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Published: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:26:35 -0600

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Interview process key to hiring right IT Pro

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:26:35 -0600

Best Practices for Recruiting and Hiring

(image) It is important for the success of an organization that it find and hire individuals who can succeed. From exit interviews of unsuccessful individuals and reviews with recruiting managers’, we have found several reasons why new hires failed: job responsibly nor clearly defined, cultural miss-match, employee does not take direction, employee does not listen, project lost sponsorship/funding, and many more. The Interview Hiring Kit addresses many of these.




Resume and interview skills are key to getting a good job

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:20:02 -0600

Sure-fire ways to ensure your resume makes the right impression

Successful IT Professions need to have good communication skills. If you can't write your resume, there's little likelihood that you'll be able to communicate effectively when it comes time to write a critical report. Your resume is the first example of your writing that a potential employer sees," said Williams. "Communication during the interview is also important, so brush up on your interview skills. Do some mock interviews with friends. If you can't interview with friends, you are unlikely to do well in the actual interview.

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Telecom job market suffers

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 06:53:00 -0600

Mean Compensation for all IT Pros is up by 5.43% in June to June comparison

Despite IT job gains attributed to a growing economy, telecommunications hiring has been suffering this year. The industry dropped 700 jobs in June, making a total of 43,800 jobs lost in 2017. That comes as no surprise considering the whirlwind of telco mergers and acquisitions. Verizon's acquisition of Yahoo's Internet properties led to a massive cut, Windstream's purchase of EarthLink eliminated hundreds of employees, and Vonage recently laid off 90 people due to acquisition redundancy.

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Janco 2017 Jobs Forecast noted that the telecommunications industry has lost 39,200 jobs in the last year, despite a growth of 88,000 IT jobs.

 

The company's survey found that fewer companies are offering new executive and senior management positions in IT, although IT staff is increasing on the whole.

Janco CEO Victor Janulaitis says the executives his company interviewed expressed a wave of confidence after the 2016 U.S. election, but that sentiment has faded.

"It seems the tide has turned and they now feel there will be less growth in IT budgets for the remainder of this year.” Janulaitis said. “Hiring prospects are marginal at best, except for IT staff at the worker level in the latter part of this year."

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Chief Digital Officer - Hot New Job Title

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:35:50 -0600

The CDO is not only a digital expert, but also a seasoned general manager - 1 in 5 companies have the role filled

The Chief Digital Officer (CDO) is the executive responsible for the digital agenda within an enterprise. That means thinking more about the business case first than technology implementations.  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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Some of the responsibilities of this role include:

  • Earning company-wide commitment - Getting everyone on board with the digital vision is a major endeavor task with internal politics and an ever-changing digital landscape.
  • Developing a digital strategy mission statement - CDO is responsible for end-to-end strategy, design and implementation of the company's digital roadmap.
  •  Creating the bridge between data and the business operations - the CDO focus is the relationship between the data and the customer.
  • Maintaining links with experts.
  • Maintaining a balance between business and technology.
  • Connecting digital investments to enterprise KPIs in order to achieve positive digital transformation.



Top Paid CIOs

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:52:37 -0600

Top paid CIO positions have broad responsibilities -- Highest Paid in CTO $13.7 million

Janco has just completed its review of the top paid CIOs in publicly traded companies. Two of the individuals who were on the list last year have had their roles expanded so they have more than IT within their scope of responsibilities.

Some of the individuals in the this years list also have broad operational responsibilities. If they are successful this year they will be excluded from next year's list.

 




How to Build a Productive Organization

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:16:42 -0600

Everything you need to respond and hire as demand for IT Professionals increases key to productivity

The right staffing is the one sure way to dramatically boost an organization’s productivity. Companies need high performers, which means placing a focus on attracting, developing and retaining top talent at every level. Factors that are critical in this are:

  1. Understanding what a high-performing organization looks like
  2. Grasping what high-performing employees want.
  3. Building appealing job roles
  4. Creating an enticing workplace culture

When it is necessary to hire, it is critical to make every hire count. There is little room for error. It is crucial for senior-level leadership, human resources and hiring managers to all be on the same page and do the right thing.

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Service sector jobs next to be automated

Wed, 17 May 2017 08:48:25 -0600

Service Sector is the next to face mass automation 

Future automation will not be taking place in the traditional manufacturing sectors that have already felt the brunt of automation, but in regions that have a preponderance of low-skilled jobs. Most susceptible to job losses are people working in food preparation and serving, office or administrative support, and sales. Las Vegas, for example will see a loss of 65% of it jobs. Service sector employment, once the panacea to a fading manufacturing landscape, will the same losses that the blue-collar sector suffered not so long ago.

