IELTS Academic Task 1: Number of Employees in 1975 and 1995.

The charts show the employment status of both genders for years 1975 and 1995 in various employment sectors in Bhutan. All numbers are in multiples of 1000.

Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.

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20 minutes, 150 words at least.


The given bar charts present information about the number of Bhutanese male and female employees in various job sectors during two different years. Though men were leading women in all industries in 1975, the scenario dramatically changed in the next two decades, and the women employees exceeded men employees in two sectors. 

In 1975, Bhutanese men led women in manufacturing, communications, finance, wholesale, and public sectors. Manufacturing, in which male employees were about 650,000 and female employees were only 300,000, witnessed the widest gender gap. Except in the communication sector, the number of male employees was far greater than that of females. Among all sectors, the public sector accounted for the highest number of employees followed by wholesale and manufacturing. 

After two decades, women showed notable progress and surpassed men in communication and wholesale sectors. Women employees caught up with men in finance jobs while the gap significantly reduced in public-sector jobs. Manufacturing was the only male-dominated sector, and the number of male and female jobs were almost the same in both 1975 and 1995.

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