Period
to 28 January 2022

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 28 January 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
28 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 369 381 388
Rank change year-on-year +12 +7 +10
Contract jobs citing Games 581 237 417
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.66% 0.56% 0.58%
As % of the General category 1.23% 1.07% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 476 152 254
10th Percentile £364 £213 £200
25th Percentile £408 £325 £314
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £509 £425 £450
Median % change year-on-year +19.71% -5.56% -1.64%
75th Percentile £600 £550 £532
90th Percentile £695 £613 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £413 £325
% change year-on-year +9.09% +26.92% -23.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 8 10
10th Percentile £20.71 £29.43 £10.73
25th Percentile £34.25 £30.63 £10.84
Median hourly rate £35.50 £42.50 £11.75
Median % change year-on-year -16.47% +261.70% -0.25%
75th Percentile £79.50 £46.00 £40.56
90th Percentile £80.10 £49.83 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £46.00 £11.50
% change year-on-year - +300.00% -2.38%

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 47,424 22,119 36,306
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 54.02% 51.89% 50.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 32,760 14,968 23,552
10th Percentile £313 £269 £234
25th Percentile £413 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +2.70% -2.63%
75th Percentile £638 £584 £575
90th Percentile £733 £675 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +8.82% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,353 867 1,426
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.00 £12.07
25th Percentile £13.27 £15.04 £14.29
Median hourly rate £20.00 £24.00 £18.72
Median % change year-on-year -16.67% +28.21% +1.19%
75th Percentile £43.75 £43.75 £38.00
90th Percentile £57.70 £53.75 £50.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.25 £21.80 £18.00
% change year-on-year -20.87% +21.11% +2.86%

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 28 January 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 28 January 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Games in the UK

Games
Top 14 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 28 January 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 +6 511 £500 +17.65% 588
London -23 277 £550 +22.22% 247
Work from Home -11 235 £450 +1.41% 158
UK excluding London -18 208 £450 +9.09% 368
North of England +31 118 £415 +2.47% 101
North West +6 66 £410 +1.23% 49
Yorkshire +7 52 £493 +51.62% 33
Midlands -45 37 £410 +107.59% 80
West Midlands -32 35 £410 +107.59% 55
South East -64 22 £525 +16.67% 68
Scotland -42 18 £550 - 28
East of England -54 9 £400 -7.25% 40
South West -65 5 £375 -28.57% 47
East Midlands -31 2 £413 - 25

For the 6 months to 28 January 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.

1 203 (34.94%) Agile Software Development
2 142 (24.44%) TDD
3 105 (18.07%) Social Skills
4 98 (16.87%) Test Automation
5 95 (16.35%) AWS
6 89 (15.32%) JIRA
7 86 (14.80%) Scrum
8 79 (13.60%) Microservices
9 78 (13.43%) C#
9 78 (13.43%) JavaScript
10 75 (12.91%) .NET
10 75 (12.91%) CI/CD
11 71 (12.22%) DevOps
12 70 (12.05%) User Stories
13 66 (11.36%) Docker
14 65 (11.19%) Azure
14 65 (11.19%) Git (software)
15 64 (11.02%) Java
16 62 (10.67%) SQL Server
17 61 (10.50%) Linux
17 61 (10.50%) Kubernetes
18 59 (10.15%) Go
18 59 (10.15%) Python
19 58 (9.98%) Legacy Code
20 54 (9.29%) Problem-Solving
21 52 (8.95%) SQL
22 51 (8.78%) Continuous Integration
23 47 (8.09%) React
24 46 (7.92%) Analytical Skills
24 46 (7.92%) C++

