US CIOs stay in their jobs longer

Consulting firm Meta Group research has shown that chief information officers are staying in their jobs for an average of three...

Consulting firm Meta Group research has shown that chief information officers are staying in their jobs for an average of three and a half years.

There are several factors contributing to the higher retention rates.

Many chief executive officers have tried to maintain stable management teams because of the weak economy. The economic problems have also reduced job-hopping by IT executives.

There is less churn among chief information officer in corporate US now than there was during the dotcom boom, when all types of IT professionals moved from job to job, said Damien Bean, vice-president of corporate systems at Hilton Hotels.

"Chief information officers who have done an effective job of aligning technology with business requirements seem to be around longer to see through those efforts," Bean added.

Howard Rubin, executive vice-president at Meta Group said he sees a different set of dynamics at play. CIOs who have met the cost-cutting pressures imposed by senior management over the past two years "have either been retained or promoted", he said.

Thomas Hoffman writes for Computerworld

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