Period
to 24 October 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 24 October 2021 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Gaming
UK
6 months to
24 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 146 205 208
Rank change year-on-year +59 +3 -48
Permanent jobs citing Games 2,990 831 2,299
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 2.38% 1.70% 1.68%
As % of the General category 4.04% 3.35% 3.05%
Number of salaries quoted 1,308 720 1,823
10th Percentile £36,250 £32,475 £30,100
25th Percentile £45,000 £40,000 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £53,250 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +12.68% +6.50% -
75th Percentile £85,000 £72,813 £75,000
90th Percentile £97,500 £92,500 £88,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +22.22% - +5.88%

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 73,961 24,791 75,400
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 58.83% 50.73% 55.20%
Number of salaries quoted 45,232 20,004 57,733
10th Percentile £31,250 £32,500 £28,500
25th Percentile £41,750 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £56,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +2.68% +6.67% +5.00%
75th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £72,500
90th Percentile £96,250 £95,000 £90,000
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 24 October 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 24 October 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 +52 2,643 £62,500 +13.64% 628
London +45 1,522 £70,000 +3.70% 296
UK excluding London +30 1,204 £55,000 +22.22% 347
Work from Home -5 676 £65,000 +18.18% 184
North of England +22 391 £60,000 +41.18% 109
Yorkshire +43 238 £65,000 +44.44% 36
Midlands +8 221 £55,000 +29.41% 88
West Midlands +25 195 £55,000 +33.33% 45
South East -96 178 £55,000 +15.79% 48
East of England +21 162 £45,000 +9.09% 44
South West +5 135 £45,000 -5.26% 41
North West -25 117 £56,250 +25.00% 59
Scotland -42 75 £50,000 +1.52% 10
North East -26 36 £45,345 +29.56% 14
East Midlands -71 26 £41,633 -2.04% 43
Wales -48 20 £60,000 +26.98% 5
Isle of Man +3 12 £57,000 -
Northern Ireland -35 12 £42,500 -29.17% 2

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 1,016 (33.98%) Agile Software Development
2 934 (31.24%) Social Skills
3 782 (26.15%) JavaScript
4 698 (23.34%) Software Engineering
5 680 (22.74%) AWS
6 624 (20.87%) Python
7 621 (20.77%) Finance
8 572 (19.13%) React
9 565 (18.90%) Degree
10 541 (18.09%) Docker
11 511 (17.09%) Java
12 463 (15.48%) SQL
13 456 (15.25%) Git (software)
14 439 (14.68%) Computer Science
15 433 (14.48%) Problem-Solving
16 394 (13.18%) DevOps
17 386 (12.91%) Mentoring
17 386 (12.91%) TypeScript
18 368 (12.31%) User Experience
19 357 (11.94%) Microservices
20 347 (11.61%) Node.js
21 344 (11.51%) REST
22 328 (10.97%) Kubernetes
23 322 (10.77%) Full Stack Development
24 313 (10.47%) Test Automation
25 310 (10.37%) CSS
26 301 (10.07%) Terraform
27 298 (9.97%) HTML
28 297 (9.93%) C#
29 296 (9.90%) Analytical Skills

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 90 (3.01%) Elasticsearch
2 63 (2.11%) Apache
3 60 (2.01%) Apache Spark
4 48 (1.61%) SAS
5 40 (1.34%) Confluence
6 37 (1.24%) nginx
7 30 (1.00%) CMS
8 28 (0.94%) Tomcat
9 27 (0.90%) Tornado
10 21 (0.70%) WordPress
