Period
to 29 July 2021

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Games in permanent job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Games over the 6 months to 29 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Gaming
UK
6 months to
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 132 193 214
Rank change year-on-year +61 +21 -55
Permanent jobs citing Games 2,941 1,232 2,440
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 2.61% 1.79% 1.69%
As % of the General category 4.59% 3.33% 3.01%
Number of salaries quoted 1,334 1,016 1,921
10th Percentile £35,000 £30,000 £27,500
25th Percentile £42,500 £40,000 £35,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% +10.00% -
75th Percentile £77,500 £75,000 £70,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £90,625 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £48,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +4.17% +12.94% +6.25%

Games is in the General Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for common skills.

All General Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for common skills 64,063 36,967 81,108
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 56.74% 53.57% 56.32%
Number of salaries quoted 40,480 28,863 61,769
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £28,500
25th Percentile £41,250 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £56,500 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +2.73% +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £77,500 £75,000 £72,500
90th Percentile £95,000 £95,000 £87,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -

Games
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Games as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Games in the UK

Games
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Games.

Salary trend for Games in the UK

Games
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Games over the 6 months to 29 July 2021.

Salary histogram for Games in the UK

Games
Top 18 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Games within the UK over the 6 months to 29 July 2021. 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 +53 2,605 £57,500 - 581
London +47 1,543 £67,500 +3.85% 244
UK excluding London +42 1,173 £50,000 +4.17% 359
Work from Home -8 661 £60,000 +4.35% 188
North of England +16 352 £50,750 +6.84% 120
Midlands +42 239 £45,000 +5.88% 78
Yorkshire +35 207 £52,500 - 42
West Midlands +41 200 £45,000 +5.88% 51
South East -82 168 £57,500 +4.55% 56
East of England +34 135 £37,500 -16.67% 48
South West +15 129 £50,000 -16.67% 33
North West -36 111 £50,000 - 68
Scotland -6 101 £50,000 +3.09% 16
North East -14 34 £45,345 +33.37% 10
East Midlands -17 34 £45,000 +2.86% 27
Isle of Man +4 20 £35,000 +6.06%
Wales -35 16 £37,500 -16.67% 6
Northern Ireland -29 13 £42,500 -29.17% 2

For the 6 months to 29 July 2021, IT jobs citing Games also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads with a requirement for Games.

1 1,006 (34.21%) Agile Software Development
2 892 (30.33%) JavaScript
3 880 (29.92%) Social Skills
4 717 (24.38%) Software Engineering
5 712 (24.21%) Python
6 651 (22.14%) AWS
7 600 (20.40%) React
8 558 (18.97%) Java
9 533 (18.12%) Finance
10 527 (17.92%) Docker
11 523 (17.78%) Degree
12 453 (15.40%) Computer Science
13 429 (14.59%) C#
14 405 (13.77%) SQL
15 402 (13.67%) Git (software)
16 397 (13.50%) Problem-Solving
17 391 (13.29%) CSS
18 390 (13.26%) TypeScript
19 376 (12.78%) Microservices
20 375 (12.75%) HTML
21 368 (12.51%) REST
22 347 (11.80%) Node.js
23 345 (11.73%) Kubernetes
24 341 (11.59%) User Experience
25 331 (11.25%) DevOps
26 325 (11.05%) Mentoring
27 307 (10.44%) Full Stack Development
28 292 (9.93%) Azure
29 285 (9.69%) Linux
29 285 (9.69%) TDD

