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 3 months to 27 April 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
3 months to
27 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 344 311 298
Rank change year-on-year -33 -13  
Contract jobs citing Games 273 392 395
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.59% 0.70% 0.71%
As % of the General category 1.53% 1.87% 1.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 197 289 254
Median daily rate £400 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £279 £291
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £370 £375
% change year-on-year -5.40% -1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 9 6
Median hourly rate £38.25 £22.84 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +67.50% -42.91%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.26 £14.50 £38.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £36.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £33.75 £40.00
% change year-on-year +33.33% -15.62%  

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 17869 20977 21561
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 38.46% 37.53% 38.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 11679 13826 13296
Median daily rate £475 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +4.65%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £643 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +5.00% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 442 474 531
Median hourly rate £25.00 £26.25 £22.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +17.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £10.61
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.50 £43.49
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £28.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year +7.14% +16.66%  

Games
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Games as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the General category.

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 3 months to 27 April 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 3 months to 27 April 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Games in the UK

Games
Top 30 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 3 months to 27 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -34 265 £400 -3.03% 340
London -40 145 £438 -2.12% 165
City of London +1 28 £488 +21.87% 29
South East +27 26 £350 -15.15% 30
North West +33 25 £225 -28.00% 35
Yorkshire -11 25 £420 +10.52% 27
Manchester +17 20 £225 -31.81% 28
West Yorkshire -17 18 £420 +10.52% 21
East of England +11 15 £375 - 18
Leeds -23 15 £420 +11.25% 21
South West +15 10 £225 -40.00% 16
Hertfordshire - 9 £325 - 9
Tyne and Wear +27 8 £320 - 6
Newcastle upon Tyne +23 8 £320 - 4
North East +22 8 £320 - 6
Surrey +4 8 £406 -8.45% 5
Watford - 8 £425 - 6
West Midlands +21 7 £350 +7.69% 33
Scotland +31 6 £363 +3.57% 6
East Sussex +11 6 £239 - 2
Brighton +4 5 £225 - 2
East Midlands -8 5 £365 +62.22% 10
Sheffield +9 4 £475 +111.11% 6
Bristol +7 4 £300 -33.33% 5
South Yorkshire +3 4 £475 +54.47% 6
Berkshire +20 3 £438 - 9
Warwickshire +10 3 £375 +15.38% 1
Guildford +5 3 £575 +21.05% 2
Merseyside +1 3 £154 -31.66% 1
Wiltshire -2 3 £131 -64.40% 1

For the 6 months to 27 April 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.

1 259 (41.71%) Agile Software Development
2 175 (28.18%) Java
3 135 (21.74%) TDD
4 131 (21.10%) JavaScript
5 115 (18.52%) HTML
6 108 (17.39%) Scrum
7 81 (13.04%) CSS
8 77 (12.40%) C#
9 76 (12.24%) Unity (Game Engine)
10 74 (11.92%) QA
11 73 (11.76%) C++
12 72 (11.59%) Finance
13 70 (11.27%) Jenkins
13 70 (11.27%) HTML5
13 70 (11.27%) BDD
14 66 (10.63%) SQL
15 64 (10.31%) Cucumber
16 62 (9.98%) Selenium
17 60 (9.66%) Automated Testing
18 59 (9.50%) Continuous Integration
19 53 (8.53%) Git (software)
19 53 (8.53%) AngularJS
20 51 (8.21%) User Stories
21 50 (8.05%) Ruby
22 49 (7.89%) Online Games
22 49 (7.89%) Kanban
23 48 (7.73%) Android
23 48 (7.73%) JIRA
24 47 (7.57%) Python
25 46 (7.41%) OO

