Period
to 28 January 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 28 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Gaming
UK
6 months to
28 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 149 206 182
Rank change year-on-year +57 -24 -19
Permanent jobs citing Games 1,402 2,021 2,929
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 2.14% 1.61% 1.94%
As % of the General category 5.65% 4.03% 4.70%
Number of salaries quoted 1,430 1,861 2,500
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £82,500 £90,000 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +12.50%

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 24,824 50,154 62,264
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 37.90% 39.92% 41.22%
Number of salaries quoted 19,201 38,411 48,031
Median annual salary £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +9.09% - +10.00%
10th Percentile £32,750 £31,250 £30,250
90th Percentile £96,250 £95,000 £90,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,250 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +1.58% +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 28 January 2021.

Salary histogram for Games in the UK

Games
Top 17 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 28 January 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 +57 1,276 £57,500 +4.55% 453
UK excluding London +101 697 £49,500 +10.00% 294
London +26 626 £65,000 +4.00% 178
Work from Home -2 388 £62,500 +19.05% 166
North of England +108 218 £52,500 +16.67% 91
Midlands +73 155 £45,000 +5.88% 63
South East +50 146 £47,500 -5.00% 51
Yorkshire +91 115 £52,500 +23.53% 46
West Midlands +47 84 £42,500 +1.51% 37
North West +57 74 £36,750 -22.63% 37
East Midlands +78 71 £47,500 +5.56% 26
East of England +86 58 £55,000 +10.00% 45
Scotland +22 50 £50,000 +17.65% 13
South West +35 48 £47,500 - 22
North East +34 29 £65,000 +30.00% 8
Wales +34 15 £45,000 +12.50% 8
Isle of Man - 7 - - 1

For the 6 months to 28 January 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.

1 414 (29.53%) Agile Software Development
2 327 (23.32%) JavaScript
3 326 (23.25%) C#
4 314 (22.40%) DevOps
5 310 (22.11%) Python
6 300 (21.40%) AWS
7 266 (18.97%) Docker
8 257 (18.33%) Azure
9 232 (16.55%) Java
10 217 (15.48%) Kubernetes
11 195 (13.91%) Software Engineering
12 189 (13.48%) Finance
13 184 (13.12%) HTML
14 179 (12.77%) CSS
14 179 (12.77%) Linux
15 175 (12.48%) .NET
16 171 (12.20%) Microsoft
17 165 (11.77%) C++
18 161 (11.48%) SQL
19 157 (11.20%) Problem-Solving
20 151 (10.77%) Node.js
21 148 (10.56%) Greenfield Project
22 146 (10.41%) Git (software)
22 146 (10.41%) Unity (Game Engine)
23 144 (10.27%) TDD
24 142 (10.13%) Scrum
25 137 (9.77%) MySQL
26 133 (9.49%) Ansible
27 132 (9.42%) Kafka
28 127 (9.06%) Terraform

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 79 (5.63%) Apache
2 42 (3.00%) Elasticsearch
3 34 (2.43%) Confluence
4 28 (2.00%) Apache Spark
4 28 (2.00%) CMS
5 20 (1.43%) IIS
6 17 (1.21%) Tornado
7 16 (1.14%) SharePoint
8 11 (0.78%) WordPress
9 10 (0.71%) MS Exchange
10 8 (0.57%) Umbraco
11 6 (0.43%) Sitecore CMS
12 5 (0.36%) Drupal
12 5 (0.36%) nginx
12 5 (0.36%) OpenStack
13 4 (0.29%) SAS
13 4 (0.29%) Tomcat
