Period
to 22 October 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 22 October 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
22 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 363 352 387
Rank change year-on-year -11 +35 -48
Contract jobs citing Games 652 728 660
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.66% 0.69% 0.58%
As % of the General category 1.64% 1.90% 1.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 437 526 440
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +3.96% +2.60%
10th Percentile £272 £214 £256
90th Percentile £575 £550 £556
UK excluding London median daily rate £369 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -1.67% +7.14% +12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 24 11
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £24.25 £38.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.71% -36.18% +6.29%
10th Percentile £12.00 £7.88 £10.13
90th Percentile £46.15 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £24.25 £23.88
% change year-on-year +27.84% +1.57% -33.22%

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 39686 38343 45785
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 39.95% 36.37% 40.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 26305 25494 29191
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £280 £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 868 965 1207
UK median hourly rate £26.42 £23.50 £24.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.43% -3.01% +12.54%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.33
90th Percentile £48.08 £47.25 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £25.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year +12.00% -3.85% +13.04%

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 22 October 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 22 October 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 22 October 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 -4 630 £425 +6.25% 296
London -20 407 £450 +9.76% 121
UK excluding London -4 227 £369 -1.67% 189
North of England +53 92 £413 +3.13% 76
South East +22 55 £361 -9.69% 26
North West +27 43 £340 -15.00% 30
East of England -6 43 £338 -22.86% 23
Yorkshire -1 34 £425 +6.25% 43
Midlands +22 25 £325 - 40
East Midlands +6 16 £325 - 6
North East +73 15 £320 -17.42% 3
West Midlands +13 9 £350 +3.70% 34
South West +7 8 £403 +11.03% 10
Scotland -4 5 £240 +14.29% 4

For the 6 months to 22 October 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.

1 293 (44.94%) Agile Software Development
2 228 (34.97%) Java
3 180 (27.61%) JavaScript
4 144 (22.09%) Test Automation
5 134 (20.55%) SQL
6 128 (19.63%) Continuous Integration
7 127 (19.48%) Scrum
8 117 (17.94%) HTML
8 117 (17.94%) CSS
9 116 (17.79%) TDD
10 113 (17.33%) E-Commerce
11 101 (15.49%) Git (software)
12 98 (15.03%) Finance
13 85 (13.04%) C#
14 83 (12.73%) BDD
15 82 (12.58%) Jenkins
15 82 (12.58%) Linux
16 79 (12.12%) Unix
17 75 (11.50%) Kanban
18 72 (11.04%) Cucumber
19 69 (10.58%) User Experience
20 68 (10.43%) Software Engineering
21 67 (10.28%) Scala
21 67 (10.28%) Oracle
21 67 (10.28%) React
22 65 (9.97%) REST
23 64 (9.82%) Retail
24 63 (9.66%) JIRA
24 63 (9.66%) DevOps
25 62 (9.51%) Web Services

