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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Blend for Visual Studio (formerly Microsoft Expression Blend)
Rank 599 533 549
Rank change year-on-year
-66 +16
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend 15 45 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.026% 0.085% 0.092%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.20% 0.72% 0.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 38 29
Average daily rate
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£413 £550 £575
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% -4.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £433 £318
10% offered a daily rate of more than £508 £650 £605
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £450 £475
% change year-on-year
-33.33% -5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Average hourly rate £37.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 - -

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
7331 6242 6395
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.68% 11.84% 10.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 4863 4041 3561
Average daily rate £400 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £543
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.41% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 117 125 228
Average hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +4.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £20.25 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £71.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £37.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%

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 23 September 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 23 September 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 -43 14 £400 -27.27% 1
London -9 9 £500 -9.09%
City of London +22 5 £500 +33.33%
East Midlands - 3 - -
Leicestershire - 3 - -
Scotland -18 1 £425 -5.55%
Glasgow -24 1 £425 -5.55%

Microsoft Blend
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 36 (90.00%) WPF
2 28 (70.00%) User Experience
2 28 (70.00%) XAML
3 24 (60.00%) Silverlight
4 21 (52.50%) Microsoft
5 20 (50.00%) MVVM
6 18 (45.00%) Adobe Illustrator
7 17 (42.50%) Photoshop
8 16 (40.00%) C#
9 15 (37.50%) .NET
10 14 (35.00%) CSS
11 10 (25.00%) CSS3
12 9 (22.50%) Finance
12 9 (22.50%) Adobe
13 8 (20.00%) Visual Studio
13 8 (20.00%) Windows
14 7 (17.50%) OOP
14 7 (17.50%) Web Services
14 7 (17.50%) Banking
15 6 (15.00%) Investment Banking
15 6 (15.00%) Animation
15 6 (15.00%) Infragistics
15 6 (15.00%) MS Excel
15 6 (15.00%) Balsamiq Mockups
16 5 (12.50%) HTML5
16 5 (12.50%) Caliburn.Micro
16 5 (12.50%) Enterprise Software
16 5 (12.50%) HTML
16 5 (12.50%) OO
17 4 (10.00%) ASP.NET

Microsoft Blend
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 (7.50%) IIS
Applications
1 18 (45.00%) Adobe Illustrator
2 17 (42.50%) Photoshop
3 6 (15.00%) MS Excel
4 1 (2.50%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (7.50%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (2.50%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (20.00%) Visual Studio
2 6 (15.00%) Balsamiq Mockups
3 2 (5.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (2.50%) Subversion
General
1 9 (22.50%) Finance
2 7 (17.50%) Banking
3 6 (15.00%) Investment Banking
4 2 (5.00%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 19 (47.50%) Developer
2 18 (45.00%) Designer
3 15 (37.50%) UI Designer
4 10 (25.00%) Interface Designer
5 9 (22.50%) WPF Developer
6 6 (15.00%) C# Developer
7 3 (7.50%) Embedded Software Engineer
7 3 (7.50%) Software Developer
7 3 (7.50%) Software Engineer
7 3 (7.50%) C# Software Developer
7 3 (7.50%) User Experience Designer
8 2 (5.00%) Senior C# Developer
8 2 (5.00%) UI Developer
8 2 (5.00%) UI Programmer
8 2 (5.00%) Senior Developer
9 1 (2.50%) HTML Developer
9 1 (2.50%) Senior WPF Developer
9 1 (2.50%) Front-End Developer
9 1 (2.50%) Silverlight Developer
9 1 (2.50%) Senior Silverlight Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (90.00%) WPF
2 24 (60.00%) Silverlight
3 15 (37.50%) .NET
4 14 (35.00%) CSS
5 10 (25.00%) CSS3
6 7 (17.50%) Web Services
7 5 (12.50%) HTML
7 5 (12.50%) HTML5
7 5 (12.50%) Caliburn.Micro
8 4 (10.00%) jQuery
8 4 (10.00%) ASP.NET
9 3 (7.50%) ADO.NET
9 3 (7.50%) .NET Framework
9 3 (7.50%) JSON
9 3 (7.50%) ASP.NET MVC
9 3 (7.50%) REST
9 3 (7.50%) WCF
9 3 (7.50%) WinRT
9 3 (7.50%) ASP.NET Web Forms
10 2 (5.00%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 28 (70.00%) User Experience
2 6 (15.00%) Animation
3 5 (12.50%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (7.50%) Mobile App
4 3 (7.50%) Device Driver
5 1 (2.50%) Graphic Design
5 1 (2.50%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 8 (20.00%) Windows
2 4 (10.00%) Windows Phone
3 3 (7.50%) Windows CE
4 2 (5.00%) Windows Phone 8
5 1 (2.50%) UNIX
5 1 (2.50%) Linux
5 1 (2.50%) Android
5 1 (2.50%) Mac OS
5 1 (2.50%) Windows Phone 7
5 1 (2.50%) Apple iOS
5 1 (2.50%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (50.00%) MVVM
2 7 (17.50%) OOP
3 5 (12.50%) OO
4 3 (7.50%) MVC
4 3 (7.50%) Software Engineering
4 3 (7.50%) Unit Testing
4 3 (7.50%) UML
4 3 (7.50%) Information Architecture
5 1 (2.50%) Continuous Integration
5 1 (2.50%) Web Design
5 1 (2.50%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (2.50%) TDD
5 1 (2.50%) Pair Programming
5 1 (2.50%) Waterfall
5 1 (2.50%) Mobile Application Development
5 1 (2.50%) Performance Analysis
5 1 (2.50%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 28 (70.00%) XAML
2 16 (40.00%) C#
3 3 (7.50%) C++
3 3 (7.50%) SQL
4 2 (5.00%) VBA
4 2 (5.00%) JavaScript
5 1 (2.50%) C
5 1 (2.50%) Java
5 1 (2.50%) Python
5 1 (2.50%) Ruby
5 1 (2.50%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 2 (5.00%) Chartered Engineer
2 1 (2.50%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.00%) QA
Vendors
1 21 (52.50%) Microsoft
2 9 (22.50%) Adobe
3 6 (15.00%) Infragistics
4 3 (7.50%) Telerik
4 3 (7.50%) Oracle
5 1 (2.50%) Syncfusion