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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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Latest comments (2)

Bonnie Patterson Narrative Designer, Writer 28 days ago
Kind of sad to see this. There are a lot of roles that don't need to be in the office, and even when the pandemic is in the rear-view mirror, your wages are worth more, and you get more of your own time when you work from home. (Unless you live in the same town/village as your studio, the standard commute is two hours).

And the reduction in vehicle pollution at the moment is palpable. We all make a lot of jokes about not showering in lockdown; I still shower but I've found I don't need to wash my great mass of COVID hair every two days like I used to. With the cars gone, it takes my hair weeks to get greasy and lank.

I honestly think that there are more bosses who feel they need physical oversight over their employees than there are employees who actually need to be watched - everyone I know who is working from home is doing just that - working. The reduced amount of interruption is priceless, and the remote work had meant that we can pick up people from all over the world just because they happen to be bloody good.

I really hope studio bosses will stop and have a think about remote working and how we can use it, rather than just mindlessly defaulting back to the way things used to be. It's not always a good thing for your boss to be able to come over to your desk at any time. We love you, boss-people, but please let us shut up and work sometimes. <3
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Bonnie Patterson Narrative Designer, Writer 28 days ago
Kind of sad to see this. There are a lot of roles that don't need to be in the office, and even when the pandemic is in the rear-view mirror, your wages are worth more, and you get more of your own time when you work from home. (Unless you live in the same town/village as your studio, the standard commute is two hours).

And the reduction in vehicle pollution at the moment is palpable. We all make a lot of jokes about not showering in lockdown; I still shower but I've found I don't need to wash my great mass of COVID hair every two days like I used to. With the cars gone, it takes my hair weeks to get greasy and lank.

I honestly think that there are more bosses who feel they need physical oversight over their employees than there are employees who actually need to be watched - everyone I know who is working from home is doing just that - working. The reduced amount of interruption is priceless, and the remote work had meant that we can pick up people from all over the world just because they happen to be bloody good.

I really hope studio bosses will stop and have a think about remote working and how we can use it, rather than just mindlessly defaulting back to the way things used to be. It's not always a good thing for your boss to be able to come over to your desk at any time. We love you, boss-people, but please let us shut up and work sometimes. <3
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