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 24 (4.13%) OpenStack
2 17 (2.93%) Confluence
3 11 (1.89%) Apache Spark
4 9 (1.55%) nginx
5 7 (1.20%) SharePoint
6 3 (0.52%) Apache
6 3 (0.52%) Apache Airflow
6 3 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.34%) CMS
7 2 (0.34%) Ethereum
8 1 (0.17%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 7 (1.20%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.03%) Maya
3 4 (0.69%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.52%) Adobe XD
4 3 (0.52%) Photoshop
4 3 (0.52%) Sketch
5 2 (0.34%) 3ds Max
5 2 (0.34%) Adobe Illustrator
5 2 (0.34%) Adobe Premiere
5 2 (0.34%) Microsoft Excel
6 1 (0.17%) Adobe After Effects
6 1 (0.17%) Houdini
6 1 (0.17%) Simulink
6 1 (0.17%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 1 (0.17%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 95 (16.35%) AWS
2 65 (11.19%) Azure
3 31 (5.34%) PaaS
4 29 (4.99%) GCP
5 25 (4.30%) SaaS
6 18 (3.10%) IaaS
7 14 (2.41%) Serverless
8 12 (2.07%) AWS Lambda
8 12 (2.07%) GitHub
9 9 (1.55%) Snowflake
10 8 (1.38%) Figma
11 7 (1.20%) AWS CloudFormation
11 7 (1.20%) Microsoft 365
12 4 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
12 4 (0.69%) Amazon EKS
12 4 (0.69%) Firebase
12 4 (0.69%) Lucidchart
12 4 (0.69%) Power Platform
12 4 (0.69%) Salesforce Service Cloud
12 4 (0.69%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 24 (4.13%) SSL
2 17 (2.93%) VPN
3 16 (2.75%) Firewall
4 15 (2.58%) IKE
4 15 (2.58%) IPsec
5 10 (1.72%) DNS
6 5 (0.86%) HTTP
7 2 (0.34%) GSM
7 2 (0.34%) Network Security
7 2 (0.34%) SD-WAN
7 2 (0.34%) WAN
7 2 (0.34%) Wireless
8 1 (0.17%) 5G
8 1 (0.17%) Fibre Channel
8 1 (0.17%) iSCSI
8 1 (0.17%) LTE
8 1 (0.17%) NAS
8 1 (0.17%) NetScaler
8 1 (0.17%) NFC
8 1 (0.17%) WiMAX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 62 (10.67%) SQL Server
2 19 (3.27%) Big Data
3 17 (2.93%) MySQL
4 16 (2.75%) Blockchain
4 16 (2.75%) PostgreSQL
5 14 (2.41%) MongoDB
6 13 (2.24%) NoSQL
7 12 (2.07%) Hadoop
8 11 (1.89%) Redis
8 11 (1.89%) Relational Database
9 10 (1.72%) BigQuery
9 10 (1.72%) Couchbase
9 10 (1.72%) Data Warehouse
10 8 (1.38%) Amazon Redshift
11 7 (1.20%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 5 (0.86%) Apache Cassandra
13 4 (0.69%) Power BI
14 3 (0.52%) Flink
14 3 (0.52%) Hazelcast
14 3 (0.52%) HDInsight
Development Applications
1 89 (15.32%) JIRA
2 65 (11.19%) Git (software)
3 29 (4.99%) Jenkins
4 21 (3.61%) GitLab
5 16 (2.75%) Cucumber
6 15 (2.58%) Sonatype Nexus
7 13 (2.24%) Subversion
8 11 (1.89%) CircleCI
9 10 (1.72%) Selenium
10 9 (1.55%) JMeter
10 9 (1.55%) WebDriver
11 8 (1.38%) SpecFlow
11 8 (1.38%) Tricentis qTest
12 7 (1.20%) Gatling
12 7 (1.20%) TeamCity
12 7 (1.20%) webpack
13 6 (1.03%) Bitbucket
14 4 (0.69%) Axure RP
14 4 (0.69%) GoCD
14 4 (0.69%) PhpStorm
General
1 105 (18.07%) Social Skills
2 46 (7.92%) Analytical Skills
3 36 (6.20%) Marketing
4 34 (5.85%) Finance
