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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281 Internet and IT Job Descriptions as individual files in WORD .docx formats. Long file names have been used to make customization easier. As a bonus you will recieve an ePub version of all the job descriptions that is fully indexed.

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, and ePub formats

The Internet and IT Position Descriptions comes in PDF, WORD files, and ePub. The PDF book is over 800 pages in length and contains 281 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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Janco provides insights into the IT jobs market and salaries

2017 IT salary survey by Janco provides insights into the IT jobs market

The January 2017 IT salary survey provides insights into IT job markert growth and compensastion.

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H-1B is an open issue as the lottery date approaches

US Corporations pay more to average H-1B Visa holders than do non-US Companies

That change would have put India-based firms in the back of the H-1B distribution line, but IT services such firms as Accenture and IBM, which are not H-1B dependent, would have been unaffected.

Trump may still take action on H-1B visas apart from the lottery. As an example, the administration's recent action to suspend fast-track premium processing for six months.

Providers are not home free this year and face increased resistance to their model regardless of the delay in the actual law change. The net effect is that they will be able to utilize H-1B, but at a greater expense and to a lesser degree.

But the IEEE-USA believes that IT outsourcers get as many as 50,000 of the 85,000 H-1B visas. Rather than using H-1B workers themselves, outsourcing companies rent their workers to third-parties at below-market rates. American workers, after training many of these new employees, will lose their jobs.

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Digital Brand Manager - Hot New Job

Digital Brand Manager

IT Expertise goes mainstream with the moves towards the digital market place

IT Job DescriptionsThere is a new key role in the world of brand management, the Digital Brand Manager, That individual is responsible for digital consumer experiences across the entire enterprise and its operations. The Digital Brand Manager helps a company drive growth in its brands and product lines by converting traditional physical brand management process to social media ones, and over-sees the rapidly changing digital sectors like mobile applications, social media and Internet based marketing. The Digital Band Manager is responsible for executing and evolving the enterprise’s Social Media Strategy based on performance & emerging company/consumer needs. This includes but is not limited to: channel roles, content strategy, and Social Persona Development.

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Digital Brand Manager is not only a brand and product line expert, but also a seasoned technology expert. The Digital Brand Managers is responsible for the adoption of social media technologies across the entire business. As with most top level technology and brand management titles, the responsibilities are set by the organization's C-Level executives.

That role is much more expansive and technologically driven than many of us appreciate. Typically the individual reports to the operational side of a company and had control over resources which are marketing, brand management, and information technology. Many organizations have taken runs at creating the perfect definition of the role. There is even a great job description that has been defined in Janco's job description inventory.

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Which cities pay the most for CIOs

Top 10 Cities for CIO Pay

The salaries paid to top level CIOs is determined by a number of factors. One of the key factors is the metropolitan area where the CIO and his/her organization reside. In Janco's IT Salary Survey we identified the top 10 cities for CIO compensation. New York City, San Jose, Stamford, and San Francisco topped the list with annual salaries over $200,000.

San Jose and San Francisco were the most expensive places to live with median home cost  over $650,000.

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Lottery to be eliminated from the H-1B visa process

H-1B and other foreign workers Visa programs

IT Job DescriptionsThe most sweeping change proposed by the new H-1B visa program would be the elimininate the lottery process.  Rather, a new bill in Congress would give foreign students who graduate from U.S. schools priority in getting an H-1B visa. The new law would end the annual random distribution (lottery) of H-1B visas, and replace it with a system to give priority to certain types of students.

Foreign nationals in the best position to get one of the 85,000 H-1B visas issued annually will have earned an advanced degree from a U.S. school, have a well-paying job offer, and have preferred skills. The specific skills weren't identified, but will likely be STEM-related.

The legislation also "explicitly prohibits" the replacement of American workers by visa holders.

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Hottest IT Management Job Chief Digital Officer

The CDO is not only a digital expert, but also a seasoned general manager - Job Description used by top Organization and IT recruiters

CDO - Chief Digital Officer - Hottest IT Management jobThe CDO is not only a digital expert, but also a seasoned general manager. As the role is transformational, the CDOs is responsible for the adoption of digital technologies across the entire business. As with most senior executive titles, the responsibilities are set by the organization's board of directors or other authority, depending on the organization's legal structure. The CDO is responsible for digital consumer experiences across the entire enterprise and its operations.

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Top Paying IT Jobs

2017 IT Salary Survey

Top Paying IT jobsThere isn’t a lot of pay disparity due to location. Geographic location no longer dictates a significant increase or decrease in salary range. Candidates with in-demand tech skills can net top salaries regardless of region.

JOB TITLE: SALARY RANGE

  • CIO/CTO: $170,000 - $285,000
  • Demandware developer: $150,000 - $250,000
  • Chief information security officer: $145,000 - $250,000
  • DevOps lead/engineer: $115,000 - $250,000
  • Chief data officer: $162,000 - $228,000
  • Director PMO: $125,000 - $225,000
  • Data scientist: $130,000 - $210,000
  • Data architect: $130,000 - $210,000
  • Application security engineer: $125,000 - $210,000
  • Solutions architect: $140,000 - $200,000
  • Project manager: $90,000 - $200,000
  • Android developer: $90,000 - $200,000
  • iOS developer: $90,000 - $200,000

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17 states have low unemployment rates

Full Employment States

Several states have very low unemployment rates.   In July there were 13 states that we considered high unemployment states in December that picture has changed and now there are now 17 full employment states.

Full employment states

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Proposed H-1B falls short

Proposed H-1B is not a re-do!

New H-1B bill would raise the salary threshold to $100,000 (from $60,000) a year and includes a provision for inflation adjustments. It eliminates the master's degree exemption altogether.

In a statement, the proposer said that the government needs "to make sure programs are not abused to allow companies to outsource and hire cheap foreign labor from abroad to replace American workers."

Even so, the bill is not broad H-1B reform.

The new administration has indicated support for raising H-1B visa salaries across the board by changing the prevailing wages. The prevailing wage sets four levels for each occupation. Most H-1B workers are paid either level 1, beginner, or level 2 wages. The level 3 prevailing wage represents the 50th percentile or the median.

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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.

Is a recession around the corner

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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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