82%) HBase
12 5 (0.68%) Data Lake
12 5 (0.68%) Power BI
13 4 (0.55%) OLTP
13 4 (0.55%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 109 (14.93%) Git (software)
2 93 (12.74%) Jenkins
3 53 (7.26%) Maven
4 35 (4.79%) JIRA
5 28 (3.84%) Cucumber
6 27 (3.70%) Selenium
7 19 (2.60%) JUnit
8 18 (2.47%) Jasmine
9 15 (2.05%) Visual Studio
9 15 (2.05%) webpack
10 10 (1.37%) Gradle
11 9 (1.23%) Subversion
12 8 (1.10%) Ant
12 8 (1.10%) RSpec
13 7 (0.96%) Grunt
13 7 (0.96%) gulp
13 7 (0.96%) WebDriver
14 6 (0.82%) GitLab
15 5 (0.68%) Mockito
15 5 (0.68%) Travis CI
General
1 82 (11.23%) Finance
2 43 (5.89%) Banking
3 34 (4.66%) Marketing
4 31 (4.25%) Retail
5 13 (1.78%) Advertising
5 13 (1.78%) French Language
6 12 (1.64%) Online Betting
7 9 (1.23%) Publishing
8 6 (0.82%) German Language
8 6 (0.82%) Russian Language
8 6 (0.82%) Telecoms
9 5 (0.68%) Billing
9 5 (0.68%) Spanish Language
10 4 (0.55%) Automotive
10 4 (0.55%) Law
10 4 (0.55%) Legal
11 3 (0.41%) Aerospace
11 3 (0.41%) Electronics
11 3 (0.41%) Multimedia
12 2 (0.27%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 360 (49.32%) Developer
2 115 (15.75%) Java Developer
3 56 (7.67%) Games Developer
4 51 (6.99%) Senior Developer
5 46 (6.30%) Scrum Master
6 42 (5.75%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 40 (5.48%) JavaScript Developer
8 39 (5.34%) React Developer
9 36 (4.93%) Designer
10 33 (4.52%) Analyst
11 32 (4.38%) C# Developer
12 28 (3.84%) Software Engineer
13 25 (3.42%) C++ Developer
14 22 (3.01%) Project Manager
14 22 (3.01%) Senior Java Developer
15 21 (2.88%) Architect
15 21 (2.88%) Desktop Engineer
15 21 (2.88%) DevOps Engineer
16 19 (2.60%) .NET Developer
16 19 (2.60%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 118 (16.16%) HTML
2 104 (14.25%) CSS
3 97 (13.29%) Spring
4 88 (12.05%) React
4 88 (12.05%) Unity (Game Engine)
5 87 (11.92%) Web Services
6 84 (11.51%) REST
7 81 (11.10%) Spring Boot
8 75 (10.27%) RESTful
9 59 (8.08%) Hibernate
10 58 (7.95%) HTML5
10 58 (7.95%) Node.js
11 55 (7.53%) AngularJS
12 49 (6.71%) JSON
13 45 (6.16%) Play Framework
14 44 (6.03%) JMS
15 42 (5.75%) Spring MVC
16 39 (5.34%) .NET
17 35 (4.79%) Unreal Engine
18 32 (4.38%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 71 (9.73%) User Experience
2 57 (7.81%) Greenfield Project
3 44 (6.03%) Mobile App
4 40 (5.48%) Online Games
5 34 (4.66%) Analytical Skills
6 30 (4.11%) Enterprise Software
7 24 (3.29%) Algorithms
8 21 (2.88%) Mobile Games
9 20 (2.74%) Fintech
10 19 (2.60%) Animation
11 16 (2.19%) 3D Graphics
12 15 (2.05%) Self-Motivation
13 14 (1.92%) Online Gambling
14 12 (1.64%) Data Structures
15 11 (1.51%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 11 (1.51%) Management Information System
16 9 (1.23%) Augmented Reality
16 9 (1.23%) Over-the-Top Content
17 8 (1.10%) Video\Live Streaming
18 7 (0.96%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 54 (7.40%) Linux
2 45 (6.16%) Android
3 42 (5.75%) Windows
4 27 (3.70%) Apple iOS
4 27 (3.70%) Windows 10
5 26 (3.56%) Unix
6 22 (3.01%) Windows XP
7 6 (0.82%) Mac OS
7 6 (0.82%) Windows 7
7 6 (0.82%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (0.68%) CentOS
8 5 (0.68%) Windows Server
8 5 (0.68%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (0.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.27%) CoreOS