Other cities that will see major job losses include: El Paso Texas - 64%, Riverside California - 63%,  Greensboro North Carolinia - 63% and seven others with rates at more than 60%.

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High paying entry level positions for recent IT graduates

Fri, 12 May 2017 09:31:54 -0600

IT compensation and new hiring are up according to the latest IT Salary Survey by Janco

(image) The top 7 highest paying IT tech jobs for recent graduates, along with their median starting salary and the current number of open, entry-level positions across the nation.

  1. Data scientist - Median starting salary: $93,500
  2. Hardware engineer - Median starting salary: $90,000
  3. Software engineer - Median starting salary: $80,000
  4. Technology analyst - Median starting salary: $76,000
  5. Security engineer - Median starting salary: $74,200
  6. Process development engineer - Median starting salary: $73,000
  7. User experience design - Median starting salary: $72,000

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H-1B visa program under review - possible overhaul

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:08:58 -0600

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

The U.S. government received 199,000 H-1B visa petitions for the upcoming 2018 fiscal year -- 37,000 less than in 2016. The U.S. received 236,000 visa petitions for the current fiscal year. In fiscal year 2016, there were 233,000 requests; the year before that, there were 172,500.

The government will issue 85,000 H-1B visas via a computer-generated lottery. The winners will be able to use their visas at the start of the federal fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

Janco sees the President's actions and campaign rhetoric as having had an impact on the offshore outsourcing industry, which includes the largest users of H-1B visa workers. Firms considering shipping IT jobs overseas appear now to be more cautious than in recent years.

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Labor Participation Rate is improving as more people look for jobs

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 12:43:02 -0600

There are over 94,502,000 (unadjusted) individuals excluded from the labor force and the unemployment statistics

Among the 94.5 million individuals excluded from the labor force in March 2017, there were 460,000 discouraged workers - a decrease of 66,000 workers from February and 125,000 from prior year in March. This is a significant improvement.

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There are 88,994,000 who just do not want work at all. That is a decrease of 129,000 from February and 526,000 from March of last year.

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Top 10 issues Project Managers Face

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:46:52 -0600

Project Managers are challenged to deliver results on time and with budget even when they do not have sufficient resources

The top 10 challenges they face are:

  1. Bureaucracy - admin overhead - 63%
  2. Over worked - 53%
  3. Under staffed - 51%
  4. Changes in specifications - 47%
  5. Changes coming too fast - 42%
  6. Scalability of applications - 41%
  7. Deadlines not agreed on - 39%
  8. Staff skills gaps - 34%
  9. Technology out of date - 22%
  10. Staff turnover - 10%

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Janco provides insights into the IT jobs market and salaries

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:14:38 -0600

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.      [...]



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

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:40:59 -0600

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

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 12:32:42 -0600

Digital Brand Manager

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

(image) There 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.

Some job descriptions that you many want to review are:




Which cities pay the most for CIOs

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:23:16 -0600

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

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 11:22:07 -0600

H-1B and other foreign workers Visa programs

(image) The 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.




Hottest IT Management Job Chief Digital Officer

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:55:52 -0600

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

(image) The 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

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:17:29 -0600

2017 IT Salary Survey

(image) There 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

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:33:09 -0600

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.

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Proposed H-1B falls short

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:49:11 -0600

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.




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

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:31:50 -0600

Many IT Pros will be looking for new jobs in the new Thirty 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. IT Hiring Kit - Standard Edition Latest IT Salary Survey - The salary survey draws on data collected throughout the year via extensive Internet-based survey instruments and completed survey forms from businesses throughout the United States and Canada. The survey data reflects IT salaries in 78 major cities in the United States as well as 23 cities in Canada. Summary data is provided in both the PDF document and a separate Excel Spreadsheet.  Salary Survey Job Descriptions (PDF)  The job descriptions are provided as a 206 page indexed PDF document for all of the  positions surveyed. The PDF file can be viewed and printed.  Interview and Hiring Guide (WORD and PDF) Includes two electronic forms: Background Check Authorization and Interview Questionnaire.    [...]



Executive pay disclosure requirements are complex

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 16:59:23 -0600

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.      [...]



Highest Paid CIOs

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:35:55 -0600

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

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:32:22 -0600

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.      [...]



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

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:04:47 -0600

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."