CIO Median Tenure moves to 4 Years 2 Months


CIOs who last more than 2 years in companies tend to remain in those jobs for a long time -- The implication is that CIOs need to hit the ground running and implement solutions that take less than 18 months, meet objectives, and are on target.

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In a survey of companies in the United States, South America, and Europe Janco has found that newly hired CIOs jobs are not very secure in the current economic conditions.  The CEO of Janco, Victor Janulaitis said, “We have seen a fairly steady change in the roles and successes of CIOs.  We conducted a preliminary review of CIO turnover in a number of companies.  The companies were of all sizes and our preliminary results are that the median length of employment was approximately 4 years and 2 month.”  He added, “There are a fair number of CIOs who have been in their positions for over 7 years, many of them are close to retirement age but have retirement portfolios that are not as large as they had hoped.  As a result we feel that many of these executive will defer their retirements for at least one to two years. That is not a good sign for the next level down who want to be promoted."

CIO job tenure

Janco conducted this survey via telephone and e-mail.  These results will be published in Janco’s 2013 Salary Survey which is due to be released in early in 2013.  

CIO and CTO Role is Changing and Must Dos to be Successful

The role of the is changing for these executives.

Cio Role

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High Compensation for Top CIOs

In compiling this data Janco reviewed SEC filings and found that there are a number of CIOs who were paid over $2,000,000 last year. Some of them have retired or already left those positions.

Top Paid CIOs

Mr. Janulaitis said, “Bonuses are showing that companies are look for enterprise revenue improvements and want to motivate employees to focus on improving the company’s bottom line over and above everything else.”

CIO Compensation - June 2012

Janco has captured IT compensation data since 1996 and publishes its IT Salary Survey semi-annually.  The IT Salary Survey is based on Janco’s IT professionals’ compensation database.  Compensation benchmark hiring and salary ranges are established for each position surveyed.  In analyzing the study data, the upper and lower quartiles are eliminated to determine the benchmark ranges.  The benchmark ranges are then used to assess the alignment of a company's actual compensation to the marketplace for each job function.

The chart below was extracted for Janco's 2012 Mid Year IT Salary Survey.

CIO Compensation

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