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 24 October 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
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Blend for Visual Studio (formerly Microsoft Expression Blend)
Rank 581 534 491
Rank change year-on-year
-47 -43
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend 9 29 55
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.017% 0.061% 0.11%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.13% 0.51% 0.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 24 33
Average daily rate
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£400 £550 £600
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-27.27% -8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £413 £385
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £550 £635
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £450 £450
% change year-on-year
-33.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
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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
6795 5664 5681
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 12.75% 11.82% 11.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 4642 3776 3253
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 £300 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £542 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £366 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+10.90% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 103 123 219
Average hourly rate £37.80 £37.80 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +8.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £20.50 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.90 £36.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+5.27% +2.85%

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 24 October 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 24 October 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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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 -22 8 £450 -18.18%
East Midlands - - - -
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Microsoft Blend
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 18 (100.00%) WPF
2 13 (72.22%) User Experience
3 10 (55.56%) XAML
4 9 (50.00%) Silverlight
5 8 (44.44%) CSS
5 8 (44.44%) Microsoft
6 7 (38.89%) .NET
6 7 (38.89%) MVVM
7 6 (33.33%) C#
7 6 (33.33%) Visual Studio
8 5 (27.78%) Adobe Illustrator
8 5 (27.78%) Banking
8 5 (27.78%) Investment Banking
9 4 (22.22%) Finance
9 4 (22.22%) HTML
9 4 (22.22%) Photoshop
9 4 (22.22%) CSS3
9 4 (22.22%) HTML5
10 3 (16.67%) ASP.NET Web Forms
10 3 (16.67%) ASP.NET MVC
10 3 (16.67%) WCF
10 3 (16.67%) jQuery
10 3 (16.67%) Unit Testing
10 3 (16.67%) IIS
10 3 (16.67%) Oracle
10 3 (16.67%) SQL
10 3 (16.67%) ADO.NET
10 3 (16.67%) ASP.NET
10 3 (16.67%) UML
10 3 (16.67%) Oracle Reports

Microsoft Blend
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 (16.67%) IIS
Applications
1 5 (27.78%) Adobe Illustrator
2 4 (22.22%) Photoshop
3 3 (16.67%) MS Excel
4 1 (5.56%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (16.67%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 6 (33.33%) Visual Studio
2 2 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (5.56%) Subversion
General
1 5 (27.78%) Banking
1 5 (27.78%) Investment Banking
2 4 (22.22%) Finance
3 2 (11.11%) Automotive
4 1 (5.56%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 10 (55.56%) Developer
2 8 (44.44%) Designer
3 6 (33.33%) UI Designer
4 5 (27.78%) C# Developer
5 4 (22.22%) Interface Designer
6 3 (16.67%) Software Developer
6 3 (16.67%) C# Software Developer
6 3 (16.67%) WPF Developer
7 2 (11.11%) UI Programmer
7 2 (11.11%) UX Designer
7 2 (11.11%) UI Developer
8 1 (5.56%) Front-End Developer
8 1 (5.56%) Senior Developer
8 1 (5.56%) HTML Developer
8 1 (5.56%) Senior C# Developer
8 1 (5.56%) Senior WPF Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (100.00%) WPF
2 9 (50.00%) Silverlight
3 8 (44.44%) CSS
4 7 (38.89%) .NET
5 4 (22.22%) HTML5
5 4 (22.22%) CSS3
5 4 (22.22%) HTML
6 3 (16.67%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 3 (16.67%) ADO.NET
6 3 (16.67%) ASP.NET
6 3 (16.67%) .NET Framework
6 3 (16.67%) WCF
6 3 (16.67%) jQuery
6 3 (16.67%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (5.56%) Sass
7 1 (5.56%) LESS
7 1 (5.56%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 13 (72.22%) User Experience
2 1 (5.56%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 2 (11.11%) Windows
2 1 (5.56%) Windows Phone 8
2 1 (5.56%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (38.89%) MVVM
2 3 (16.67%) Unit Testing
2 3 (16.67%) UML
2 3 (16.67%) MVC
3 1 (5.56%) Web Design
3 1 (5.56%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (5.56%) Performance Analysis
Programming Languages
1 10 (55.56%) XAML
2 6 (33.33%) C#
3 3 (16.67%) SQL
4 2 (11.11%) VBA
5 1 (5.56%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 2 (11.11%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.56%) QA
Vendors
1 8 (44.44%) Microsoft
2 3 (16.67%) Telerik
2 3 (16.67%) Oracle
3 1 (5.56%) Syncfusion
3 1 (5.56%) Adobe