The table below looks at the statistics for Microsoft Blend skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Blend over the 3 months to 5 December 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
5 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Blend for Visual Studio (formerly Microsoft Expression Blend)
Rank 618 615 642
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +27
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend 9 22 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.018% 0.040% 0.012%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.11% 0.27% 0.094%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 9 4
Median daily rate £600 £350 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+71.42% -20.00%
UK excluding London median daily rate - £350 £275
% change year-on-year
- +27.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Median hourly rate - £32.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -7.14%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £32.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.14%

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
8363 8199 7456
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 16.66% 14.99% 13.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 5627 5510 5131
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 185 118
Median hourly rate £41.00 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% +6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £25.00 £25.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.68 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +6.66%

Microsoft Blend
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 4 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Blend within the UK over the 3 months to 5 December 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -11 9 £600 +71.42%
London 0 8 £600 +23.07%
East Midlands -21 1 - -
Derbyshire - 1 - -

Microsoft Blend
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 December 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Blend also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Microsoft Blend.

1 9 (90.00%) Microsoft
1 9 (90.00%) User Experience
2 8 (80.00%) Wireframes
2 8 (80.00%) C#
2 8 (80.00%) WPF
3 7 (70.00%) Asset Management
3 7 (70.00%) TDD
3 7 (70.00%) XAML
3 7 (70.00%) MVVM
4 6 (60.00%) Portfolio Management
4 6 (60.00%) Moq
4 6 (60.00%) StyleCop
4 6 (60.00%) DevExpress
4 6 (60.00%) NCrunch
4 6 (60.00%) SDLC
4 6 (60.00%) Translating Business Requirements
4 6 (60.00%) OO
4 6 (60.00%) OOD
4 6 (60.00%) NUnit
4 6 (60.00%) Front Office
4 6 (60.00%) ReSharper
5 3 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (30.00%) Banking
5 3 (30.00%) Finance
5 3 (30.00%) Scrum
6 2 (20.00%) Photoshop
6 2 (20.00%) Adobe
6 2 (20.00%) Flash
6 2 (20.00%) MS Excel
6 2 (20.00%) Adobe Illustrator

Microsoft Blend
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Applications
1 2 (20.00%) Adobe Illustrator
1 2 (20.00%) InDesign
1 2 (20.00%) MS Excel
1 2 (20.00%) Photoshop
Development Applications
1 6 (60.00%) Moq
1 6 (60.00%) NCrunch
1 6 (60.00%) NUnit
1 6 (60.00%) ReSharper
1 6 (60.00%) StyleCop
General
1 6 (60.00%) Front Office
2 3 (30.00%) Banking
2 3 (30.00%) Finance
3 2 (20.00%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 8 (80.00%) Developer
2 7 (70.00%) UI Developer
2 7 (70.00%) UI/UX Developer
2 7 (70.00%) UX Developer
3 5 (50.00%) User Experience Manager
4 2 (20.00%) Designer
4 2 (20.00%) Lead Designer
4 2 (20.00%) Lead UX Designer
4 2 (20.00%) UX Designer
4 2 (20.00%) WPF Developer
5 1 (10.00%) Applications Developer
5 1 (10.00%) C# Application Developer
5 1 (10.00%) C# Developer
5 1 (10.00%) C# Web Applications Developer
5 1 (10.00%) C# Web Developer
5 1 (10.00%) C# WPF Developer
5 1 (10.00%) Web Applications Developer
5 1 (10.00%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (80.00%) WPF
2 2 (20.00%) Flash
3 1 (10.00%) .NET
3 1 (10.00%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 9 (90.00%) User Experience
2 1 (10.00%) Equities
2 1 (10.00%) Fintech
2 1 (10.00%) Fixed Income
2 1 (10.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (80.00%) Wireframes
2 7 (70.00%) Asset Management
2 7 (70.00%) MVVM
2 7 (70.00%) TDD
3 6 (60.00%) OO
3 6 (60.00%) OOD
3 6 (60.00%) Portfolio Management
3 6 (60.00%) SDLC
3 6 (60.00%) Translating Business Requirements
4 3 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (30.00%) Scrum
5 2 (20.00%) Investment Management
6 1 (10.00%) Unit Testing
6 1 (10.00%) UX Design
Programming Languages
1 8 (80.00%) C#
2 7 (70.00%) XAML
Vendors
1 9 (90.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (60.00%) DevExpress
3 2 (20.00%) Adobe