Period
to 13 April 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 13 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Gaming
UK
6 months to
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 133 209 195
Rank change year-on-year +76 -14 -41
Permanent jobs citing Games 2,025 1,865 2,645
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 2.44% 1.64% 1.78%
As % of the General category 6.15% 4.08% 4.41%
Number of salaries quoted 1,345 1,521 1,985
10th Percentile £32,500 £30,000 £27,500
25th Percentile £42,500 £38,750 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,340
Median % change year-on-year - +9.26% +5.98%
75th Percentile £72,500 £72,500 £72,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £87,500 £86,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% +11.76% +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 32,952 45,678 60,009
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 39.68% 40.13% 40.31%
Number of salaries quoted 23,829 35,102 45,893
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £30,750
25th Percentile £42,500 £41,250 £40,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £58,820 £57,250 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +2.74% +4.09% +10.00%
75th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £73,750
90th Percentile £96,250 £95,000 £90,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.11% +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 13 April 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 13 April 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 +73 1,796 £55,000 - 466
UK excluding London +85 972 £50,000 +5.26% 278
London +47 894 £65,000 +4.00% 208
Work from Home +15 539 £60,000 +11.63% 137
North of England +71 281 £52,500 +10.53% 100
Midlands +87 208 £46,000 +12.20% 48
South East +32 167 £52,500 +5.00% 48
Yorkshire +44 148 £52,500 +18.64% 46
West Midlands +47 120 £46,000 +12.20% 38
East of England +80 113 £55,000 +15.79% 39
North West +38 104 £40,000 -20.00% 39
South West +64 91 £42,500 -17.07% 21
East Midlands +69 84 £45,000 +12.50% 9
Scotland +33 76 £50,000 +17.65% 14
North East +26 29 £65,000 +152.43% 15
Wales +16 20 £40,000 -5.88% 8
Isle of Man -2 13 - - 1
Northern Ireland +4 3 £57,500 +64.29%

For the 6 months to 13 April 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.

1 583 (28.79%) Agile Software Development
2 572 (28.25%) JavaScript
3 459 (22.67%) Python
4 433 (21.38%) C#
5 392 (19.36%) Java
6 378 (18.67%) AWS
7 350 (17.28%) Software Engineering
8 327 (16.15%) Docker
9 323 (15.95%) DevOps
10 318 (15.70%) HTML
11 310 (15.31%) CSS
12 283 (13.98%) Azure
13 282 (13.93%) Microsoft
14 280 (13.83%) Finance
15 240 (11.85%) Kubernetes
16 235 (11.60%) React
17 233 (11.51%) Degree
18 232 (11.46%) Problem-Solving
19 231 (11.41%) Linux
20 217 (10.72%) SQL
21 212 (10.47%) .NET
22 205 (10.12%) C++
22 205 (10.12%) Computer Science
23 201 (9.93%) Mobile App
24 191 (9.43%) Git (software)
24 191 (9.43%) Scrum
25 189 (9.33%) Node.js
26 182 (8.99%) TDD
27 181 (8.94%) MySQL
28 177 (8.74%) Microservices

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 98 (4.84%) Apache
2 48 (2.37%) Elasticsearch
3 33 (1.63%) Confluence
4 30 (1.48%) Apache Spark
5 28 (1.38%) CMS
6 24 (1.19%) Tomcat
7 21 (1.04%) Tornado
8 20 (0.99%) IIS
9 19 (0.94%) SAS
10 14 (0.69%) nginx