10 2 (0.27%) Data ONTAP
10 2 (0.27%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.14%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 296 (40.55%) Agile Software Development
2 167 (22.88%) TDD
3 105 (14.38%) Microservices
4 93 (12.74%) Scrum
5 89 (12.19%) BDD
6 87 (11.92%) Test Automation
7 84 (11.51%) Continuous Integration
8 74 (10.14%) Software Engineering
9 64 (8.77%) Visualisation
10 63 (8.63%) User Stories
11 62 (8.49%) DevOps
12 56 (7.67%) Front End Development
13 55 (7.53%) Data Visualisation
14 54 (7.40%) Collaborative Working
14 54 (7.40%) Project Management
15 53 (7.26%) MVC
15 53 (7.26%) Problem-Solving
15 53 (7.26%) Time Management
16 49 (6.71%) Kanban
16 49 (6.71%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 203 (27.81%) Java
2 154 (21.10%) JavaScript
3 102 (13.97%) Java 8
4 89 (12.19%) C#
5 78 (10.68%) Scala
6 71 (9.73%) C++
7 70 (9.59%) Python
8 69 (9.45%) SQL
9 42 (5.75%) Java 9
10 26 (3.56%) C
11 20 (2.74%) Bash Shell
11 20 (2.74%) TypeScript
12 19 (2.60%) PHP
13 15 (2.05%) Go
14 11 (1.51%) ES6
14 11 (1.51%) Objective-C
14 11 (1.51%) R
15 8 (1.10%) Kotlin
16 7 (0.96%) Apple Swift
16 7 (0.96%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 107 (14.66%) Degree
2 36 (4.93%) Postgraduate
3 23 (3.15%) Computer Science Degree
4 9 (1.23%) Microsoft Certification
5 8 (1.10%) PMI Certification
6 7 (0.96%) BPSS Clearance
6 7 (0.96%) PhD
7 6 (0.82%) PMP
7 6 (0.82%) Security Cleared
8 4 (0.55%) CIPD
8 4 (0.55%) SC Cleared
9 3 (0.41%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (0.41%) DBS Check
9 3 (0.41%) Master's Degree
10 2 (0.27%) CCNP
10 2 (0.27%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 2 (0.27%) TOGAF Certification
11 1 (0.14%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
11 1 (0.14%) ISTQB
11 1 (0.14%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (3.97%) QA
2 8 (1.10%) PMO
3 7 (0.96%) WCAG
4 3 (0.41%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.27%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.27%) SLA
6 1 (0.14%) GDPR
6 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 104 (14.25%) Docker
2 34 (4.66%) Active Directory
3 6 (0.82%) HDFS
4 3 (0.41%) Apache Flume
4 3 (0.41%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 3 (0.41%) KVM
4 3 (0.41%) NFS
5 2 (0.27%) Firmware
5 2 (0.27%) Samba
5 2 (0.27%) VirtualBox
5 2 (0.27%) vSphere
6 1 (0.14%) RHEV
6 1 (0.14%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 35 (4.79%) Kubernetes
2 24 (3.29%) Ansible
3 15 (2.05%) Puppet
4 13 (1.78%) Terraform
5 7 (0.96%) Grafana
6 6 (0.82%) Consul
7 5 (0.68%) Kibana
7 5 (0.68%) logstash
8 4 (0.55%) Capistrano
8 4 (0.55%) HP Quality Center
8 4 (0.55%) Opscode Chef
8 4 (0.55%) Prometheus
8 4 (0.55%) SCCM
9 3 (0.41%) Hadoop YARN
9 3 (0.41%) Nagios
10 2 (0.27%) DameWare
10 2 (0.27%) NetBackup
10 2 (0.27%) Opsview
10 2 (0.27%) Packer
10 2 (0.27%) SnapVault
Vendors
1 34 (4.66%) Google
2 32 (4.38%) Microsoft
3 16 (2.19%) Adobe
3 16 (2.19%) Oracle
4 9 (1.23%) Tableau
5 6 (0.82%) Atlassian
5 6 (0.82%) Hortonworks
5 6 (0.82%) HP
5 6 (0.82%) Red Hat
6 5 (0.68%) Apple
7 4 (0.55%) Autodesk
7 4 (0.55%) TIBCO
8 3 (0.41%) AppDynamics
8 3 (0.41%) Cloudera
8 3 (0.41%) MapR
8 3 (0.41%) Samsung
8 3 (0.41%) Splunk
8 3 (0.41%) VMware
9 2 (0.27%) Mirantis
9 2 (0.27%) Veeam