The first table below looks at the demand for Microsoft Blend skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Blend over the 3 months to 18 April 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.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Blend for Visual Studio (formerly Microsoft Expression Blend)
Rank 560 523 531
Rank change year-on-year
-37 +8
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend 27 21 57
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.048% 0.044% 0.094%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.39% 0.39% 0.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 11 35
Average daily rate £525 £530 £550
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.94% -3.63%
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £290 £314
% change year-on-year
+46.55% -7.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 5
Average hourly rate - - £34.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £34.00
Development Applications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
6946 5388 5855
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.34% 11.29% 9.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 4426 3424 3417
Average daily rate £375 £388 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £330 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 126 136 207
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 £31.00 £17.00 £23.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.50 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £37.80 £35.00
% change year-on-year
- +8.00%

Microsoft Blend
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Microsoft Blend Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Microsoft Blend
Daily Rate Trend

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

Microsoft Blend Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Microsoft Blend
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Blend within the UK over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

Microsoft Blend Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Microsoft Blend
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Microsoft Blend Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Microsoft Blend
Top 12 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 3 months to 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
London -11 23 £525 -0.94% 1
England -84 23 £525 -0.94% 3
City of London -5 10 £525 +10.52% 1
East Midlands - - - -
South East - - - - 1
Bracknell - - - -
Derby - - - -
Leicester - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
Derbyshire - - - -
Leicestershire - - - -
Chiswick - - - -

Microsoft Blend
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 38 (92.68%) WPF
2 30 (73.17%) Silverlight
3 19 (46.34%) XAML
4 17 (41.46%) Axure RP
4 17 (41.46%) Usability Testing
4 17 (41.46%) Validation
5 16 (39.02%) OmniGraffle
6 15 (36.59%) Microsoft
7 14 (34.15%) Scrum
8 12 (29.27%) MVVM
9 11 (26.83%) Adobe Illustrator
9 11 (26.83%) Photoshop
10 9 (21.95%) C#
11 8 (19.51%) MS Excel
11 8 (19.51%) CSS
11 8 (19.51%) Infragistics
12 7 (17.07%) Finance
12 7 (17.07%) Banking
12 7 (17.07%) .NET
12 7 (17.07%) Balsamiq Mockups
12 7 (17.07%) CSS3
13 6 (14.63%) Visual Studio
13 6 (14.63%) Adobe
14 5 (12.20%) Investment Banking
14 5 (12.20%) Information Architecture
15 4 (9.76%) Animation
15 4 (9.76%) Mobile App
15 4 (9.76%) Windows Phone
15 4 (9.76%) Publishing
15 4 (9.76%) OOP

Microsoft Blend
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 16 (39.02%) OmniGraffle
2 11 (26.83%) Adobe Illustrator
2 11 (26.83%) Photoshop
3 8 (19.51%) MS Excel
4 1 (2.44%) Adobe After Effects
4 1 (2.44%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (2.44%) CINEMA 4D
4 1 (2.44%) Maya
4 1 (2.44%) MS Visio
4 1 (2.44%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.44%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 17 (41.46%) Axure RP
2 7 (17.07%) Balsamiq Mockups
3 6 (14.63%) Visual Studio
4 1 (2.44%) Dreamweaver
General
1 7 (17.07%) Finance
1 7 (17.07%) Banking
2 5 (12.20%) Investment Banking
3 4 (9.76%) Publishing
4 2 (4.88%) Front Office
5 1 (2.44%) Retail
5 1 (2.44%) Multimedia
5 1 (2.44%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 30 (73.17%) Designer
2 18 (43.90%) User Experience Designer
3 10 (24.39%) UI Designer
4 9 (21.95%) Developer
5 7 (17.07%) Interface Designer
6 5 (12.20%) WPF Developer
7 2 (4.88%) UI Developer
7 2 (4.88%) UI Programmer
7 2 (4.88%) Analyst
8 1 (2.44%) C# Developer
8 1 (2.44%) Web Designer
8 1 (2.44%) Senior C# Developer
8 1 (2.44%) Consultant
8 1 (2.44%) Senior Developer
8 1 (2.44%) Architect
8 1 (2.44%) User Experience Architect
8 1 (2.44%) Silverlight Developer
8 1 (2.44%) Senior Silverlight Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (92.68%) WPF
2 30 (73.17%) Silverlight
3 8 (19.51%) CSS
4 7 (17.07%) .NET
4 7 (17.07%) CSS3
5 4 (9.76%) Web Services
6 3 (7.32%) REST
6 3 (7.32%) WinRT
6 3 (7.32%) JSON
7 2 (4.88%) HTML5
7 2 (4.88%) jQuery
7 2 (4.88%) Caliburn.Micro
7 2 (4.88%) ASP.NET
7 2 (4.88%) HTML
8 1 (2.44%) Flash
8 1 (2.44%) XML
8 1 (2.44%) XNA
8 1 (2.44%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 4 (9.76%) Animation
1 4 (9.76%) Mobile App
2 2 (4.88%) Graphic Design
2 2 (4.88%) Hedge funds
2 2 (4.88%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (4.88%) Derivative
3 1 (2.44%) 3D Graphics
3 1 (2.44%) Tandem
3 1 (2.44%) Mobile Payment
3 1 (2.44%) New Media
3 1 (2.44%) iPhone
3 1 (2.44%) Mathematics
3 1 (2.44%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.44%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 4 (9.76%) Windows Phone
1 4 (9.76%) Windows
2 2 (4.88%) Android
3 1 (2.44%) Linux
3 1 (2.44%) UNIX
3 1 (2.44%) Windows 8
3 1 (2.44%) Windows Phone 8
3 1 (2.44%) Mac OS
3 1 (2.44%) Windows Phone 7
3 1 (2.44%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (41.46%) Usability Testing
1 17 (41.46%) Validation
2 14 (34.15%) Scrum
3 12 (29.27%) MVVM
4 5 (12.20%) Information Architecture
5 4 (9.76%) OOP
6 2 (4.88%) OO
6 2 (4.88%) Migration
6 2 (4.88%) Business Analysis
7 1 (2.44%) Asset Management
7 1 (2.44%) Software Engineering
7 1 (2.44%) Stakeholder Management
7 1 (2.44%) Web Design
7 1 (2.44%) Agile Software Development
7 1 (2.44%) TDD
7 1 (2.44%) Pair Programming
7 1 (2.44%) E-Commerce
7 1 (2.44%) Mobile Application Development
7 1 (2.44%) Continuous Integration
7 1 (2.44%) Multithreading
Programming Languages
1 19 (46.34%) XAML
2 9 (21.95%) C#
3 2 (4.88%) Java
3 2 (4.88%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.44%) C
4 1 (2.44%) Ruby
4 1 (2.44%) Python
4 1 (2.44%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 3 (7.32%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.44%) QA
Vendors
1 15 (36.59%) Microsoft
2 8 (19.51%) Infragistics
3 6 (14.63%) Adobe
4 2 (4.88%) Mercator
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