The table below looks at the statistics for DirectX skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited DirectX over the 3 months to 29 July 2015 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
29 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft DirectX
Rank 598 596 555
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -41
Contract jobs citing DirectX 13 4 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.023% 0.007% 0.033%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.083% 0.026% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 2 10
Average daily rate
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£340 £313 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.80% +13.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £263 £247
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £363 £435
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £313 £400
% change year-on-year
+8.80% -21.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £32.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £32.00

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category
15641 15215 14405
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 27.40% 27.83% 28.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 10526 9806 9151
Average daily rate £390 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 226 221 296
Average hourly rate £39.25 £35.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.14% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.35 £17.50 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% +2.94%

DirectX
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing DirectX within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

DirectX Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

DirectX
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing DirectX within the UK.

DirectX Daily Rate Trend in the UK

DirectX
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing DirectX within the UK.

DirectX Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

DirectX
Top 6 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing DirectX within the UK over the 3 months to 29 July 2015. 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
England -1 13 £340 - 5
West Midlands - 11 £340 - 1
Birmingham - 7 £333 - 1
London +7 2 £350 - 2
Stoke-on-Trent - 1 - -
Staffordshire - 1 - -

DirectX
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing DirectX 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 DirectX.

1 15 (75.00%) C++
2 13 (65.00%) OpenGL
3 6 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (30.00%) Software Engineering
3 6 (30.00%) WPF
3 6 (30.00%) C#
4 5 (25.00%) XML
4 5 (25.00%) MVC
4 5 (25.00%) TDD
4 5 (25.00%) Games
5 4 (20.00%) Subversion
5 4 (20.00%) WCF
5 4 (20.00%) Git (software)
6 3 (15.00%) Image Processing
6 3 (15.00%) Multithreading
6 3 (15.00%) Multimedia
6 3 (15.00%) Scrum
6 3 (15.00%) Linux
7 2 (10.00%) Embedded C
7 2 (10.00%) Embedded C++
7 2 (10.00%) C
7 2 (10.00%) Finance
7 2 (10.00%) Advertising
7 2 (10.00%) 3D Modelling
7 2 (10.00%) BDD
8 1 (5.00%) Game Development
8 1 (5.00%) Android
8 1 (5.00%) CAD
8 1 (5.00%) XAML
8 1 (5.00%) SQL

DirectX
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing DirectX 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 DirectX. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Development Applications
1 4 (20.00%) Subversion
1 4 (20.00%) Git (software)
General
1 5 (25.00%) Games
2 3 (15.00%) Multimedia
3 2 (10.00%) Finance
3 2 (10.00%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 17 (85.00%) Developer
2 11 (55.00%) C++ Developer
3 5 (25.00%) WPF Developer
4 3 (15.00%) C# Developer
5 2 (10.00%) C++ Programmer
5 2 (10.00%) Programmer
5 2 (10.00%) Software Engineer
6 1 (5.00%) Games Developer
6 1 (5.00%) .NET Developer
6 1 (5.00%) C++ Games Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (65.00%) OpenGL
2 6 (30.00%) WPF
3 5 (25.00%) XML
4 4 (20.00%) WCF
5 1 (5.00%) .NET
5 1 (5.00%) Unity (Game Engine)
5 1 (5.00%) Unreal Engine
Miscellaneous
1 1 (5.00%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 3 (15.00%) Linux
2 1 (5.00%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
1 6 (30.00%) Software Engineering
2 5 (25.00%) TDD
2 5 (25.00%) MVC
3 3 (15.00%) Scrum
3 3 (15.00%) Multithreading
3 3 (15.00%) Image Processing
4 2 (10.00%) 3D Modelling
4 2 (10.00%) BDD
5 1 (5.00%) Game Development
5 1 (5.00%) Mobile Application Development
5 1 (5.00%) CAD
Programming Languages
1 15 (75.00%) C++
2 6 (30.00%) C#
3 2 (10.00%) C
3 2 (10.00%) Embedded C
3 2 (10.00%) Embedded C++
4 1 (5.00%) XAML
4 1 (5.00%) SQL