11 13 (0.64%) Apache TomEE
12 11 (0.54%) ejabberd
12 11 (0.54%) MS Exchange
12 11 (0.54%) SharePoint
12 11 (0.54%) Umbraco
13 9 (0.44%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 9 (0.44%) WordPress
14 5 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2013
14 5 (0.25%) OpenStack
15 4 (0.20%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 18 (0.89%) Figma
2 15 (0.74%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (0.69%) Microsoft Office
3 14 (0.69%) Photoshop
3 14 (0.69%) Sketch
4 13 (0.64%) Simulink
4 13 (0.64%) Stateflow
5 12 (0.59%) Adobe Illustrator
5 12 (0.59%) Maya
6 10 (0.49%) Adobe XD
7 9 (0.44%) Blender
8 8 (0.40%) 3ds Max
9 7 (0.35%) Adobe After Effects
10 6 (0.30%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 6 (0.30%) InVision
11 5 (0.25%) CINEMA 4D
11 5 (0.25%) MotionBuilder
12 4 (0.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
13 3 (0.15%) GIMP
13 3 (0.15%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 18 (0.89%) Magento
2 7 (0.35%) Oracle Assets
2 7 (0.35%) Oracle Cash Management
2 7 (0.35%) Oracle ERP
2 7 (0.35%) Oracle Payables
2 7 (0.35%) Oracle Receivables
3 6 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.30%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.20%) Sentinel
5 3 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.15%) Payment Gateway
6 2 (0.099%) assyst
6 2 (0.099%) Shopify
7 1 (0.049%) Adobe Campaign
7 1 (0.049%) Oracle Applications
7 1 (0.049%) Oracle Financials
7 1 (0.049%) Oracle General Ledger
7 1 (0.049%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 378 (18.67%) AWS
2 283 (13.98%) Azure
3 135 (6.67%) GCP
4 94 (4.64%) SaaS
5 85 (4.20%) Serverless
6 66 (3.26%) GitHub
7 44 (2.17%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 35 (1.73%) Microsoft 365
9 34 (1.68%) AWS Lambda
9 34 (1.68%) Firebase
10 33 (1.63%) Datadog
11 30 (1.48%) npm
12 26 (1.28%) Power Platform
13 24 (1.19%) Amazon EC2
14 20 (0.99%) PaaS
15 17 (0.84%) AWS CloudFormation
16 16 (0.79%) Amazon Kinesis
17 15 (0.74%) IaaS
18 14 (0.69%) Google App Engine
18 14 (0.69%) Google Play
Communications & Networking
1 48 (2.37%) Firewall
2 21 (1.04%) Broadband
2 21 (1.04%) Internet
3 19 (0.94%) DNS
4 17 (0.84%) VPN
5 16 (0.79%) HTTP
6 14 (0.69%) AMQP
6 14 (0.69%) LAN
7 11 (0.54%) Asterisk PBX
7 11 (0.54%) BGP
7 11 (0.54%) Diameter Protocol
7 11 (0.54%) PBX
7 11 (0.54%) SNMP
8 10 (0.49%) DHCP
9 9 (0.44%) DAB
9 9 (0.44%) TCP/IP
10 8 (0.40%) FTP
11 7 (0.35%) Intranet
11 7 (0.35%) Network Security
12 6 (0.30%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 181 (8.94%) MySQL
2 105 (5.19%) SQL Server
3 87 (4.30%) PostgreSQL
4 84 (4.15%) Redis
5 62 (3.06%) Relational Database
6 50 (2.47%) NoSQL
7 47 (2.32%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 44 (2.17%) Big Data
9 43 (2.12%) MongoDB
10 34 (1.68%) Tableau
11 29 (1.43%) Hadoop
12 26 (1.28%) Apache Cassandra
13 22 (1.09%) Power BI
14 21 (1.04%) Data Mining
14 21 (1.04%) Hazelcast
15 20 (0.99%) Data Warehouse
16 18 (0.89%) Azure SQL Database
17 16 (0.79%) KDB
18 13 (0.64%) Amazon RDS
18 13 (0.64%) Riak
Development Applications
1 191 (9.43%) Git (software)
2 116 (5.73%) Jenkins
3 64 (3.16%) JIRA
4 62 (3.06%) webpack
5 51 (2.52%) Cucumber
6 36 (1.78%) TeamCity
7 30 (1.48%) Maven
8 28 (1.38%) Bitbucket
9 26 (1.28%) GitLab
10 25 (1.23%) Selenium