5 25 (4.30%) Retail
5 25 (4.30%) Telecoms
6 10 (1.72%) Banking
7 8 (1.38%) Presentation Skills
8 7 (1.20%) German Language
8 7 (1.20%) Public Sector
9 6 (1.03%) Advertising
10 5 (0.86%) Law
11 3 (0.52%) Digital Economy
12 2 (0.34%) Documentation Skills
12 2 (0.34%) Electronics
12 2 (0.34%) Front Office
12 2 (0.34%) Inclusion and Diversity
12 2 (0.34%) Influencing Skills
12 2 (0.34%) Online Betting
12 2 (0.34%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 216 (37.18%) Developer
2 52 (8.95%) .NET Developer
3 30 (5.16%) Analyst
4 29 (4.99%) Scrum Master
5 27 (4.65%) Architect
5 27 (4.65%) Senior Developer
6 26 (4.48%) Project Manager
7 25 (4.30%) Security Engineer
8 21 (3.61%) Java Developer
9 19 (3.27%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
9 19 (3.27%) Software Engineer
10 16 (2.75%) DevOps Engineer
11 15 (2.58%) Design Engineer
11 15 (2.58%) JavaScript Developer
11 15 (2.58%) Lead Architect
11 15 (2.58%) Security Architect
12 14 (2.41%) Games Developer
12 14 (2.41%) Lead Security Architect
13 13 (2.24%) C++ Developer
13 13 (2.24%) React Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (12.91%) .NET
2 47 (8.09%) React
3 40 (6.88%) Kafka
3 40 (6.88%) Unity (Game Engine)
4 37 (6.37%) CSS
5 36 (6.20%) Node.js
6 33 (5.68%) HTML
7 25 (4.30%) OAuth
8 22 (3.79%) HTML5
9 19 (3.27%) Unreal Engine
10 18 (3.10%) Spring
11 16 (2.75%) OAuth2
11 16 (2.75%) Spring Boot
12 15 (2.58%) REST
13 13 (2.24%) CSS3
13 13 (2.24%) RabbitMQ
13 13 (2.24%) Redux
13 13 (2.24%) Web Services
14 12 (2.07%) Pandas
14 12 (2.07%) scikit-learn
Miscellaneous
1 58 (9.98%) Legacy Code
2 31 (5.34%) Greenfield Project
3 30 (5.16%) User Experience
4 24 (4.13%) Data Protection Act
5 20 (3.44%) Data Structures
6 17 (2.93%) Private Cloud
6 17 (2.93%) Renewable Energy
6 17 (2.93%) Self-Motivation
7 16 (2.75%) Online Games
8 15 (2.58%) Mobile App
8 15 (2.58%) PKI
9 11 (1.89%) Animation
10 10 (1.72%) Mobile Games
11 8 (1.38%) Algorithms
11 8 (1.38%) Data Centre
12 6 (1.03%) Augmented Reality
12 6 (1.03%) Cloud Native
13 5 (0.86%) Grid Computing
13 5 (0.86%) Marketing Technology
14 4 (0.69%) Analytical Mindset
Operating Systems
1 61 (10.50%) Linux
2 29 (4.99%) Windows
3 22 (3.79%) Android
4 18 (3.10%) Apple iOS
5 9 (1.55%) Debian
6 4 (0.69%) Mac OS
6 4 (0.69%) Windows Server
7 3 (0.52%) Unix
7 3 (0.52%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.34%) CentOS
8 2 (0.34%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.17%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.17%) Solaris
9 1 (0.17%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 203 (34.94%) Agile Software Development
2 142 (24.44%) TDD
3 98 (16.87%) Test Automation
4 86 (14.80%) Scrum
5 79 (13.60%) Microservices
6 75 (12.91%) CI/CD
7 71 (12.22%) DevOps
8 70 (12.05%) User Stories
9 54 (9.29%) Problem-Solving
10 51 (8.78%) Continuous Integration
11 43 (7.40%) MVC
12 40 (6.88%) Project Management
