The first table below looks at the demand for Microsoft Blend skills in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Blend over the 3 months to 23 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Development Applications category for the City of London region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Blend for Visual Studio (formerly Microsoft Expression Blend)
Rank 198 199 211
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +12
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend 10 2 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.16% 0.031% 0.16%
As % of the Development Applications category 1.18% 0.25% 1.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 2 10
Average daily rate £525 £475 £563
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.52% -15.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £435 £513
10% offered a daily rate of more than £533 £515 £578
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £290 £308
% change year-on-year
+46.55% -5.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £32.00
Development Applications Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
851 793 671
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 13.19% 12.46% 8.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 654 625 479
Average daily rate £425 £415 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% -7.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £307 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £330 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 6
Average hourly rate £47.50 £56.25 £37.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.55% +52.02%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £37.80 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+3.17% +8.00%
Microsoft Blend
London

Microsoft Blend
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Blend across the City of London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Development Applications category.

Microsoft Blend Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

Microsoft Blend
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend across the City of London region.

Microsoft Blend Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

Microsoft Blend
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Blend across the City of London region.

Microsoft Blend Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

Microsoft Blend
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing Microsoft Blend also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft Blend.

1 10 (90.91%) WPF
2 9 (81.82%) Silverlight
2 9 (81.82%) XAML
3 5 (45.45%) Adobe Illustrator
3 5 (45.45%) Finance
3 5 (45.45%) Photoshop
4 4 (36.36%) Microsoft
4 4 (36.36%) Banking
4 4 (36.36%) Infragistics
5 3 (27.27%) CSS3
5 3 (27.27%) MVVM
5 3 (27.27%) Balsamiq Mockups
5 3 (27.27%) CSS
5 3 (27.27%) C#
6 2 (18.18%) Visual Studio
6 2 (18.18%) Java
6 2 (18.18%) Windows
6 2 (18.18%) MS Excel
6 2 (18.18%) Investment Banking
6 2 (18.18%) JSON
6 2 (18.18%) Degree
6 2 (18.18%) WinRT
6 2 (18.18%) REST
6 2 (18.18%) Mobile App
6 2 (18.18%) Windows Phone
7 1 (9.09%) Mobile Application Development
7 1 (9.09%) HTML5
7 1 (9.09%) Windows Phone 8
7 1 (9.09%) Graphic Design
7 1 (9.09%) Animation

Microsoft Blend
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing Microsoft Blend also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft Blend. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 5 (45.45%) Adobe Illustrator
1 5 (45.45%) Photoshop
2 2 (18.18%) MS Excel
3 1 (9.09%) OmniGraffle
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (9.09%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (27.27%) Balsamiq Mockups
2 2 (18.18%) Visual Studio
3 1 (9.09%) Axure RP
General
1 5 (45.45%) Finance
2 4 (36.36%) Banking
3 2 (18.18%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 8 (72.73%) Designer
2 6 (54.55%) UI Designer
3 4 (36.36%) Interface Designer
4 3 (27.27%) Developer
5 2 (18.18%) User Experience Designer
6 1 (9.09%) WPF Developer
6 1 (9.09%) UI Programmer
6 1 (9.09%) Silverlight Developer
6 1 (9.09%) Senior Silverlight Developer
6 1 (9.09%) UI Developer
6 1 (9.09%) Senior Developer
6 1 (9.09%) C# Developer
6 1 (9.09%) Senior C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (90.91%) WPF
2 9 (81.82%) Silverlight
3 3 (27.27%) CSS3
3 3 (27.27%) CSS
4 2 (18.18%) JSON
4 2 (18.18%) WinRT
4 2 (18.18%) REST
5 1 (9.09%) HTML5
5 1 (9.09%) jQuery
5 1 (9.09%) XNA
5 1 (9.09%) XML
5 1 (9.09%) .NET
5 1 (9.09%) ASP.NET
5 1 (9.09%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (18.18%) Mobile App
2 1 (9.09%) Graphic Design
2 1 (9.09%) Animation
2 1 (9.09%) Mathematics
2 1 (9.09%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 2 (18.18%) Windows
1 2 (18.18%) Windows Phone
2 1 (9.09%) Windows Phone 8
2 1 (9.09%) Windows Phone 7
2 1 (9.09%) Apple iOS
2 1 (9.09%) Android
2 1 (9.09%) Mac OS
2 1 (9.09%) Linux
2 1 (9.09%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (27.27%) MVVM
2 1 (9.09%) Mobile Application Development
2 1 (9.09%) Waterfall
2 1 (9.09%) Usability Testing
2 1 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
2 1 (9.09%) Multithreading
2 1 (9.09%) Validation
2 1 (9.09%) Scrum
2 1 (9.09%) TDD
2 1 (9.09%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 9 (81.82%) XAML
2 3 (27.27%) C#
3 2 (18.18%) Java
4 1 (9.09%) PowerShell
4 1 (9.09%) Ruby
4 1 (9.09%) C
4 1 (9.09%) Python
4 1 (9.09%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 2 (18.18%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (9.09%) QA
Vendors
1 4 (36.36%) Microsoft
1 4 (36.36%) Infragistics
2 1 (9.09%) Adobe