Period
to 18 August 2017

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 18 August 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.

Gaming
UK
6 months to
18 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 364 341 381
Rank change year-on-year -23 +40 -50
Contract jobs citing Games 610 757 678
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.63% 0.70% 0.60%
As % of the General category 1.61% 1.90% 1.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 426 555 419
UK median daily rate £415 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £214 £233 £261
90th Percentile £575 £550 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -8.00% +7.14% +16.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 23 14
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £32.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.69% -18.75% +14.29%
10th Percentile £15.00 £7.88 £10.13
90th Percentile £47.50 £42.50 £45.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £32.50 £38.75
% change year-on-year -3.08% -16.13% +35.96%

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 37979 39903 44645
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 39.39% 36.73% 39.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 24949 26510 28196
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
10th Percentile £283 £263 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 840 955 1153
UK median hourly rate £25.75 £24.00 £22.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.29% +5.12% +1.47%
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.22 £10.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £25.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +10.00% -9.09% +10.00%

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 18 August 2017.

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 18 August 2017.

Contractor 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 18 August 2017. 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 -25 591 £413 +3.13% 385
London -41 364 £450 +5.88% 187
UK excluding London +9 234 £345 -8.00% 210
North of England +24 104 £345 -8.00% 88
South East +38 61 £348 -13.13% 46
North West +33 52 £273 -12.80% 35
Yorkshire -36 36 £420 +5.00% 52
East of England +2 27 £300 -29.41% 15
Midlands +18 23 £350 +7.69% 40
North East +67 16 £320 +6.67% 1
East Midlands -13 14 £350 +7.69% 6
South West +10 12 £300 -17.24% 9
West Midlands +37 9 £313 -3.85% 34
Scotland +9 8 £375 +66.67% 6

For the 6 months to 18 August 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.

1 270 (44.26%) Agile Software Development
2 190 (31.15%) Java
3 145 (23.77%) JavaScript
4 128 (20.98%) Test Automation
5 127 (20.82%) SQL
6 113 (18.52%) TDD
7 107 (17.54%) Scrum
8 106 (17.38%) HTML
9 100 (16.39%) Continuous Integration
10 89 (14.59%) E-Commerce
11 88 (14.43%) CSS
12 87 (14.26%) BDD
13 86 (14.10%) Finance
14 85 (13.93%) Git (software)
15 82 (13.44%) C#
16 77 (12.62%) Jenkins
17 73 (11.97%) C++
18 67 (10.98%) Python
18 67 (10.98%) Cucumber
19 66 (10.82%) Degree
20 64 (10.49%) Linux
21 63 (10.33%) Unix
21 63 (10.33%) JIRA
22 62 (10.16%) Unity (Game Engine)
23 59 (9.67%) HTML5
23 59 (9.67%) Web Services
23 59 (9.67%) Oracle
24 57 (9.34%) Retail
25 56 (9.18%) Selenium
26 55 (9.02%) Analytical Skills