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 91 (3.09%) Elasticsearch
2 73 (2.48%) Apache
3 48 (1.63%) Apache Spark
3 48 (1.63%) Tomcat
4 46 (1.56%) SAS
5 43 (1.46%) Confluence
6 39 (1.33%) Tornado
7 31 (1.05%) nginx
8 26 (0.88%) Apache TomEE
9 24 (0.82%) CMS
10 22 (0.75%) WordPress
11 20 (0.68%) IIS
12 15 (0.51%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 15 (0.51%) SharePoint
13 11 (0.37%) ejabberd
14 9 (0.31%) Apache Solr
15 8 (0.27%) MS Exchange
15 8 (0.27%) Umbraco
16 7 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2013
17 6 (0.20%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 29 (0.99%) Photoshop
2 28 (0.95%) Adobe Illustrator
3 25 (0.85%) Microsoft Excel
4 23 (0.78%) Maya
4 23 (0.78%) Simulink
4 23 (0.78%) Stateflow
5 18 (0.61%) GIMP
5 18 (0.61%) Microsoft Office
5 18 (0.61%) Sketch
6 13 (0.44%) Figma
7 11 (0.37%) Blender
8 9 (0.31%) InVision
8 9 (0.31%) SPSS
9 8 (0.27%) Adobe XD
9 8 (0.27%) Chatbot
9 8 (0.27%) MS Visio
10 7 (0.24%) Adobe After Effects
11 6 (0.20%) 3ds Max
11 6 (0.20%) Adobe Premiere
11 6 (0.20%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 21 (0.71%) Magento
2 11 (0.37%) Oracle ERP
3 10 (0.34%) Oracle Payables
3 10 (0.34%) Oracle Receivables
4 9 (0.31%) Oracle Assets
4 9 (0.31%) Oracle Cash Management
5 6 (0.20%) Oracle General Ledger
5 6 (0.20%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 4 (0.14%) Dynamics CRM
6 4 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
6 4 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
7 3 (0.10%) Oracle Financials
8 2 (0.068%) assyst
9 1 (0.034%) Adobe Campaign
9 1 (0.034%) Oracle Applications
9 1 (0.034%) Oracle EBS R12
9 1 (0.034%) SDL Web 8
9 1 (0.034%) Shopify
9 1 (0.034%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 651 (22.14%) AWS
2 292 (9.93%) Azure
3 238 (8.09%) GCP
4 201 (6.83%) GitHub
5 189 (6.43%) Serverless
6 153 (5.20%) SaaS
7 109 (3.71%) AWS Lambda
8 105 (3.57%) Amazon S3
9 59 (2.01%) npm
10 57 (1.94%) Amazon SQS
11 55 (1.87%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 51 (1.73%) Firebase
13 39 (1.33%) AppsFlyer
13 39 (1.33%) Pushwoosh
14 38 (1.29%) Amazon ElastiCache
15 37 (1.26%) Amazon EC2
16 34 (1.16%) AWS Fargate
17 32 (1.09%) Amazon ELB
17 32 (1.09%) CloudFront
18 31 (1.05%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 117 (3.98%) Broadband
2 51 (1.73%) Internet
3 47 (1.60%) Firewall
4 35 (1.19%) HTTP
5 27 (0.92%) AMQP
6 25 (0.85%) VPN
7 23 (0.78%) DNS
8 22 (0.75%) Wireless
9 16 (0.54%) BGP
10 14 (0.48%) SAN
11 13 (0.44%) LAN
12 11 (0.37%) Asterisk PBX
12 11 (0.37%) DHCP
12 11 (0.37%) Diameter Protocol
12 11 (0.37%) PBX
12 11 (0.37%) SNMP
13 9 (0.31%) Intranet
13 9 (0.31%) TCP/IP
14 8 (0.27%) MPLS
15 6 (0.20%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 268 (9.11%) PostgreSQL
2 220 (7.48%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 216 (7.34%) MySQL
4 175 (5.95%) NoSQL
5 168 (5.71%) MongoDB
6 157 (5.34%) Relational Database
7 145 (4.93%) Redis
8 128 (4.35%) SQL Server
9 61 (2.07%) Big Data
10 47 (1.60%) Tableau
11 44 (1.50%) Amazon RDS
11 44 (1.50%) Apache Cassandra
12 36 (1.22%) BigQuery
13 30 (1.02%) Hadoop
13 30 (1.02%) Oracle Database
14 28 (0.95%) RDBMS
15 26 (0.88%) MariaDB
16 24 (0.82%) Looker
17 22 (0.75%) Power BI
18 19 (0.65%) Blockchain
Development Applications
1 402 (13.67%) Git (software)
2 163 (5.54%) Jenkins
3 130 (4.42%) webpack
4 95 (3.23%) JIRA
5 81 (2.75%) Bitbucket
6 78 (2.65%) Babel
7 67 (2.28%) Mercurial
