Gartner Research

Q&A on Designing an IT Retention Bonus Program for M&A, Outsourcing and Relocation Efforts

Published: 14 August 2009

ID: G00170411

Analyst(s): Lily Mok


Retention bonuses are often used to retain IT staff with critical skills or retain key personnel during a major organization change event (for example, mergers and acquisitions). This research answers frequently asked questions about designing and implementing retention bonus programs for IT.

Table Of Contents
  • How prevalent is the use of retention bonuses in IT?
  • Who is eligible to receive a retention bonus?
  • What is the typical form of bonus payment and amount?
  • What do CIOs need to know about using retention bonuses to retain talent during M&A or outsourcing?
  • What do CIOs need to know about using retention bonuses in support of a major workforce relocation effort?
  • What are the alternatives to retention bonus programs that CIOs need to consider?

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