11 24 (1.19%) Babel
12 23 (1.14%) Mercurial
13 20 (0.99%) Gradle
14 19 (0.94%) Postman
15 18 (0.89%) Visual Studio
16 17 (0.84%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 16 (0.79%) IntelliJ
17 16 (0.79%) JUnit
17 16 (0.79%) SonarQube
18 15 (0.74%) NUnit
General
1 280 (13.83%) Finance
2 159 (7.85%) Marketing
3 86 (4.25%) Law
4 63 (3.11%) Public Sector
4 63 (3.11%) Retail
5 56 (2.77%) Telecoms
6 53 (2.62%) Electronics
7 47 (2.32%) Online Betting
8 42 (2.07%) Legal
9 40 (1.98%) Banking
10 37 (1.83%) Digital Economy
11 34 (1.68%) Manufacturing
12 26 (1.28%) Publishing
13 23 (1.14%) Back Office
14 21 (1.04%) Advertising
15 19 (0.94%) Pharmaceutical
16 16 (0.79%) Military
17 12 (0.59%) Aerospace
18 8 (0.40%) iGaming
19 7 (0.35%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 684 (33.78%) Developer
2 178 (8.79%) Software Engineer
3 164 (8.10%) Senior Developer
4 126 (6.22%) Tester
5 119 (5.88%) DevOps Engineer
6 114 (5.63%) Software Tester
7 113 (5.58%) Games Tester
8 111 (5.48%) Trainee
8 111 (5.48%) Trainee Software Tester
8 111 (5.48%) Trainee Tester
9 109 (5.38%) Java Developer
10 98 (4.84%) Analyst
11 87 (4.30%) .NET Developer
12 75 (3.70%) Senior Software Engineer
13 73 (3.60%) Games Developer
14 71 (3.51%) Designer
14 71 (3.51%) Software Developer
15 60 (2.96%) AWS Engineer
15 60 (2.96%) Programmer
15 60 (2.96%) React Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 318 (15.70%) HTML
2 310 (15.31%) CSS
3 235 (11.60%) React
4 212 (10.47%) .NET
5 189 (9.33%) Node.js
6 172 (8.49%) HTML5
7 152 (7.51%) Kafka
8 145 (7.16%) Unity (Game Engine)
9 140 (6.91%) REST
10 139 (6.86%) CSS3
11 124 (6.12%) AngularJS
12 113 (5.58%) Spring
13 111 (5.48%) Java SE
13 111 (5.48%) RESTful
14 107 (5.28%) Unreal Engine
15 96 (4.74%) Spring Boot
16 94 (4.64%) Vue.js
17 92 (4.54%) Web Services
18 87 (4.30%) .NET Core
19 85 (4.20%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 201 (9.93%) Mobile App
2 135 (6.67%) Data Structures
3 128 (6.32%) User Experience
4 127 (6.27%) Greenfield Project
5 123 (6.07%) Online Games
6 99 (4.89%) Mobile Games
7 80 (3.95%) Algorithms
8 79 (3.90%) Analytical Skills
9 74 (3.65%) Self-Motivation
10 52 (2.57%) Cloud Native
11 49 (2.42%) Virtual Team
12 47 (2.32%) Animation
13 45 (2.22%) Blog
14 37 (1.83%) Life Science
15 33 (1.63%) Over-the-Top Content
16 32 (1.58%) Online Gambling
17 29 (1.43%) Social Media
18 27 (1.33%) Linux Command Line
19 25 (1.23%) Media Streaming
20 24 (1.19%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 231 (11.41%) Linux
2 103 (5.09%) Android
3 102 (5.04%) Apple iOS
3 102 (5.04%) Windows
4 24 (1.19%) Windows Server
5 20 (0.99%) Unix
6 15 (0.74%) Debian
7 13 (0.64%) Windows 10
8 12 (0.59%) Embedded Linux
9 8 (0.40%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
10 7 (0.35%) CentOS
10 7 (0.35%) Ubuntu
11 5 (0.25%) Mac OS X
12 4 (0.20%) Android TV
13 3 (0.15%) Nucleus RTOS
14 2 (0.099%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.099%) Windows Server 2016
14 2 (0.099%) Windows Server 2019
15 1 (0.049%) Alpine Linux
15 1 (0.049%) DC/OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 583 (28.79%) Agile Software Development
2 350 (17.28%) Software Engineering
3 323 (15.95%) DevOps
4 232 (11.46%) Problem-Solving
5 205 (10.12%) Computer Science
6 191 (9.43%) Scrum
7 182 (8.99%) TDD
