The table below looks at the statistics 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 13 February 2016 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
13 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Blend for Visual Studio (formerly Microsoft Expression Blend)
Rank 622 589 573
Rank change year-on-year
-33 -16
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend 1 4 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.002% 0.008% 0.006%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.013% 0.058% 0.050%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 3
Average daily rate £525 £500 £418
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% +19.76%
UK excluding London average daily rate - - £346
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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

Development Applications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Development Applications category
7472 6915 5965
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.74% 13.52% 11.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 4970 4643 3751
Average daily rate £425 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £295 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £530 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £335
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +8.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 214 126 129
Average hourly rate £42.00 £36.70 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.44% -2.13%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.73 £26.06 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.78 £47.50 £52.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £41.80 £37.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+12.97% -1.33%

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
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 2 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 13 February 2016. 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
England +2 1 £525 +5.00%
London -4 1 £525 +5.00%

Microsoft Blend
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, 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 33 (97.06%) WPF
2 29 (85.29%) User Experience
3 25 (73.53%) JavaScript
3 25 (73.53%) Silverlight
4 24 (70.59%) Oracle
5 23 (67.65%) MS Excel
5 23 (67.65%) Microsoft
5 23 (67.65%) RIA
6 22 (64.71%) MS Office
7 21 (61.76%) IIS
7 21 (61.76%) MS PowerPoint
8 7 (20.59%) Analytical Skills
9 6 (17.65%) MVVM
10 5 (14.71%) XAML
10 5 (14.71%) Workflow
10 5 (14.71%) TDD
10 5 (14.71%) C#
11 4 (11.76%) Photoshop
11 4 (11.76%) Business Intelligence
11 4 (11.76%) Multithreading
11 4 (11.76%) Chartered Engineer
11 4 (11.76%) Unity DI Container
11 4 (11.76%) Derivative
11 4 (11.76%) Equity Derivative
11 4 (11.76%) Logistics
11 4 (11.76%) FIX Protocol
11 4 (11.76%) LINQ
12 3 (8.82%) Life Science
12 3 (8.82%) Balsamiq Mockups
12 3 (8.82%) Manufacturing

Microsoft Blend
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, 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.

Application Platforms
1 21 (61.76%) IIS
2 1 (2.94%) Node.js
Applications
1 23 (67.65%) MS Excel
2 22 (64.71%) MS Office
3 21 (61.76%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (11.76%) Photoshop
5 1 (2.94%) Adobe Illustrator
Development Applications
1 3 (8.82%) Balsamiq Mockups
2 1 (2.94%) JIRA
2 1 (2.94%) Visual Studio
2 1 (2.94%) WebStorm
General
1 3 (8.82%) Manufacturing
2 1 (2.94%) Finance
Job Titles
1 30 (88.24%) Developer
2 23 (67.65%) Silverlight Developer
3 18 (52.94%) Software Developer
4 6 (17.65%) WPF Developer
5 4 (11.76%) C# Developer
5 4 (11.76%) C# WPF Developer
5 4 (11.76%) Designer
5 4 (11.76%) UX Designer
6 2 (5.88%) UI Developer
6 2 (5.88%) UI/UX Developer
6 2 (5.88%) UX Developer
7 1 (2.94%) .NET Developer
7 1 (2.94%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
7 1 (2.94%) HTML Developer
7 1 (2.94%) Senior C# Developer
7 1 (2.94%) Senior Developer
7 1 (2.94%) Silverlight Engineer
7 1 (2.94%) Software Engineer
7 1 (2.94%) UI Designer
7 1 (2.94%) UI/UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (97.06%) WPF
2 25 (73.53%) Silverlight
3 4 (11.76%) FIX Protocol
3 4 (11.76%) LINQ
3 4 (11.76%) Unity DI Container
4 3 (8.82%) .NET
5 2 (5.88%) HTML
6 1 (2.94%) AngularJS
6 1 (2.94%) CSS
6 1 (2.94%) HTML5
6 1 (2.94%) LESS
6 1 (2.94%) React
Miscellaneous
1 29 (85.29%) User Experience
2 23 (67.65%) RIA
3 7 (20.59%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (11.76%) Derivative
4 4 (11.76%) Equity Derivative
5 3 (8.82%) Life Science
6 1 (2.94%) Animation
6 1 (2.94%) Equities
6 1 (2.94%) Fintech
6 1 (2.94%) Fixed Income
6 1 (2.94%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (2.94%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.94%) Windows
1 1 (2.94%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (17.65%) MVVM
2 5 (14.71%) TDD
2 5 (14.71%) Workflow
3 4 (11.76%) Business Intelligence
3 4 (11.76%) Logistics
3 4 (11.76%) Multithreading
4 2 (5.88%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (5.88%) Front End Development
5 1 (2.94%) Asset Management
5 1 (2.94%) Continuous Delivery
5 1 (2.94%) Continuous Integration
5 1 (2.94%) Investment Management
5 1 (2.94%) OO
5 1 (2.94%) OOD
5 1 (2.94%) Release Management
5 1 (2.94%) Scrum
5 1 (2.94%) Software Engineering
5 1 (2.94%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 25 (73.53%) JavaScript
2 5 (14.71%) C#
2 5 (14.71%) XAML
3 1 (2.94%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (11.76%) Chartered Engineer
Vendors
1 24 (70.59%) Oracle
2 23 (67.65%) Microsoft
3 1 (2.94%) Adobe
3 1 (2.94%) Perforce