Period
to 7 March 2021

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 7 March 2021 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
7 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 386 388 421
Rank change year-on-year +2 +33 -104
Contract jobs citing Games 258 361 559
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.54% 0.55% 0.58%
As % of the General category 1.33% 1.47% 1.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 208 238 381
Median daily rate £425 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.56% - -
10th Percentile £250 £200 £225
90th Percentile £604 £616 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £325 £388
% change year-on-year +24.62% -16.13% -3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 7 17
Median hourly rate £35.68 £12.00 £11.78
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +197.29% +1.87% -68.59%
10th Percentile £27.85 £11.13 £10.75
90th Percentile £46.00 £52.50 £40.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.00 £43.50 £11.78
% change year-on-year +5.75% +269.27% -70.55%

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 19,401 24,548 38,868
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 40.33% 37.17% 40.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,063 16,154 26,007
Median daily rate £500 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% - +0.53%
10th Percentile £300 £268 £300
90th Percentile £700 £688 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £438 £430
% change year-on-year -2.86% +1.74% +4.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 699 761 1,005
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.95% +2.50% -4.76%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.44 £11.75
90th Percentile £56.25 £51.25 £48.15
Median hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +12.50% - -2.44%

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 7 March 2021.

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 7 March 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Games in the UK

Games
Top 15 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 7 March 2021. 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 +53 231 £423 -6.11% 444
UK excluding London +154 116 £405 +24.62% 284
London -35 112 £450 -5.26% 185
Work from Home -176 73 £450 +5.88% 130
North of England +85 38 £405 +47.27% 85
North West +61 28 £405 +70.53% 44
South East +102 27 £450 +28.57% 52
East of England +48 20 £425 +30.77% 51
South West +95 18 £500 -11.11% 21
Yorkshire +40 10 £310 -29.14% 36
Midlands +40 9 £206 -34.00% 50
East Midlands +21 5 - - 13
West Midlands +32 4 £206 -34.00% 37
Scotland +25 3 - - 18
Northern Ireland - 1 £480 - 1

For the 6 months to 7 March 2021, 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 75 (29.07%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (19.38%) Java
3 49 (18.99%) JavaScript
4 47 (18.22%) C#
4 47 (18.22%) Python
5 40 (15.50%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 37 (14.34%) SQL
7 32 (12.40%) CSS
8 31 (12.02%) TDD
8 31 (12.02%) Software Engineering
9 29 (11.24%) C++
10 28 (10.85%) AWS
10 28 (10.85%) Game Development
11 27 (10.47%) Git (software)
12 26 (10.08%) Finance
13 25 (9.69%) E-Commerce
14 24 (9.30%) Marketing
14 24 (9.30%) DevOps
14 24 (9.30%) Problem-Solving
15 22 (8.53%) React
15 22 (8.53%) User Experience
15 22 (8.53%) Azure
16 21 (8.14%) RESTful
16 21 (8.14%) Continuous Integration
16 21 (8.14%) HTML
16 21 (8.14%) Project Management
17 20 (7.75%) Spring
17 20 (7.75%) REST
18 19 (7.36%) Analytics
19 18 (6.98%) Microservices