14 3 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2013
15 2 (0.14%) ejabberd
15 2 (0.14%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 9 (0.64%) Adobe Illustrator
1 9 (0.64%) Microsoft Excel
1 9 (0.64%) Photoshop
2 8 (0.57%) Figma
3 6 (0.43%) Maya
3 6 (0.43%) Simulink
3 6 (0.43%) Sketch
3 6 (0.43%) Stateflow
4 5 (0.36%) MotionBuilder
5 3 (0.21%) 3ds Max
5 3 (0.21%) Adobe XD
5 3 (0.21%) InVision
5 3 (0.21%) Microsoft Office
6 2 (0.14%) Fireworks
6 2 (0.14%) InDesign
6 2 (0.14%) Inkscape
7 1 (0.071%) Adobe After Effects
7 1 (0.071%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.071%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.071%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (0.57%) Magento
2 5 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.36%) Dynamics NAV
3 4 (0.29%) Sentinel
4 3 (0.21%) Payment Gateway
5 2 (0.14%) Oracle Assets
5 2 (0.14%) Oracle Cash Management
5 2 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.14%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 2 (0.14%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.14%) Shopify
6 1 (0.071%) Oracle AGIS
6 1 (0.071%) Oracle E-Business Tax
6 1 (0.071%) Oracle FAH
6 1 (0.071%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.071%) Oracle General Ledger
6 1 (0.071%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
Cloud Services
1 300 (21.40%) AWS
2 257 (18.33%) Azure
3 123 (8.77%) GCP
4 64 (4.56%) Serverless
5 58 (4.14%) SaaS
6 33 (2.35%) GitHub
7 31 (2.21%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 30 (2.14%) Office 365
9 25 (1.78%) Datadog
10 23 (1.64%) Power Platform
11 19 (1.36%) AWS Lambda
12 18 (1.28%) Firebase
12 18 (1.28%) OpenShift
12 18 (1.28%) PaaS
13 17 (1.21%) AWS CloudFormation
14 15 (1.07%) npm
15 14 (1.00%) Google App Engine
16 12 (0.86%) Amazon EC2
17 10 (0.71%) Amazon Kinesis
17 10 (0.71%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 27 (1.93%) Firewall
2 23 (1.64%) DNS
3 21 (1.50%) HTTP
4 18 (1.28%) Internet
5 13 (0.93%) DHCP
6 11 (0.78%) TCP/IP
7 9 (0.64%) Broadband
7 9 (0.64%) DAB
8 6 (0.43%) FTP
9 5 (0.36%) AMQP
9 5 (0.36%) LAN
9 5 (0.36%) VPN
10 4 (0.29%) ICMP
10 4 (0.29%) MPLS
10 4 (0.29%) WAN
11 3 (0.21%) iSCSI
12 2 (0.14%) Asterisk PBX
12 2 (0.14%) Diameter Protocol
12 2 (0.14%) OpenVPN
12 2 (0.14%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 137 (9.77%) MySQL
2 105 (7.49%) SQL Server
3 57 (4.07%) Redis
4 47 (3.35%) NoSQL
4 47 (3.35%) PostgreSQL
5 43 (3.07%) Big Data
6 41 (2.92%) Relational Database
7 28 (2.00%) MongoDB
8 23 (1.64%) Data Warehouse
8 23 (1.64%) Hadoop
9 22 (1.57%) Apache Cassandra
10 21 (1.50%) Azure SQL Database
11 19 (1.36%) Hazelcast
11 19 (1.36%) Riak
12 18 (1.28%) Tableau
13 16 (1.14%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 14 (1.00%) Data Mining
15 12 (0.86%) Power BI
16 10 (0.71%) KDB
16 10 (0.71%) Looker
Development Applications
1 146 (10.41%) Git (software)
2 105 (7.49%) Jenkins
3 53 (3.78%) JIRA
3 53 (3.78%) TeamCity
4 36 (2.57%) webpack
5 29 (2.07%) Visual Studio
6 23 (1.64%) Cucumber
6 23 (1.64%) Maven
7 20 (1.43%) Gradle
8 16 (1.14%) Octopus Deploy
8 16 (1.14%) Subversion
9 14 (1.00%) Grunt
9 14 (1.00%) IntelliJ
9 14 (1.00%) Selenium
9 14 (1.00%) Team Foundation Server
9 14 (1.00%) Vagrant