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 30 (4.92%) Confluence
2 26 (4.26%) WebSphere
3 17 (2.79%) Tomcat
4 15 (2.46%) Apache
5 13 (2.13%) Elasticsearch
6 11 (1.80%) Apache Spark
7 8 (1.31%) Drupal
7 8 (1.31%) Kinematics
7 8 (1.31%) WordPress
8 7 (1.15%) Apache Pig
8 7 (1.15%) Apache Solr
9 6 (0.98%) CMS
9 6 (0.98%) MQSeries
9 6 (0.98%) MS Exchange
10 4 (0.66%) SharePoint
11 3 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2007
11 3 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2013
11 3 (0.49%) Jetty
11 3 (0.49%) nginx
11 3 (0.49%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 19 (3.11%) Photoshop
2 13 (2.13%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (1.64%) Microsoft Office
4 6 (0.98%) Adobe Illustrator
5 5 (0.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 4 (0.66%) MS Visio
7 3 (0.49%) 3ds Max
7 3 (0.49%) Adobe After Effects
7 3 (0.49%) InVision
7 3 (0.49%) Maya
7 3 (0.49%) OmniGraffle
7 3 (0.49%) ZBrush
8 2 (0.33%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.33%) Adobe Premiere
8 2 (0.33%) InDesign
9 1 (0.16%) CINEMA 4D
9 1 (0.16%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
9 1 (0.16%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 14 (2.30%) Magento
2 4 (0.66%) WebTrends
3 2 (0.33%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.33%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.16%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 1 (0.16%) Cognos TM1
Cloud Services
1 32 (5.25%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (2.62%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (1.48%) Amazon EC2
4 6 (0.98%) AWS CloudFormation
4 6 (0.98%) GitHub
4 6 (0.98%) SaaS
5 5 (0.82%) Amazon ELB
5 5 (0.82%) Amazon S3
5 5 (0.82%) Office 365
6 4 (0.66%) Google Analytics
7 3 (0.49%) Adobe Creative Cloud
7 3 (0.49%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (0.49%) Google Play
7 3 (0.49%) OneDrive
7 3 (0.49%) Twilio
8 2 (0.33%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 2 (0.33%) Amazon EMR
8 2 (0.33%) AWS Lambda
8 2 (0.33%) Slack
8 2 (0.33%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 17 (2.79%) Internet
2 6 (0.98%) HTTP
2 6 (0.98%) TCP/IP
3 4 (0.66%) Firewall
3 4 (0.66%) WAN
4 3 (0.49%) PBX
4 3 (0.49%) Skype
5 2 (0.33%) AMQP
5 2 (0.33%) ATM
5 2 (0.33%) BGP
5 2 (0.33%) EIGRP
5 2 (0.33%) FTP
5 2 (0.33%) LAN
5 2 (0.33%) MPLS
5 2 (0.33%) NAS
5 2 (0.33%) OSPF
5 2 (0.33%) SAN
5 2 (0.33%) SMS
5 2 (0.33%) Wireless
6 1 (0.16%) CTI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (6.56%) NoSQL
2 38 (6.23%) Relational Database
3 32 (5.25%) MySQL
4 26 (4.26%) MongoDB
5 23 (3.77%) Apache Cassandra
6 22 (3.61%) DB2
7 21 (3.44%) RDBMS
7 21 (3.44%) SQL Server
8 17 (2.79%) Big Data
9 16 (2.62%) Data Warehouse
9 16 (2.62%) DbVisualizer
10 13 (2.13%) Hadoop
10 13 (2.13%) Redis
11 11 (1.80%) Apache Hive
11 11 (1.80%) Data Mining
12 10 (1.64%) Oracle Database
13 7 (1.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 7 (1.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 6 (0.98%) Oracle BI EE
14 6 (0.98%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 85 (13.93%) Git (software)
2 77 (12.62%) Jenkins
3 67 (10.98%) Cucumber
4 63 (10.33%) JIRA
5 56 (9.18%) Selenium
6 42 (6.89%) WebDriver
7 33 (5.41%) Maven
8 26 (4.26%) JUnit
9 19 (3.11%) Subversion
10 14 (2.30%) RSpec
11 13 (2.13%) Jasmine
12 12 (1.97%) Mockito
13 11 (1.80%) TeamCity
14 10 (1.64%) Ant
15 9 (1.48%) Axure RP
15 9 (1.48%) gulp
16 8 (1.31%) Bitbucket
16 8 (1.31%) Eclipse
16 8 (1.31%) Gradle
17 7 (1.15%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 86 (14.10%) Finance
2 57 (9.34%) Retail
3 40 (6.56%) Banking
4 36 (5.90%) Telecoms
5 35 (5.74%) Marketing
6 15 (2.46%) Advertising
6 15 (2.46%) Back Office
7 7 (1.15%) Online Betting
8 6 (0.98%) Legal
8 6 (0.98%) Publishing
9 5 (0.82%) Front Office
10 4 (0.66%) Aerospace
10 4 (0.66%) Automotive
10 4 (0.66%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.49%) Electronics
11 3 (0.49%) iGaming
11 3 (0.49%) Interactive Media
12 2 (0.33%) French Language
12 2 (0.33%) German Language
12 2 (0.33%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 289 (47.38%) Developer
2 69 (11.31%) Java Developer
3 51 (8.36%) Games Developer
4 47 (7.70%) Tester
5 41 (6.72%) Senior Developer
6 39 (6.39%) Analyst
7 31 (5.08%) Automation Tester
7 31 (5.08%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 31 (5.08%) JavaScript Developer
8 25 (4.10%) C# Developer
9 24 (3.93%) Designer
10 23 (3.77%) Project Manager
11 22 (3.61%) Java Automation Tester
12 21 (3.44%) Scrum Master
13 20 (3.28%) Business Analyst
13 20 (3.28%) Test Engineer
13 20 (3.28%) Web Developer
14 19 (3.11%) Python Developer
15 18 (2.95%) C++ Developer
15 18 (2.95%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 106 (17.38%) HTML
2 88 (14.43%) CSS
