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97% of UK games vacancies are based in offices despite pandemic

Vast majority of UK developers and publishers confident of return to normal working conditions in the near future

Almost all jobs currently advertised across the UK games industry are for positions based in offices, studios and other shared premises -- despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The revelation comes from the first monthly report by Games Jobs Live, which monitors and analyses vacant positions advertised directly on employers' websites.

The report found that 97% of the 1,793 roles that companies are currently hiring for will be primarily based in offices.

Most games businesses have switched to their staff working remotely in the past year, or adopting a hybrid approach with limited days in the office. It's likely roles advertised as office-based will begin as remote or hybrid while lockdown restrictions remain in place.

The UK government has said it hopes to lift all restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by June 21 at the earliest.

The report indicates that most UK developers and publishers are preparing for that eventuality.

Elsewhere, the report found that more than half the roles advertised -- 56%, to be exact -- are based in London and the South East.

25 of the 2,284 companies monitored have 20 or more vacancies available. The three with the most open roles are Sumo Digital, Playground Games and Ubisoft.

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James Batchelor is Editor-in-Chief at GamesIndustry.biz. He is based in Essex and has been a B2B games journalist since 2006