Now in it's 4th year, our survey shows how your salary, working hours and work life balance compares to other people in the gaming industry.
Firstly on behalf of ourselves at Skillsearch and our friends at Special Effect we would like to say a massive thank you to everybody that took part in the third edition of our Games Brains of Brighton Quiz.
It’s that time of year when once again the games industry descends on Brighton.
Are we dismissing remote work out of hand without really weighing up the positives and the negatives? Or is this genuinely an inconceivable option for the vast majority of studios?
If you don't ask yourself this question on a fairly regular basis, chances are it's a lot.
Back by popular demand, Skillsearch is proud to announce that the third annual Games Brains of Brighton Quiz 2017 is here... And it's bigger than ever.
Say hello to our mischievous little mascot… who we’d like YOU to name! We’re very excited to be introducing you to the newest and youngest member of our Skillsearch family. So excited, in fact, that we have decided to award the winner of our mascot-naming competition a £25 amazon gift voucher! Fang? Cuddles? Edna? The fate of […] The post Name Our Mascot to Win a £25 Amazon Voucher! appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
MORE games, MORE talks, BIGGER awards and MASSIVE fun is just around the corner – and so too is PLAY@DEVELOP, a charity fundraiser for Special Effect. Expect games, drinks, a raffle and loads of free merchandise, goodies and swag from a HUGE variety of twelve lovely UK based studios that are supporting the event!Please Note: You must register for this event (via Eventbrite) using […] The post Play@Develop 2017 appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
How to manage a busy Games Conference season. This article is intended to give a bit more insight on how we decide what conferences we are going to attend over what always proves to be a busy event season. But I’m also really interested to see how other people prioritise where they go. Like most […] The post Which conference do I attend? appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
In spite of the political upheaval that dominated headlines in 2016, the games industry enjoyed a record year of profits, which can only be good news for studios nationwide moving forward. It’s official – the UK consumer games market is in excellent health with all-new sales records set last year according to UK games trade […] The post Goods News All – The UK Games Biz is Booming! appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
Are you working more hours than most? Is Brexit affecting the UK industry? Are VR and AR living up to the hype? Click below to see our full results and have all of your questions answered! Please find an interactive contents section on page 4 to easily navigate your way around The post Salary & Satisfaction Survey 2017 appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
The Skillsearch survey is back! Each year we aim to help everyone in games & interactive find out what keeps them and the people around them happy in their jobs. We’ve had great success each year but for 2017 we hope to get even more people involved so we can really look into job areas and demographics, to see […] The post Salary & Satisfaction Survey is open! appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
With 30 years dedicated to innovating in the virtual, augmented and mixed reality fields, Professor Robert Stone offers his views about the tech’s reemergence – and the threats it faces from the corporate sector. While mainstream interest in the technology has only resurfaced in recent times, Bob Stone has been working in the VR, AR […] The post The Grandfather of UK VR: “The Same Mistakes Are Being Made All Over Again” appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
After the success of last year’s quiz, Skillsearch is happy to announce that the Games Brains of Brighton Quiz 2016 is now up, running and accepting contending teams. We are inviting all of you games studios to take part in a night of fun in the form of a five round computer games quiz, […] The post The Games Brains Quiz 2016 appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
Skillsearch speaks with the studio behind the classic Total War series and survival horror Alien: Isolation to get their valuable insight into what it takes to qualify for their innovative graduate scheme. Graduate schemes have something of a ‘patchy’ reputation in the industry. For instance, critics argue that game degree courses are not current or […] The post Graduate Scheme Insights: Creative Assembly appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
For the past few years we at Skillsearch have been regular speakers at various universities around the UK which offer degrees in Computer Science, and other games industry related academia. Predictably we often find that attendees are particularly interested in the ‘CV writing’ section of the talk – everybody knows the importance of having a […] The post Writing the Ideal CV for the Games Industry appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
In 2020, augmented and virtual reality revenues will soar to $162 billion; that’s the forecast from analysts peering into their crystal balls at IDC who believe the sector will experience a growth rate over 180% between 2015 and 2020. Combined with the huge surge in developer interest in VR we’ve experienced here at Skillsearch, it […] The post VR & AR: Predictions Point to a Market Worth Tens of Billions By 2020 appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
Play@Develop 2016 Firstly a massive thank you to all of you who made it down and got involved on the day! We would like to offer our huge thanks and gratitude to the awesome Creative Assembly, who sponsored the event with loads of free drinks tokens, swag, prizes and provided the hugely successful Showdown arcade […] The post Play@Develop Photos! appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
Over the past few months, Workday has continued to add new functionality to its products while consolidating its business operations; Skillsearch’s Workday specialist Adam Leaver examines what the recent developments mean for contractors working within the Goliath’s ecosystem. It was news that Workday partner Cornerstone probably didn’t want to hear even though it would have […] The post Workday: Sticking to its Game Plan appeared first on Skillsearch Technology.
