For the most recently survey results - view the 2021 report here
A word from Giles Fenwick - Associate Director Games and Interactive
Welcome to our 6th annual Games and Interactive Salary and Satisfaction Survey results!
The biggest trend in this year’s survey shows that ‘work/life balance’ has risen to be, almost exclusively, the most important factor for people in their jobs, from Juniors to Leads and across the globe. ‘Work/life balance’ replaces both ‘Salary’ and ‘Exciting Projects’ from the top spots in 2019.
We’ve also dug a bit deeper this year, splitting the data out between Eastern and Western Europe, which gives us much more accurate averages across the two regions.
As ever, there is far too much juicy data to get in this report alone so we’ll be doing a monthly ‘Skillsearch Games Industry Guide To…’ blog which will focus on a particular area or topic. You can sign up to receive these HERE!
Finally, we’d really appreciate your thoughts and feedback so please let us know what you think!
UK Games and Interactive Salary and Satisfaction Overview
- The average UK salary has seen some growth since 2018/19, rising a little under £1k
- The number of people working in games who are considering a job move this year has stayed the same around 72%
- Flexible working in the UK for those working in games has risen slightly from 73% to 78%
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Western Europe Games and Interactive Salary and Satisfaction Overview
- The number of people working within the games industry in Western Europe, actively job hunting in 2020 has dropped 2% since last year
- Salary is no longer one of the top three most important aspects of work in Western Europe
- Germany continues to be the highest paying country in Europe
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Eastern Europe Games and Interactive Salary and Satisfaction Overview
A new section for 2020, breaking out Eastern Europe as it's own section. This allows for much more accurate averages across the two regions, as salaries vary quite dramatically between these neighboring regions.
- Turkey appears to be the best-paid country within this group, almost double the lowest Ukraine
- 90% of people working in games and living in Eastern Europe will be job hunting in 2020
Unfortunately, the numbers of people living in Eastern Europe were lower than all other areas so we have only done an overview. If you would like a further breakdown on any of the countries within Eastern Europe please get in touch, we're happy to help answer your questions!
Global Games and Interactive Salary and Satisfaction Overview
- Globally the average salary in the Games and Interactive Industry has risen £3k
- The United States is by far the best-paid continent if you work in Games and Interactive, their average senior salary over double the UK
- Globally Flexible working across the games and interactive industry has risen 4%
- Whilst the number of people working remotely has dropped 7%
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Programmers Games and Interactive Salary and Satisfaction Overview
- Programmers using In House engines continue to be best paid in the Games and Interactive Industries
- There's been a big leap in the average salaries for Programmers, jumping from £39k last year to £43k in 2019/20
- The USA is the best place for Programmers looking to earn the biggest salaries
- If you're a Programmer in Games and Interactive download the full report to see how your salary, benefits, and more compares
Artists Games and Interactive Salary and Satisfaction Overview
- Artists have also seen a nice rise in their average from £37k to £39
- Technical Artists can demand the highest salaries across the sector
- Fewer artists will be actively looking for a new roll in 2020 - 90% last year down to 84% in 2020
- If you're an Artist in Games and Interactive download the full report to see how your salary, benefits, and more compares
If you have any burning questions or would like to know more about a specific area, piece of data, or sample size please get in touch, we're happy to help answer your questions!
Want to compare this year's data with 2019 take a look at last year's Games and Interactive Salary and Satisfaction Survey here.