A May 2000 survey by MetaGroup found the following statistics concerning incentives for the IT professional:

  • Companies that provide tuition reimbursement: 93%

  • Companies that have sign-on bonuses: 65%

  • Companies that give stock options: 44%

  • Companies that give project bonuses: 44%

  • Companies that give overtime pay: 30%

  • Companies that provide health club memberships: 30%

  • Companies that provide day care reimbursements: 15%

    Most IT professionals are now looking at IPO stock options with a lot of skepticism. Too many Dot Coms went belly-up, leaving those that signed on with worthless promises.

  • In*cen"tive (?), a. [L. incentivus, from incinere to strike up or set the tune; pref. in- + canere to sing. See Enchant, Chant.]

    1.

    Inciting; encouraging or moving; rousing to action; stimulative.

    Competency is the most incentive to industry. Dr. H. More.

    2.

    Serving to kindle or set on fire.

    [R.]

    Part incentive reed

    Provide, pernicious with one touch of fire.

    Milton.

     

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    In*cen"tive, n. [L. incentivum.]

    That which moves or influences the mind, or operates on the passions; that which incites, or has a tendency to incite, to determination or action; that which prompts to good or ill; motive; spur; as, the love of money, and the desire of promotion, are two powerful incentives to action.

    The greatest obstacles, the greatest terrors that come in their way, are so far from making them quit the work they had begun, that they rather prove incentives to them to go on in it. South.

    Syn. -- Motive; spur; stimulus; incitement; encouragement; inducement; influence.

     

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