As the dust settles on this year’s show, we take a look at some of the games and trends that caught our eye – and the ramifications they could have for the recruitment sector. Another year, another E3 and while there were grumblings about the show’s relevance in an increasingly digital age – and complaints […] The post E3 2016: Skillsearch’s Top 7 Show Highlights appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
You are invited to Play@Develop, a charity fundraiser which we’re running for Special Effect on July 13th around Develop – Europe’s leading game development conference! We have teamed up with Creative Assembly for our fourth instalment of this annual event, and it’s going to be bigger than ever this year with: A huge beach-side venue […] The post Play@Develop 2016 Charity Event appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
Unite is the worldwide conference held by Unity for developers, engineers and everyone else who has a passion games development. Started in 2007 in San Francisco, the event has been rapidly growing with more amazing locations added every year across the globe. The hosts for 2016 range from Tokyo to São Paulo to […] The post We’re at Unite Europe 2016 appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
On the 13th May Skillsearch’s Richard Fisher and Guy DeRosa attended the VRX Expo – a gathering of some of the leading edge technology firms helping to drive momentum in the Virtual Reality Universe. On the back of this event and other VR events we have attended we’ve been able to make a […] The post Skillsearch visits VRX Expo 2016 appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
VR is set to dominate over the coming months – but is this a platform worth developing for now, or should devs wait to see how the tech beds in first before committing valuable time and resources? Recruitment agencies may hold the answer. The hype currently swirling round VR is steadily increasing, fuelled […] The post VR Development: Leap In Now Or Wait? appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
Skillsearch Gaming & Interactive have been nominated in the recruiter category for the Develop Awards 2016! We’re very proud to be acknowledged in the top 7 gaming recruitment companies especially as the awards are hosted in Brighton – our home town! Brighton is a city that is full of creativity which makes it […] The post We’ve been nominated! Develop Awards 2016 appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
Skillsearch Games & Interactive Recruitment are pleased to announce that we will be buying drinks for all who attend the VR World Congress after party tomorrow (April 12th) in Bristol! The daytime event is packed with excellent content in the expo hall where you will be able to demo all the latest in Virtual […] The post The Drinks are on Us! VR World Congress 2016 appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
Warren Robinett – a programmer at Atari – introduced the first widely known Easter egg in the Atari title ‘Adventure’ in 1979. He planted a message in a hidden room crediting himself for the game’s creation. It went unnoticed and was only found after the game was published. By this point it would have caused too many issues to remove so […] The post Our five favourite Easter eggs in games! appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
Easter’s almost here! To celebrate we’ve hidden Choccy The Golden Rabbit somewhere on our website. The first person to find Choccy will win a £50 Amazon voucher! We’ve also hidden 9 Easter Eggs as well, each egg found will give you an entry into a prize draw to win a £20 Amazon voucher! […] The post Where’s Choccy? Find him to win Amazon vouchers! appeared first on Skillsearch Technology.
