Period
to 18 January 2018

The median annual salary for a Games Developer was £52,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 January 2018.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Game Developer
UK
6 months to
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 917 939 917
Rank change year-on-year +22 -22 +62
Permanent jobs requiring a Games Developer 264 249 366
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.14% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.15% 0.18%
Number of salaries quoted 243 232 325
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% +25.00% -
10th Percentile £32,500 £21,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +14.29%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 167,103 171,058 200,204
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.07% 96.47% 96.57%
Number of salaries quoted 135,605 142,472 167,445
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,738
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +3.85% +1.64%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,500
% change year-on-year - +2.41% +3.75%

Games Developer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Games Developer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Games Developer in the UK

Games Developer
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Games Developer.

Salary trend for Games Developer in the UK

Games Developer
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Games Developer over the 6 months to 18 January 2018.

Salary histogram for Games Developer in the UK

Games Developer
Top 12 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Games Developer within the UK over the 6 months to 18 January 2018. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +17 262 £52,500 +5.00% 76
London +12 232 £55,000 +10.00% 45
UK excluding London +4 32 £42,500 +6.25% 33
South East +45 14 £41,250 -15.38% 5
East of England +18 9 £50,000 -9.09% 3
Midlands +1 4 £50,000 +5.26% 10
East Midlands - 3 £50,000 - 1
South West -5 2 £55,000 +57.14% 7
Scotland - 2 £35,000 - 2
Yorkshire +40 1 £47,500 +26.67% 2
West Midlands -4 1 - - 9
North of England -12 1 £47,500 +18.75% 6

Games Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, Games Developer job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads featuring Games Developer in the job title.

1 256 (96.97%) Games
2 118 (44.70%) Agile Software Development
3 106 (40.15%) C++
4 104 (39.39%) TDD
5 103 (39.02%) C#
6 96 (36.36%) JavaScript
7 94 (35.61%) Unity (Game Engine)
8 85 (32.20%) Game Development
8 85 (32.20%) Java
9 75 (28.41%) BDD
10 67 (25.38%) HTML
10 67 (25.38%) CSS
11 61 (23.11%) .NET
12 58 (21.97%) SQL Server
12 58 (21.97%) Scrum
13 57 (21.59%) MVC
14 52 (19.70%) Kanban
15 51 (19.32%) LINQ
16 49 (18.56%) NHibernate
16 49 (18.56%) NUnit
16 49 (18.56%) ASP.NET
16 49 (18.56%) Rhino Mocks
16 49 (18.56%) Moq
16 49 (18.56%) ASP.NET MVC
16 49 (18.56%) Web Application Development
16 49 (18.56%) SQL Server 2014
16 49 (18.56%) ASP.NET MVC 5
17 47 (17.80%) HTML5
17 47 (17.80%) Continuous Integration
18 43 (16.29%) NoSQL