8 64 (2.18%) Cucumber
9 63 (2.14%) Maven
10 57 (1.94%) CircleCI
11 55 (1.87%) Selenium
12 51 (1.73%) Postman
13 49 (1.67%) Cypress.io
14 48 (1.63%) GitLab
15 33 (1.12%) JUnit
16 29 (0.99%) SonarQube
17 28 (0.95%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 26 (0.88%) PHPUnit
19 25 (0.85%) gulp
20 24 (0.82%) GoCD
General
1 880 (29.92%) Social Skills
2 533 (18.12%) Finance
3 229 (7.79%) Marketing
4 194 (6.60%) Analytical Skills
5 138 (4.69%) Legal
6 121 (4.11%) Retail
7 99 (3.37%) Law
8 88 (2.99%) Inclusion and Diversity
9 72 (2.45%) Back Office
9 72 (2.45%) Organisational Skills
10 70 (2.38%) Online Betting
11 64 (2.18%) Electronics
12 59 (2.01%) Banking
12 59 (2.01%) Presentation Skills
13 57 (1.94%) Advertising
14 55 (1.87%) Pharmaceutical
15 51 (1.73%) Telecoms
16 48 (1.63%) Public Sector
17 45 (1.53%) Manufacturing
18 36 (1.22%) Influencing Skills
Job Titles
1 996 (33.87%) Developer
2 385 (13.09%) Software Engineer
3 232 (7.89%) Senior Developer
4 175 (5.95%) Senior Software Engineer
5 151 (5.13%) Analyst
6 150 (5.10%) Java Developer
7 125 (4.25%) Software Developer
8 112 (3.81%) Tester
9 103 (3.50%) iOS Developer
10 95 (3.23%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
11 94 (3.20%) React Developer
12 92 (3.13%) Programmer
13 89 (3.03%) Games Developer
14 88 (2.99%) Software Tester
15 87 (2.96%) Games Tester
16 86 (2.92%) Backend Developer
17 85 (2.89%) Trainee
17 85 (2.89%) Trainee Software Tester
17 85 (2.89%) Trainee Tester
18 79 (2.69%) Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 600 (20.40%) React
2 391 (13.29%) CSS
3 375 (12.75%) HTML
4 368 (12.51%) REST
5 347 (11.80%) Node.js
6 262 (8.91%) RESTful
7 222 (7.55%) .NET
8 213 (7.24%) GraphQL
9 208 (7.07%) AngularJS
10 204 (6.94%) Web Services
11 158 (5.37%) Spring
12 144 (4.90%) RabbitMQ
13 142 (4.83%) HTML5
14 135 (4.59%) Vue.js
15 131 (4.45%) Redux
16 120 (4.08%) Unity (Game Engine)
17 108 (3.67%) Kafka
18 104 (3.54%) Spring Boot
19 98 (3.33%) CSS3
20 94 (3.20%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 341 (11.59%) User Experience
2 234 (7.96%) Mobile App
3 213 (7.24%) Self-Motivation
4 169 (5.75%) Online Games
5 156 (5.30%) Algorithms
6 149 (5.07%) Data Structures
7 148 (5.03%) Social Media
7 148 (5.03%) Virtual Team
8 124 (4.22%) Blog
9 94 (3.20%) Greenfield Project
10 85 (2.89%) Animation
11 78 (2.65%) Augmented Reality
12 73 (2.48%) Mobile Games
13 65 (2.21%) Client/Server
14 62 (2.11%) Cloud Native
15 56 (1.90%) Life Science
16 41 (1.39%) Legacy Code
16 41 (1.39%) Social Gaming
17 37 (1.26%) Management Information System
18 36 (1.22%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 285 (9.69%) Linux
2 210 (7.14%) Apple iOS
3 193 (6.56%) Android
4 113 (3.84%) Unix
5 104 (3.54%) Windows
6 24 (0.82%) Windows Server
7 16 (0.54%) Embedded Linux
8 11 (0.37%) Debian
9 9 (0.31%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
10 8 (0.27%) Windows 10
10 8 (0.27%) Windows Server 2012
11 7 (0.24%) Mac OS
11 7 (0.24%) Windows Server 2019
12 6 (0.20%) Windows Server 2016
13 5 (0.17%) Ubuntu
14 3 (0.10%) Android TV
15 2 (0.068%) AIX
15 2 (0.068%) Alpine Linux
15 2 (0.068%) Solaris
16 1 (0.034%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,006 (34.21%) Agile Software Development
2 717 (24.38%) Software Engineering
3 453 (15.40%) Computer Science
4 397 (13.50%) Problem-Solving
5 376 (12.78%) Microservices
6 331 (11.25%) DevOps
7 325 (11.05%) Mentoring
8 307 (10.44%) Full Stack Development
9 285 (9.69%) TDD
10 269 (9.15%) OO
