The median annual salary for a Games Programmer was £50,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

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

Game Programmer
UK
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 857 913 927
Rank change year-on-year +56 +14  
Permanent jobs requiring a Games Programmer 15 11 44
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.017% 0.011% 0.040%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.018% 0.012% 0.041%
Number of salaries quoted 15 11 34
Median salary £50,000 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +25.00% +6.66%  
90% offered a salary of more than £40,000 £40,000 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £67,000 £55,000 £55,000
UK excluding London median salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000

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 84528 93714 106901
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 95.96% 96.53% 96.58%
Number of salaries quoted 69082 78988 88114
Median salary £46,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.10% +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £74,000 £70,000 £72,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +2.40% +3.75%  

Games Programmer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Games Programmer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Games Programmer in the UK

Games Programmer
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Games Programmer in the UK

Games Programmer
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Games Programmer over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Salary histogram for Games Programmer in the UK

Games Programmer
Top 6 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Games Programmer within the UK over the 3 months to 25 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +56 15 £50,000 +25.00% 4
South East +62 8 £40,000 - 3
Surrey - 8 £40,000 - 3
London - 7 £50,000 -
Guildford - 7 £40,000 - 3
Woking - 1 £30,000 -

Games Programmer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 June 2017, Games Programmer 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 Programmer in the job title.

1 25 (100.00%) Games
2 21 (84.00%) C++
3 11 (44.00%) Unreal Engine
4 8 (32.00%) Game Development
5 7 (28.00%) User Experience
5 7 (28.00%) PlayStation
6 6 (24.00%) C#
7 5 (20.00%) Unity (Game Engine)
7 5 (20.00%) Prototyping
8 4 (16.00%) C
9 3 (12.00%) OpenGL
9 3 (12.00%) Java
9 3 (12.00%) Stakeholder Management
9 3 (12.00%) Sony
9 3 (12.00%) Software Engineering
10 2 (8.00%) Mobile Development
10 2 (8.00%) Computer Science Degree
10 2 (8.00%) Technical Architecture
10 2 (8.00%) Degree
10 2 (8.00%) Animation
10 2 (8.00%) Computer Science
10 2 (8.00%) Git (software)
10 2 (8.00%) Subversion
10 2 (8.00%) JNI
10 2 (8.00%) Objective-C
10 2 (8.00%) Publishing
10 2 (8.00%) DirectX
11 1 (4.00%) Middleware
11 1 (4.00%) Benchmarking
11 1 (4.00%) Web Services

Games Programmer 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 1 (4.00%) Apache Solr
1 1 (4.00%) Elasticsearch
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.00%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.00%) DNS
1 1 (4.00%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.00%) Amazon DynamoDB
1 1 (4.00%) Apache Cassandra
1 1 (4.00%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 2 (8.00%) Git (software)
1 2 (8.00%) Subversion
General
1 25 (100.00%) Games
2 2 (8.00%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (44.00%) Unreal Engine
2 5 (20.00%) Unity (Game Engine)
3 3 (12.00%) OpenGL
4 2 (8.00%) DirectX
4 2 (8.00%) JNI
5 1 (4.00%) cocos2d
5 1 (4.00%) CryEngine
5 1 (4.00%) Middleware
5 1 (4.00%) REST
5 1 (4.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (28.00%) PlayStation
1 7 (28.00%) User Experience
2 2 (8.00%) Animation
2 2 (8.00%) Computer Science
3 1 (4.00%) Mobile Games
3 1 (4.00%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.00%) Android
1 1 (4.00%) Apple iOS
1 1 (4.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (32.00%) Game Development
2 5 (20.00%) Prototyping
3 3 (12.00%) Software Engineering
3 3 (12.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (8.00%) Mobile Development
4 2 (8.00%) Technical Architecture
5 1 (4.00%) 3D Programming
5 1 (4.00%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (4.00%) Android Development
5 1 (4.00%) Artificial Intelligence
5 1 (4.00%) Benchmarking
5 1 (4.00%) Full Text Search
5 1 (4.00%) iOS Development
5 1 (4.00%) Machine Learning
5 1 (4.00%) Mathematics
5 1 (4.00%) OOP
5 1 (4.00%) Physics
5 1 (4.00%) Structured Programming
5 1 (4.00%) Test Automation
5 1 (4.00%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (84.00%) C++
2 6 (24.00%) C#
3 4 (16.00%) C
4 3 (12.00%) Java
5 2 (8.00%) Objective-C
6 1 (4.00%) Clojure
6 1 (4.00%) GLSL
6 1 (4.00%) HLSL
6 1 (4.00%) Scala
Qualifications
1 2 (8.00%) Computer Science Degree
1 2 (8.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.00%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (12.00%) Sony
2 1 (4.00%) Apple
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