The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for Microsoft Blend skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft Blend over the 3 months to 23 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Blend for Visual Studio (formerly Microsoft Expression Blend)
England / London
Rank 400 418 407
Rank change year-on-year +18 -11  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend 2 1 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.010% 0.005% 0.010%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.057% 0.029% 0.066%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 2
Median daily rate £600 £525 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.28% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate - £480 £400
% change year-on-year - +20.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £42.00

Microsoft Blend is in the development application skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 3515 3459 3023
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 18.30% 15.73% 14.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 2576 2525 2143
Median daily rate £475 £475 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £350 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 9 7
Median hourly rate £47.50 £50.00 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +19.04%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.30 £39.70 £20.31
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £165.00 £50.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +1.19% +12.00%  

Microsoft Blend
Job Vacancy Trend in London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in London citing Microsoft Blend as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Development Applications category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Blend in London

Microsoft Blend
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend in London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Blend in London

Microsoft Blend
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Blend in London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Blend in London

Microsoft Blend
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 23 March 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 across the London region with a requirement for Microsoft Blend.

1 7 (100.00%) C#
1 7 (100.00%) XAML
1 7 (100.00%) TDD
1 7 (100.00%) Asset Management
1 7 (100.00%) WPF
1 7 (100.00%) MVVM
1 7 (100.00%) User Experience
2 4 (57.14%) SDLC
2 4 (57.14%) Translating Business Requirements
2 4 (57.14%) Portfolio Management
2 4 (57.14%) NCrunch
2 4 (57.14%) Moq
2 4 (57.14%) DevExpress
2 4 (57.14%) StyleCop
2 4 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (57.14%) Investment Management
2 4 (57.14%) ReSharper
2 4 (57.14%) NUnit
2 4 (57.14%) Scrum
2 4 (57.14%) Front Office
2 4 (57.14%) OO
2 4 (57.14%) OOD
2 4 (57.14%) Microsoft
2 4 (57.14%) Wireframes
3 3 (42.86%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 3 (42.86%) Fixed Income
3 3 (42.86%) Equities
3 3 (42.86%) Banking
3 3 (42.86%) Fintech
4 1 (14.29%) UX Design

Microsoft Blend
Top Related IT Skills in London 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:

Development Applications
1 4 (57.14%) Moq
1 4 (57.14%) NCrunch
1 4 (57.14%) NUnit
1 4 (57.14%) ReSharper
1 4 (57.14%) StyleCop
General
1 4 (57.14%) Front Office
2 3 (42.86%) Banking
3 1 (14.29%) Finance
Job Titles
1 7 (100.00%) Developer
1 7 (100.00%) UI Developer
1 7 (100.00%) UI/UX Developer
1 7 (100.00%) UX Developer
2 3 (42.86%) User Experience Manager
2 3 (42.86%) WPF Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (100.00%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 7 (100.00%) User Experience
2 3 (42.86%) Equities
2 3 (42.86%) Fintech
2 3 (42.86%) Fixed Income
2 3 (42.86%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (100.00%) Asset Management
1 7 (100.00%) MVVM
1 7 (100.00%) TDD
2 4 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (57.14%) Investment Management
2 4 (57.14%) OO
2 4 (57.14%) OOD
2 4 (57.14%) Portfolio Management
2 4 (57.14%) Scrum
2 4 (57.14%) SDLC
2 4 (57.14%) Translating Business Requirements
2 4 (57.14%) Wireframes
3 1 (14.29%) UX Design
Programming Languages
1 7 (100.00%) C#
1 7 (100.00%) XAML
Vendors
1 4 (57.14%) DevExpress
1 4 (57.14%) Microsoft