The first table below looks at the demand 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 11 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 London 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
11 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Blend for Visual Studio (formerly Microsoft Expression Blend)
Rank 399 369 404
Rank change year-on-year
-30 +35
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend 7 34 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.031% 0.14% 0.073%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.22% 1.13% 0.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 31 15
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 £413 £450 £363
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 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.00 - -
Development Applications Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
3255 3018 2906
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 14.29% 12.65% 11.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 2345 2187 1983
Average daily rate £425 £413 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £330
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 17 30
Average hourly rate £45.00 £42.00 £34.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +23.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.90 £32.58 £22.32
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £61.45 £60.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+0.80% -
Microsoft Blend
England

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 11 July 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 11 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
City of London +23 5 £500 -13.04% 2
Microsoft Blend
England

Microsoft Blend
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 11 July 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 27 (96.43%) WPF
1 27 (96.43%) Silverlight
2 18 (64.29%) XAML
3 12 (42.86%) Adobe Illustrator
3 12 (42.86%) Photoshop
4 11 (39.29%) CSS
5 10 (35.71%) Finance
5 10 (35.71%) CSS3
6 9 (32.14%) OmniGraffle
6 9 (32.14%) Axure RP
6 9 (32.14%) Usability Testing
6 9 (32.14%) Validation
7 8 (28.57%) Microsoft
7 8 (28.57%) MVVM
8 7 (25.00%) Balsamiq Mockups
8 7 (25.00%) Infragistics
8 7 (25.00%) Scrum
8 7 (25.00%) Banking
9 6 (21.43%) Investment Banking
10 5 (17.86%) MS Excel
10 5 (17.86%) Visual Studio
11 4 (14.29%) Windows
11 4 (14.29%) Information Architecture
11 4 (14.29%) Windows Phone
12 3 (10.71%) Mobile App
12 3 (10.71%) REST
12 3 (10.71%) WinRT
12 3 (10.71%) JSON
12 3 (10.71%) C#
13 2 (7.14%) HTML

Microsoft Blend
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 11 July 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 (42.86%) Photoshop
1 12 (42.86%) Adobe Illustrator
2 9 (32.14%) OmniGraffle
3 5 (17.86%) MS Excel
4 1 (3.57%) MS Visio
4 1 (3.57%) MS Office
4 1 (3.57%) MS PowerPoint
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.57%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 9 (32.14%) Axure RP
2 7 (25.00%) Balsamiq Mockups
3 5 (17.86%) Visual Studio
General
1 10 (35.71%) Finance
2 7 (25.00%) Banking
3 6 (21.43%) Investment Banking
4 2 (7.14%) Publishing
5 1 (3.57%) Retail
5 1 (3.57%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 23 (82.14%) Designer
2 13 (46.43%) UI Designer
3 10 (35.71%) Interface Designer
3 10 (35.71%) User Experience Designer
4 5 (17.86%) Developer
5 1 (3.57%) Senior Developer
5 1 (3.57%) Front-End Developer
5 1 (3.57%) C# Developer
5 1 (3.57%) HTML Developer
5 1 (3.57%) Senior C# Developer
5 1 (3.57%) Silverlight Developer
5 1 (3.57%) Senior Silverlight Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (96.43%) WPF
1 27 (96.43%) Silverlight
2 11 (39.29%) CSS
3 10 (35.71%) CSS3
4 3 (10.71%) WinRT
4 3 (10.71%) REST
4 3 (10.71%) JSON
5 2 (7.14%) HTML
5 2 (7.14%) .NET
5 2 (7.14%) HTML5
6 1 (3.57%) Sass
6 1 (3.57%) LESS
6 1 (3.57%) AngularJS
6 1 (3.57%) ASP.NET
6 1 (3.57%) XML
6 1 (3.57%) XNA
6 1 (3.57%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 3 (10.71%) Mobile App
2 1 (3.57%) Mobile Payment
2 1 (3.57%) Graphic Design
2 1 (3.57%) Animation
2 1 (3.57%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 4 (14.29%) Windows
1 4 (14.29%) Windows Phone
2 2 (7.14%) Windows Phone 8
3 1 (3.57%) UNIX
3 1 (3.57%) Linux
3 1 (3.57%) Android
3 1 (3.57%) Mac OS
3 1 (3.57%) Windows Phone 7
3 1 (3.57%) Apple iOS
3 1 (3.57%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (32.14%) Validation
1 9 (32.14%) Usability Testing
2 8 (28.57%) MVVM
3 7 (25.00%) Scrum
4 4 (14.29%) Information Architecture
5 1 (3.57%) E-Commerce
5 1 (3.57%) Waterfall
5 1 (3.57%) Mobile Application Development
5 1 (3.57%) Performance Analysis
5 1 (3.57%) TDD
5 1 (3.57%) Pair Programming
5 1 (3.57%) Asset Management
5 1 (3.57%) Continuous Integration
5 1 (3.57%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 18 (64.29%) XAML
2 3 (10.71%) C#
3 2 (7.14%) JavaScript
4 1 (3.57%) Python
4 1 (3.57%) Java
4 1 (3.57%) Ruby
4 1 (3.57%) PowerShell
4 1 (3.57%) C
Qualifications
1 1 (3.57%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.57%) QA
Vendors
1 8 (28.57%) Microsoft
2 7 (25.00%) Infragistics
3 1 (3.57%) Adobe
3 1 (3.57%) Mercator