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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Blend for Visual Studio (formerly Microsoft Expression Blend)
Rank 588 525 561
Rank change year-on-year
-63 +36
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend 13 50 42
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.023% 0.094% 0.071%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.18% 0.80% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 39 24
Average daily rate
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£425 £550 £500
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-22.72% +10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £450 £304
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £650 £590
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £393 £450
% change year-on-year
-7.64% -12.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 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
7115 6222 6354
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 12.84% 11.70% 10.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 4549 3972 3651
Average daily rate £388 £388 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 128 130 221
Average hourly rate £37.80 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.80% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £24.00 £21.58
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £71.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.80 £37.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+2.16% -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
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 20 August 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 11 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 20 August 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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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 -66 11 £425 -22.72% 1
London -18 7 £450 -18.18%
City of London +32 4 £513 -8.88%
East Midlands - 3 - -
Leicester - 3 - -
Leicestershire - 3 - -
Scotland - 2 £425 -
Glasgow - 1 £425 -
Watford - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
East of England - - - -

Microsoft Blend
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 42 (91.30%) WPF
2 33 (71.74%) Silverlight
3 28 (60.87%) XAML
4 21 (45.65%) Microsoft
5 19 (41.30%) MVVM
6 18 (39.13%) Adobe Illustrator
7 17 (36.96%) Photoshop
8 14 (30.43%) .NET
8 14 (30.43%) CSS
8 14 (30.43%) C#
9 10 (21.74%) CSS3
9 10 (21.74%) MS Excel
9 10 (21.74%) Finance
10 9 (19.57%) Validation
10 9 (19.57%) Adobe
10 9 (19.57%) Visual Studio
10 9 (19.57%) OmniGraffle
10 9 (19.57%) Axure RP
10 9 (19.57%) Usability Testing
11 8 (17.39%) Windows
12 7 (15.22%) OOP
12 7 (15.22%) Web Services
12 7 (15.22%) Scrum
12 7 (15.22%) Infragistics
12 7 (15.22%) Banking
12 7 (15.22%) Balsamiq Mockups
13 6 (13.04%) Investment Banking
13 6 (13.04%) Animation
14 5 (10.87%) HTML
14 5 (10.87%) OO

Microsoft Blend
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 (6.52%) IIS
Applications
1 18 (39.13%) Adobe Illustrator
2 17 (36.96%) Photoshop
3 10 (21.74%) MS Excel
4 9 (19.57%) OmniGraffle
5 2 (4.35%) MS Office
6 1 (2.17%) MS Visio
6 1 (2.17%) MS PowerPoint
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.52%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (2.17%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 9 (19.57%) Visual Studio
1 9 (19.57%) Axure RP
2 7 (15.22%) Balsamiq Mockups
3 1 (2.17%) Subversion
3 1 (2.17%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 10 (21.74%) Finance
2 7 (15.22%) Banking
3 6 (13.04%) Investment Banking
4 2 (4.35%) Automotive
4 2 (4.35%) Publishing
5 1 (2.17%) Retail
5 1 (2.17%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 26 (56.52%) Designer
2 17 (36.96%) Developer
3 15 (32.61%) UI Designer
4 11 (23.91%) User Experience Designer
5 10 (21.74%) Interface Designer
6 7 (15.22%) WPF Developer
7 5 (10.87%) C# Developer
8 3 (6.52%) Embedded Software Engineer
8 3 (6.52%) Software Developer
8 3 (6.52%) Software Engineer
8 3 (6.52%) C# Software Developer
9 1 (2.17%) UI Developer
9 1 (2.17%) Front-End Developer
9 1 (2.17%) UI Programmer
9 1 (2.17%) Silverlight Developer
9 1 (2.17%) Senior Silverlight Developer
9 1 (2.17%) Senior Developer
9 1 (2.17%) HTML Developer
9 1 (2.17%) Senior C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (91.30%) WPF
2 33 (71.74%) Silverlight
3 14 (30.43%) .NET
3 14 (30.43%) CSS
4 10 (21.74%) CSS3
5 7 (15.22%) Web Services
6 5 (10.87%) HTML
6 5 (10.87%) HTML5
6 5 (10.87%) Caliburn.Micro
7 4 (8.70%) jQuery
7 4 (8.70%) ASP.NET
8 3 (6.52%) ADO.NET
8 3 (6.52%) .NET Framework
8 3 (6.52%) JSON
8 3 (6.52%) ASP.NET MVC
8 3 (6.52%) REST
8 3 (6.52%) WCF
8 3 (6.52%) WinRT
8 3 (6.52%) ASP.NET Web Forms
9 2 (4.35%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 6 (13.04%) Animation
2 5 (10.87%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (6.52%) Mobile App
3 3 (6.52%) Device Driver
4 1 (2.17%) Graphic Design
4 1 (2.17%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.17%) Mobile Payment
Operating Systems
1 8 (17.39%) Windows
2 4 (8.70%) Windows Phone
3 3 (6.52%) Windows CE
4 2 (4.35%) Windows Phone 8
5 1 (2.17%) UNIX
5 1 (2.17%) Linux
5 1 (2.17%) Android
5 1 (2.17%) Mac OS
5 1 (2.17%) Windows Phone 7
5 1 (2.17%) Apple iOS
5 1 (2.17%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (41.30%) MVVM
2 9 (19.57%) Validation
2 9 (19.57%) Usability Testing
3 7 (15.22%) OOP
3 7 (15.22%) Scrum
4 5 (10.87%) OO
5 4 (8.70%) Information Architecture
6 3 (6.52%) Software Engineering
6 3 (6.52%) UML
6 3 (6.52%) MVC
6 3 (6.52%) Unit Testing
7 1 (2.17%) Continuous Integration
7 1 (2.17%) Stakeholder Management
7 1 (2.17%) Waterfall
7 1 (2.17%) Mobile Application Development
7 1 (2.17%) Performance Analysis
7 1 (2.17%) E-Commerce
7 1 (2.17%) Web Design
7 1 (2.17%) TDD
7 1 (2.17%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 28 (60.87%) XAML
2 14 (30.43%) C#
3 3 (6.52%) C++
3 3 (6.52%) SQL
4 2 (4.35%) JavaScript
5 1 (2.17%) C
5 1 (2.17%) Java
5 1 (2.17%) VBA
5 1 (2.17%) Python
5 1 (2.17%) Ruby
5 1 (2.17%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 2 (4.35%) Chartered Engineer
2 1 (2.17%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.35%) QA
Vendors
1 21 (45.65%) Microsoft
2 9 (19.57%) Adobe
3 7 (15.22%) Infragistics
4 3 (6.52%) Telerik
4 3 (6.52%) Oracle
5 1 (2.17%) Syncfusion
5 1 (2.17%) Mercator