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Aon Hewitt and TIGA survey shows three per cent rise in salaries for UK games software developers

Publish Date: Monday 21st January 2013

Aon Hewitt, the global human resources solutions business of Aon plc (NYSE:AON), has today released key findings from its 2012/2013 Games Software Developers’ Salary Survey, carried out in association with TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games industry.

The survey, now in its fourth year, is the only comprehensive salary survey carried out annually for the UK games software development industry, with input from developers (both independent and publisher owned), and covering over 14% of the software developer UK workforce.

The survey offers insight into current pay levels from graduates up to senior managers, typical organisational structures and evolving workforce demographics.

Steve Munday, senior reward consultant at Aon Hewitt said:
"As an established, comprehensive and now well trusted source of market data, this survey has again provided a detailed picture of the games software industry in terms of pay, benefits and employee demographics. For employees covered by the survey and who remained in the same job between 2011 and 2012, median pay increases remain unchanged from the previous three years, at 3.0% - which is on a par with general industry in the UK (3.2%, as reported in Aon Hewitt's UK Salary Increases Survey). Encouragingly, less than one in 10 employees in the sector had a pay freeze in 2012, compared to one in five in 2011. The demographic aspects of the survey also highlighted the increasing number of women joining what has been regarded as a male dominated sector.

Steve Munday continued:
"While the Aon Hewitt and TIGA survey shows that this sector remains predominantly male (91%), over the period 2009 to 2012 the survey has seen an overall increase in the proportion of women, moving from 7% in 2009 to 9% in 2012. However, unlike many sectors, despite the low proportion of female employees, the survey results again suggest that the median base salary of male and female employees at equivalent levels, are only very marginally different (less than 0.5%), while target bonuses as a percentage of salary show no difference between genders."

Dr Richard Wilson, chief executive officer of TIGA said:
"In what are generally difficult times economically, there is good news in our annual survey. Pay is up for most development staff, graduate salaries are rising and pay freezes are down. With TIGA's Games Tax Relief coming into effect in April 2013 the UK games industry is set for growth in a period when many other sectors are struggling. This is a great time to join the video games sector."

Other key findings from the survey include:

  • Base salary increases of 3% over the last 12 months remain the same as those seen in the previous three years and on a par with UK general industry (3.2%) in the same period (Aon Hewitt's Salary Increase Survey 2012).
  • Median graduate base salaries are up 7.4% on 2011, almost double the rate between 2010 and 2011.
  • Across most participating organisations, 7.0% of the survey population had a pay freeze in 2012. compared with 19.8% in 2011 and 13.0% in 2010.
  • Voluntary employee turnover in 2012 was down on 2011 at 13.5%, while attrition was up on 2011 at around 7.2%.
  • 9% of the survey workforce is female, the same as 2011 and up on 2010 and 2009.
  • Over 50% of the survey population has less than five years of service.90% of participating organisations offer employees a Defined Contribution pension.
  • All participants offer some form of private medical insurance.

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Notes to editors:

About the survey

For the survey, salary information is provided for the key functions of art, audio, design, production, quality assurance and technical development/programming. There are 11 survey levels from ‘entry level’ to 'graduates' and all the way up to ‘function heads’. These levels are underpinned by Aon Hewitt’s proprietary job evaluation methodology JobLinkTM*. The survey also provides detailed information on bonuses, cash allowances, employee benefits, annual pay increases and employee turnover, as well as organisational structure and employee demographics including gender, age and length of service.For the first time, market information is also provided on:business support functions such as Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology as well as the traditional specialist functions such as Design and Technical Development / Programming. and by career path, specifically Support, Professional, Management and Executive.

To purchase a copy of the Aon Hewitt Games Software Developers’ Salary Survey and/or participate in the next survey please contact steve.munday@aonhewitt.com.*The survey levels developed from Aon Hewitt's job evaluation system provide organisations with an invaluable benchmarking tool when assessing their employees' roles

About TIGA:

TIGA is the trade association representing the UK’s games industry. The majority of our members are either independent games developers or in-house publisher owned developers. We also have games publishers, outsourcing companies, technology businesses and universities amongst our membership. Since 2010, TIGA has won 14 business awards and has been nominated a finalist for 16 other awards.

TIGA's vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business. We focus on three sets of activities: political representation, generating media coverage and developing services that enhance the competitiveness of our members. This means that TIGA members are effectively represented in the corridors of power, their voice is heard in the media and they receive benefits that make a material difference to their businesses, including a reduction in costs and improved commercial opportunities.

For further information, please contact Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO on: 07875 939 643, or email: richard.wilson@tiga.org.

Notes to Editors

About Aon Hewitt
Aon Hewitt is the global leader in human resource solutions. The company partners with organisations to solve their most complex benefits, talent and related financial challenges, and improve business performance. Aon Hewitt designs, implements, communicates and administers a wide range of human capital, retirement, investment management, health care, compensation and talent management strategies. With more than 29,000 professionals in 90 countries, Aon Hewitt makes the world a better place to work for clients and their employees. For more information on Aon Hewitt, please visit www.aonhewitt.com.

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About Aon
Aon plc (NYSE: AON) is the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. Through its more than 61,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites to empower results for clients in over 120 countries via innovative and effective risk and people solutions and through industry-leading global resources and technical expertise. Aon has been named repeatedly as the world's best broker, best insurance intermediary, reinsurance intermediary, captives manager and best employee benefits consulting firm by multiple industry sources. Visit www.aon.com for more information on Aon and www.aon.com/manchesterunited to learn about Aon's global partnership and shirt sponsorship with Manchester United.

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