How are salaries changing? What is the main reason to look for a new job? Why do people turn down offers? Last year Skillsearch conducted a survey to look at how people in the gaming industry feel about their jobs and salaries. Now we are BACK and, with even more responses, can compare people across the industry […] The post Skillsearch Gaming’s Salary & Satisfaction Survey is back! appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
As 2016 sets in the internet is inevitably littered with articles speculating on the ‘disruptive trends’ we will be in awe of at some stage of the year. For any of you battle hardened tech-heads this can be taken with a large ladle of salt, as there’s nothing ‘disruptive’ about technology concepts and prototypes […] The post 6 Trends You Will Suddenly Appreciate in 2016! appeared first on Skillsearch Digital.
The Skillsearch team did a fantastic job and were a real pleasure to work with. Their in-depth knowledge of the employers they work with, their recruiting processes and key staff was a real boon in both finding the right position and the subsequent application. Having worked with Skillsearch both as an employer and as a candidate I would thoroughly recommend them as being among the best in the industry.Dan Borthwick, Mobile Technical lead | King
Katie is a great recruiter to work with. She is very efficient at replying and dealing to any form of communication I sent and the wider Skillsearch team are also always very supportive. I look forward to working with you againLuke Zammit, Unity Developer | Future Games of London
The folks at Skillsearch are all you could ask for in a recruitment agency: polite, enthusiastic and thorough. Working with Giles, Guy and Katie has been a real pleasure and I would definitely turn to Skillsearch to help me in the future, as either an employer or candidate. Thanks!Antony Woods, Software Development Engineer | Simworx
Giles and the team recently helped me find the perfect role in central Brighton. Whilst working with him I was highly impressed with his knowledge of the industry, diligence and professionalism. A cut above many other recruiters I've worked with; every step of the way he showed an impeccable understanding of my skills and requirements and was able to leverage his contacts to find the perfect match in no time at all. I won't hesitate to recommend Skillsearch to my friends and colleagues in the future.Pete Gunter, Senior Developer | Mediatonic
Giles and the Skillsearch team are unbelievably helpful and accommodating, even in the face of last minute requests and difficult-to-fill roles. Highly recommended.Tom Page, Studio Director | PLA Studios
I think it's not an understatement to say, I would still be looking for new opportunities without Skillsearch’s help and determination. Their relentless pursuit of my interests with employers never kept me far from their attentions. This led to the lining up of several interviews within days of making contact with Skillsearch. Not only were they quick in finding interviews, but the suitability was spot on. They matched both mine and my employers requirements so well that after my first interview I landed a role. I'd barely made it to the train station on my way home as I was receiving an excited call giving me the good news. The friendliness and the genuine care they had for my success was unmatched from other recruiters I had tried. I can't recommend Skillsearch enough!Adrian Walton, Senior Game Designer | DR Studios
I have been working with Skillsearch for 12 months after engaging them as an agency that promised to deliver Oracle Subject Matter Experts. I have been impressed by their industry knowledge and their ability to consistently deliver solid shortlists of candidates, often in a matter of hours, allowing me to cherry pick the best in the market. I look forward to our ongoing relationship developing and I would definitely recommend their niche recruitment service to others.Oracle Programme Manager
Skillsearch has been a great help in finding and securing my position at GTI. They were brilliant for advice and that meant the whole application and interview process went very smoothly for me, and ultimately ended with me getting the job.Toby New, Developer | GTI
Giles and the Sillsearch team exceptional recruiters, on multiple occasions he has delivered more potential hires (high quality relevant candidates) to interview than any other tech agency I have worked with. I especially appreciate his capacity to understand our need, and adjust as the process moves forward, with minimal need for how intervention.Gil Teixeira, Head of Production | Arkavis Siam Co. | Bangkok, Thailand
I met Giles and Guy at Develop and in the months since the event, Skillsearch has visited the campus on two occasions and worked with our students collectively and individually on improving their CVs and what goes into making a good portfolio. Our students respond well to their positive energy and encouragement, and their passion for games development. Giles and Guy are mad for Unity and because of them, I have encouraged all our games students to become proficient on the engine, and pushed the business case for the university purchasing 20UnityPro licenses. And, best of all, Giles and Guy do what it says on the tin – find our students jobs in games.Hope Caton, Lecturer, Games Technology Leader | inKUbator