11 258 (8.77%) Test Automation
12 242 (8.23%) Continuous Integration
13 241 (8.19%) Scrum
14 220 (7.48%) Artificial Intelligence
15 217 (7.38%) Analytics
16 213 (7.24%) OOP
17 209 (7.11%) Front End Development
18 208 (7.07%) Continuous Improvement
19 205 (6.97%) Machine Learning
20 203 (6.90%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 892 (30.33%) JavaScript
2 712 (24.21%) Python
3 558 (18.97%) Java
4 429 (14.59%) C#
5 405 (13.77%) SQL
6 390 (13.26%) TypeScript
7 281 (9.55%) C++
8 164 (5.58%) Go
9 163 (5.54%) PHP
10 154 (5.24%) C
11 151 (5.13%) Java 8
12 117 (3.98%) Apple Swift
13 98 (3.33%) ES6
14 86 (2.92%) Scala
15 83 (2.82%) R
16 74 (2.52%) Kotlin
17 73 (2.48%) Bash Shell
18 35 (1.19%) MATLAB
18 35 (1.19%) Perl
19 30 (1.02%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 523 (17.78%) Degree
2 200 (6.80%) Computer Science Degree
3 85 (2.89%) CIW
3 85 (2.89%) OCA
3 85 (2.89%) OCP
3 85 (2.89%) Oracle Certification
4 73 (2.48%) PhD
5 44 (1.50%) Security Cleared
6 37 (1.26%) Master's Degree
7 29 (0.99%) AWS Certification
8 25 (0.85%) SC Cleared
9 15 (0.51%) CCAB
10 13 (0.44%) Numerate Degree
11 12 (0.41%) Cisco Certification
12 11 (0.37%) CISSP
12 11 (0.37%) RIBA
13 10 (0.34%) Citrix Certification
13 10 (0.34%) DBS Check
14 8 (0.27%) ISTQB
15 7 (0.24%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 190 (6.46%) QA
2 52 (1.77%) GDPR
3 50 (1.70%) Data Quality
4 39 (1.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 35 (1.19%) Accessibility
6 33 (1.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 33 (1.12%) SLA
7 23 (0.78%) BS25999
7 23 (0.78%) ISO 9001
8 10 (0.34%) PMO
9 9 (0.31%) CDISC
10 8 (0.27%) WCAG
11 6 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
12 4 (0.14%) PCI DSS
13 3 (0.10%) GxP
14 2 (0.068%) SOC 2
15 1 (0.034%) Actionable Recommendations
15 1 (0.034%) HIPAA
15 1 (0.034%) NIST
15 1 (0.034%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 527 (17.92%) Docker
2 24 (0.82%) Active Directory
3 15 (0.51%) VMware Infrastructure
4 12 (0.41%) iptables
5 11 (0.37%) Kamailio
5 11 (0.37%) KVM
5 11 (0.37%) Postfix
5 11 (0.37%) QEMU
6 8 (0.27%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 8 (0.27%) vSphere
7 7 (0.24%) Hyper-V
7 7 (0.24%) XenApp
8 5 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
8 5 (0.17%) XenDesktop
9 4 (0.14%) LXC
10 3 (0.10%) Firmware
11 2 (0.068%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.068%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.068%) VMware NSX
12 1 (0.034%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 345 (11.73%) Kubernetes
2 271 (9.21%) Terraform
3 68 (2.31%) Ansible
4 34 (1.16%) Grafana
5 30 (1.02%) Prometheus
6 23 (0.78%) Puppet
7 21 (0.71%) ZABBIX
8 17 (0.58%) Kibana
9 13 (0.44%) Opscode Chef
10 11 (0.37%) Galera Cluster
10 11 (0.37%) HAProxy
10 11 (0.37%) logstash
11 10 (0.34%) Istio
12 8 (0.27%) Graphite
12 8 (0.27%) Rancher
13 7 (0.24%) Mesos
14 6 (0.20%) Nagios
15 5 (0.17%) EnCase
15 5 (0.17%) Icinga
15 5 (0.17%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 266 (9.04%) Microsoft
2 216 (7.34%) Google
3 193 (6.56%) Oracle
4 53 (1.80%) Adobe
4 53 (1.80%) Splunk
5 51 (1.73%) Instagram
6 44 (1.50%) SAP
7 41 (1.39%) YouTube
8 38 (1.29%) Facebook
9 36 (1.22%) Atlassian
10 26 (0.88%) Cisco
11 25 (0.85%) Apple
12 24 (0.82%) MuleSoft
13 23 (0.78%) OpenAI
14 22 (0.75%) TOWER Software
15 20 (0.68%) Intel
15 20 (0.68%) PagerDuty
15 20 (0.68%) VMware
15 20 (0.68%) Xilinx
16 17 (0.58%) Citrix