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Succession Planning - Best Practices

IT Job DescriptionsEveryone should know that succession planning is essential and some cased required because of requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA and standards like ISO 27000 (formerly 17799).

Best Practices include the following:

Promote Proactive Steps To Be Taken by All

Every manager and key employee should have a replacement in mind.  A succession planning process should be created and reviewed regularly.  If the plan is not viewed positively and does not support employee retention then it needs to be re-worked.

Use Existing Human Resource Evaluation and Compensation Systems

Existing systems drive performance of the enterprise's staff use them as metrics in the succession planning process.  If the right individuals are not moved into these key positions then your performance evaluation systems are wacky. The people who should be promoted and are not not will see that and leave creating a problem for your enterprise in the future.

Use the Same Succession Planning Process Across the Entire Enterprise

If the same succession plan is in place across the entire enterprise, then cross group movement will be encouraged and people will not feel they are locked in because some is not leaving the enterprise. 

 

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The Internet and IT Position Descriptions comes in PDF format and WORD files. The PDF book is over 750 pages in length and contains 273 Job Descriptions Descriptions in addition to a Job Progression Matrix Template, Job Evaluation Questionnaire, and Position Description Questionnaire. There is one word file for each job description (WORD .docx format). Long file names have been used to make customization easier.

Includes positions from CIO, CSO and CTO to Wireless and Metrics Mangers. All of the positions in the book have been created to reflect the technology world of today.

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New overtime pay rules released

May 20th, 2016

New overtime pay rules released

The U.S. Department of Labor released its revised  overtime rules. The exempt salary threshold level will increase from the current minimum of $455 per week, or $23,660 a year, to $913 per week, or $47,476 annually.

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Education Matters

May 11th, 2016

Education Matters

The higher the level of education, typically the greater is the compensation and lower the unemployment rate is.

Education Matters

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Staff retention will be key to success

May 2nd, 2016

Staff retention will be key to success

Staff RetentionCash is king for retaining top talent. Short-term incentive design is a complex process with many variables to consider. Although a cost-effective approach for motivating executives, your plans must strike a balance between sustainable value sharing while keeping ethics and pay equality in check.

CIOs need to strengthen thier expertise of short-term incentive plan design and strategy. To help avoid misalignment, CIO must gain insight on how to identify and weigh critical factors unique to thier business, staffing needs, and staff retention.

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Data Scientist job description

April 11th, 2016

Data Scientist job description

The Data Scientist is the postion that is hardest to fill as companies swim in more data than they know what to do with. Big data is the marriage of structured data (a company's proprietary information) with unstructured data (public sources such as social media streams and government feeds).

Big data no longer suffering from the lack of tools with R and Hadoop.  Data Scientist are geared to get value out of this critical resource.

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Requirements for this position are:

  • Masters in mathematics, statistics or computer science or related field; PHD degree preferred.
  • Typically requires 5 or more years of relevant quantitative and qualitative research and analytics
    experience.
  • Solid knowledge of statistical techniques.
  • The ability to come up with solutions to loosely defined business problems by leveraging pattern detection over potentially large datasets.
  • Strong programming skills (such as Hadoop MapReduce or other big data frameworks, Java), statistical
    modeling (like SAS or R).
  • Experience using machine learning algorithms.
  • High proficiency in the use of statistical packages.
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis, quantitative analytics, forecasting/predictive analytics, multivariate testing, and optimization algorithms.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience leading teams.
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Employees not productive 25% of the time

March 22nd, 2016

Employees not productive 25% of the time

25% of the time employees are not doing much work based on validated responses from nearly 2,000 employees.

Businesses use absenteeism rates as an indicator of engagement and productivity because it's easy to quantify. But a growing body of independent research indicates that businesses are focus on the wrong measure of productivity; absenteeism is not the major culprit.  While employees are absent from work an average of four days per year each, they say theye are  unproductive on the job for 57.5 days each - almost three working months.

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Hertz cuts 230 IT jobs as it outsources

February 18th, 2016

Hertz cuts 230 IT jobs as it outsources

Hertz will cut 230 IT jobs as they outsource work to IBM. The employees work at a Hertz technology center in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Hertz's CFO said they have 1,500 people in the back office, which is quite double what it should be. He said the firm's IT spend is over $400 million a year.