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 15 (5.81%) Apache
2 12 (4.65%) WebSphere
3 5 (1.94%) CMS
3 5 (1.94%) WebSphere Application Server
4 4 (1.55%) Apache Spark
4 4 (1.55%) Confluence
4 4 (1.55%) nginx
5 3 (1.16%) SharePoint
5 3 (1.16%) Sitecore CMS
6 2 (0.78%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 2 (0.78%) Apache Airflow
6 2 (0.78%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.39%) Anypoint
7 1 (0.39%) Apache TomEE
7 1 (0.39%) Drupal
7 1 (0.39%) IPython
7 1 (0.39%) Site Server
7 1 (0.39%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.39%) WordPress
Applications
1 9 (3.49%) Maya
1 9 (3.49%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (3.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 8 (3.10%) Photoshop
3 7 (2.71%) 3ds Max
4 5 (1.94%) Microsoft Office
4 5 (1.94%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (1.16%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.78%) Adobe After Effects
7 1 (0.39%) Adobe Captivate
7 1 (0.39%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.39%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.39%) Blender
7 1 (0.39%) Figma
7 1 (0.39%) Houdini
7 1 (0.39%) InDesign
7 1 (0.39%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 10 (3.88%) Magento
2 1 (0.39%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (0.39%) Toggl
2 1 (0.39%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 28 (10.85%) AWS
2 22 (8.53%) Azure
3 14 (5.43%) GCP
4 13 (5.04%) Serverless
5 8 (3.10%) GitHub
6 7 (2.71%) AWS Lambda
7 6 (2.33%) Firebase
8 4 (1.55%) Adobe Analytics
8 4 (1.55%) Amazon EC2
8 4 (1.55%) Amazon S3
8 4 (1.55%) PaaS
8 4 (1.55%) SaaS
9 2 (0.78%) Amazon Kinesis
9 2 (0.78%) Amazon SQS
9 2 (0.78%) iPaaS
10 1 (0.39%) Adobe Creative Cloud
10 1 (0.39%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (0.39%) Azure Data Factory
10 1 (0.39%) Google Play
10 1 (0.39%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 6 (2.33%) HTTP
2 3 (1.16%) Broadband
3 1 (0.39%) DNS
3 1 (0.39%) Firewall
3 1 (0.39%) Internet
3 1 (0.39%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (4.26%) Relational Database
2 10 (3.88%) MySQL
3 8 (3.10%) SQL Server
4 7 (2.71%) NoSQL
5 5 (1.94%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 5 (1.94%) Big Data
5 5 (1.94%) Hadoop
5 5 (1.94%) Redis
6 4 (1.55%) PostgreSQL
7 3 (1.16%) DB2
7 3 (1.16%) MongoDB
8 2 (0.78%) Amazon Athena
8 2 (0.78%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.78%) Amazon Redshift
8 2 (0.78%) Apache Cassandra
8 2 (0.78%) Apache Hive
8 2 (0.78%) DbVisualizer
8 2 (0.78%) GIS
8 2 (0.78%) Pentaho
8 2 (0.78%) Spark SQL
Development Applications
1 27 (10.47%) Git (software)
2 14 (5.43%) JIRA
3 12 (4.65%) Jenkins
4 10 (3.88%) Jasmine
5 7 (2.71%) Mocha
6 6 (2.33%) Subversion
7 4 (1.55%) Bitbucket
7 4 (1.55%) Cucumber
7 4 (1.55%) Grunt
7 4 (1.55%) SpecFlow
7 4 (1.55%) Vagrant
8 3 (1.16%) Bower
8 3 (1.16%) GitLab
8 3 (1.16%) Gradle
8 3 (1.16%) Karma Test Runner
8 3 (1.16%) Maven
8 3 (1.16%) Selenium
8 3 (1.16%) WebDriver
9 2 (0.78%) JUnit
9 2 (0.78%) REST Assured
General
1 26 (10.08%) Finance
2 24 (9.30%) Marketing
3 8 (3.10%) Retail
4 7 (2.71%) Advertising
5 6 (2.33%) Spanish Language
6 5 (1.94%) Banking
6 5 (1.94%) Law
7 3 (1.16%) French Language
7 3 (1.16%) German Language
7 3 (1.16%) Japanese Language
7 3 (1.16%) Manufacturing
7 3 (1.16%) Multimedia
7 3 (1.16%) Telecoms
8 2 (0.78%) Automotive
8 2 (0.78%) Military
8 2 (0.78%) Portuguese Language
9 1 (0.39%) Italian Language
9 1 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.39%) Public Sector
9 1 (0.39%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 84 (32.56%) Developer
2 17 (6.59%) Software Engineer
3 14 (5.43%) Project Manager
4 13 (5.04%) Games Developer
5 12 (4.65%) Senior Developer
6 11 (4.26%) Analyst
6 11 (4.26%) Consultant
6 11 (4.26%) DevOps Engineer
6 11 (4.26%) Java Developer
7 10 (3.88%) Data Engineer
8 9 (3.49%) C# Software Engineer
8 9 (3.49%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 9 (3.49%) Java Engineer
8 9 (3.49%) Java Software Engineer