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 28 (4.51%) Confluence
2 13 (2.09%) MS Exchange
3 10 (1.61%) Apache Spark
3 10 (1.61%) Tomcat
4 9 (1.45%) Apache
4 9 (1.45%) CMS
4 9 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2007
5 8 (1.29%) Exchange Server 2013
6 7 (1.13%) SharePoint
6 7 (1.13%) WebSphere
7 6 (0.97%) Apache Pig
8 5 (0.81%) Cloud Foundry
8 5 (0.81%) Elasticsearch
8 5 (0.81%) GlassFish
8 5 (0.81%) Jetty
9 4 (0.64%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 4 (0.64%) IIS
10 3 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2010
10 3 (0.48%) Skype for Business
10 3 (0.48%) WordPress
Applications
1 18 (2.90%) Photoshop
2 10 (1.61%) Adobe Illustrator
3 7 (1.13%) 3ds Max
3 7 (1.13%) Microsoft Office
4 6 (0.97%) Maya
5 5 (0.81%) Microsoft Excel
6 4 (0.64%) Adobe After Effects
6 4 (0.64%) ZBrush
7 3 (0.48%) OmniGraffle
8 2 (0.32%) Acrobat
8 2 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 2 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
8 2 (0.32%) MS Visio
8 2 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.16%) Adobe Premiere
9 1 (0.16%) InDesign
9 1 (0.16%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 6 (0.97%) Magento
2 2 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.16%) Radian6
3 1 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.16%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 41 (6.60%) Amazon AWS
2 17 (2.74%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (1.93%) GitHub
4 8 (1.29%) Google Analytics
5 7 (1.13%) Amazon EC2
6 6 (0.97%) Amazon S3
6 6 (0.97%) Office 365
6 6 (0.97%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 5 (0.81%) Amazon ELB
8 4 (0.64%) Amazon EMR
8 4 (0.64%) Amazon Kinesis
8 4 (0.64%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8 4 (0.64%) Route 53
8 4 (0.64%) SaaS
9 3 (0.48%) Adobe Creative Cloud
9 3 (0.48%) AdWords
9 3 (0.48%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (0.48%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (0.48%) OneDrive
10 2 (0.32%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.09%) Internet
2 9 (1.45%) Firewall
2 9 (1.45%) TCP/IP
3 7 (1.13%) HTTP
3 7 (1.13%) LAN
4 6 (0.97%) SSL
4 6 (0.97%) WAN
5 5 (0.81%) DNS
6 4 (0.64%) DHCP
6 4 (0.64%) LDAP
6 4 (0.64%) PuTTY
7 3 (0.48%) Kerberos
7 3 (0.48%) Network Security
7 3 (0.48%) PBX
7 3 (0.48%) SAN
7 3 (0.48%) Skype
7 3 (0.48%) WLAN
8 2 (0.32%) IP Telephony
8 2 (0.32%) IPv6
8 2 (0.32%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (4.51%) Big Data
2 25 (4.03%) SQL Server
3 23 (3.70%) MySQL
3 23 (3.70%) NoSQL
4 20 (3.22%) Hadoop
5 14 (2.25%) MongoDB
6 12 (1.93%) Apache Cassandra
6 12 (1.93%) Relational Database
7 10 (1.61%) Redis
7 10 (1.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 9 (1.45%) Apache Hive
9 7 (1.13%) Data Warehouse
9 7 (1.13%) HBase
9 7 (1.13%) Neo4j
10 6 (0.97%) DB2
10 6 (0.97%) DbVisualizer
10 6 (0.97%) Hazelcast
10 6 (0.97%) SQL Server 2012
10 6 (0.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 5 (0.81%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 70 (11.27%) Jenkins
2 64 (10.31%) Cucumber
3 62 (9.98%) Selenium
4 53 (8.53%) Git (software)
5 48 (7.73%) JIRA
6 39 (6.28%) WebDriver
7 27 (4.35%) JUnit
8 23 (3.70%) RSpec
9 16 (2.58%) Maven
10 10 (1.61%) TeamCity
11 9 (1.45%) Subversion
12 8 (1.29%) Gradle
12 8 (1.29%) gulp
12 8 (1.29%) Hudson
12 8 (1.29%) Jasmine
12 8 (1.29%) JMeter
12 8 (1.29%) Vagrant
13 7 (1.13%) Grunt
13 7 (1.13%) Mercurial
13 7 (1.13%) SoapUI
General
1 72 (11.59%) Finance
2 43 (6.92%) Banking
3 35 (5.64%) Marketing
3 35 (5.64%) Telecoms
4 31 (4.99%) Retail
5 27 (4.35%) Back Office
6 25 (4.03%) Advertising
7 15 (2.42%) Investment Banking
