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 21 February 2017 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
21 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Blend for Visual Studio (formerly Microsoft Expression Blend)
UK
Rank 587 622 615
Rank change year-on-year
+35 -7
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend 9 2 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.020% 0.004% 0.010%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.12% 0.027% 0.071%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 1 3
Median daily rate £350 £525 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-33.33% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £335 £525 £400
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £525 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £40.00

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
7653 7455 7018
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 16.88% 14.57% 13.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 5117 4924 4667
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 £310 £300 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 162 205 127
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +14.86%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £28.00 £25.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £55.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+1.19% +13.51%

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
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 21 February 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Blend within the UK over the 3 months to 21 February 2017. 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 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 +33 5 £350 -33.33% 1
Scotland - 4 - -
Glasgow - 4 - -
East Midlands - 3 £350 -
Derbyshire - 3 £338 -
London +10 2 £600 +14.28%
Nottinghamshire - 1 £350 -

Microsoft Blend
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 February 2017, 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 16 (88.89%) WPF
2 15 (83.33%) User Experience
2 15 (83.33%) C#
3 14 (77.78%) Microsoft
4 13 (72.22%) XAML
5 12 (66.67%) MVVM
6 9 (50.00%) OO
6 9 (50.00%) TDD
6 9 (50.00%) Asset Management
7 8 (44.44%) Wireframes
8 7 (38.89%) Agile Software Development
8 7 (38.89%) Scrum
9 6 (33.33%) OOD
9 6 (33.33%) .NET
9 6 (33.33%) Photoshop
9 6 (33.33%) Front Office
9 6 (33.33%) NUnit
9 6 (33.33%) ReSharper
9 6 (33.33%) NCrunch
9 6 (33.33%) SDLC
9 6 (33.33%) Translating Business Requirements
9 6 (33.33%) Portfolio Management
9 6 (33.33%) Moq
9 6 (33.33%) StyleCop
9 6 (33.33%) DevExpress
10 5 (27.78%) Banking
10 5 (27.78%) Adobe Illustrator
10 5 (27.78%) Flash
10 5 (27.78%) Adobe
10 5 (27.78%) Finance

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 6 (33.33%) Photoshop
2 5 (27.78%) Adobe Illustrator
3 4 (22.22%) MS Excel
4 2 (11.11%) InDesign
Development Applications
1 6 (33.33%) Moq
1 6 (33.33%) NCrunch
1 6 (33.33%) NUnit
1 6 (33.33%) ReSharper
1 6 (33.33%) StyleCop
General
1 6 (33.33%) Front Office
2 5 (27.78%) Banking
2 5 (27.78%) Finance
3 2 (11.11%) Investment Banking
4 1 (5.56%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 16 (88.89%) Developer
2 11 (61.11%) UI Developer
2 11 (61.11%) UI/UX Developer
2 11 (61.11%) UX Developer
3 9 (50.00%) WPF Developer
4 5 (27.78%) User Experience Manager
5 3 (16.67%) Applications Developer
5 3 (16.67%) C# Application Developer
5 3 (16.67%) C# Developer
5 3 (16.67%) C# Web Applications Developer
5 3 (16.67%) C# Web Developer
5 3 (16.67%) C# WPF Developer
5 3 (16.67%) Web Applications Developer
5 3 (16.67%) Web Developer
6 2 (11.11%) .NET Developer
6 2 (11.11%) .NET Web Developer
6 2 (11.11%) C# .NET Developer
6 2 (11.11%) Designer
6 2 (11.11%) Lead Designer
6 2 (11.11%) Lead UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (88.89%) WPF
2 6 (33.33%) .NET
3 5 (27.78%) Flash
4 3 (16.67%) ASP.NET Web Forms
4 3 (16.67%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 15 (83.33%) User Experience
2 3 (16.67%) Equities
2 3 (16.67%) Fintech
2 3 (16.67%) Fixed Income
2 3 (16.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (66.67%) MVVM
2 9 (50.00%) Asset Management
2 9 (50.00%) OO
2 9 (50.00%) TDD
3 8 (44.44%) Wireframes
4 7 (38.89%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (38.89%) Scrum
5 6 (33.33%) OOD
5 6 (33.33%) Portfolio Management
5 6 (33.33%) SDLC
5 6 (33.33%) Translating Business Requirements
6 4 (22.22%) Front End Development
6 4 (22.22%) Investment Management
7 3 (16.67%) OOP
7 3 (16.67%) Unit Testing
8 1 (5.56%) UX Design
Programming Languages
1 15 (83.33%) C#
2 13 (72.22%) XAML
Vendors
1 14 (77.78%) Microsoft
2 6 (33.33%) DevExpress
3 5 (27.78%) Adobe