Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 18 – Stress related illnesses. This is a Band 9.0 (top score) model answer.
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The chart shows days taken off work due to stress related illnesses by job for men and women.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.
Comparing four different occupations in 1998, the chart illustrates the impact of illness due to stress and its correlation to days absent from work for both sexes.
The most obvious point is that men rated higher than women across the chart. The most striking difference came from fire fighters, where men took more than three times as many days off, averaging 14 days in the year compared with 4 days for women. A similar trend can be observed with police officers, with men being absent for nearly twice the number of days.
The result for factory workers and teachers is not so pointed, but women still took fewer days off. For both occupations, the difference between the sexes was only one day a year, with only one day a year for women in factory positions, rising to three for teachers. Men were absent for two days and four days in the same industries.
Overall, it can be seen that men take more time off work than women for stress related concerns.