8 13 (2.09%) Publishing
9 8 (1.29%) Legal
10 6 (0.97%) Electronics
11 5 (0.81%) iGaming
11 5 (0.81%) Online Betting
12 4 (0.64%) Automotive
12 4 (0.64%) Polish Language
13 3 (0.48%) Manufacturing
14 2 (0.32%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.32%) French Language
14 2 (0.32%) German Language
15 1 (0.16%) Law
Job Titles
1 277 (44.61%) Developer
2 57 (9.18%) Java Developer
3 51 (8.21%) Games Developer
4 41 (6.60%) Analyst
5 38 (6.12%) Senior Developer
6 37 (5.96%) Test Engineer
7 34 (5.48%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 33 (5.31%) Tester
9 27 (4.35%) C# Developer
10 25 (4.03%) Project Manager
10 25 (4.03%) QA Engineer
11 23 (3.70%) Architect
12 22 (3.54%) JavaScript Developer
12 22 (3.54%) Ruby Developer
12 22 (3.54%) Scrum Master
13 20 (3.22%) QA Test Engineer
13 20 (3.22%) Quality Engineer
14 17 (2.74%) C++ Developer
14 17 (2.74%) DevOps Engineer
14 17 (2.74%) Ruby on Rails Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 115 (18.52%) HTML
2 81 (13.04%) CSS
3 76 (12.24%) Unity (Game Engine)
4 70 (11.27%) HTML5
5 53 (8.53%) AngularJS
6 43 (6.92%) .NET
7 39 (6.28%) Spring
8 36 (5.80%) Node.js
9 35 (5.64%) JSON
10 34 (5.48%) React
10 34 (5.48%) RESTful
11 33 (5.31%) Ruby on Rails
12 32 (5.15%) Web Services
13 27 (4.35%) CSS3
14 25 (4.03%) XML
15 24 (3.86%) Hibernate
15 24 (3.86%) REST
16 22 (3.54%) jQuery
16 22 (3.54%) Unreal Engine
17 21 (3.38%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 49 (7.89%) Online Games
2 35 (5.64%) User Experience
3 32 (5.15%) Computer Science
4 27 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
5 19 (3.06%) Mobile Games
6 18 (2.90%) Mobile App
7 16 (2.58%) Greenfield Project
8 14 (2.25%) Animation
9 12 (1.93%) Social Media
10 10 (1.61%) Xbox
11 9 (1.45%) Spread Betting
12 8 (1.29%) Enterprise Software
13 7 (1.13%) Algorithms
13 7 (1.13%) FMCG
13 7 (1.13%) iPad
14 6 (0.97%) 3D Graphics
14 6 (0.97%) Credit Risk
14 6 (0.97%) Oculus Rift
14 6 (0.97%) Video on Demand
15 5 (0.81%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 48 (7.73%) Android
2 41 (6.60%) Apple iOS
3 37 (5.96%) Windows
4 36 (5.80%) Linux
5 20 (3.22%) Unix
6 19 (3.06%) Windows Server
7 13 (2.09%) Windows Server 2008
8 11 (1.77%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (0.97%) Windows 10
10 5 (0.81%) Mac OS X
10 5 (0.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 5 (0.81%) Windows 7
10 5 (0.81%) Windows Phone
11 3 (0.48%) CentOS
11 3 (0.48%) Ubuntu
11 3 (0.48%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.32%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.16%) AIX
13 1 (0.16%) Embedded Linux
13 1 (0.16%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 259 (41.71%) Agile Software Development
2 135 (21.74%) TDD
3 108 (17.39%) Scrum
4 70 (11.27%) BDD
5 60 (9.66%) Automated Testing
6 59 (9.50%) Continuous Integration
7 51 (8.21%) User Stories
8 49 (7.89%) Kanban
9 46 (7.41%) OO
9 46 (7.41%) Software Engineering
9 46 (7.41%) Test Automation
10 44 (7.09%) E-Commerce
10 44 (7.09%) Front End Development
11 43 (6.92%) DevOps
11 43 (6.92%) MVC
12 38 (6.12%) Microservices
12 38 (6.12%) Web Development
13 37 (5.96%) Analytics
14 33 (5.31%) Automation Testing
15 32 (5.15%) Game Development
Programming Languages
1 175 (28.18%) Java
2 131 (21.10%) JavaScript
3 77 (12.40%) C#
4 73 (11.76%) C++
5 66 (10.63%) SQL
6 50 (8.05%) Ruby
7 47 (7.57%) Python
8 45 (7.25%) Scala
9 32 (5.15%) Objective-C
10 21 (3.38%) C
11 18 (2.90%) PHP
12 17 (2.74%) ActionScript
13 11 (1.77%) PowerShell
14 9 (1.45%) T-SQL
15 8 (1.29%) Bash Shell
16 7 (1.13%) ES6
16 7 (1.13%) Groovy
16 7 (1.13%) R
17 5 (0.81%) Apple Swift
17 5 (0.81%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 43 (6.92%) Degree
