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 3 September 2015 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
3 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Blend for Visual Studio (formerly Microsoft Expression Blend)
Rank 607 603 548
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -55
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend 23 13 51
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.039% 0.023% 0.096%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.28% 0.18% 0.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 7 40
Average daily rate
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£455 £400 £550
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.75% -27.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £300 £450
10% offered a daily rate of more than £653 £510 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £450
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -33.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 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
8126 7216 6261
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 13.92% 12.76% 11.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 5362 4640 4009
Average daily rate £400 £388 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 172 134 137
Average hourly rate £40.00 £37.80 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.82% +0.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.75 £30.00 £23.62
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £71.00 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £37.80 £36.50
% change year-on-year
+5.82% +3.56%

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 3 September 2015.

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 9 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 3 September 2015. 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 0 21 £600 +71.42% 2
London -4 10 £650 +44.44% 2
Leicestershire +4 9 £350 -
East Midlands -7 9 £350 -
Leicester +8 6 £350 -
Glasgow +13 2 £325 -23.52%
Scotland -8 2 £325 -23.52%
Coventry - 2 - -
West Midlands - 2 - -

Microsoft Blend
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 September 2015, 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 27 (87.10%) WPF
2 24 (77.42%) User Experience
3 14 (45.16%) Silverlight
3 14 (45.16%) MVVM
4 12 (38.71%) Microsoft
5 11 (35.48%) C#
5 11 (35.48%) JavaScript
5 11 (35.48%) .NET
5 11 (35.48%) Oracle
6 10 (32.26%) Unity DI Container
6 10 (32.26%) RIA
6 10 (32.26%) MS Excel
6 10 (32.26%) Agile Software Development
7 9 (29.03%) IIS
8 8 (25.81%) MS Office
8 8 (25.81%) Telerik
8 8 (25.81%) Business Analysis
8 8 (25.81%) MS PowerPoint
8 8 (25.81%) Dependency Injection
9 7 (22.58%) XAML
10 6 (19.35%) Photoshop
11 5 (16.13%) Balsamiq Mockups
11 5 (16.13%) Analytical Skills
12 4 (12.90%) Chartered Engineer
12 4 (12.90%) Business Intelligence
12 4 (12.90%) Adobe Illustrator
12 4 (12.90%) Logistics
13 3 (9.68%) Software Engineering
13 3 (9.68%) Manufacturing
13 3 (9.68%) CSS

Microsoft Blend
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 September 2015, 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 9 (29.03%) IIS
Applications
1 10 (32.26%) MS Excel
2 8 (25.81%) MS Office
2 8 (25.81%) MS PowerPoint
3 6 (19.35%) Photoshop
4 4 (12.90%) Adobe Illustrator
Development Applications
1 5 (16.13%) Balsamiq Mockups
2 1 (3.23%) JIRA
General
1 3 (9.68%) Manufacturing
2 1 (3.23%) Banking
2 1 (3.23%) Investment Banking
2 1 (3.23%) Front Office
2 1 (3.23%) Aerospace
2 1 (3.23%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 20 (64.52%) Developer
2 11 (35.48%) WPF Developer
3 10 (32.26%) C# Developer
4 8 (25.81%) Software Developer
4 8 (25.81%) Silverlight Developer
4 8 (25.81%) Designer
5 4 (12.90%) UI Designer
6 3 (9.68%) Software Engineer
7 2 (6.45%) UX Designer
8 1 (3.23%) Senior C# Developer
8 1 (3.23%) Photoshop Designer
8 1 (3.23%) Senior Developer
8 1 (3.23%) Senior WPF Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (87.10%) WPF
2 14 (45.16%) Silverlight
3 11 (35.48%) .NET
4 10 (32.26%) Unity DI Container
5 3 (9.68%) CSS
5 3 (9.68%) CSS3
6 2 (6.45%) FIX Protocol
6 2 (6.45%) LINQ
7 1 (3.23%) XML
7 1 (3.23%) OpenGL
Miscellaneous
1 24 (77.42%) User Experience
2 10 (32.26%) RIA
3 5 (16.13%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (9.68%) Mathematics
4 3 (9.68%) Computer Science
4 3 (9.68%) Life Science
5 2 (6.45%) Derivative
5 2 (6.45%) Equity Derivative
6 1 (3.23%) N-Tier
6 1 (3.23%) Fixed Income
6 1 (3.23%) Credit Risk
6 1 (3.23%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.23%) Windows
1 1 (3.23%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (45.16%) MVVM
2 10 (32.26%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (25.81%) Dependency Injection
3 8 (25.81%) Business Analysis
4 4 (12.90%) Logistics
4 4 (12.90%) Business Intelligence
5 3 (9.68%) Software Engineering
5 3 (9.68%) Information Architecture
6 2 (6.45%) TDD
6 2 (6.45%) Workflow
6 2 (6.45%) Multithreading
7 1 (3.23%) OO
7 1 (3.23%) OOD
7 1 (3.23%) Continuous Delivery
7 1 (3.23%) Release Management
7 1 (3.23%) Unit Testing
7 1 (3.23%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 11 (35.48%) C#
1 11 (35.48%) JavaScript
2 7 (22.58%) XAML
Qualifications
1 4 (12.90%) Chartered Engineer
2 3 (9.68%) Degree
Vendors
1 12 (38.71%) Microsoft
2 11 (35.48%) Oracle
3 8 (25.81%) Telerik
4 3 (9.68%) Adobe
5 1 (3.23%) Perforce