3 62 (10.16%) Unity (Game Engine)
4 59 (9.67%) HTML5
4 59 (9.67%) Web Services
5 52 (8.52%) REST
5 52 (8.52%) RESTful
6 42 (6.89%) React
7 41 (6.72%) .NET
8 39 (6.39%) AngularJS
9 38 (6.23%) Node.js
9 38 (6.23%) Spring
10 36 (5.90%) CSS3
11 35 (5.74%) JSON
12 33 (5.41%) XML
13 24 (3.93%) J2EE
14 22 (3.61%) Gherkin
15 21 (3.44%) JMS
16 20 (3.28%) jQuery
16 20 (3.28%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 55 (9.02%) Analytical Skills
2 52 (8.52%) User Experience
3 39 (6.39%) Computer Science
4 35 (5.74%) Online Games
5 19 (3.11%) Mobile App
6 15 (2.46%) iPad
7 14 (2.30%) Equities
8 11 (1.80%) Greenfield Project
8 11 (1.80%) Over-the-Top Content
8 11 (1.80%) Virtual Team
9 10 (1.64%) Animation
9 10 (1.64%) Blog
9 10 (1.64%) Data Structures
9 10 (1.64%) Fintech
10 9 (1.48%) Mobile Games
11 8 (1.31%) Algorithms
11 8 (1.31%) Management Information System
11 8 (1.31%) Video on Demand
11 8 (1.31%) Xbox
12 7 (1.15%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 64 (10.49%) Linux
2 63 (10.33%) Unix
3 38 (6.23%) Android
4 24 (3.93%) Apple iOS
5 19 (3.11%) Windows
6 14 (2.30%) Mac OS X
7 10 (1.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 6 (0.98%) CentOS
8 6 (0.98%) Solaris
9 4 (0.66%) AIX
9 4 (0.66%) HPUX
9 4 (0.66%) Oracle Linux
9 4 (0.66%) Windows Phone
9 4 (0.66%) Windows Server
10 3 (0.49%) Debian
10 3 (0.49%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.16%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.16%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.16%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 270 (44.26%) Agile Software Development
2 128 (20.98%) Test Automation
3 113 (18.52%) TDD
4 107 (17.54%) Scrum
5 100 (16.39%) Continuous Integration
6 89 (14.59%) E-Commerce
7 87 (14.26%) BDD
8 53 (8.69%) DevOps
8 53 (8.69%) Microservices
9 51 (8.36%) Kanban
10 47 (7.70%) User Stories
11 43 (7.05%) MVC
12 42 (6.89%) Analytics
12 42 (6.89%) Software Engineering
13 38 (6.23%) OO
13 38 (6.23%) Project Management
14 35 (5.74%) Business Intelligence
15 32 (5.25%) Mathematics
15 32 (5.25%) Web Development
16 31 (5.08%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 190 (31.15%) Java
2 145 (23.77%) JavaScript
3 127 (20.82%) SQL
4 82 (13.44%) C#
5 73 (11.97%) C++
6 67 (10.98%) Python
7 49 (8.03%) Scala
8 32 (5.25%) Ruby
9 24 (3.93%) PHP
10 22 (3.61%) C
11 20 (3.28%) Bash Shell
11 20 (3.28%) Go
12 17 (2.79%) Objective-C
13 14 (2.30%) ActionScript
14 13 (2.13%) T-SQL
15 11 (1.80%) ES6
15 11 (1.80%) Groovy
15 11 (1.80%) R
16 10 (1.64%) Perl
17 9 (1.48%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 66 (10.82%) Degree
2 17 (2.79%) Computer Science Degree
3 14 (2.30%) Numerate Degree
4 7 (1.15%) ISEB
5 5 (0.82%) PMI Certification
6 4 (0.66%) ISTQB
6 4 (0.66%) PMP
7 3 (0.49%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (0.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (0.49%) PhD
8 2 (0.33%) CCIE
8 2 (0.33%) MBA
8 2 (0.33%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.16%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.16%) OCPJP
9 1 (0.16%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.16%) SC Cleared
9 1 (0.16%) Security Cleared
9 1 (0.16%) Sun Certification
9 1 (0.16%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (8.03%) QA
2 17 (2.79%) WCAG
3 4 (0.66%) MiFID
4 3 (0.49%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.49%) GDPR
5 2 (0.33%) COBIT
5 2 (0.33%) PMO
5 2 (0.33%) SLA
6 1 (0.16%) GCP
6 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 19770
6 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 40 (6.56%) Docker
2 10 (1.64%) Active Directory
3 7 (1.15%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.33%) Apache Flume
4 2 (0.33%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.16%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 1 (0.16%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 22 (3.61%) Opscode Chef
2 21 (3.44%) Puppet
3 18 (2.95%) Kubernetes
4 16 (2.62%) Kibana
4 16 (2.62%) logstash
5 11 (1.80%) Ansible
6 8 (1.31%) Grafana
6 8 (1.31%) HP Quality Center
7 7 (1.15%) Prometheus
8 4 (0.66%) Hadoop YARN
9 3 (0.49%) StatsD
10 2 (0.33%) Mesos
10 2 (0.33%) SCCM
11 1 (0.16%) AppManager
11 1 (0.16%) Business Desktop Deployment
11 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Clustering
11 1 (0.16%) Packer
11 1 (0.16%) Salt
11 1 (0.16%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 1 (0.16%) Terraform
Vendors
1 59 (9.67%) Oracle
2 34 (5.57%) IBM
3 27 (4.43%) Microsoft
4 24 (3.93%) hybris
5 17 (2.79%) Google
5 17 (2.79%) Splunk
6 16 (2.62%) AppDynamics
7 15 (2.46%) Sybase
8 12 (1.97%) Adobe
8 12 (1.97%) HP
9 9 (1.48%) VMware
10 8 (1.31%) NVIDIA
11 7 (1.15%) Talend
12 6 (0.98%) Atlassian
13 5 (0.82%) Red Hat
13 5 (0.82%) Zend
14 4 (0.66%) Facebook
14 4 (0.66%) Sun
14 4 (0.66%) Teradata
15 3 (0.49%) Optimizely