2 11 (1.77%) ISTQB
3 4 (0.64%) ISEB
3 4 (0.64%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (0.48%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 2 (0.32%) Citrix Certification
5 2 (0.32%) DV Cleared
5 2 (0.32%) MCP
5 2 (0.32%) MCSE
5 2 (0.32%) OCPJP
5 2 (0.32%) PhD
5 2 (0.32%) PMI Certification
5 2 (0.32%) Security Cleared
6 1 (0.16%) MCDST
6 1 (0.16%) MCTS
6 1 (0.16%) PMP
6 1 (0.16%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 74 (11.92%) QA
2 22 (3.54%) WCAG
3 6 (0.97%) SDET
4 5 (0.81%) PMO
5 4 (0.64%) MiFID
6 2 (0.32%) Actionable Recommendations
6 2 (0.32%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.32%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.32%) SLA
7 1 (0.16%) COBIT
7 1 (0.16%) GDPR
7 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.16%) ISO19770
System Software
1 43 (6.92%) Docker
2 18 (2.90%) Active Directory
3 17 (2.74%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.81%) XenApp
5 3 (0.48%) Apache Flume
5 3 (0.48%) vSphere
6 2 (0.32%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.16%) Firmware
7 1 (0.16%) HDFS
7 1 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.16%) NFS
7 1 (0.16%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.16%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 16 (2.58%) Puppet
2 15 (2.42%) Ansible
3 9 (1.45%) Opscode Chef
3 9 (1.45%) SCCM
4 5 (0.81%) Kubernetes
4 5 (0.81%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 3 (0.48%) HP Quality Center
5 3 (0.48%) Nagios
6 2 (0.32%) Consul
6 2 (0.32%) Grafana
6 2 (0.32%) Mesos
6 2 (0.32%) Packer
6 2 (0.32%) StatsD
6 2 (0.32%) Terraform
7 1 (0.16%) Docker Swarm
7 1 (0.16%) logstash
7 1 (0.16%) Marathon
7 1 (0.16%) Pingdom
7 1 (0.16%) Sysprep
7 1 (0.16%) WSUS
Vendors
1 46 (7.41%) Microsoft
2 24 (3.86%) VMware
3 16 (2.58%) Oracle
4 15 (2.42%) Adobe
4 15 (2.42%) Google
5 14 (2.25%) Apigee
6 10 (1.61%) HP
7 9 (1.45%) Facebook
8 8 (1.29%) IBM
9 7 (1.13%) Cisco
9 7 (1.13%) Citrix
9 7 (1.13%) Symantec
10 6 (0.97%) Atlassian
11 5 (0.81%) hybris
12 4 (0.64%) Apple
12 4 (0.64%) Red Hat
12 4 (0.64%) Talend
13 3 (0.48%) Dell
13 3 (0.48%) Informatica
13 3 (0.48%) Sybase
London
Opus Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £400 - £430 per day + 6 Months
Posted: 11 hours ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: UKP 550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leicestershire
Volt
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Eligo Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + Potential remote working
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
onezeero.
Rate: £300 - £475 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £275 - £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
RB
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, Yorkshire
Sky Betting and gaming
Posted: Yesterday
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £380 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £600 - £800 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
AMS contingency
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Huxley Associates
Rate: competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Watford, Hertfordshire
Salmon Ltd
Posted: 15 days ago
London
Thornton Gregory
Rate: £500+ per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
London
PCR
Rate: £425.00 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Stratford, London
Anthony Cole Associates
Rate: £275 - £375 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
London
TRG
Posted: 9 days ago
Watford, Hertfordshire
Salmon Ltd
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 17 days ago