The table below looks at the statistics for Microsoft Blend skills in IT contracts advertised for the 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 17 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Blend for Visual Studio (formerly Microsoft Expression Blend)
Rank 406 393 395
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend 9 35 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.037% 0.14% 0.11%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.25% 1.04% 1.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 35 19
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 £340 £525 £318
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £650 £600
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 - -
Microsoft Blend
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Development Applications category in contract jobs advertised in the London region.

Development Applications Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
3559 3353 2881
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 14.78% 13.38% 10.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 2635 2396 1939
Average daily rate £420 £420 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £300 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 21 21
Average hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +38.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.10 £20.20 £25.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £190.00 £59.90 £60.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £37.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+1.35% -

Microsoft Blend
Jobs Demand Trend in London

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

Microsoft Blend Jobs Demand Trend in London

Microsoft Blend
Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Microsoft Blend Daily Rate Trend in London

Microsoft Blend
Daily Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Blend across the London region over the 3 months to 17 September 2014.

Microsoft Blend Daily Rate Histogram in London

Microsoft Blend
Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Microsoft Blend Hourly Rate Trend in London

Microsoft Blend
Contract Job Locations in London

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 London region over the 3 months to 17 September 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
City of London +24 5 £500 +11.11%
Microsoft Blend
England

Microsoft Blend
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the 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 24 (96.00%) WPF
2 18 (72.00%) Silverlight
2 18 (72.00%) XAML
3 17 (68.00%) User Experience
4 12 (48.00%) Adobe Illustrator
4 12 (48.00%) Photoshop
5 11 (44.00%) CSS
6 10 (40.00%) Microsoft
6 10 (40.00%) MVVM
6 10 (40.00%) CSS3
7 9 (36.00%) Finance
8 7 (28.00%) Banking
9 6 (24.00%) Investment Banking
9 6 (24.00%) Balsamiq Mockups
9 6 (24.00%) Infragistics
9 6 (24.00%) C#
10 5 (20.00%) .NET
10 5 (20.00%) Visual Studio
10 5 (20.00%) Windows
11 4 (16.00%) Windows Phone
12 3 (12.00%) WinRT
12 3 (12.00%) Mobile App
12 3 (12.00%) REST
12 3 (12.00%) Information Architecture
12 3 (12.00%) JSON
13 2 (8.00%) HTML5
13 2 (8.00%) Team Foundation Server
13 2 (8.00%) Automotive
13 2 (8.00%) HTML
13 2 (8.00%) JavaScript

Microsoft Blend
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the 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 12 (48.00%) Adobe Illustrator
1 12 (48.00%) Photoshop
2 1 (4.00%) MS Office
2 1 (4.00%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (24.00%) Balsamiq Mockups
2 5 (20.00%) Visual Studio
3 2 (8.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (4.00%) Subversion
General
1 9 (36.00%) Finance
2 7 (28.00%) Banking
3 6 (24.00%) Investment Banking
4 2 (8.00%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 16 (64.00%) Designer
2 14 (56.00%) UI Designer
3 10 (40.00%) Interface Designer
4 9 (36.00%) Developer
5 3 (12.00%) C# Developer
6 2 (8.00%) UI Developer
6 2 (8.00%) User Experience Designer
6 2 (8.00%) WPF Developer
6 2 (8.00%) UI Programmer
6 2 (8.00%) Senior C# Developer
6 2 (8.00%) Senior Developer
7 1 (4.00%) Senior WPF Developer
7 1 (4.00%) HTML Developer
7 1 (4.00%) Silverlight Developer
7 1 (4.00%) Senior Silverlight Developer
7 1 (4.00%) Front-End Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (96.00%) WPF
2 18 (72.00%) Silverlight
3 11 (44.00%) CSS
4 10 (40.00%) CSS3
5 5 (20.00%) .NET
6 3 (12.00%) WinRT
6 3 (12.00%) REST
6 3 (12.00%) JSON
7 2 (8.00%) HTML5
7 2 (8.00%) HTML
8 1 (4.00%) AngularJS
8 1 (4.00%) Sass
8 1 (4.00%) LESS
8 1 (4.00%) ASP.NET
8 1 (4.00%) XML
8 1 (4.00%) jQuery
8 1 (4.00%) XNA
Miscellaneous
1 17 (68.00%) User Experience
2 3 (12.00%) Mobile App
3 1 (4.00%) Computer Science
3 1 (4.00%) Graphic Design
3 1 (4.00%) Animation
Operating Systems
1 5 (20.00%) Windows
2 4 (16.00%) Windows Phone
3 2 (8.00%) Windows Phone 8
4 1 (4.00%) Windows 8
4 1 (4.00%) Linux
4 1 (4.00%) UNIX
4 1 (4.00%) Windows Phone 7
4 1 (4.00%) Apple iOS
4 1 (4.00%) Android
4 1 (4.00%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (40.00%) MVVM
2 3 (12.00%) Information Architecture
3 1 (4.00%) Mobile Application Development
3 1 (4.00%) Performance Analysis
3 1 (4.00%) Mentoring
3 1 (4.00%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (4.00%) TDD
3 1 (4.00%) Pair Programming
3 1 (4.00%) Waterfall
3 1 (4.00%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 18 (72.00%) XAML
2 6 (24.00%) C#
3 2 (8.00%) JavaScript
3 2 (8.00%) VBA
4 1 (4.00%) Java
4 1 (4.00%) Python
4 1 (4.00%) C
4 1 (4.00%) PowerShell
4 1 (4.00%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 1 (4.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.00%) QA
Vendors
1 10 (40.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (24.00%) Infragistics
3 1 (4.00%) Adobe
3 1 (4.00%) Syncfusion