The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West 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 29 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.

Microsoft Blend for Visual Studio (formerly Microsoft Expression Blend)
England / South West
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank - - 147
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend 0 0 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West - - 0.064%
As % of the Development Applications category - - 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 0
Median daily rate - - -
UK excluding London median daily rate - £480 £400
% change year-on-year - +20.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £42.00
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 the South West with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 517 398 455
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 20.05% 13.70% 14.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 310 240 288
Median daily rate £400 £390 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% -2.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £320 £305
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +6.66% +2.73%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 40 30
Median hourly rate £40.50 £40.00 £36.40
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.25% +9.89%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.30 £31.50 £32.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £46.14 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.29 £37.50
% change year-on-year +0.49% +12.77%  

Microsoft Blend
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West 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 the South West

Microsoft Blend
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Blend in the South West

Microsoft Blend
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Blend in the South West