Number of UK esports jobs on the rise, Hitmarker data reveals

Number of UK esports jobs on the rise, Hitmarker data reveals

Dominic Sacco
4 min read | 15 Jul 2019

The number of esports jobs in the UK posted on jobs board website Hitmarker has risen by 163% year-on-year.

New data from Hitmarker shared with the British Esports Association shows that the number of UK esports jobs posted in the first half of 2018 was 191. In the same time period this year, it stood at 311.

Around 95% of those jobs were based in England, and more than 80% of the jobs were full-time roles.

Note that this data only shows the jobs posted on Hitmarker, so the actual numbers will likely be higher.

You can see more detailed breakdowns, in terms of top hiring companies, cities and other data, in the tables kindly shared by Hitmarker below:


UK data





While the data above shows that the number of esports jobs in the UK has risen year-on-year, given the rise of jobs in the US and other areas of the world, the UK actually represents a slightly smaller chunk (-0.57%) of the global picture now than it did in Q1/Q2 of 2018.

Additionally, the share of jobs located in the UK compared to the rest of the world fell almost 4% year-on-year.


Top 5 global takeaways from the data

Esports job growth reaches 185.74%

The number of opportunities advertised in esports globally rose from 2,497 to 4,638 from the first six months of 2018 to the first six months of 2019. This represents a 185.74% growth in global hiring activity.

The number and proportion of paid listings rise together

The number of paid opportunities in esports increased from 1,912 to 4,028 in the same timeframe, a growth of 210.67%. Paid opportunities also saw a proportional increase of 10.21%, climbing from 76.64% to 86.85% of the overall total.

The USA now plays host to over half of all esports jobs

The number of careers emanating from the United States of America rose from 1,147 (45.95%) in the first half of 2018 to 2,586 (55.76%) in the first half of 2019.

California STILL dominates the US job market

The Golden State sits pretty with a 61.10% share of all US-based jobs, down slightly from 63.81% last year (2.71%). Washington is in second with just 7.66% of the share (down
0.99% on 2018), with New York in third with 5.92% (down 1.43% on 2018).

25-34 year olds now make up just over half of all esports job seekers

The industry seems to be maturing in respect to hiring, as the percentage of 25-34 year old job seekers rose from 44.52% to 52.45% to overtake the 18-24 age bracket (36.77%) as the most heavily represented one. MD Rich Huggan said: “ It’s incredibly exciting to see so many jobs opening up in esports globally, giving more and more people the opportunity to turn their passion into a career. We’re grateful to be able to play our part in this by providing job seekers with a definitive list of esports jobs, and employers with talented staff. The numbers in our infographic show incredible growth in 12 short months, though there is still work to be done in addressing the gender-split of job seekers and in seeing the number of unpaid roles continue to decrease. will strive to be at the helm of this change as we aim to professionalize the hiring space in both esports and gaming.”


See the full infographic

You can view the infographic in full here:


Thanks to Hitmarker for sharing this data


Image source: Female Legends



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