Period
to 25 July 2017

The median annual salary for a Games Developer was £45,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 July 2017.

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
25 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 954 888 999
Rank change year-on-year -66 +111 -97
Permanent jobs requiring a Games Developer 230 375 319
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.19% 0.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.19% 0.15%
Number of salaries quoted 221 350 278
UK median annual salary £45,000 £47,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.26% +11.76% -5.56%
10th Percentile £21,250 £26,250 £21,250
90th Percentile £66,250 £66,375 £65,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,000 £35,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year - -12.50% +14.29%

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in permanent job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

IT Job Roles
UK
Permanent job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 170504 195110 215041
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 95.98% 96.49% 96.55%
Number of salaries quoted 138625 163935 176370
UK median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -

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 25 July 2017.

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 25 July 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -54 224 £42,500 -10.53% 13
London -102 182 £47,500 - 11
UK excluding London +77 47 £35,000 - 3
Midlands +64 28 £22,500 -40.00% 2
West Midlands +41 23 £20,000 -46.67% 2
North of England -13 6 £42,500 +41.67%
South East +75 5 £27,500 -21.43%
Scotland +16 5 £50,000 - 1
East Midlands - 5 £50,000 -
North West -38 4 £42,500 +34.92%
South West +19 3 £55,000 +22.22%
Yorkshire +26 2 £55,000 +120.00%

Games Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 July 2017, 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.

1 210 (91.30%) Games
2 113 (49.13%) TDD
3 112 (48.70%) C#
4 104 (45.22%) Java
5 102 (44.35%) Agile Software Development
6 85 (36.96%) JavaScript
7 80 (34.78%) BDD
8 72 (31.30%) SQL Server
9 70 (30.43%) Scrum
10 64 (27.83%) .NET
11 63 (27.39%) Degree
12 59 (25.65%) HTML
12 59 (25.65%) Kanban
13 57 (24.78%) MVC
14 52 (22.61%) ASP.NET
14 52 (22.61%) SQL Server 2014
15 51 (22.17%) ASP.NET MVC 5
15 51 (22.17%) NUnit
15 51 (22.17%) NHibernate
15 51 (22.17%) LINQ
15 51 (22.17%) ASP.NET MVC
15 51 (22.17%) Rhino Mocks
15 51 (22.17%) Moq
15 51 (22.17%) Web Application Development
16 44 (19.13%) CSS
16 44 (19.13%) Game Development
17 43 (18.70%) NoSQL
17 43 (18.70%) Unity (Game Engine)
18 42 (18.26%) HTML5
18 42 (18.26%) Continuous Integration