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 31 (4.75%) WebSphere
2 27 (4.14%) Confluence
3 21 (3.22%) Tomcat
4 20 (3.07%) Elasticsearch
5 16 (2.45%) Apache Spark
6 15 (2.30%) Apache
7 11 (1.69%) Apache Solr
8 8 (1.23%) Apache Pig
8 8 (1.23%) CMS
8 8 (1.23%) Drupal
8 8 (1.23%) Kinematics
9 7 (1.07%) WordPress
10 5 (0.77%) JBoss
10 5 (0.77%) MQSeries
11 3 (0.46%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 3 (0.46%) Jetty
11 3 (0.46%) nginx
12 2 (0.31%) GlassFish
13 1 (0.15%) MS Exchange
13 1 (0.15%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 22 (3.37%) Photoshop
2 12 (1.84%) Adobe Illustrator
3 11 (1.69%) Microsoft Excel
4 8 (1.23%) Microsoft Office
5 6 (0.92%) OmniGraffle
6 5 (0.77%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 3 (0.46%) InDesign
7 3 (0.46%) InVision
7 3 (0.46%) MS Visio
8 2 (0.31%) Adobe After Effects
9 1 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.15%) Adobe Premiere
9 1 (0.15%) CINEMA 4D
9 1 (0.15%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.15%) HipChat
9 1 (0.15%) Maya
9 1 (0.15%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 10 (1.53%) Magento
2 4 (0.61%) Payment Gateway
2 4 (0.61%) WebTrends
3 1 (0.15%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.15%) Cognos TM1
3 1 (0.15%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 38 (5.83%) Amazon AWS
2 23 (3.53%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (2.30%) Amazon EC2
4 10 (1.53%) npm
5 9 (1.38%) Amazon S3
6 6 (0.92%) Amazon ELB
6 6 (0.92%) AWS CloudFormation
7 5 (0.77%) AWS Lambda
7 5 (0.77%) GitHub
7 5 (0.77%) Google Analytics
7 5 (0.77%) Google Play
7 5 (0.77%) SaaS
7 5 (0.77%) Serverless
8 4 (0.61%) Adobe Creative Cloud
8 4 (0.61%) Google Cloud Platform
9 3 (0.46%) Amazon EMR
9 3 (0.46%) Amazon Kinesis
9 3 (0.46%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 3 (0.46%) Route 53
9 3 (0.46%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 18 (2.76%) Internet
2 6 (0.92%) HTTP
3 4 (0.61%) TCP/IP
4 3 (0.46%) Bluetooth
4 3 (0.46%) SMS
4 3 (0.46%) WAN
5 2 (0.31%) AMQP
5 2 (0.31%) ATM
5 2 (0.31%) BGP
5 2 (0.31%) EIGRP
5 2 (0.31%) Firewall
5 2 (0.31%) FTP
5 2 (0.31%) MPLS
5 2 (0.31%) NAS
5 2 (0.31%) OSPF
5 2 (0.31%) SAN
5 2 (0.31%) Unified Communications
5 2 (0.31%) Wireless
6 1 (0.15%) CTI
6 1 (0.15%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (8.28%) Relational Database
2 48 (7.36%) MySQL
3 45 (6.90%) NoSQL
4 32 (4.91%) MongoDB
5 26 (3.99%) RDBMS
5 26 (3.99%) SQL Server
6 24 (3.68%) Apache Cassandra
7 22 (3.37%) DB2
8 20 (3.07%) Big Data
9 19 (2.91%) Data Warehouse
10 16 (2.45%) DbVisualizer
10 16 (2.45%) Hadoop
11 15 (2.30%) Data Mining
11 15 (2.30%) Redis
12 11 (1.69%) Apache Hive
12 11 (1.69%) Oracle Database
13 9 (1.38%) Blockchain
13 9 (1.38%) Impala
14 8 (1.23%) MarkLogic
14 8 (1.23%) Riak
Development Applications
1 101 (15.49%) Git (software)
2 82 (12.58%) Jenkins
3 72 (11.04%) Cucumber
4 63 (9.66%) JIRA
5 48 (7.36%) Selenium
6 35 (5.37%) WebDriver
7 34 (5.21%) Maven
8 28 (4.29%) JUnit
9 22 (3.37%) Jasmine
10 19 (2.91%) Subversion
11 16 (2.45%) gulp
12 14 (2.15%) TeamCity
13 13 (1.99%) Axure RP
13 13 (1.99%) Mockito
13 13 (1.99%) RSpec
14 11 (1.69%) nodeunit
14 11 (1.69%) Octopus Deploy
15 9 (1.38%) Mercurial
16 8 (1.23%) Eclipse
16 8 (1.23%) webpack
General
1 98 (15.03%) Finance
2 64 (9.82%) Retail
3 49 (7.52%) Banking
4 39 (5.98%) Marketing
5 37 (5.67%) Telecoms
6 14 (2.15%) Online Betting
7 13 (1.99%) Back Office
8 6 (0.92%) Electronics
8 6 (0.92%) Legal
9 5 (0.77%) Advertising
9 5 (0.77%) Publishing
10 4 (0.61%) Front Office
11 3 (0.46%) Interactive Media
12 2 (0.31%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.31%) Automotive
12 2 (0.31%) German Language
12 2 (0.31%) iGaming
12 2 (0.31%) Multimedia
13 1 (0.15%) Billing
13 1 (0.15%) Digital Economy
Job Titles
1 325 (49.85%) Developer
2 93 (14.26%) Java Developer
3 56 (8.59%) Tester
4 55 (8.44%) Games Developer
5 45 (6.90%) Senior Developer
6 41 (6.29%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 40 (6.13%) Analyst
8 39 (5.98%) JavaScript Developer
9 38 (5.83%) Automation Tester
10 31 (4.75%) Designer
11 27 (4.14%) Web Developer
12 26 (3.99%) Scrum Master
13 23 (3.53%) Business Analyst
13 23 (3.53%) Project Manager
14 22 (3.37%) Java Games Developer
14 22 (3.37%) Node.js Developer
15 20 (3.07%) Java Automation Tester
15 20 (3.07%) Senior Java Developer
15 20 (3.07%) UX Designer
16 18 (2.76%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 117 (17.94%) CSS
1 117 (17.94%) HTML
2 67 (10.28%) React
3 65 (9.97%) REST
4 62 (9.51%) Web Services
