56% of the UK games industry work more than 41 hours a week

It’s official. The UK games industry is full of workaholics.

According to MCV’s annual Salary Survey, the majority of British games professionals work over 41 hours a week (56 per cent of those we surveyed).

That’s above the national average of 39.2 hours a week – a figure that is already one of the highest in Europe (Office of National Statistics).

But the extra work is paying off. On average, UK games industry workers earned 29,000 during 2014. That’s a decline of 1,500 on last year’s results, but still higher than the national UK average of 27,200.

Men earned 30,000 a year on average, while female pay was 24,250.

This was primarily down to more men being in higher paid roles, and further highlights the lack of diversity at senior and boardroom level.

MCV conducted the Salary Survey alongside our sister title Develop, and spoke to over 850 industry execs to gather these results.

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