The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Games in contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Games over the 3 months to 24 June 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
England / West Midlands
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 112 135 103
Rank change year-on-year +23 -32  
Contract jobs citing Games 4 7 18
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.20% 0.23% 0.75%
As % of the General category 0.70% 0.88% 2.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 5 10
Median daily rate £350 £325 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +4.83%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -8.00% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £9.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +233.33% -77.50%  

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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for common skills.

General Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for common skills 570 795 811
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 28.40% 26.33% 33.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 325 495 490
Median daily rate £400 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £225 £217
10% offered a daily rate of more than £548 £575 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.75% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 23 41
Median hourly rate £25.00 £31.75 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.25% +9.48%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £13.00 £15.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.00 £54.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £24.38 £22.67
% change year-on-year +23.07% +7.54%  

Games
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 West Midlands

Games
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Games in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Games in the West Midlands

Games
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Games in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Games in the West Midlands

Games
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Games within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 24 June 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
Coventry +14 1 - - 2
Staffordshire +1 1 £350 +62.79% 5
Birmingham - 1 - - 8
Games
England

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Games.

1 4 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (27.27%) JIRA
2 3 (27.27%) JavaScript
2 3 (27.27%) HTML
2 3 (27.27%) Confluence
2 3 (27.27%) HTML5
3 2 (18.18%) AngularJS
3 2 (18.18%) Jenkins
3 2 (18.18%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 2 (18.18%) Game Development
3 2 (18.18%) JIRA Agile
3 2 (18.18%) Java
3 2 (18.18%) C++
3 2 (18.18%) Photoshop
3 2 (18.18%) CSS
3 2 (18.18%) Microsoft
3 2 (18.18%) Online Games
3 2 (18.18%) Atlassian
3 2 (18.18%) Kanban
3 2 (18.18%) Test Automation
3 2 (18.18%) MVC
3 2 (18.18%) Web Development
4 1 (9.09%) Degree
4 1 (9.09%) WCAG
4 1 (9.09%) Animation
4 1 (9.09%) Photography
4 1 (9.09%) JSON
4 1 (9.09%) Automotive
4 1 (9.09%) Migration
4 1 (9.09%) Stakeholder Management

Games
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 3 (27.27%) Confluence
2 1 (9.09%) CMS
Applications
1 2 (18.18%) Photoshop
2 1 (9.09%) 3ds Max
2 1 (9.09%) Adobe After Effects
2 1 (9.09%) Adobe Premiere
2 1 (9.09%) Maya
Cloud Services
1 1 (9.09%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (9.09%) MySQL
1 1 (9.09%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (27.27%) JIRA
2 2 (18.18%) Jenkins
2 2 (18.18%) JIRA Agile
3 1 (9.09%) Cucumber
3 1 (9.09%) Git (software)
3 1 (9.09%) GitLab
3 1 (9.09%) gulp
3 1 (9.09%) JUnit
3 1 (9.09%) RSpec
3 1 (9.09%) Selenium
3 1 (9.09%) WebDriver
3 1 (9.09%) webpack
General
1 1 (9.09%) Automotive
1 1 (9.09%) French Language
1 1 (9.09%) Marketing
1 1 (9.09%) Retail
Job Titles
1 4 (36.36%) Developer
2 2 (18.18%) Games Developer
2 2 (18.18%) Web Developer
3 1 (9.09%) 3D Artist
3 1 (9.09%) C# Developer
3 1 (9.09%) C# Web Developer
3 1 (9.09%) C++ Developer
3 1 (9.09%) C++ Games Developer
3 1 (9.09%) JavaScript Developer
3 1 (9.09%) Lead C# Developer
3 1 (9.09%) Lead Developer
3 1 (9.09%) Lead Web Developer
3 1 (9.09%) Project Manager
3 1 (9.09%) QA Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) QA Test Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Quality Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Scrum Master
3 1 (9.09%) Senior Developer
3 1 (9.09%) Senior Games Developer
3 1 (9.09%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (27.27%) HTML
1 3 (27.27%) HTML5
2 2 (18.18%) AngularJS
2 2 (18.18%) CSS
2 2 (18.18%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 1 (9.09%) Apache Cordova
3 1 (9.09%) CodeIgniter
3 1 (9.09%) CSS3
3 1 (9.09%) DirectX
3 1 (9.09%) jQuery
3 1 (9.09%) JSON
3 1 (9.09%) Laravel
3 1 (9.09%) OpenGL
3 1 (9.09%) PhoneGap
3 1 (9.09%) Pixi.js
3 1 (9.09%) React
3 1 (9.09%) REST
3 1 (9.09%) SOAP
3 1 (9.09%) Velocity
3 1 (9.09%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 2 (18.18%) Online Games
2 1 (9.09%) Animation
2 1 (9.09%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (9.09%) Mobile App
2 1 (9.09%) Photography
2 1 (9.09%) Virtual Team
2 1 (9.09%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 1 (9.09%) Android
1 1 (9.09%) Apple iOS
1 1 (9.09%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (18.18%) Game Development
2 2 (18.18%) Kanban
2 2 (18.18%) MVC
2 2 (18.18%) Test Automation
2 2 (18.18%) Web Development
3 1 (9.09%) Android Development
3 1 (9.09%) Continuous Delivery
3 1 (9.09%) Dashboard Development
3 1 (9.09%) iOS Development
3 1 (9.09%) Mobile Application Development
3 1 (9.09%) Release Management
3 1 (9.09%) Responsive Web Design
3 1 (9.09%) Test Scripting
3 1 (9.09%) Test Strategy
3 1 (9.09%) Time Management
3 1 (9.09%) User Stories
3 1 (9.09%) Visualisation
3 1 (9.09%) Waterfall
3 1 (9.09%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (27.27%) JavaScript
2 2 (18.18%) C++
2 2 (18.18%) Java
3 1 (9.09%) C#
3 1 (9.09%) PHP
3 1 (9.09%) PHP 7
3 1 (9.09%) Python
3 1 (9.09%) Scala
3 1 (9.09%) VB
Qualifications
1 1 (9.09%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (9.09%) QA
1 1 (9.09%) WCAG
Vendors
1 2 (18.18%) Atlassian
1 2 (18.18%) Microsoft
2 1 (9.09%) Alias
2 1 (9.09%) Autodesk
2 1 (9.09%) hybris