13 36 (6.20%) Kanban
13 36 (6.20%) Stakeholder Management
14 35 (6.02%) Analytics
14 35 (6.02%) OO
14 35 (6.02%) Software Engineering
15 34 (5.85%) Coaching
16 33 (5.68%) Continuous Improvement
16 33 (5.68%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 78 (13.43%) C#
1 78 (13.43%) JavaScript
2 64 (11.02%) Java
3 59 (10.15%) Go
3 59 (10.15%) Python
4 52 (8.95%) SQL
5 46 (7.92%) C++
6 40 (6.88%) TypeScript
7 26 (4.48%) Kotlin
8 13 (2.24%) Bash
8 13 (2.24%) PHP
9 11 (1.89%) Scala
10 7 (1.20%) C
11 5 (0.86%) VB.NET
12 4 (0.69%) Java 8
13 3 (0.52%) C++/CLI
13 3 (0.52%) R
13 3 (0.52%) Ruby
14 2 (0.34%) Clojure
14 2 (0.34%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 12 (2.07%) Degree
2 8 (1.38%) Computer Science Degree
3 6 (1.03%) BPSS Clearance
4 5 (0.86%) SC Cleared
4 5 (0.86%) Security Cleared
5 4 (0.69%) PMI Certification
6 2 (0.34%) CCNA
6 2 (0.34%) CIPD
6 2 (0.34%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (0.34%) CISM
6 2 (0.34%) CISSP
6 2 (0.34%) ISEB
6 2 (0.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.17%) CEH
7 1 (0.17%) CSSLP
7 1 (0.17%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.17%) ISTQB
7 1 (0.17%) PMP
7 1 (0.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (3.61%) QA
2 9 (1.55%) Accessibility
3 7 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (1.20%) PMO
4 4 (0.69%) SLA
5 3 (0.52%) Actionable Recommendations
5 3 (0.52%) GDPR
6 2 (0.34%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.34%) ISO 22301
6 2 (0.34%) NIST
6 2 (0.34%) WCAG
7 1 (0.17%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 66 (11.36%) Docker
2 24 (4.13%) vCloud
3 15 (2.58%) VMware Workstation
4 5 (0.86%) Active Directory
5 4 (0.69%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (0.52%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.34%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.17%) Firmware
8 1 (0.17%) NFS
8 1 (0.17%) Samba
8 1 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 61 (10.50%) Kubernetes
2 36 (6.20%) Terraform
3 31 (5.34%) Ansible
4 12 (2.07%) ZABBIX
5 10 (1.72%) Consul
5 10 (1.72%) Grafana
5 10 (1.72%) HAProxy
6 9 (1.55%) Fluentd
6 9 (1.55%) Prometheus
7 7 (1.20%) Puppet
8 3 (0.52%) Single Sign-On
9 2 (0.34%) Marathon
9 2 (0.34%) Mesos
9 2 (0.34%) Packer
10 1 (0.17%) Docker Swarm
10 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Clustering
10 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 1 (0.17%) Nexpose
10 1 (0.17%) Opscode Chef
10 1 (0.17%) SCCM
Vendors
1 30 (5.16%) VMware
2 26 (4.48%) Microsoft
3 24 (4.13%) CA
4 19 (3.27%) Google
5 18 (3.10%) Salesforce.com
6 12 (2.07%) Red Hat
7 9 (1.55%) CyberArk
7 9 (1.55%) Sonatype
8 8 (1.38%) Splunk
9 7 (1.20%) Perforce
10 6 (1.03%) IBM
11 5 (0.86%) Adobe
11 5 (0.86%) Cisco
11 5 (0.86%) Vertica
12 4 (0.69%) New Relic
12 4 (0.69%) SAP
13 3 (0.52%) Alteryx
13 3 (0.52%) Databricks
14 2 (0.34%) PayPal
14 2 (0.34%) Rapid7