By Charles Hamilton, GigaOM

Following the news we reported on that showed an increasingly-positive employment outlook for remote workers, three new reports suggest that opportunities for technology jobs are outpacing the wider job market.

General Employment Picture Still Shaky

The fourth-quarter Employment Confidence Survey from Glassdoor shows that both employers and workers in all fields in the U.S. are still concerned about their futures.

Employers’ expectations are highest in the South, where 49 percent expect performance to improve in the next six months, compared to 36 percent in the West, 40 percent in the Northeast and 42 percent in the Midwest. Twice as many employees in the West (15 percent) expect their company’s outlook to get worse in the next six months than those in the Northeast (7 percent) and South (7 percent).

The survey indicates that the general workforce (not just technology workers) continue to worry about:
  • Reduced compensation. More than half (52 percent) of those surveyed reported that their company reduced compensation within the past six months, and 27 percent reported that their own compensation had been cut.
  • Reduced health benefits. 28 percent of those reporting saw cuts in their health and dental benefits, up 6 percentage points from last quarter and 11 points from fourth quarter 2009.
  • Unlikelihood of pay raises. 45 percent do not expect a pay raise in the next 12 months, while 36 percent do expect a pay raise and 19% are uncertain.
  • Uncertainty about bonuses. Of those who expect a bonus, 21 percent expect it to be more than their last bonus, 47 percent expect it to be the same, and 16 percent expect it to be less. Of those who expect a bonus, twice as many men (16 percent) than women (7 percent) expect an increase in this year’s bonus over their last.
  • Uncertain job prospects. Employed adults are afraid that if they should they lose their job, 33 percent are uncertain they would be able to find a new job matched to their skills within six months, which is up from 28 percent last quarter, while 34 percent believe it’s likely, and 32 percent are uncertain. Surprisingly, those currently unemployed are slightly more positive about getting a job commensurate with their skills within six months.

Technology Job Postings Surge

Two other reports seem to indicate the technology job market is more positive than the above findings would indicate.