The table below looks at the statistics 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 29 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
29 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Blend for Visual Studio (formerly Microsoft Expression Blend)
Rank 202 229 219
Rank change year-on-year
+27 -10
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend 4 3 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.068% 0.042% 0.15%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.50% 0.35% 1.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 11
Average daily rate
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£500 £375 £575
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -34.78%
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £450 £475
% change year-on-year
-33.33% -5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 - -
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Development Applications category in contract jobs advertised in the City of London region.

Development Applications Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
802 862 721
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 13.57% 11.94% 9.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 643 636 533
Average daily rate £425 £425 £425
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £313 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 2
Average hourly rate £36.25 £45.00 £44.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.44% +1.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.30 £21.46 £42.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £55.00 £46.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.64 £37.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+1.72% +2.77%

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 29 September 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%) User Experience
3 8 (72.73%) XAML
4 6 (54.55%) Finance
4 6 (54.55%) Adobe Illustrator
4 6 (54.55%) Photoshop
4 6 (54.55%) CSS
5 5 (45.45%) Investment Banking
5 5 (45.45%) Banking
5 5 (45.45%) CSS3
6 4 (36.36%) Microsoft
7 3 (27.27%) C#
7 3 (27.27%) MVVM
8 2 (18.18%) JSON
8 2 (18.18%) WinRT
8 2 (18.18%) HTML5
8 2 (18.18%) QA
8 2 (18.18%) REST
8 2 (18.18%) Mobile App
8 2 (18.18%) Windows Phone
8 2 (18.18%) HTML
8 2 (18.18%) JavaScript
8 2 (18.18%) .NET
8 2 (18.18%) Visual Studio
8 2 (18.18%) Windows
8 2 (18.18%) Automotive
9 1 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
9 1 (9.09%) TDD
9 1 (9.09%) Pair Programming

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

For the 6 months to 29 September 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 6 (54.55%) Adobe Illustrator
1 6 (54.55%) Photoshop
2 1 (9.09%) MS Excel
2 1 (9.09%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (9.09%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (18.18%) Visual Studio
2 1 (9.09%) Subversion
2 1 (9.09%) Balsamiq Mockups
2 1 (9.09%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 6 (54.55%) Finance
2 5 (45.45%) Investment Banking
2 5 (45.45%) Banking
3 2 (18.18%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 7 (63.64%) Designer
2 6 (54.55%) UI Designer
3 5 (45.45%) Interface Designer
4 4 (36.36%) Developer
5 2 (18.18%) C# Developer
6 1 (9.09%) HTML Developer
6 1 (9.09%) Senior C# Developer
6 1 (9.09%) Senior Developer
6 1 (9.09%) Front-End Developer
6 1 (9.09%) UX Designer
6 1 (9.09%) Silverlight Developer
6 1 (9.09%) Senior Silverlight Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (90.91%) WPF
2 9 (81.82%) Silverlight
3 6 (54.55%) CSS
4 5 (45.45%) CSS3
5 2 (18.18%) JSON
5 2 (18.18%) WinRT
5 2 (18.18%) HTML5
5 2 (18.18%) REST
5 2 (18.18%) HTML
5 2 (18.18%) .NET
6 1 (9.09%) ASP.NET
6 1 (9.09%) XML
6 1 (9.09%) Sass
6 1 (9.09%) LESS
6 1 (9.09%) AngularJS
6 1 (9.09%) XNA
6 1 (9.09%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 9 (81.82%) User Experience
2 2 (18.18%) Mobile App
3 1 (9.09%) Animation
3 1 (9.09%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 2 (18.18%) Windows Phone
1 2 (18.18%) Windows
2 1 (9.09%) Linux
2 1 (9.09%) UNIX
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
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (27.27%) MVVM
2 1 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (9.09%) TDD
2 1 (9.09%) Pair Programming
2 1 (9.09%) Mobile Application Development
2 1 (9.09%) Mentoring
2 1 (9.09%) Waterfall
2 1 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 8 (72.73%) XAML
2 3 (27.27%) C#
3 2 (18.18%) JavaScript
4 1 (9.09%) Ruby
4 1 (9.09%) C
4 1 (9.09%) Python
4 1 (9.09%) VBA
4 1 (9.09%) Java
4 1 (9.09%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 1 (9.09%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (18.18%) QA
Vendors
1 4 (36.36%) Microsoft
2 1 (9.09%) Infragistics