IELTS Advantage/Disadvantage Essay Sample 1 - Work

In this post, we will look at an advantage/disadvantage essay example from the IELTS writing task 2 test. Students often ask if the questions are repeated year after year and the answer is no, but the topics are. There are so many questions written each year, you may find your practice answering various questions on different topics. For example, you could write essays to answer questions about education or the environment, which benefits you because you learn vocabulary associated with those topics and develop ideas that can help you in your writing test.

Practising writing IELTS task 2 essays on a range of topics is a great way to learn new vocabulary for those topics, but also to practice your essay structures. You begin to develop your ideas around those topics, thinking of examples and giving your opinions.

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Take a look at the IELTS essay example below >>

Many company owners want their employees within their reach, not only on working days but also during their time away from work. Firstly, this essay will discuss the main advantage of having no contact with work during a vacation and secondly the drawbacks of how certain demanding jobs require 24-hour contact.

On the one hand, the main advantage of not contacting work while away, is that it allows the person to relax and recharge their batteries. Most jobs nowadays are very stressful and people need a break, wanting to spend their time with their family and friends. This can help them to relax and release the tension of a demanding job so that they can build their energy for when they return. For example, research conducted by UP Manila in the Philippines indicates that people who spend holidays with their families and have no contact with work are more productive when they return, which has a positive effect on the company productivity.

On the other hand, the primary drawback of being contacted by work when on vacation can mean dropping all plans for whatever emergency has occurred. Some professions, are deemed to be very demanding, in that they need to be able to contact their employees at all times. Often medical professionals need to be on call 24 hours a day in order to save peoples lives, regardless of any holiday time. For example, The NHS in the UK reported that during December 2017 over the Christmas period, they saw a 20% increase in the number of doctors who worked on Christmas Day.

In conclusion, although both employees and the companies they work for can both benefit from extra work being completed whilst a worker is on a holiday, it can also have a negative effect. This can add stress and pressure on the employees.

(Word count - 305 / Band score 8)

  • Task Achievement - The essay provides an answer to the question asked, supported by relevant examples.
  • Coherence and Cohesion - The answer has been divided into clear logical paragraphs and each main body paragraph only has one main idea. There are cohesive links between the main body paragraphs.
  • Lexical Resource - There is evidence of a wide range of vocabulary, with no errors in the text.
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy - The answer has no grammatical errors. The sentences have a wide range of structures. 

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