Games Developer Skill Set
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 5 (1.89%) Confluence
2 4 (1.52%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.38%) Tornado
Applications
1 5 (1.89%) 3ds Max
1 5 (1.89%) Photoshop
2 4 (1.52%) Blender
3 2 (0.76%) Adobe Illustrator
3 2 (0.76%) Maya
4 1 (0.38%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 1 (0.38%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.14%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (1.14%) GitHub
1 3 (1.14%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.76%) Google Cloud Platform
2 2 (0.76%) npm
3 1 (0.38%) Google App Engine
3 1 (0.38%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (21.97%) SQL Server
2 49 (18.56%) SQL Server 2014
3 43 (16.29%) NoSQL
4 15 (5.68%) Big Data
5 12 (4.55%) MySQL
6 11 (4.17%) MongoDB
6 11 (4.17%) PostgreSQL
7 4 (1.52%) Relational Database
8 3 (1.14%) Apache Cassandra
9 1 (0.38%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 49 (18.56%) Moq
1 49 (18.56%) NUnit
1 49 (18.56%) Rhino Mocks
2 26 (9.85%) Git (software)
3 12 (4.55%) Cucumber
4 10 (3.79%) Jenkins
5 9 (3.41%) Grunt
6 8 (3.03%) Maven
7 7 (2.65%) JIRA
8 6 (2.27%) Babel
8 6 (2.27%) Jasmine
8 6 (2.27%) Subversion
8 6 (2.27%) webpack
9 4 (1.52%) Bower
9 4 (1.52%) Mockito
9 4 (1.52%) TeamCity
9 4 (1.52%) WebDriver
10 3 (1.14%) Gradle
10 3 (1.14%) Mercurial
10 3 (1.14%) Mocha
General
1 256 (96.97%) Games
2 13 (4.92%) Marketing
3 9 (3.41%) Banking
4 7 (2.65%) Finance
5 6 (2.27%) Back Office
6 2 (0.76%) Retail
7 1 (0.38%) Billing
7 1 (0.38%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 94 (35.61%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 67 (25.38%) CSS
2 67 (25.38%) HTML
3 61 (23.11%) .NET
4 51 (19.32%) LINQ
5 49 (18.56%) ASP.NET
5 49 (18.56%) ASP.NET MVC
5 49 (18.56%) ASP.NET MVC 5
5 49 (18.56%) NHibernate
6 47 (17.80%) HTML5
7 38 (14.39%) Silverlight
7 38 (14.39%) Spring
7 38 (14.39%) WCF
7 38 (14.39%) WPF
8 36 (13.64%) AngularJS
9 31 (11.74%) React
9 31 (11.74%) REST
10 21 (7.95%) Apache Camel
11 17 (6.44%) JMS
12 15 (5.68%) Unreal Engine
Miscellaneous
1 25 (9.47%) Mobile Games
2 19 (7.20%) Animation
3 16 (6.06%) Online Games
4 13 (4.92%) Computer Science
5 8 (3.03%) Social Gaming
6 7 (2.65%) Client/Server
7 4 (1.52%) 3D Graphics
7 4 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
7 4 (1.52%) Mobile App
7 4 (1.52%) Photography
7 4 (1.52%) User Experience
8 3 (1.14%) Greenfield Project
9 2 (0.76%) Algorithms
9 2 (0.76%) Augmented Reality
9 2 (0.76%) Digital Media
9 2 (0.76%) HoloLens
9 2 (0.76%) iPhone
9 2 (0.76%) Kinect
9 2 (0.76%) Oculus Rift
10 1 (0.38%) Blog
Operating Systems
1 19 (7.20%) Linux
1 19 (7.20%) Unix
2 8 (3.03%) Android
3 6 (2.27%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 118 (44.70%) Agile Software Development
2 104 (39.39%) TDD
3 85 (32.20%) Game Development
4 75 (28.41%) BDD
5 58 (21.97%) Scrum
6 57 (21.59%) MVC
7 52 (19.70%) Kanban
8 49 (18.56%) Web Application Development
9 47 (17.80%) Continuous Integration
10 37 (14.02%) Software Engineering
11 34 (12.88%) Microservices
12 33 (12.50%) DevOps
13 32 (12.12%) Multithreading
14 28 (10.61%) OO
15 19 (7.20%) Front End Development
16 18 (6.82%) Concurrent Programming
17 16 (6.06%) OOP
17 16 (6.06%) Test Automation
17 16 (6.06%) Unit Testing
17 16 (6.06%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 106 (40.15%) C++
2 103 (39.02%) C#
3 96 (36.36%) JavaScript
4 85 (32.20%) Java
5 38 (14.39%) VB.NET
6 22 (8.33%) SQL
7 11 (4.17%) Python
8 10 (3.79%) ES6
8 10 (3.79%) HLSL
9 9 (3.41%) ActionScript
9 9 (3.41%) C
10 7 (2.65%) Ruby
11 6 (2.27%) TypeScript
12 5 (1.89%) ES7
13 4 (1.52%) Objective-C
14 3 (1.14%) ActionScript 3.0
14 3 (1.14%) Groovy
15 1 (0.38%) GLSL
15 1 (0.38%) R
15 1 (0.38%) Scala
Qualifications
1 20 (7.58%) Degree
2 11 (4.17%) MCAD
2 11 (4.17%) MCP
2 11 (4.17%) MCSD
2 11 (4.17%) MCTS
2 11 (4.17%) Microsoft Certification
3 7 (2.65%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (0.38%) SC Cleared
4 1 (0.38%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.03%) QA
System Software
1 33 (12.50%) Docker
Systems Management
1 6 (2.27%) Kubernetes
2 1 (0.38%) Puppet
Vendors
1 15 (5.68%) Oracle
2 9 (3.41%) Perforce
3 5 (1.89%) Google
4 4 (1.52%) Apple
5 3 (1.14%) Facebook
6 2 (0.76%) Adobe
6 2 (0.76%) Microsoft
6 2 (0.76%) Samsung
6 2 (0.76%) Splunk