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 4 (1.74%) Apache Spark
1 4 (1.74%) Confluence
1 4 (1.74%) MQSeries
2 2 (0.87%) Apache Solr
2 2 (0.87%) CMS
2 2 (0.87%) Elasticsearch
2 2 (0.87%) WebLogic
3 1 (0.43%) Tornado
Cloud Services
1 7 (3.04%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (1.74%) AWS Lambda
2 4 (1.74%) Google Cloud Platform
3 2 (0.87%) GitHub
4 1 (0.43%) Google Play
4 1 (0.43%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (0.87%) DNS
1 2 (0.87%) HTTP
1 2 (0.87%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 72 (31.30%) SQL Server
2 52 (22.61%) SQL Server 2014
3 43 (18.70%) NoSQL
4 34 (14.78%) MySQL
5 20 (8.70%) PostgreSQL
6 17 (7.39%) MongoDB
7 11 (4.78%) Big Data
8 10 (4.35%) Apache Cassandra
9 6 (2.61%) Redis
10 4 (1.74%) Apache Hive
10 4 (1.74%) Hadoop
10 4 (1.74%) HBase
10 4 (1.74%) Neo4j
10 4 (1.74%) Relational Database
11 2 (0.87%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 1 (0.43%) Data Warehouse
12 1 (0.43%) OLAP
12 1 (0.43%) SQL Server 2012
12 1 (0.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 1 (0.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 51 (22.17%) Moq
1 51 (22.17%) NUnit
1 51 (22.17%) Rhino Mocks
2 21 (9.13%) Git (software)
3 14 (6.09%) Maven
4 10 (4.35%) Grunt
4 10 (4.35%) Jenkins
5 9 (3.91%) Gradle
6 7 (3.04%) Babel
7 6 (2.61%) Cucumber
8 4 (1.74%) JIRA
9 3 (1.30%) webpack
10 2 (0.87%) Mercurial
10 2 (0.87%) Mockito
10 2 (0.87%) Subversion
11 1 (0.43%) FitNesse
11 1 (0.43%) JUnit
11 1 (0.43%) MSBuild
11 1 (0.43%) Psake
11 1 (0.43%) WebDriver
General
1 210 (91.30%) Games
2 22 (9.57%) Banking
3 5 (2.17%) Back Office
4 2 (0.87%) Finance
4 2 (0.87%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (27.83%) .NET
2 59 (25.65%) HTML
3 52 (22.61%) ASP.NET
4 51 (22.17%) ASP.NET MVC
4 51 (22.17%) ASP.NET MVC 5
4 51 (22.17%) LINQ
4 51 (22.17%) NHibernate
5 44 (19.13%) CSS
6 43 (18.70%) Unity (Game Engine)
7 42 (18.26%) HTML5
8 40 (17.39%) Spring
9 27 (11.74%) .NET Framework
10 26 (11.30%) WCF
11 25 (10.87%) Silverlight
11 25 (10.87%) WPF
12 24 (10.43%) Hibernate
13 19 (8.26%) Spring Boot
14 17 (7.39%) REST
15 15 (6.52%) XML
16 13 (5.65%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 32 (13.91%) Mobile Games
2 18 (7.83%) Computer Science
3 17 (7.39%) Online Games
4 16 (6.96%) Photography
5 10 (4.35%) Animation
6 8 (3.48%) Greenfield Project
7 6 (2.61%) User Experience
8 5 (2.17%) Client/Server
8 5 (2.17%) Social Gaming
9 4 (1.74%) Augmented Reality
9 4 (1.74%) Online Gambling
10 3 (1.30%) iPad
11 2 (0.87%) Algorithms
11 2 (0.87%) BBC
11 2 (0.87%) N-Tier
11 2 (0.87%) Social Media
12 1 (0.43%) Data Structures
12 1 (0.43%) iPhone
12 1 (0.43%) Replication
12 1 (0.43%) Spread Betting
Operating Systems
1 14 (6.09%) Android
2 13 (5.65%) Apple iOS
3 8 (3.48%) Linux
4 2 (0.87%) Windows
5 1 (0.43%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 113 (49.13%) TDD
2 102 (44.35%) Agile Software Development
3 80 (34.78%) BDD
4 70 (30.43%) Scrum
5 59 (25.65%) Kanban
6 57 (24.78%) MVC
7 51 (22.17%) Web Application Development
8 44 (19.13%) Game Development
9 42 (18.26%) Continuous Integration
9 42 (18.26%) OO
10 31 (13.48%) Microservices
11 26 (11.30%) OOP
12 23 (10.00%) Front End Development
13 20 (8.70%) Functional Testing
14 18 (7.83%) Software Engineering
15 16 (6.96%) Mobile Development
15 16 (6.96%) Multithreading
16 14 (6.09%) Concurrent Programming
17 12 (5.22%) DevOps
18 10 (4.35%) Mathematics
Programming Languages
1 112 (48.70%) C#
2 104 (45.22%) Java
3 85 (36.96%) JavaScript
4 36 (15.65%) C++
5 25 (10.87%) VB.NET
6 24 (10.43%) SQL
7 16 (6.96%) PHP
8 14 (6.09%) Python
9 12 (5.22%) C
10 9 (3.91%) TypeScript
11 8 (3.48%) Objective-C
12 7 (3.04%) Scala
13 6 (2.61%) Groovy
14 5 (2.17%) ActionScript
14 5 (2.17%) Ruby
15 4 (1.74%) ES6
16 2 (0.87%) Go
16 2 (0.87%) Lua
17 1 (0.43%) GLSL
17 1 (0.43%) HLSL
Qualifications
1 63 (27.39%) Degree
2 26 (11.30%) MCAD
2 26 (11.30%) MCP
2 26 (11.30%) MCSD
2 26 (11.30%) MCTS
2 26 (11.30%) Microsoft Certification
3 16 (6.96%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (5.22%) QA
System Software
1 11 (4.78%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (0.87%) Kubernetes
1 2 (0.87%) Puppet
Vendors
1 20 (8.70%) Oracle
2 8 (3.48%) Google
3 4 (1.74%) Facebook
4 3 (1.30%) Apple
5 2 (0.87%) IBM
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