GENDER PAY GAP OF £11,000+ IN GAMES – NEW RESEARCH

The 2024 Skillsearch Salary & Satisfaction Survey has revealed that there is an average global gender pay gap of over £11,000 in the games industry.

The survey of 2,683 games industry professionals around the world also asked questions on salary transparency, job hunting expectations, most valued aspects of work, most wanted benefits, the four-day working week, the cost of living crisis, industry redundancies, conditions, education and recruitment processes.

Key findings include:

  • The average UK salary has increased by approximately £4,000 from 2023, an increase only half the size of the jump from 2022 to 2023.
  • 21% of respondents have been made redundant in the last 12 months, with 24% considering leaving the industry in the wake of the redundancies.
  • 78% of respondents would actively seek out a studio offering a four-day work week.
  • 47% disclosed that they are considering looking for a new job to find a studio offering better employee support due to the cost-of-living crisis, with 48% saying they are financially worse off than this time last year.
  • There is an average global gender pay gap of over £11,000.

Skillsearch explained: “Our data analysis uncovered many noteworthy data points, some of which we see repeated year on year, and some of which uncover questions which are essential to consider moving our industry forward. With strong opinions continuing to emerge regarding the cost-of-living crisis and studios’ approach to the four-day work week, should studios consider new approaches to keep their staff happy? If studios fail to keep up with what workers want, they risk losing out on talent to studios with better schemes and support in place. Though with studios listing budget cuts and lack of profits as the top reasons for redundancies, retaining talented staff may be an even bigger struggle in the coming year.”

Other key highlights include:

  • 93% of respondents expect to work one or more days remotely per week in 2024.
  • 70% of respondents will be or are considering job hunting in 2024, a rise of 26% from 2023.
  • Work/life balance is consistently cited as one of the most important aspects of work.
  • Financial remuneration is regularly cited as the top reason respondents are considering looking for a new job, with concerns about the future of their company reaching the top three for the first time.

Women in Games CEO Marie-Claire Isaaman said: “As ever, the Skillsearch Salary & Satisfaction Survey throws up some interesting data about the situation facing games industry professionals, as well as their thoughts on their careers and worklife.

“What is concerning from our perspective here at Women in Games is the gender pay gap that we’re seeing in the industry, according to this research. It is another clear indication that our role remains vital in fighting for a fair playing field for women working in the industry.”

To view the full report, click here – https://www.skillsearch.com/assets/2024_games_survey_report.pdf

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