10 13 (0.93%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 13 (0.93%) NUnit
11 11 (0.78%) Postman
12 10 (0.71%) GitLab
General
1 189 (13.48%) Finance
2 92 (6.56%) Marketing
3 46 (3.28%) Law
4 45 (3.21%) Retail
5 43 (3.07%) Banking
6 40 (2.85%) Telecoms
7 39 (2.78%) Public Sector
8 33 (2.35%) Digital Economy
8 33 (2.35%) Online Betting
9 23 (1.64%) Electronics
10 19 (1.36%) Publishing
11 16 (1.14%) Manufacturing
12 10 (0.71%) Advertising
13 9 (0.64%) Legal
14 8 (0.57%) iGaming
14 8 (0.57%) Military
15 5 (0.36%) Automotive
16 4 (0.29%) Back Office
17 3 (0.21%) Polish Language
18 2 (0.14%) Brand Awareness
Job Titles
1 534 (38.09%) Developer
2 134 (9.56%) DevOps Engineer
3 127 (9.06%) Senior Developer
4 99 (7.06%) Software Engineer
5 74 (5.28%) Games Developer
6 72 (5.14%) .NET Developer
7 71 (5.06%) Java Developer
8 69 (4.92%) AWS Engineer
9 64 (4.56%) Analyst
10 57 (4.07%) C# Developer
11 53 (3.78%) Designer
11 53 (3.78%) Full Stack Developer
11 53 (3.78%) Software Developer
12 49 (3.50%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
13 46 (3.28%) Programmer
14 44 (3.14%) Python Developer
14 44 (3.14%) Site Reliability Engineer
15 43 (3.07%) React Developer
16 42 (3.00%) Senior Software Engineer
17 40 (2.85%) Senior DevOps
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 184 (13.12%) HTML
2 179 (12.77%) CSS
3 175 (12.48%) .NET
4 151 (10.77%) Node.js
5 146 (10.41%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 132 (9.42%) Kafka
7 119 (8.49%) React
8 104 (7.42%) Unreal Engine
9 87 (6.21%) AngularJS
10 82 (5.85%) HTML5
11 75 (5.35%) Spring
12 72 (5.14%) Apache Flex
13 71 (5.06%) Vue.js
14 65 (4.64%) RabbitMQ
15 64 (4.56%) Spring Boot
16 63 (4.49%) .NET Core
17 62 (4.42%) CSS3
18 56 (3.99%) REST
19 55 (3.92%) ASP.NET
19 55 (3.92%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 148 (10.56%) Greenfield Project
2 117 (8.35%) Mobile App
3 102 (7.28%) Mobile Games
4 85 (6.06%) Online Games
5 65 (4.64%) Algorithms
6 62 (4.42%) User Experience
7 48 (3.42%) Data Structures
8 38 (2.71%) Self-Motivation
8 38 (2.71%) Virtual Team
9 36 (2.57%) Analytical Skills
10 34 (2.43%) Cloud Native
11 29 (2.07%) Animation
11 29 (2.07%) Xbox
12 26 (1.85%) Over-the-Top Content
13 25 (1.78%) Media Streaming
14 22 (1.57%) Online Gambling
15 19 (1.36%) PlayStation
16 18 (1.28%) Driving Licence
16 18 (1.28%) Linux Command Line
17 17 (1.21%) e-Learning
Operating Systems
1 179 (12.77%) Linux
2 115 (8.20%) Windows
3 59 (4.21%) Android
4 43 (3.07%) Apple iOS
5 23 (1.64%) Windows Server
6 14 (1.00%) CentOS
7 13 (0.93%) Windows 10
8 12 (0.86%) Debian
9 8 (0.57%) Unix
10 7 (0.50%) Embedded Linux
10 7 (0.50%) Mac OS X
10 7 (0.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 4 (0.29%) Ubuntu
12 3 (0.21%) Nucleus RTOS
13 2 (0.14%) Android TV
13 2 (0.14%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.14%) Windows Server 2016
13 2 (0.14%) Windows Server 2019
14 1 (0.071%) Robot Operating System
14 1 (0.071%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 414 (29.53%) Agile Software Development
2 314 (22.40%) DevOps
3 195 (13.91%) Software Engineering
4 157 (11.20%) Problem-Solving
5 144 (10.27%) TDD
6 142 (10.13%) Scrum
7 126 (8.99%) Test Automation