11 17 (0.57%) Apache TomEE
12 16 (0.54%) MS Exchange
13 15 (0.50%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 13 (0.43%) Apache Solr
14 13 (0.43%) Ethereum
15 11 (0.37%) IIS
16 10 (0.33%) SharePoint
17 8 (0.27%) Headless CMS
18 7 (0.23%) Apache Airflow
18 7 (0.23%) Luigi
Applications
1 59 (1.97%) Microsoft Excel
2 37 (1.24%) Photoshop
3 29 (0.97%) Adobe Illustrator
4 21 (0.70%) Simulink
4 21 (0.70%) Stateflow
5 17 (0.57%) Microsoft Office
6 15 (0.50%) Figma
7 14 (0.47%) GIMP
7 14 (0.47%) InVision
7 14 (0.47%) Maya
8 13 (0.43%) Sketch
9 12 (0.40%) Adobe Premiere
10 10 (0.33%) Final Cut Pro
11 9 (0.30%) SPSS
12 8 (0.27%) Chatbot
13 7 (0.23%) Marvel
14 6 (0.20%) MotionBuilder
14 6 (0.20%) MS Visio
14 6 (0.20%) UserZoom
15 5 (0.17%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 18 (0.60%) Magento
2 7 (0.23%) Oracle Receivables
3 6 (0.20%) Oracle Assets
3 6 (0.20%) Oracle Cash Management
3 6 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
3 6 (0.20%) Oracle General Ledger
3 6 (0.20%) Oracle Payables
3 6 (0.20%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 5 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
5 4 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
6 3 (0.10%) Oracle Financials
6 3 (0.10%) Sentinel
6 3 (0.10%) Summit
6 3 (0.10%) Workday HCM
7 2 (0.067%) Adobe Campaign
7 2 (0.067%) Distributed Ledger
7 2 (0.067%) Elite 3E
7 2 (0.067%) Oracle EBS R12
8 1 (0.033%) Sage 50
8 1 (0.033%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 680 (22.74%) AWS
2 272 (9.10%) GCP
3 253 (8.46%) Azure
4 210 (7.02%) GitHub
5 194 (6.49%) Serverless
6 191 (6.39%) SaaS
7 146 (4.88%) Amazon S3
8 111 (3.71%) AWS Lambda
9 61 (2.04%) Amazon SQS
10 57 (1.91%) GitHub Actions
11 49 (1.64%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 49 (1.64%) Firebase
12 46 (1.54%) PaaS
13 44 (1.47%) Amazon EC2
13 44 (1.47%) npm
14 40 (1.34%) AWS Step Functions
15 39 (1.30%) AppsFlyer
15 39 (1.30%) Pushwoosh
16 36 (1.20%) Amazon ElastiCache
16 36 (1.20%) AWS Fargate
Communications & Networking
1 172 (5.75%) Broadband
2 68 (2.27%) HTTP
3 48 (1.61%) Internet
4 37 (1.24%) Firewall
5 27 (0.90%) Wireless
6 24 (0.80%) DNS
7 23 (0.77%) VPN
8 19 (0.64%) TCP/IP
9 18 (0.60%) SAN
10 17 (0.57%) AMQP
11 15 (0.50%) DHCP
12 11 (0.37%) SMTP
13 10 (0.33%) LAN
13 10 (0.33%) WAN
14 9 (0.30%) 5G
14 9 (0.30%) MPLS
15 8 (0.27%) BGP
15 8 (0.27%) Link 16
15 8 (0.27%) Remote Desktop
15 8 (0.27%) Tactical Data Link
Database & Business Intelligence
1 259 (8.66%) PostgreSQL
2 227 (7.59%) MySQL
3 221 (7.39%) NoSQL
4 211 (7.06%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 172 (5.75%) MongoDB
6 158 (5.28%) Relational Database
7 119 (3.98%) Redis
8 116 (3.88%) SQL Server
9 55 (1.84%) Apache Cassandra
10 54 (1.81%) Big Data
11 53 (1.77%) Amazon RDS
12 42 (1.40%) BigQuery
13 37 (1.24%) Hadoop
14 36 (1.20%) Tableau
15 32 (1.07%) Looker
16 30 (1.00%) Blockchain
17 28 (0.94%) Oracle Database
18 26 (0.87%) RDBMS
19 25 (0.84%) Data Warehouse
19 25 (0.84%) Hazelcast
Development Applications
1 456 (15.25%) Git (software)
2 192 (6.42%) Jenkins
3 128 (4.28%) JIRA
4 115 (3.85%) webpack
5 107 (3.58%) Bitbucket
6 77 (2.58%) Maven
7 76 (2.54%) Postman
8 72 (2.41%) Selenium
9 70 (2.34%) Cucumber
9 70 (2.34%) Mercurial
10 64 (2.14%) CircleCI
11 58 (1.94%) Cypress.io
12 55 (1.84%) Babel
