The table below looks at the statistics for Microsoft Blend skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Blend over the 3 months to 1 July 2015 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
1 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Blend for Visual Studio (formerly Microsoft Expression Blend)
Rank 582 562 495
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -67
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend 10 11 48
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.020% 0.023% 0.11%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.15% 0.18% 0.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 9 30
Average daily rate
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£650 £500 £550
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -9.09%
UK excluding London average daily rate - £425 £380
% change year-on-year
- +11.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £42.00 -
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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 England region.

Development Applications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
6769 6164 5150
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 13.32% 12.66% 11.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 4507 3993 3263
Average daily rate £400 £389 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.89% +0.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £293 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £515 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 101 138 151
Average hourly rate £37.45 £37.80 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.92% +0.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.18 £31.50 £23.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.33 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.45 £37.80 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-0.92% +0.80%

Microsoft Blend
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

Microsoft Blend Jobs Demand Trend in England

Microsoft Blend
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Microsoft Blend Daily Rate Trend in England

Microsoft Blend
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Microsoft Blend Hourly Rate Trend in England

Microsoft Blend
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Blend within the England region over the 3 months to 1 July 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -5 10 £650 +30.00%
Microsoft Blend
UK

Microsoft Blend
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 1 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 13 (76.47%) WPF
2 12 (70.59%) MVVM
3 11 (64.71%) .NET
3 11 (64.71%) User Experience
4 9 (52.94%) C#
4 9 (52.94%) Agile Software Development
5 8 (47.06%) Unity DI Container
5 8 (47.06%) Telerik
5 8 (47.06%) Business Analysis
5 8 (47.06%) Dependency Injection
6 6 (35.29%) XAML
7 5 (29.41%) Photoshop
8 4 (23.53%) Adobe Illustrator
8 4 (23.53%) Silverlight
9 3 (17.65%) Degree
9 3 (17.65%) Mathematics
9 3 (17.65%) Computer Science
9 3 (17.65%) CSS
9 3 (17.65%) Adobe
9 3 (17.65%) CSS3
10 2 (11.76%) Microsoft
10 2 (11.76%) Investment Banking
10 2 (11.76%) Banking
10 2 (11.76%) Information Architecture
10 2 (11.76%) Balsamiq Mockups
11 1 (5.88%) Software Engineering
11 1 (5.88%) .NET Framework
11 1 (5.88%) OpenGL
11 1 (5.88%) XML
11 1 (5.88%) Windows

Microsoft Blend
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 1 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 (29.41%) Photoshop
2 4 (23.53%) Adobe Illustrator
Development Applications
1 2 (11.76%) Balsamiq Mockups
General
1 2 (11.76%) Banking
1 2 (11.76%) Investment Banking
2 1 (5.88%) Front Office
2 1 (5.88%) Finance
2 1 (5.88%) Aerospace
2 1 (5.88%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 10 (58.82%) Developer
2 9 (52.94%) WPF Developer
3 8 (47.06%) C# Developer
4 6 (35.29%) Designer
5 4 (23.53%) UI Designer
6 1 (5.88%) Software Engineer
6 1 (5.88%) Photoshop Designer
6 1 (5.88%) Interface Designer
6 1 (5.88%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (76.47%) WPF
2 11 (64.71%) .NET
3 8 (47.06%) Unity DI Container
4 4 (23.53%) Silverlight
5 3 (17.65%) CSS3
5 3 (17.65%) CSS
6 1 (5.88%) XML
6 1 (5.88%) OpenGL
6 1 (5.88%) .NET Framework
6 1 (5.88%) Apache Cordova
Miscellaneous
1 11 (64.71%) User Experience
2 3 (17.65%) Mathematics
2 3 (17.65%) Computer Science
3 1 (5.88%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.88%) Windows
1 1 (5.88%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (70.59%) MVVM
2 9 (52.94%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (47.06%) Business Analysis
3 8 (47.06%) Dependency Injection
4 2 (11.76%) Information Architecture
5 1 (5.88%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 9 (52.94%) C#
2 6 (35.29%) XAML
Qualifications
1 3 (17.65%) Degree
Vendors
1 8 (47.06%) Telerik
2 3 (17.65%) Adobe
3 2 (11.76%) Microsoft