8 120 (8.56%) Analytics
9 110 (7.85%) Microservices
10 106 (7.56%) Computer Science
11 103 (7.35%) Infrastructure as Code
12 97 (6.92%) MVC
13 95 (6.78%) Coaching
14 93 (6.63%) Continuous Integration
15 86 (6.13%) Continuous Improvement
16 85 (6.06%) Artificial Intelligence
17 83 (5.92%) Machine Learning
18 73 (5.21%) Mathematics
19 71 (5.06%) Web Development
20 69 (4.92%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 327 (23.32%) JavaScript
2 326 (23.25%) C#
3 310 (22.11%) Python
4 232 (16.55%) Java
5 165 (11.77%) C++
6 161 (11.48%) SQL
7 84 (5.99%) PHP
8 52 (3.71%) Bash Shell
9 49 (3.50%) Go
9 49 (3.50%) Java 8
10 43 (3.07%) TypeScript
11 38 (2.71%) Kotlin
12 36 (2.57%) ES6
13 35 (2.50%) C
14 34 (2.43%) Scala
15 28 (2.00%) Ruby
16 26 (1.85%) PowerShell
16 26 (1.85%) R
17 22 (1.57%) T-SQL
18 19 (1.36%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 112 (7.99%) Degree
2 33 (2.35%) Computer Science Degree
3 23 (1.64%) CIW
3 23 (1.64%) OCA
3 23 (1.64%) OCP
3 23 (1.64%) Oracle Certification
4 18 (1.28%) Security Cleared
5 15 (1.07%) PhD
6 13 (0.93%) SC Cleared
7 7 (0.50%) ISTQB
7 7 (0.50%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 6 (0.43%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (0.36%) Postgraduate
9 5 (0.36%) Six Sigma Black Belt
10 4 (0.29%) CCNP
11 3 (0.21%) DV Cleared
12 2 (0.14%) CCNA
12 2 (0.14%) MBA
12 2 (0.14%) MCSA
12 2 (0.14%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 77 (5.49%) QA
2 41 (2.92%) GDPR
3 17 (1.21%) SLA
4 5 (0.36%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.14%) BS25999
6 1 (0.071%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.071%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.071%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.071%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 266 (18.97%) Docker
2 12 (0.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (0.50%) Hyper-V
4 6 (0.43%) Active Directory
4 6 (0.43%) KVM
5 5 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (0.36%) Xen
6 4 (0.29%) Samba
7 3 (0.21%) BitLocker
7 3 (0.21%) NFS
7 3 (0.21%) XenApp
7 3 (0.21%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.14%) iptables
8 2 (0.14%) Kamailio
8 2 (0.14%) Postfix
8 2 (0.14%) QEMU
9 1 (0.071%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 1 (0.071%) HDFS
9 1 (0.071%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 217 (15.48%) Kubernetes
2 133 (9.49%) Ansible
3 127 (9.06%) Terraform
4 97 (6.92%) Opscode Chef
5 34 (2.43%) Grafana
6 33 (2.35%) Prometheus
7 32 (2.28%) Puppet
8 25 (1.78%) ZABBIX
9 23 (1.64%) Graphite
10 22 (1.57%) Kibana
11 16 (1.14%) Packer
12 9 (0.64%) Nagios
13 6 (0.43%) SCCM
14 5 (0.36%) Backup Exec
15 4 (0.29%) Check_MK
15 4 (0.29%) Consul
15 4 (0.29%) HAProxy
15 4 (0.29%) HP Fortify
15 4 (0.29%) systemd
16 3 (0.21%) Graylog
Vendors
1 171 (12.20%) Microsoft
2 83 (5.92%) Google
3 35 (2.50%) Oracle
4 22 (1.57%) Splunk
5 18 (1.28%) SAP
6 14 (1.00%) Aquila
6 14 (1.00%) VMware
7 13 (0.93%) Adobe
8 12 (0.86%) Citrix
9 11 (0.78%) Red Hat
10 7 (0.50%) Perforce
11 6 (0.43%) Sitecore
12 5 (0.36%) Cisco
12 5 (0.36%) Sony
12 5 (0.36%) Spotify
13 4 (0.29%) Apple
13 4 (0.29%) NVIDIA
13 4 (0.29%) Palo Alto
13 4 (0.29%) Samsung
13 4 (0.29%) Veracode