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 1 August 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
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Blend for Visual Studio (formerly Microsoft Expression Blend)
Rank 543 497 538
Rank change year-on-year
-46 +41
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend 10 52 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.020% 0.11% 0.060%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.16% 0.94% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 39 23
Average daily rate
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£500 £550 £569
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% -3.29%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £360 £439 £329
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £650 £593
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £393 £450
% change year-on-year
-7.64% -12.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Average hourly rate £37.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.75 - -
Development Applications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
6425 5517 5682
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 13.02% 11.84% 10.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 4208 3532 3388
Average daily rate £395 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.93% +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 127 132 205
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 £26.25 £25.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.75 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £37.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+1.47% -0.66%
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 1 August 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 1 August 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 -26 6 £500 -9.09%
East Midlands - 3 - -
East of England - - - -
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Microsoft Blend
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 1 August 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 32 (96.97%) WPF
2 30 (90.91%) Silverlight
3 21 (63.64%) XAML
4 14 (42.42%) CSS
5 13 (39.39%) Adobe Illustrator
6 12 (36.36%) Photoshop
7 11 (33.33%) Microsoft
7 11 (33.33%) MVVM
8 10 (30.30%) CSS3
8 10 (30.30%) Finance
9 9 (27.27%) Validation
9 9 (27.27%) OmniGraffle
9 9 (27.27%) Axure RP
9 9 (27.27%) Usability Testing
10 8 (24.24%) MS Excel
10 8 (24.24%) Visual Studio
11 7 (21.21%) Infragistics
11 7 (21.21%) Scrum
11 7 (21.21%) Banking
11 7 (21.21%) Balsamiq Mockups
12 6 (18.18%) Investment Banking
12 6 (18.18%) .NET
12 6 (18.18%) C#
13 5 (15.15%) HTML
13 5 (15.15%) Windows
13 5 (15.15%) HTML5
14 4 (12.12%) Information Architecture
14 4 (12.12%) Windows Phone
14 4 (12.12%) ASP.NET
14 4 (12.12%) jQuery

Microsoft Blend
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 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 3 (9.09%) IIS
Applications
1 13 (39.39%) Adobe Illustrator
2 12 (36.36%) Photoshop
3 9 (27.27%) OmniGraffle
4 8 (24.24%) MS Excel
5 1 (3.03%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (3.03%) MS Office
5 1 (3.03%) MS Visio
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (9.09%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (3.03%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 9 (27.27%) Axure RP
2 8 (24.24%) Visual Studio
3 7 (21.21%) Balsamiq Mockups
General
1 10 (30.30%) Finance
2 7 (21.21%) Banking
3 6 (18.18%) Investment Banking
4 2 (6.06%) Publishing
5 1 (3.03%) Retail
5 1 (3.03%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 25 (75.76%) Designer
2 15 (45.45%) UI Designer
3 10 (30.30%) User Experience Designer
3 10 (30.30%) Interface Designer
4 8 (24.24%) Developer
5 4 (12.12%) C# Developer
6 3 (9.09%) C# Software Developer
6 3 (9.09%) Software Developer
7 1 (3.03%) Front-End Developer
7 1 (3.03%) HTML Developer
7 1 (3.03%) Senior C# Developer
7 1 (3.03%) Senior Developer
7 1 (3.03%) Silverlight Developer
7 1 (3.03%) Senior Silverlight Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (96.97%) WPF
2 30 (90.91%) Silverlight
3 14 (42.42%) CSS
4 10 (30.30%) CSS3
5 6 (18.18%) .NET
6 5 (15.15%) HTML
6 5 (15.15%) HTML5
7 4 (12.12%) ASP.NET
7 4 (12.12%) jQuery
8 3 (9.09%) WCF
8 3 (9.09%) JSON
8 3 (9.09%) .NET Framework
8 3 (9.09%) ADO.NET
8 3 (9.09%) REST
8 3 (9.09%) ASP.NET Web Forms
8 3 (9.09%) ASP.NET MVC
8 3 (9.09%) WinRT
9 1 (3.03%) XNA
9 1 (3.03%) XML
9 1 (3.03%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 3 (9.09%) Mobile App
2 1 (3.03%) Computer Science
2 1 (3.03%) Graphic Design
2 1 (3.03%) Animation
2 1 (3.03%) Mobile Payment
Operating Systems
1 5 (15.15%) Windows
2 4 (12.12%) Windows Phone
3 2 (6.06%) Windows Phone 8
4 1 (3.03%) Android
4 1 (3.03%) Mac OS
4 1 (3.03%) Linux
4 1 (3.03%) UNIX
4 1 (3.03%) Windows 8
4 1 (3.03%) Windows Phone 7
4 1 (3.03%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (33.33%) MVVM
2 9 (27.27%) Validation
2 9 (27.27%) Usability Testing
3 7 (21.21%) Scrum
4 4 (12.12%) Information Architecture
5 3 (9.09%) MVC
5 3 (9.09%) UML
5 3 (9.09%) Unit Testing
6 1 (3.03%) Asset Management
6 1 (3.03%) TDD
6 1 (3.03%) Pair Programming
6 1 (3.03%) Web Design
6 1 (3.03%) Stakeholder Management
6 1 (3.03%) E-Commerce
6 1 (3.03%) Mobile Application Development
6 1 (3.03%) Performance Analysis
6 1 (3.03%) Waterfall
6 1 (3.03%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 21 (63.64%) XAML
2 6 (18.18%) C#
3 3 (9.09%) SQL
4 2 (6.06%) JavaScript
5 1 (3.03%) PowerShell
5 1 (3.03%) Ruby
5 1 (3.03%) C
5 1 (3.03%) Java
5 1 (3.03%) Python
Qualifications
1 2 (6.06%) Chartered Engineer
2 1 (3.03%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.03%) QA
Vendors
1 11 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 7 (21.21%) Infragistics
3 3 (9.09%) Telerik
3 3 (9.09%) Oracle
4 2 (6.06%) Adobe
5 1 (3.03%) Syncfusion
5 1 (3.03%) Mercator