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Hot Microsoft skills highlighted by Janco

February 12th, 2016

Hot Microsoft skills highlighted by Janco

Hot Micosoft skills have been highlighted by Janco Associates in its 2016 IT Salary Survey.  The skills in high demand are:

  • SQL Server - Big Data is the driver on this - Microsoft SQL Server skills can command a 10% premium over other data and database administrator positions
  • .Net - .NET development skills can command an 8% premium over starting salaries for application development positions
  • Sharepoint - part of the enterprise computing environment and Sharepoint skills can command a 9% premium over starting salaries
  • Windows 10 - as enterprise adoption of Windows 10 continues, demand for administrators who haveworked with the new platform is increasing -- many potitions are available
  • Azure - Cloud based solutions are expanding and Azure skills can command up to 10% more than traditional IT positions

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California Paid Sick Leave Law

January 23rd, 2016

California's Paid Sick Leave Law

California laws governing benefits are complex at best. California employers must allow their eligible employees to accrue at least three paid sick days per year. The new law is among a swelling number of paid sick leave laws being enacted in cities and states across the United States. Compliance to the law as well as posting requirements is required.

Under the new law, employers of all sizes, including very small businesses, must allow employees who work at least 30 days per year to earn and take paid sick days. All types of employees - including full-time, part-time and temporary - can be covered by the law.

Beyond the accrual rules, employers must also take some steps to ensure employees know how many sick days they have available and inform them of their rights.

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IT Job Market News

January 18th, 2016

IT Job Market News

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IoT Manager new job title in IT

January 7th, 2016

IoT Manager new job title in IT

It Job Descriptions2016 Internet and IT Position Description released by Janco.  It now contains 273 Job descriptions and a full organization chart.

  • Janco Associates’ latest handbook of corporate IT jobs  found the diversity of IT-related job titles is expanding.
  • Janco identified a total of 273 job titles, up from less than 100 when they first began tracking IT job titles in 1989.
  • Three new positions were added to the 2016 handbook – Internet-of-Things manager, Android programmer and manager of green initiatives.

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IT Job Market continues to be tight

December 1st, 2015

IT Job Market continues to be tight

IT Job Market continues to be tight according to the analysis of Janco. Once the data comes out for the last two months of the year, Janco predicts only limited growth.

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  2. Unemployment rate grim for 13 states  Unemployment rate grim for 13 states Unemployment rate is grim for 13 states.  Both Nevada and California have had the highest unemployment rates for over 24...
  3. Job Market – DC leads the country with the 7.3% unemployment rate Job Market – DC leads the country with the highest unemployment rate 19 states have unemployment rates of 6.0% or greater in December Even with...
  4. IT Job Market is Stagnant  IT Job Market Shows Few Signs of Growth The latest BLS unemployment rate has gone down, but so has the job participation rate which fell...
  5. IT Job Market Growth Slows (16.1) IT job market growth slows to 5,700 in February from 9,800 in January according to BLS data says Janco Even with the unemployment rate falling...

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Small businesses are not hiring

November 6th, 2015

Small business added zero workers per firm last month. Nearly a third (27%) of the small businesses said that they could not fill positions because they could not find qualified applicants.


In addition, Small-business owners are still consumed by a large cloud of uncertainty and cannot find qualified workers to fill their open positions.

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Historic Job Market News - releated readings

September 18th, 2015

Historic Job Market News - releated readings

  1. Unemployment Levels over 6% in 12 states  Unemployment Levels over 6% in 12 states State Unemployment Levels Unemployment Levels by State — The National unemployment data provides a measure of the health...
  2. Job Market – DC leads the country with the 7.3% unemployment rate Job Market – DC leads the country with the highest unemployment rate 19 states have unemployment rates of 6.0% or greater in December Even with...
  3. Unemployment is over 9% in 8 states not a good sign for IT Pros  As people continue to forecast an improvement in the economy, the latest BLS data shows there still are 8 states with unemployment number that are...
  4. Top 10 States with the Highest Unemployment Rates  10 States Have Unemployment Rates over 9% In the latest release of state unemployment rates there are 10 states which stand out because of their...
  5. Unemployment picture looking better but…  Unemployment remains over 8% in 14 states Unemployment picture is looking better in many parts of the country, however some states continue to see levels...

