IELTS Writing Task 1 - Academic - Sample Exercise 2 - Answer

Title: Compare the two charts on men and women's wages in London. The comparison also includes the various age groups to correspond to the level of income. Figures are in annual numbers in gross and not net income.


Describe the main features on the chart and mention any striking trends.  

Word count: 

150 words  

Top Tip: 

Only state what is shown on the graph. You are not required to give your opinion on what you think could happen or what may have happened. Stick to the facts. 

Model Answer: 

The two plot graphs depict the salary among men and women in London. The various age groups include 16 – 23 year olds, 23 – 35 year olds, 33 – 40 year olds and people aged 50 plus. It is important to note that figures are given in annual numbers for gross salary.  

Firstly, it is clear that the highest salary was among men who were aged 50 plus – earning at least £150,000 per annum. In second place was the age group of 33 – 40 for men, which was at approximately £77,000 to £80,000 per annum. The second youngest age group among men at 23 – 35 earned £25,000 per annum.  

Secondly, it is evident that the salary among is highly disproportionate and a stark contrast between men and women. The age group for women aged 50 plus only earned £40,000 per annum as the highest figure, which was substantially lower in comparison to men who earned £150,000 per annum for the same age group. Women in the 33 – 40 age group earned only £30,000, which was almost as much as the youngest age group of men who earned approximately £25,000 to £30,000. The second youngest age group for women – 23 – 35 earned £25,000 and the youngest women aged 16 – 23 earned £10,000 per annum respectively.  

To sum up, it can be seen that men in London according to the graph had a salary or earnings of almost as three times as much as women, which was grossly disproportionate to the figure among women who did not earn as much as men. 

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