IELTS Writing Topic:
WRITING TASK 1
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The table below gives information about past and projected population figures in various countries for different years. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.
WRITING TASK 2
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic:
Some individuals feel that working from home, while of benefit to employees, is actually a drawback for employers.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Task 1 Model Answer
The table shows population figures for four countries from 1990 to 2000 and projected growth for 2020 and 2050.
The country with the lowest population and the lowest projected growth rate is New Zealand with 3.4m in 1990 rising to 3.8m in 2000 and cxpcctcd to increase to 4.7m in 2050. The United States has a similar growth rate but a much larger population, starting at 249.9m in 1990, reaching 275.1m in 2000 and anticipated to increase by almost 100m over the 60-year period.
Canada’s population rose from 26.6m to 31.0m between 1990 and 2000 and is cxpcctcd to have increased by 50% from where it was in 1990 by 2050. The highest growth rate occurs in Australia where the population grew by 2.1m to reach 19.2m in 2000 and is predicted to reach 26.0m by 2050.
Overall, the countries represented had, and are forecast to have, fairly stable rates of growth over the time period although their total populations differ markedly.
( 162 words )
Task 2 Model Answer
With communication technology constantly developing, working from home has become a reality for many workers, which some would argue only benefits employees. However, I disagree with this argument for several reasons.
Keeping office overheads down is a key benefit to having staff work from home. For instance, the cost of paying rent or even a mortgage on office space so that each staff member can have their own office spacc can be saved when employees work from home. Likewise, the day-to-day running costs of an office, such as power, water, and phone costs, can all be kept to a minimum when staff arc based at home.
Maintaining low staff stress levels is the key to increasing productivity in the workplace, and working from home has been proven to increase or maintain worker productivity while facilitating higher levels of happiness. This is due to the fact that employees feci trusted with the responsibility of managing their own time and tasks without the need for a supervisor monitoring their performance. This, coupled with the increased flexibility that those who work from home can have for activities such as picking up children, walking the dog or going to the gym, all contributes to worker well-being and satisfaction.
There is also evidence to suggest that allowing employees to work from home actually helps employers to retain staff which is a definite advantage. Provided with the flexibility of working from home, staff remain loyal and committed to the company, and the company retains their knowledge and experience which are valuable aspects of any organisation’s human resource.
To sum up, I disagree with the idea that working from home represents a drawback for employers for the reasons stated above.