The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 July 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 England 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 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Blend for Visual Studio (formerly Microsoft Expression Blend)
Rank 561 502 524
Rank change year-on-year
-59 +22
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend 8 53 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.016% 0.11% 0.059%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.13% 0.97% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 39 22
Average daily rate
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£500 £550 £575
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% -4.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £380 £328
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £650 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £380 £413
% change year-on-year
+11.84% -7.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £36.25 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.00 - -
Development Applications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
6261 5475 5604
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.88% 11.78% 10.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 4091 3511 3374
Average daily rate £400 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £343 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.18% +5.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 127 134 200
Average hourly rate £37.80 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.80% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £25.50 £25.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+0.80% -
Microsoft Blend
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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
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Blend across the England region over the 3 months to 23 July 2014.

Microsoft Blend Daily Rate Histogram 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 23 July 2014. 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 -30 5 £500 -9.09% 1
East Midlands - 2 - -
East of England - - - -
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Microsoft Blend
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 23 July 2014, 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 30 (96.77%) WPF
2 29 (93.55%) Silverlight
3 20 (64.52%) XAML
4 13 (41.94%) CSS
4 13 (41.94%) Adobe Illustrator
5 12 (38.71%) Photoshop
6 10 (32.26%) Finance
6 10 (32.26%) Microsoft
6 10 (32.26%) MVVM
6 10 (32.26%) CSS3
7 9 (29.03%) OmniGraffle
7 9 (29.03%) Axure RP
7 9 (29.03%) Usability Testing
7 9 (29.03%) Validation
8 7 (22.58%) Infragistics
8 7 (22.58%) MS Excel
8 7 (22.58%) Visual Studio
8 7 (22.58%) Banking
8 7 (22.58%) Scrum
8 7 (22.58%) Balsamiq Mockups
9 6 (19.35%) Investment Banking
10 5 (16.13%) C#
11 4 (12.90%) HTML
11 4 (12.90%) .NET
11 4 (12.90%) Windows
11 4 (12.90%) Information Architecture
11 4 (12.90%) HTML5
11 4 (12.90%) Windows Phone
12 3 (9.68%) WinRT
12 3 (9.68%) REST

Microsoft Blend
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 23 July 2014, 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.

Application Platforms
1 2 (6.45%) IIS
Applications
1 13 (41.94%) Adobe Illustrator
2 12 (38.71%) Photoshop
3 9 (29.03%) OmniGraffle
4 7 (22.58%) MS Excel
5 1 (3.23%) MS Visio
5 1 (3.23%) MS Office
5 1 (3.23%) MS PowerPoint
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.45%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (3.23%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 9 (29.03%) Axure RP
2 7 (22.58%) Visual Studio
2 7 (22.58%) Balsamiq Mockups
General
1 10 (32.26%) Finance
2 7 (22.58%) Banking
3 6 (19.35%) Investment Banking
4 2 (6.45%) Publishing
5 1 (3.23%) Retail
5 1 (3.23%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 24 (77.42%) Designer
2 14 (45.16%) UI Designer
3 10 (32.26%) Interface Designer
3 10 (32.26%) User Experience Designer
4 7 (22.58%) Developer
5 3 (9.68%) C# Developer
6 2 (6.45%) C# Software Developer
6 2 (6.45%) Software Developer
7 1 (3.23%) Silverlight Developer
7 1 (3.23%) Senior Silverlight Developer
7 1 (3.23%) Front-End Developer
7 1 (3.23%) Senior Developer
7 1 (3.23%) HTML Developer
7 1 (3.23%) Senior C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (96.77%) WPF
2 29 (93.55%) Silverlight
3 13 (41.94%) CSS
4 10 (32.26%) CSS3
5 4 (12.90%) HTML
5 4 (12.90%) .NET
5 4 (12.90%) HTML5
6 3 (9.68%) REST
6 3 (9.68%) ASP.NET
6 3 (9.68%) JSON
6 3 (9.68%) WinRT
6 3 (9.68%) jQuery
7 2 (6.45%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2 (6.45%) .NET Framework
7 2 (6.45%) ADO.NET
7 2 (6.45%) WCF
7 2 (6.45%) ASP.NET Web Forms
8 1 (3.23%) XML
8 1 (3.23%) XNA
8 1 (3.23%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 3 (9.68%) Mobile App
2 1 (3.23%) Mobile Payment
2 1 (3.23%) Graphic Design
2 1 (3.23%) Animation
2 1 (3.23%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 4 (12.90%) Windows
1 4 (12.90%) Windows Phone
2 2 (6.45%) Windows Phone 8
3 1 (3.23%) UNIX
3 1 (3.23%) Linux
3 1 (3.23%) Android
3 1 (3.23%) Mac OS
3 1 (3.23%) Windows Phone 7
3 1 (3.23%) Apple iOS
3 1 (3.23%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (32.26%) MVVM
2 9 (29.03%) Usability Testing
2 9 (29.03%) Validation
3 7 (22.58%) Scrum
4 4 (12.90%) Information Architecture
5 2 (6.45%) MVC
5 2 (6.45%) Unit Testing
5 2 (6.45%) UML
6 1 (3.23%) E-Commerce
6 1 (3.23%) Stakeholder Management
6 1 (3.23%) Web Design
6 1 (3.23%) TDD
6 1 (3.23%) Pair Programming
6 1 (3.23%) Asset Management
6 1 (3.23%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (3.23%) Waterfall
6 1 (3.23%) Mobile Application Development
6 1 (3.23%) Performance Analysis
Programming Languages
1 20 (64.52%) XAML
2 5 (16.13%) C#
3 2 (6.45%) JavaScript
3 2 (6.45%) SQL
4 1 (3.23%) Python
4 1 (3.23%) Java
4 1 (3.23%) Ruby
4 1 (3.23%) PowerShell
4 1 (3.23%) C
Qualifications
1 1 (3.23%) Degree
1 1 (3.23%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.23%) QA
Vendors
1 10 (32.26%) Microsoft
2 7 (22.58%) Infragistics
3 2 (6.45%) Telerik
3 2 (6.45%) Adobe
3 2 (6.45%) Oracle
4 1 (3.23%) Mercator