Game programmers still in high demand – IT experts and game artists catching up

Game Programmers, IT Specialists and Game Artists Most Sought After Professionals – As the German games industry remains on a growth path and continues to create new jobs, the most highly sought-after professionals are game programmers, IT specialists and game artists. More than half of all vacancies are attributable to these three occupational fields, according to recent analysis by Games-Career Germany’s leading specialized game industry job exchange. Even if the figures are not representative of the overall market, they nevertheless offer some previously unpublished insight into the job market in the game sector. In addition to current job openings, Games-Career.com provides a comprehensive overview of academic programs at universities and private educational institutions. Games-Career.com is operated by Hamburg-based agency Quinke Networks.

The following figures refer to jobs posted on Games-Career.com between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015. These listings are compared with job offers from the equivalent period in 2013 and 2014:

During the specified period, 125 companies advertised a total of 1,772 open positions — a clear indication that the industry is continuing to create jobs. However, the actual, and presumably higher, number of new jobs in the industry cannot be inferred from this figure, as one job posting may relate to several identical vacancies. Likewise, personnel replacement in existing jobs due to natural fluctuation is not recorded, and not every enterprise in the industry publishes open positions on Games-Career.com. 69 percent of the jobs were advertised by developers and publishers, 31 percent by industry-related service providers. In the same period of 2013 and 2014, service providers still represented a proportion of 55 percent, which also partly explains the decline in total job offers, down from previously 2,079. While jobs listed by foreign-based companies are included in the stated figure, they accounted for a share of less than 5 percent.

Game programmers still in high demand – IT experts and game artists catching up

Among the occupational categories listed on Games-Career.com, game programmers continue to be the most sought-after. The strongest gains were recorded in the field of IT. Specializations here include back-end and tool developers, data analysts, administrators and others. Increased demand was also seen for game artists. In contrast, the game designer group (including level designers) showed losses.

Rank Occupational category Proportion of job offers
(1) Game programming 20% (29%)
(8) IT services 17% ( 4%)
(2) Game art 15% (13%)
(4) Marketing 8% ( 8%)
(5) Product management 8% ( 7%)
(3) Game design 7% (11%)
(8) Community management 6% ( 4%)
(7) Testing / QA 5% ( 6%)
(5) Business development 4% ( 7%)
(10) Controlling 3% ( 2%)
Other 7% ( 9%)

Rounded figures. Percentages recorded for the same period of 2013 / 2014 are shown in parentheses.

The industry continues to rely on full-time jobs – Full-time employment is the rule in the games industry. 91 percent of all advertised jobs were full-time positions with social security coverage, up from 88 percent in the equivalent prior-year period.

Hamburg has the most jobs, North Rhine-Westphalia the most job seekers – Up north is where career opportunities abound. 64 percent of all job offers on Games-Career.com were placed by companies based in the Hamburg region, followed by Bavaria (10 percent) and Berlin (8 percent). In the equivalent period of the previous year, Berlin was still ahead of Bavaria. As expected, most Games-Career.com users are from the federal state with the largest population, North Rhine-Westphalia (23 percent), followed by Hamburg (14 percent), Bavaria (13 percent) and Berlin (12 percent). In relation to the country’s population distribution, interest in game industry jobs in Hamburg and Berlin is clearly above-average, given that the city states represent only 2 percent (Hamburg) and 4 percent (Berlin) of Germany’s total population.

Interest in Games-Career.com continues to grow – Interest in Games-Career.com and in game industry jobs remains on the rise. In the period examined, the portal recorded an average of approximately 55,000 visits per month. As Germany’s premier resource for game industry jobs, Games-Career.com also provides a comprehensive overview of academic programs offered by universities and private educational institutions (www.games-career.com/Education/).

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