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 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.

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.

Job Descriptions - MS WORD format

273 Internet and IT Job Descriptions as individual files in WORD .docx formats. 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 .

HandiGuide & Job Descriptions - pdf & MS WORD formats

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.

BONUS ---- If you provide us with up to five (5) completed Position Description Questionnaires within 30 days of purchase, we will create the 5 position descriptions for you and provide you with 24 months of free update service for the HandiGuide and all job descriptions that we update and create.

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This service will provide you with updates to each of the products listed below for a period of 12 months from the date of the purchase of the service. In addition, you are entitled to 3 custom job descriptions. You will have to complete the Position Description Questionnaire (which we will provide to you via email upon your request). It typically will take 5 working days to provide you with the completed job description.


 

 

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Many IT Pros will be looking for new jobs in the new year

Many IT Pros will be looking for new jobs in the new

IT pros to be looking for new jobsThirty Seven percent (37%) IT professionals plan to begin searching for a new job and 26% plan to accept a new job next year, according to Spiceworks.

While 69% of the IT professionals surveyed worldwide in October 2016 plan to switch jobs to advance their IT skills, about two-thirds are looking for a more competitive salary, and more than 75% want to work for a company that makes IT more of a priority.

Only 61% of IT professionals feel appreciated by their current employer, 59% think they’re underpaid. Less than one-quarter of IT professionals are expecting a salary increase in 2017, and only 12% are expecting a promotion. However, 70% of respondents expect the IT job market to remain favorable in 2017, leading many to think higher paying jobs with more potential for advancement will exist in the coming year.

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Executive pay disclosure requirements are complex

Dodd-Frank executive pay disclosure rears its head

The pay-for-performance proposal is part of the Dodd-Frank law's disclosure package involving executive pay. It requires, among other things, that public companies disclose the ratio of the C-Level executives annual total compensation to the median annual total compensation of all other employees.

In a recent compliance update, the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance said registrants can use any reasonable "consistently applied compensation measure" (CACM) to identify the annual compensation of employees.

"The appropriateness of any measure will depend on the registrant's particular facts and circumstances," the SEC said, noting that, for example, total cash compensation could be a CACM unless the registrant also distributed annual equity awards widely among its employees.

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Highest Paid CIOs

Highest Paid CIOs

The top salary for a CIO last year was $13.5 million.  Tim Theriault of Walgreens Boots Alliance was the lucky winner.  His base salary and bonus was $1.4 million. He recieved $12.1 million  in the form stock, options and "other compensastion.

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Multiple salary surveys are a must for compensation management

Multiple salary surveys are a must for compensation management

The HR and IT function should be collecting as much data from reputable sources as possible - that means typically three salary surveys that have good coverage of an industry or geography.  One way is to participate more salary surveys to qualify for discounts, increase networking with peers in other companies, and get a better range of results than  you can get with a single surve.

It is the CIOs and HR's responsibility to effectively manage the organization's investment in salary surveys. It is important to always have an idea of what products are out there. By gathering more data, you'll be equipped to establish whether a particular survey is consistently higher or lower than another for similarly defined jobs. Despite a constantly changing workplace where jobs rapidly change or don't exist at all, survey data continues to be a mainstay for effectively managing compensation.

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Are men paid $10K higher than women for the same job?

Are men paid $10K higher than women for the same job?

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Men in IT earn a median of $82,370 a year compared to $72,035 for women, according to new data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau didn't offer any theories about the wage gap highlighted in its data, but the raw numbers may not tell the real story, according to Victor Janulaitis, CEO of Janco Associates, an IT workforce research firm.

In terms of IT, women now have more management positions than at anytime in the past, said Janulaitis. Of the largest 1,000 corporations, more than 19% of the CIOs were women, according to his data.

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In terms of the wage disparity, Janulaitis notes that the census bureau deals with averages. "Many of the entry-level positions in IT are taken up by women who are 're-entering' the IT labor force after they have started a family," said Janulaitis. "In our surveys and analysis of compensation, we find no correlation between gender and compensation. Rather, the contributor to compensation is length of time in a position or with a company."

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IT hiring kit is a winner for successful CIOs

IT hiring kit is a winner for successful CIOs

IT Hiring KitWhen CIOs are given the task to fill open positions, they need to act fast so thier organization doesn't lose productivity and money while you weed through a sea of unqualified résumés. Many CIOs turn to Janco Associates IT Job Descriptions and it IT Hiring kit to make thier lives easier and find the right talent in less time. As the IT focused hiring took kit, Janco brings recruiting, compensation and benefits professionals all the tools they need.

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Demographic changes make it more difficult to hire the right people

Companies face demographic change as Baby Boomers continue their steady departure from the workplace. At the same time, recruiting and retaining employees to work in large companies is becoming more difficult as freelance and entrepreneurial ventures become more popular, especially among Millennials.

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Telecomputing is on the rise

Telecommuting on the riseTelecomputing is on the rise

More Americans tele-computing and working longer hours from home and on the road.

The BLS found that 24% of all U.S. workers did some or all of their work from home last year, compared with 19% who worked from home in 2003.

Management, business and financial occupations led all categories of remote workers, at 38%, with those working in the professions right behind at 35%.

Not only are there more Americans working from home, but the average time they do so has increased, up 40 minutes to 3.2 hours a week in 2015.

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Executive IT Salarys up

Executive IT Salarys up more than staff salarys according to preliminary results of the mid-year Janco IT salary survey

The gap between the pay of IT executives and rank-and-file workers widened once again in 2015, according to the annual compensation survey from Janco Associates.

Among 243 respondents with titles including CIO, CTO, VP IT, and IT Director the average base salary was up 4.0% from 2014.

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IT graduates hit good job market

IT graduates hit good job market

Widespread demand for talent at all levels, not just at the entry level. IT unemployment is around 2.5%, and 80% of IT professionals are willing to listen to [offers for] new job opportunities, even when they're happily employed. So there's this huge talent gap, this huge supply-and-demand chasm out there, where you just can't get enough of the IT talent you're looking for.

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Is a recession around the corner?

Is a recession around the corner?

The IT job market does not look good with the loss of 27,700 jobs in May.

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New overtime pay rules released

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IT Job Market News

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IoT Manager new job title in IT

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

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.

Forecast of Annual IT Job Market Growth

IT Job Market Articles

  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. 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

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

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

IT Job Market News and Current Articles

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