8 177 (8.74%) Microservices
9 176 (8.69%) Software Testing
9 176 (8.69%) Test Automation
10 171 (8.44%) OO
11 166 (8.20%) OOP
12 158 (7.80%) Analytics
13 144 (7.11%) Continuous Improvement
14 140 (6.91%) Continuous Integration
15 131 (6.47%) Coaching
16 130 (6.42%) Functional Programming
17 122 (6.02%) Mentoring
18 114 (5.63%) Machine Learning
19 112 (5.53%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 572 (28.25%) JavaScript
2 459 (22.67%) Python
3 433 (21.38%) C#
4 392 (19.36%) Java
5 217 (10.72%) SQL
6 205 (10.12%) C++
7 160 (7.90%) Java 8
8 116 (5.73%) TypeScript
9 114 (5.63%) PHP
10 73 (3.60%) C
11 70 (3.46%) Go
12 58 (2.86%) Bash Shell
13 56 (2.77%) Apple Swift
14 51 (2.52%) ES6
14 51 (2.52%) R
15 48 (2.37%) Kotlin
16 46 (2.27%) Scala
17 29 (1.43%) Rust
18 25 (1.23%) Ruby
19 24 (1.19%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 233 (11.51%) Degree
2 111 (5.48%) CIW
2 111 (5.48%) OCA
2 111 (5.48%) OCP
2 111 (5.48%) Oracle Certification
3 79 (3.90%) Computer Science Degree
4 36 (1.78%) Security Cleared
5 24 (1.19%) PhD
6 21 (1.04%) SC Cleared
7 9 (0.44%) ISTQB
8 7 (0.35%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (0.35%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 7 (0.35%) Master's Degree
9 6 (0.30%) GIAC
10 5 (0.25%) CEH
10 5 (0.25%) EnCE
10 5 (0.25%) GCFA
10 5 (0.25%) GCIA
10 5 (0.25%) GCIH
10 5 (0.25%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 127 (6.27%) QA
2 57 (2.81%) GDPR
3 33 (1.63%) SLA
4 23 (1.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 23 (1.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 20 (0.99%) BS25999
6 18 (0.89%) ISO 9001
7 14 (0.69%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.15%) CDISC
9 2 (0.099%) WCAG
10 1 (0.049%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.049%) PCI DSS
10 1 (0.049%) PMO
10 1 (0.049%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 327 (16.15%) Docker
2 15 (0.74%) KVM
3 14 (0.69%) Active Directory
4 11 (0.54%) iptables
4 11 (0.54%) Kamailio
4 11 (0.54%) Postfix
4 11 (0.54%) QEMU
4 11 (0.54%) VMware Infrastructure
5 7 (0.35%) Hyper-V
5 7 (0.35%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (0.25%) XenApp
7 4 (0.20%) BitLocker
7 4 (0.20%) Samba
7 4 (0.20%) Xen
8 3 (0.15%) NFS
8 3 (0.15%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.049%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 1 (0.049%) LXC
9 1 (0.049%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 240 (11.85%) Kubernetes
2 145 (7.16%) Terraform
3 142 (7.01%) Ansible
4 93 (4.59%) Opscode Chef
5 36 (1.78%) Grafana
6 34 (1.68%) ZABBIX
7 32 (1.58%) Prometheus
8 27 (1.33%) Puppet
9 23 (1.14%) Graphite
9 23 (1.14%) Kibana
10 15 (0.74%) Packer
11 11 (0.54%) Galera Cluster
11 11 (0.54%) HAProxy
12 9 (0.44%) Nagios
13 5 (0.25%) Backup Exec
13 5 (0.25%) EnCase
14 4 (0.20%) Check_MK
14 4 (0.20%) logstash
14 4 (0.20%) SCCM
15 3 (0.15%) BMC PATROL
Vendors
1 282 (13.93%) Microsoft
2 138 (6.81%) Oracle
3 98 (4.84%) Google
4 35 (1.73%) Adobe
5 34 (1.68%) SAP
6 33 (1.63%) Splunk
7 17 (0.84%) Cisco
7 17 (0.84%) VMware
8 14 (0.69%) Aquila
9 13 (0.64%) Citrix
10 12 (0.59%) MuleSoft
11 11 (0.54%) GENBAND
11 11 (0.54%) HP
11 11 (0.54%) Juniper
11 11 (0.54%) Mitel
11 11 (0.54%) Nortel
11 11 (0.54%) Percona
11 11 (0.54%) SonicWALL
12 9 (0.44%) Atlassian
13 8 (0.40%) PagerDuty