13 46 (1.54%) PHPUnit
14 39 (1.30%) GitLab
15 32 (1.07%) Octopus Deploy
16 29 (0.97%) JUnit
17 28 (0.94%) TeamCity
18 26 (0.87%) GoCD
19 23 (0.77%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 934 (31.24%) Social Skills
2 621 (20.77%) Finance
3 296 (9.90%) Analytical Skills
4 288 (9.63%) Marketing
5 139 (4.65%) Legal
6 135 (4.52%) Retail
7 130 (4.35%) Inclusion and Diversity
8 100 (3.34%) Banking
9 78 (2.61%) Presentation Skills
10 73 (2.44%) Law
11 57 (1.91%) Manufacturing
12 56 (1.87%) Online Betting
13 55 (1.84%) Back Office
14 54 (1.81%) Influencing Skills
15 53 (1.77%) Advertising
15 53 (1.77%) Pharmaceutical
16 51 (1.71%) Organisational Skills
17 48 (1.61%) Telecoms
18 46 (1.54%) Electronics
19 44 (1.47%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 982 (32.84%) Developer
2 355 (11.87%) Software Engineer
3 246 (8.23%) Senior Developer
4 172 (5.75%) Senior Software Engineer
5 165 (5.52%) Analyst
6 150 (5.02%) Java Developer
7 90 (3.01%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 90 (3.01%) Programmer
8 89 (2.98%) Games Developer
9 88 (2.94%) Software Developer
10 85 (2.84%) Architect
11 82 (2.74%) Backend Developer
12 75 (2.51%) React Developer
13 68 (2.27%) Full Stack Developer
13 68 (2.27%) iOS Developer
13 68 (2.27%) PHP Developer
14 61 (2.04%) Games Engineer
15 55 (1.84%) Senior Java Developer
15 55 (1.84%) Senior Manager
16 51 (1.71%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 572 (19.13%) React
2 347 (11.61%) Node.js
3 344 (11.51%) REST
4 310 (10.37%) CSS
5 298 (9.97%) HTML
6 214 (7.16%) RESTful
7 210 (7.02%) GraphQL
8 179 (5.99%) Web Services
9 178 (5.95%) .NET
9 178 (5.95%) AngularJS
10 158 (5.28%) Spring
11 149 (4.98%) Kafka
12 138 (4.62%) Vue.js
13 123 (4.11%) Jest
14 121 (4.05%) Redux
15 116 (3.88%) RabbitMQ
16 104 (3.48%) Unity (Game Engine)
17 99 (3.31%) Spring Boot
18 87 (2.91%) WebSockets
19 85 (2.84%) React Native
Miscellaneous
1 368 (12.31%) User Experience
2 229 (7.66%) Social Media
3 204 (6.82%) Self-Motivation
3 204 (6.82%) Virtual Team
4 192 (6.42%) Mobile App
5 184 (6.15%) Online Games
6 176 (5.89%) Algorithms
7 154 (5.15%) Greenfield Project
8 87 (2.91%) Blog
9 85 (2.84%) Data Structures
10 77 (2.58%) Management Information System
11 76 (2.54%) Augmented Reality
12 72 (2.41%) Animation
13 69 (2.31%) Mobile Games
14 55 (1.84%) Legacy Code
15 52 (1.74%) Client/Server
16 48 (1.61%) Cloud Native
17 42 (1.40%) Social Gaming
18 34 (1.14%) Life Science
19 31 (1.04%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 234 (7.83%) Linux
2 197 (6.59%) Android
3 174 (5.82%) Apple iOS
4 106 (3.55%) Unix
5 93 (3.11%) Windows
6 18 (0.60%) Windows Server
7 11 (0.37%) Windows 10
8 10 (0.33%) Embedded Linux
9 9 (0.30%) Windows Server 2012
10 8 (0.27%) Mac OS
11 7 (0.23%) Windows Server 2019
12 6 (0.20%) Windows Server 2016
13 3 (0.10%) Ubuntu
13 3 (0.10%) Windows 7
13 3 (0.10%) Windows 8
14 2 (0.067%) AIX
14 2 (0.067%) CentOS
14 2 (0.067%) Solaris
14 2 (0.067%) Windows Server 2008
15 1 (0.033%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,016 (33.98%) Agile Software Development
2 698 (23.34%) Software Engineering
3 439 (14.68%) Computer Science
4 433 (14.48%) Problem-Solving
5 394 (13.18%) DevOps
6 386 (12.91%) Mentoring
7 357 (11.94%) Microservices
8 322 (10.77%) Full Stack Development
9 313 (10.47%) Test Automation