8 9 (3.49%) JavaScript Engineer
9 8 (3.10%) Designer
10 7 (2.71%) Architect
10 7 (2.71%) C++ Developer
10 7 (2.71%) Games Engineer
10 7 (2.71%) iOS Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (15.50%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 32 (12.40%) CSS
3 22 (8.53%) React
4 21 (8.14%) HTML
4 21 (8.14%) RESTful
5 20 (7.75%) REST
5 20 (7.75%) Spring
6 15 (5.81%) Unreal Engine
7 14 (5.43%) Web Services
8 11 (4.26%) GraphQL
8 11 (4.26%) React Native
9 10 (3.88%) .NET
9 10 (3.88%) Node.js
10 9 (3.49%) jQuery
11 8 (3.10%) Redux
11 8 (3.10%) XHTML
12 7 (2.71%) J2EE
12 7 (2.71%) Jest
12 7 (2.71%) PyTorch
12 7 (2.71%) WebGL
Miscellaneous
1 22 (8.53%) User Experience
2 15 (5.81%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (5.43%) Mobile Games
4 13 (5.04%) Animation
4 13 (5.04%) Greenfield Project
4 13 (5.04%) Mobile App
4 13 (5.04%) Online Games
5 10 (3.88%) Social Media
6 8 (3.10%) Algorithms
7 7 (2.71%) PlayStation
8 6 (2.33%) Self-Motivation
9 4 (1.55%) Xbox
10 3 (1.16%) Cloud Native
10 3 (1.16%) Management Information System
10 3 (1.16%) Media Streaming
10 3 (1.16%) Vector Graphics
10 3 (1.16%) W3C
11 2 (0.78%) Data Structures
11 2 (0.78%) Graphic Design
11 2 (0.78%) Online Banking
Operating Systems
1 18 (6.98%) Android
2 17 (6.59%) Linux
3 16 (6.20%) Apple iOS
4 7 (2.71%) Windows
5 4 (1.55%) Unix
6 1 (0.39%) Mac OS
6 1 (0.39%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.39%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.39%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (29.07%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (12.02%) Software Engineering
2 31 (12.02%) TDD
3 28 (10.85%) Game Development
4 25 (9.69%) E-Commerce
5 24 (9.30%) DevOps
5 24 (9.30%) Problem-Solving
6 21 (8.14%) Continuous Integration
6 21 (8.14%) Project Management
7 19 (7.36%) Analytics
8 18 (6.98%) Front End Development
8 18 (6.98%) Microservices
9 17 (6.59%) BDD
9 17 (6.59%) Decision-Making
10 16 (6.20%) 3D Modelling
11 15 (5.81%) Artificial Intelligence
11 15 (5.81%) Machine Learning
11 15 (5.81%) Test Automation
12 14 (5.43%) Wireframes
13 13 (5.04%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 50 (19.38%) Java
2 49 (18.99%) JavaScript
3 47 (18.22%) C#
3 47 (18.22%) Python
4 37 (14.34%) SQL
5 29 (11.24%) C++
6 13 (5.04%) Go
6 13 (5.04%) PHP
7 12 (4.65%) Kotlin
8 11 (4.26%) C
9 8 (3.10%) Java 8
10 6 (2.33%) Apple Swift
10 6 (2.33%) R
10 6 (2.33%) TypeScript
11 3 (1.16%) MAXScript
11 3 (1.16%) Scala
12 2 (0.78%) Groovy
12 2 (0.78%) Objective-C
13 1 (0.39%) Apex Code
13 1 (0.39%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 12 (4.65%) Degree
2 11 (4.26%) Security Cleared
3 7 (2.71%) SC Cleared
4 4 (1.55%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (0.39%) ACCA
5 1 (0.39%) APMP
5 1 (0.39%) CIMA
5 1 (0.39%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.39%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (0.39%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (3.88%) QA
2 6 (2.33%) Data Quality
3 4 (1.55%) GDPR
4 2 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.39%) COBIT
5 1 (0.39%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 16 (6.20%) Docker
2 2 (0.78%) HDFS
3 1 (0.39%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 1 (0.39%) etcd
3 1 (0.39%) Varnish
3 1 (0.39%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 18 (6.98%) Kubernetes
2 6 (2.33%) Terraform
3 4 (1.55%) Ansible
4 2 (0.78%) Ambari
4 2 (0.78%) Grafana
4 2 (0.78%) Hadoop YARN
4 2 (0.78%) Puppet
5 1 (0.39%) Consul
5 1 (0.39%) Istio
5 1 (0.39%) Salt
Vendors
1 16 (6.20%) Adobe
1 16 (6.20%) Google
1 16 (6.20%) Microsoft
2 9 (3.49%) Salesforce.com
3 7 (2.71%) IBM
4 5 (1.94%) Autodesk
4 5 (1.94%) Zend
5 4 (1.55%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
6 3 (1.16%) Oracle
6 3 (1.16%) Sitecore
7 2 (0.78%) Cloudera
7 2 (0.78%) hybris
7 2 (0.78%) Informatica
7 2 (0.78%) Mapbox
7 2 (0.78%) ServiceNow
7 2 (0.78%) Talend
7 2 (0.78%) Workday
8 1 (0.39%) Instagram
8 1 (0.39%) MuleSoft
8 1 (0.39%) Xamarin