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 24 December 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Blend for Visual Studio (formerly Microsoft Expression Blend)
Rank 588 548 525
Rank change year-on-year
-40 -23
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend 4 22 36
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.007% 0.043% 0.074%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.055% 0.37% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 18 28
Average daily rate
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£375 £493 £600
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.85% -17.91%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £405 £393
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £550 £700
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £483 £338
% change year-on-year
-43.00% +42.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Average hourly rate £35.00 - £34.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 - £34.00

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
7223 5965 5730
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.32% 11.65% 11.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 4980 3815 3554
Average daily rate £400 £388 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +1.97%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £270 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £525 £543
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £340 £338
% change year-on-year
+10.29% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 124 148 226
Average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.50 £20.35 £24.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.40 £45.30 £46.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%

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 24 December 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 7 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 24 December 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
England -46 4 £375 -23.85%
London +7 2 £463 -15.90%
Leicestershire - - - -
City of London - - - -
East Midlands - - - -
Harrow - - - -
Leicester - - - -

Microsoft Blend
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 19 (100.00%) WPF
2 13 (68.42%) User Experience
3 11 (57.89%) Microsoft
3 11 (57.89%) XAML
4 10 (52.63%) MVVM
5 8 (42.11%) Silverlight
5 8 (42.11%) .NET
6 7 (36.84%) C#
7 6 (31.58%) CSS
8 5 (26.32%) Visual Studio
9 4 (21.05%) Adobe Illustrator
9 4 (21.05%) HTML
9 4 (21.05%) HTML5
10 3 (15.79%) ASP.NET MVC
10 3 (15.79%) ASP.NET Web Forms
10 3 (15.79%) jQuery
10 3 (15.79%) Unit Testing
10 3 (15.79%) Investment Banking
10 3 (15.79%) .NET Framework
10 3 (15.79%) Banking
10 3 (15.79%) Telerik
10 3 (15.79%) WCF
10 3 (15.79%) SQL
10 3 (15.79%) Oracle
10 3 (15.79%) Photoshop
10 3 (15.79%) IIS
10 3 (15.79%) ADO.NET
10 3 (15.79%) ASP.NET
10 3 (15.79%) UML
10 3 (15.79%) Oracle Reports

Microsoft Blend
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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.

Application Platforms
1 3 (15.79%) IIS
Applications
1 4 (21.05%) Adobe Illustrator
2 3 (15.79%) MS Excel
2 3 (15.79%) Photoshop
3 1 (5.26%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (15.79%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 5 (26.32%) Visual Studio
2 2 (10.53%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (5.26%) Subversion
General
1 3 (15.79%) Banking
1 3 (15.79%) Investment Banking
2 2 (10.53%) Finance
2 2 (10.53%) Automotive
3 1 (5.26%) Games
3 1 (5.26%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 11 (57.89%) Developer
2 8 (42.11%) Designer
3 6 (31.58%) UI Designer
4 5 (26.32%) C# Developer
5 4 (21.05%) WPF Developer
6 3 (15.79%) UX Designer
6 3 (15.79%) C# Software Developer
6 3 (15.79%) Software Developer
7 2 (10.53%) Interface Designer
7 2 (10.53%) UI Developer
7 2 (10.53%) UI Programmer
8 1 (5.26%) Senior WPF Developer
8 1 (5.26%) HTML Developer
8 1 (5.26%) Senior C# Developer
8 1 (5.26%) Front-End Developer
8 1 (5.26%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (100.00%) WPF
2 8 (42.11%) Silverlight
2 8 (42.11%) .NET
3 6 (31.58%) CSS
4 4 (21.05%) HTML5
4 4 (21.05%) HTML
5 3 (15.79%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 3 (15.79%) .NET Framework
5 3 (15.79%) WCF
5 3 (15.79%) ADO.NET
5 3 (15.79%) ASP.NET
5 3 (15.79%) jQuery
5 3 (15.79%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (10.53%) CSS3
7 1 (5.26%) WinRT
7 1 (5.26%) Caliburn.Micro
7 1 (5.26%) Sass
7 1 (5.26%) LESS
7 1 (5.26%) AngularJS
7 1 (5.26%) Apache Cordova
Miscellaneous
1 13 (68.42%) User Experience
2 1 (5.26%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 1 (5.26%) Graphic Design
2 1 (5.26%) Animation
2 1 (5.26%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.26%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (52.63%) MVVM
2 3 (15.79%) Unit Testing
2 3 (15.79%) UML
2 3 (15.79%) MVC
3 1 (5.26%) Web Design
3 1 (5.26%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (5.26%) OOP
3 1 (5.26%) OO
Programming Languages
1 11 (57.89%) XAML
2 7 (36.84%) C#
3 3 (15.79%) SQL
4 2 (10.53%) VBA
5 1 (5.26%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 2 (10.53%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.26%) QA
Vendors
1 11 (57.89%) Microsoft
2 3 (15.79%) Telerik
2 3 (15.79%) Oracle
3 2 (10.53%) Adobe
4 1 (5.26%) Syncfusion