10 288 (9.63%) TDD
11 280 (9.36%) Analytics
12 263 (8.80%) Artificial Intelligence
12 263 (8.80%) Scrum
13 261 (8.73%) Continuous Integration
14 219 (7.32%) OO
15 217 (7.26%) Mathematics
16 203 (6.79%) Machine Learning
17 197 (6.59%) Front End Development
18 196 (6.56%) Data Science
19 192 (6.42%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 782 (26.15%) JavaScript
2 624 (20.87%) Python
3 511 (17.09%) Java
4 463 (15.48%) SQL
5 386 (12.91%) TypeScript
6 297 (9.93%) C#
7 255 (8.53%) C++
8 209 (6.99%) Go
9 161 (5.38%) PHP
10 135 (4.52%) C
11 109 (3.65%) ES6
12 90 (3.01%) Scala
13 87 (2.91%) Apple Swift
14 86 (2.88%) Kotlin
15 85 (2.84%) R
16 57 (1.91%) Bash Shell
17 49 (1.64%) Java 8
18 46 (1.54%) Ruby
19 43 (1.44%) PHP 7
19 43 (1.44%) VBA
Qualifications
1 565 (18.90%) Degree
2 216 (7.22%) Computer Science Degree
3 82 (2.74%) PhD
4 57 (1.91%) Master's Degree
5 41 (1.37%) AWS Certification
6 34 (1.14%) Security Cleared
7 21 (0.70%) SC Cleared
8 19 (0.64%) Cisco Certification
9 17 (0.57%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 15 (0.50%) CCAB
10 15 (0.50%) ISTQB
11 13 (0.43%) ISEB
12 11 (0.37%) CISSP
12 11 (0.37%) RIBA
13 10 (0.33%) Citrix Certification
13 10 (0.33%) DBS Check
14 9 (0.30%) CIMA
15 8 (0.27%) AAT
15 8 (0.27%) CCNP
15 8 (0.27%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 193 (6.45%) QA
2 82 (2.74%) Data Quality
3 72 (2.41%) GDPR
4 54 (1.81%) Accessibility
5 28 (0.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 24 (0.80%) SLA
7 17 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 12 (0.40%) BS25999
8 12 (0.40%) ISO 9001
9 10 (0.33%) GxP
9 10 (0.33%) PMO
9 10 (0.33%) WCAG
10 8 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials
10 8 (0.27%) PCI DSS
11 6 (0.20%) Actionable Recommendations
11 6 (0.20%) CDISC
12 2 (0.067%) ISO 20022
12 2 (0.067%) NIST
12 2 (0.067%) SOC 2
13 1 (0.033%) ISO 13485
System Software
1 541 (18.09%) Docker
2 28 (0.94%) Active Directory
3 15 (0.50%) VMware Infrastructure
4 12 (0.40%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 8 (0.27%) vSphere
6 7 (0.23%) Hyper-V
7 6 (0.20%) Firmware
8 5 (0.17%) XenApp
8 5 (0.17%) XenDesktop
9 4 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
9 4 (0.13%) VMware NSX
10 3 (0.10%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.067%) LXC
12 1 (0.033%) iptables
12 1 (0.033%) Terminal Services
12 1 (0.033%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 328 (10.97%) Kubernetes
2 301 (10.07%) Terraform
3 65 (2.17%) Ansible
4 35 (1.17%) Grafana
5 34 (1.14%) Prometheus
6 20 (0.67%) Opscode Chef
7 19 (0.64%) Istio
8 16 (0.54%) Puppet
9 15 (0.50%) Kibana
10 14 (0.47%) linkerd
11 12 (0.40%) SCCM
12 11 (0.37%) Mesos
13 10 (0.33%) logstash
13 10 (0.33%) ZABBIX
14 8 (0.27%) Graphite
15 7 (0.23%) Rancher
16 6 (0.20%) FortiGate
16 6 (0.20%) Nagios
16 6 (0.20%) Tivoli Storage Manager
17 5 (0.17%) Icinga
Vendors
1 257 (8.60%) Google
2 205 (6.86%) Microsoft
3 95 (3.18%) Oracle
4 87 (2.91%) SAP
5 65 (2.17%) Facebook
6 60 (2.01%) IBM
7 56 (1.87%) Adobe
8 51 (1.71%) YouTube
9 49 (1.64%) Instagram
10 46 (1.54%) Splunk
11 34 (1.14%) Apple
12 29 (0.97%) Atlassian
13 23 (0.77%) Intel
13 23 (0.77%) Xilinx
14 21 (0.70%) Cisco
14 21 (0.70%) OpenAI
15 19 (0.64%) Citrix
15 19 (0.64%) MuleSoft
16 18 (0.60%) TOWER Software
16 18 (0.60%) VMware