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IT Job Market News and Current Articles

August 21st, 2015

IT Job Market News and Current Articles

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23% of the highest paid CIO are womern

August 2nd, 2015

Women make up almost one quarter of the CIOs who made the top 40 list of highly paid CIOs published by Janco Associates.  In order to make the list the compensastion of the individuals had to public via SEC filings and the the cut-off point on the list was $1.1 million.

The data was based on what was reported for 2014.


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Career and Compensation current readings

July 2nd, 2015

Career and Compensation current readings

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  • IT Budget Requests for 2015 are up IT Budget Requests for 2015 are up CIOs are presenting IT budget requests for 2015.  Small to mid-sized business with fewer than 250 employees are...
  • Which IT Jobs are in High Demand High Demand for Which IT jobs CIOs and HR Managers are asking the question which IT jobs are in high demand.  Janco found that Android continues to...
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Employment picture improves for IT Pros

July 1st, 2015

Employment picture improves for IT Pros

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Janco forecasts that there will be 160,000 new IT jobs created in 2015.  That is based on data collected from Janco's 2015 mid-year IT Salary Survey and data collected from the BLS.

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At the same time the overall employment picture has improved with 10 states at full employment levels and onlyt 14 states with unemployment levels over 6%.

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Mid-Year 2015 IT Salary Survey Released by eJobdescription.com

June 22nd, 2015

Mid-Year 2015 IT Salary Survey Released by eJobdescription.com

2015 Mid-Year Salary Survey - eJobdescription.com has just released its 2015 mid-year salary survey.  To read about the salary survey go to http://www.e-janco.com/salary.htm.

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Project Managers in high demand

June 10th, 2015

Project Managers in high demand

As CIOs continue launch new development projects, IT staffers with project management skills are hot commodities.

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Top 10 Resume Errors

May 22nd, 2015

10 Things To Avoid in your Resume

  1. Resume that is too long
  2. Resume that does not represent you in the best first impression
  3. Resume that is not structured well
  4. Resume that contains spelling errors
  5. Resume that contains grammatical and tense errors -
  6. Resume that does not agree with your "social profile"
  7. Resume that contains a photo
  8. Resume that is not 100%  accurate
  9. Resume that is the same for each job and company
  10. Not following up
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Intel is hiring more women and under-represented minorities

May 7th, 2015

In the first half of 20154, almost 1 in 6 of Intel's senior hires were historically under-represented minorities - about double the rate last year. Intel also doubled its senior hiring among women to 1 in 3

In summary, roughly 41 percent of Intel's hires for the year so far have been "diverse". That is up from about 30 percent a year ago.

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What are IT Pros looking for?

April 27th, 2015

It is getting harder to find good IT Pros. The talent out there has many more choices than ever. They are in the driver’s seat.

CIOs who do find good IT Pros start with staff retention and understanding how they think, rather than details about their accomplishments or skills. These CIO and IT managers are interested in individuals - not just the job.

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To accommplish this with new hires they get them to participate with other in the IT function.  In that way they become part of the IT team quicker and say longer.

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IT Pros who are baby boomers are not retiring

April 14th, 2015

IT Pros who are baby boomers are not retiring as fast as they had inspected.  Baby boomers' confidence in a secure retirement fell to a 5-year low. Only 27% of are highly confident their savings would last them through retirement, while 24% have reported delaying plans to retire. On the plus side, 44% expect their financial situations will improve in the next 5 years, up from 32% in 2012.

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Interviewing and Hiring must read articles

April 9th, 2015
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10 questions CIOs need to ask before they fire an IT Pro

March 19th, 2015

10 questions CIOs need to ask before they fire an IT Pro

  • Am I abiding by company policy?
  • Am I being fair?
  • Am I following state and federal employment law?
  • What documentation of the cause of termination is needed?
  • Where and when should I fire the employee?
  • Should I break the news to my other employees?
  • What should I say to the employee when I fire him or her?
  • What loose ends do I need to tie up?
  • What should I do if I hear from the terminated employee again?
  • What should I do if a potential future employer of the fired employee calls me for a reference check?

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