The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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)
UK
Rank 591 625 613
Rank change year-on-year +34 -12  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Blend 8 3 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.018% 0.006% 0.015%
As % of the Development Applications category 0.10% 0.039% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 2 5
Median daily rate £600 £503 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +19.40% +18.23%  
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 with a requirement for development application skills.

Contract Development Application Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for development application skills 7755 7671 6891
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 17.34% 14.52% 13.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 5219 5093 4404
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 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 173 185 133
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.29 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.49% +12.77%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £31.50 £29.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £50.00 £50.44
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

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 UK

Microsoft Blend
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Blend in the UK

Microsoft Blend
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Blend 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 23 March 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
Glasgow - 6 - -
Scotland - 6 - -
England +35 2 £600 +19.40% 1
London +18 2 £600 +14.28%

Microsoft Blend
Top 30 Related IT Skills

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 with a requirement for Microsoft Blend.

1 16 (100.00%) WPF
2 15 (93.75%) C#
3 13 (81.25%) XAML
3 13 (81.25%) User Experience
4 12 (75.00%) MVVM
4 12 (75.00%) Microsoft
5 9 (56.25%) OO
6 8 (50.00%) .NET
7 7 (43.75%) Scrum
7 7 (43.75%) Asset Management
7 7 (43.75%) Agile Software Development
7 7 (43.75%) TDD
8 6 (37.50%) Photoshop
8 6 (37.50%) Front End Development
9 5 (31.25%) Web Services
9 5 (31.25%) OOP
9 5 (31.25%) Flash
9 5 (31.25%) Adobe
9 5 (31.25%) Adobe Illustrator
10 4 (25.00%) NUnit
10 4 (25.00%) ReSharper
10 4 (25.00%) Finance
10 4 (25.00%) OOD
10 4 (25.00%) Front Office
10 4 (25.00%) Wireframes
10 4 (25.00%) NCrunch
10 4 (25.00%) SDLC
10 4 (25.00%) Translating Business Requirements
10 4 (25.00%) Portfolio Management
10 4 (25.00%) Moq

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 (37.50%) Photoshop
2 5 (31.25%) Adobe Illustrator
3 3 (18.75%) MS Excel
Development Applications
1 4 (25.00%) Moq
1 4 (25.00%) NCrunch
1 4 (25.00%) NUnit
1 4 (25.00%) ReSharper
1 4 (25.00%) StyleCop
General
1 4 (25.00%) Finance
1 4 (25.00%) Front Office
2 3 (18.75%) Banking
3 1 (6.25%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 16 (100.00%) Developer
2 11 (68.75%) WPF Developer
3 10 (62.50%) UI Developer
3 10 (62.50%) UI/UX Developer
3 10 (62.50%) UX Developer
4 3 (18.75%) Applications Developer
4 3 (18.75%) C# Application Developer
4 3 (18.75%) C# Developer
4 3 (18.75%) C# Web Applications Developer
4 3 (18.75%) C# Web Developer
4 3 (18.75%) C# WPF Developer
4 3 (18.75%) User Experience Manager
4 3 (18.75%) Web Applications Developer
4 3 (18.75%) Web Developer
5 2 (12.50%) .NET Applications Developer
5 2 (12.50%) .NET Developer
5 2 (12.50%) .NET Web Applications Developer
5 2 (12.50%) .NET Web Developer
5 2 (12.50%) C# .NET Developer
6 1 (6.25%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (100.00%) WPF
2 8 (50.00%) .NET
3 5 (31.25%) Flash
3 5 (31.25%) Web Services
4 3 (18.75%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 13 (81.25%) User Experience
2 3 (18.75%) Equities
2 3 (18.75%) Fintech
2 3 (18.75%) Fixed Income
2 3 (18.75%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (75.00%) MVVM
2 9 (56.25%) OO
3 7 (43.75%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (43.75%) Asset Management
3 7 (43.75%) Scrum
3 7 (43.75%) TDD
4 6 (37.50%) Front End Development
5 5 (31.25%) OOP
6 4 (25.00%) Investment Management
6 4 (25.00%) OOD
6 4 (25.00%) Portfolio Management
6 4 (25.00%) SDLC
6 4 (25.00%) Translating Business Requirements
6 4 (25.00%) Wireframes
7 3 (18.75%) Unit Testing
8 1 (6.25%) UX Design
Programming Languages
1 15 (93.75%) C#
2 13 (81.25%) XAML
Vendors
1 12 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 5 (31.25%) Adobe
3 4 (25.00%) DevExpress