The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for DirectX skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited DirectX over the 3 months to 23 June 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 DirectX
UK
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 596 642 626
Rank change year-on-year +46 -16  
Contract jobs citing DirectX 6 1 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.013% 0.002% 0.023%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.040% 0.007% 0.084%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 5
Median daily rate £385 £350 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% +2.94%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £350 £333
% change year-on-year +10.00% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £35.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

DirectX is in the industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills.

Contract Software Library & Framework Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills 15019 15261 15400
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 32.08% 28.36% 27.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 10384 10752 10284
Median daily rate £427 £420 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.66% +8.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £300 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 199 178 208
Median hourly rate £41.50 £36.50 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.69% -1.35%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.82 £16.60 £17.68
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £51.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £36.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +18.05% -10.00%  

DirectX
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing DirectX as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

Job vacancy trend for DirectX in the UK

DirectX
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for DirectX in the UK

DirectX
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for DirectX in the UK

DirectX
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 DirectX within the UK over the 3 months to 23 June 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 - 6 £385 - 7
South East - 3 £385 - 2
Redhill - 3 £385 -
Surrey - 3 £385 -
London - 2 - - 3
Birmingham - 1 - - 1
West Midlands - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing DirectX 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 DirectX.

1 7 (100.00%) C++
2 3 (42.86%) UML
2 3 (42.86%) Embedded C++
2 3 (42.86%) ILOG
2 3 (42.86%) MFC
2 3 (42.86%) MySQL
2 3 (42.86%) STL
2 3 (42.86%) Windows
2 3 (42.86%) PostgreSQL
2 3 (42.86%) Software Engineering
2 3 (42.86%) Use Case
2 3 (42.86%) Waterfall
2 3 (42.86%) User Stories
3 2 (28.57%) Geospatial Data
3 2 (28.57%) SDLC
3 2 (28.57%) Multithreading
3 2 (28.57%) C#
3 2 (28.57%) Java
3 2 (28.57%) OpenGL
3 2 (28.57%) OO
3 2 (28.57%) GIS
4 1 (14.29%) Bugzilla
4 1 (14.29%) 3D Graphics
4 1 (14.29%) Games
4 1 (14.29%) Python
4 1 (14.29%) JavaScript
4 1 (14.29%) HTML
4 1 (14.29%) Linux
4 1 (14.29%) Retail
4 1 (14.29%) HTML5

DirectX
Co-occurring 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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (42.86%) MySQL
1 3 (42.86%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (28.57%) Geospatial Data
2 2 (28.57%) GIS
Development Applications
1 1 (14.29%) Bugzilla
General
1 1 (14.29%) Games
1 1 (14.29%) Retail
Job Titles
1 4 (57.14%) Developer
1 4 (57.14%) Senior Developer
2 3 (42.86%) C++ Developer
2 3 (42.86%) Embedded C++ Developer
2 3 (42.86%) Embedded Developer
2 3 (42.86%) Senior C++ Developer
2 3 (42.86%) Software Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Games Developer
3 1 (14.29%) Senior Games Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (42.86%) MFC
1 3 (42.86%) STL
2 2 (28.57%) OpenGL
3 1 (14.29%) HTML
3 1 (14.29%) HTML5
3 1 (14.29%) Pixi.js
3 1 (14.29%) Unreal Engine
Miscellaneous
1 1 (14.29%) 3D Graphics
1 1 (14.29%) Greenfield Project
1 1 (14.29%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 3 (42.86%) Windows
2 1 (14.29%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (42.86%) Software Engineering
1 3 (42.86%) UML
1 3 (42.86%) Use Case
1 3 (42.86%) User Stories
1 3 (42.86%) Waterfall
2 2 (28.57%) Multithreading
2 2 (28.57%) OO
2 2 (28.57%) SDLC
3 1 (14.29%) Game Development
3 1 (14.29%) Responsive Web Design
Programming Languages
1 7 (100.00%) C++
2 3 (42.86%) Embedded C++
3 2 (28.57%) C#
3 2 (28.57%) Java
4 1 (14.29%) JavaScript
4 1 (14.29%) Python
Vendors
1 3 (42.86%) ILOG