5 57 (8.74%) AngularJS
5 57 (8.74%) RESTful
6 56 (8.59%) Node.js
7 52 (7.98%) HTML5
8 51 (7.82%) Spring
9 50 (7.67%) Unity (Game Engine)
10 46 (7.06%) CSS3
11 44 (6.75%) .NET
12 40 (6.13%) JSON
13 37 (5.67%) XML
14 28 (4.29%) Hibernate
15 27 (4.14%) JMS
15 27 (4.14%) Kafka
16 24 (3.68%) J2EE
17 22 (3.37%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 69 (10.58%) User Experience
2 53 (8.13%) Analytical Skills
3 52 (7.98%) Online Games
4 38 (5.83%) Computer Science
5 26 (3.99%) Mobile App
6 18 (2.76%) Equities
7 17 (2.61%) Greenfield Project
8 12 (1.84%) Fintech
9 11 (1.69%) Algorithms
9 11 (1.69%) Blog
9 11 (1.69%) Over-the-Top Content
9 11 (1.69%) Virtual Team
10 10 (1.53%) Data Structures
10 10 (1.53%) Replication
11 9 (1.38%) iPad
11 9 (1.38%) Mobile Games
12 8 (1.23%) Management Information System
12 8 (1.23%) Smartphone
13 7 (1.07%) Animation
13 7 (1.07%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 82 (12.58%) Linux
2 79 (12.12%) Unix
3 40 (6.13%) Android
4 29 (4.45%) Apple iOS
5 24 (3.68%) Mac OS X
6 16 (2.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 11 (1.69%) CentOS
8 9 (1.38%) AIX
9 8 (1.23%) Windows
10 6 (0.92%) Solaris
11 4 (0.61%) HPUX
11 4 (0.61%) Oracle Linux
12 3 (0.46%) Debian
13 2 (0.31%) Windows Server
14 1 (0.15%) Windows 10
14 1 (0.15%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 293 (44.94%) Agile Software Development
2 144 (22.09%) Test Automation
3 128 (19.63%) Continuous Integration
4 127 (19.48%) Scrum
5 116 (17.79%) TDD
6 113 (17.33%) E-Commerce
7 83 (12.73%) BDD
8 75 (11.50%) Kanban
9 68 (10.43%) Software Engineering
10 63 (9.66%) DevOps
11 60 (9.20%) Microservices
12 58 (8.90%) User Stories
13 55 (8.44%) Front End Development
14 46 (7.06%) Web Development
15 44 (6.75%) OO
16 42 (6.44%) Continuous Delivery
16 42 (6.44%) Pair Programming
17 41 (6.29%) Analytics
17 41 (6.29%) Mentoring
18 39 (5.98%) Mathematics
Programming Languages
1 228 (34.97%) Java
2 180 (27.61%) JavaScript
3 134 (20.55%) SQL
4 85 (13.04%) C#
5 67 (10.28%) Scala
6 62 (9.51%) Python
7 54 (8.28%) C++
8 31 (4.75%) Ruby
9 30 (4.60%) PHP
10 27 (4.14%) Bash Shell
11 21 (3.22%) R
12 18 (2.76%) Go
12 18 (2.76%) Objective-C
13 17 (2.61%) ES6
14 15 (2.30%) Perl
15 14 (2.15%) TypeScript
16 13 (1.99%) ActionScript
17 12 (1.84%) C
17 12 (1.84%) Groovy
17 12 (1.84%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 59 (9.05%) Degree
2 18 (2.76%) Numerate Degree
3 16 (2.45%) Computer Science Degree
4 9 (1.38%) PMI Certification
4 9 (1.38%) PMP
5 8 (1.23%) Security Cleared
6 5 (0.77%) ISEB
6 5 (0.77%) ISTQB
7 4 (0.61%) SC Cleared
8 3 (0.46%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (0.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 2 (0.31%) CCIE
9 2 (0.31%) MBA
9 2 (0.31%) PhD
10 1 (0.15%) CCNA
10 1 (0.15%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.15%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (0.15%) Sun Certification
10 1 (0.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (7.98%) QA
2 20 (3.07%) WCAG
3 5 (0.77%) SLA
4 4 (0.61%) GCP
4 4 (0.61%) GDPR
5 2 (0.31%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.31%) PMO
6 1 (0.15%) COBIT
6 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 19770
6 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.15%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 46 (7.06%) Docker
2 5 (0.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.31%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.31%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.15%) Apache Flume
4 1 (0.15%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 26 (3.99%) Opscode Chef
2 25 (3.83%) Puppet
3 20 (3.07%) Grafana
4 18 (2.76%) Kibana
4 18 (2.76%) logstash
5 17 (2.61%) Kubernetes
6 12 (1.84%) Ansible
7 8 (1.23%) Hadoop YARN
8 7 (1.07%) Prometheus
9 5 (0.77%) HP Quality Center
9 5 (0.77%) StatsD
10 3 (0.46%) Packer
10 3 (0.46%) Terraform
11 2 (0.31%) Graphite
11 2 (0.31%) Opsview
12 1 (0.15%) AppManager
12 1 (0.15%) Business Desktop Deployment
12 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Clustering
12 1 (0.15%) Salt
12 1 (0.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 67 (10.28%) Oracle
2 32 (4.91%) IBM
3 26 (3.99%) Splunk
4 23 (3.53%) AppDynamics
4 23 (3.53%) Google
5 20 (3.07%) hybris
6 19 (2.91%) Sybase
7 17 (2.61%) Adobe
8 16 (2.45%) Microsoft
9 10 (1.53%) New Relic
10 9 (1.38%) HP
11 8 (1.23%) NVIDIA
12 7 (1.07%) Salesforce.com
13 6 (0.92%) Maxymiser
14 5 (0.77%) Dynatrace
14 5 (0.77%) Red Hat
14 5 (0.77%) VMware
15 4 (0.61%) Perforce
15 4 (0.61%) Teradata
15 4 (0.61%) Zend