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Revitalize IT Compensation Practices to Compete for Digital Talent

Published: 27 March 2019

ID: G00384098

Analyst(s): Diane Berry , Lily Mok


Compensation is a key element of a competitive employment value proposition for attracting and retaining talent. CIOs should work with HR and compensation leaders to evaluate if the IT compensation strategy and practices support the talent needs of digital business.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Align IT Compensation Strategy With Digital Business Strategy
    • Develop the IT Compensation Strategy
  • Apply the “Paying the Person” Principle to Renew Salary Structure and Pay-for-Performance Programs
    • Assess If Broadbanding Salary Structure Is a Fit for Your Organization
    • Use Alternative Approaches for Improving Base Salary Competitiveness
    • Differentiate Reward for Key Talent Through Pay-for-Performance Programs
    • Base Decisions on a Strategic Workforce Planning Process
  • Enhance Variable-Pay Programs to Gain Advantage in Attracting and Retaining Digital Talent
    • Re-Evaluate Current Programs and Tightly Link Variable Pay to Performance
    • Sign-On Bonuses
    • Skills Premiums
    • Retention Bonuses
    • Team-Based Bonuses
    • Annual Incentives or Bonuses
    • Long-Term Incentives

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