Task 2 (Academic) question seen in India last month (Full response below)

(This question taken from the one and only IELTS-Blog.com.)

Rich countries should not employ skilled labour from poor countries, as poor countries need the workers more. Do you agree or disagree?

Cheap labour is an extremely valuable commodity around the world today. As such, rich countries depend heavily on imported labour to operate large sections of their economies. Although poor countries may need their skilled workers to help them develop as a nation, it is felt that overall greater benefit is seen when their skilled workers are employed by rich countries. This will be proven by analyzing how the employment of foreign labour helps offer developing countries new chances for skill development and economical growth.

Firstly, when developed countries outsource work requiring skilled labour to developing countries, a demand is created that helps fuel the development of higher education in those poorer nations. For example, in the late twentieth century Bangladesh saw a huge influx of software development work from the United States and this corresponded positively with an equal growth in the Bangladeshi tech-related education sector. This example shows how developing countries grow more than just their economy when making their skilled labour available for hire to the world. Thus, developing countries hinder themselves when an openness to foreign employment is not embraced.

In addition to this, the economies of developing countries are given new avenues in which to grow when a working partnership with developed countries is established. Take the relationship between the United States and Mexico as an example. Currently, English-speaking receptionists in Mexico handle telephone support for many different American products. These employment options encourage more and more Mexicans to study English, which in turn creates all sorts of new opportunities for business relationships between the two countries. Thus, the idea that poor countries should close their doors to foreign interest in their skilled labour is not supported.

After analyzing the benefits a developing country sees to its pool of specialized skills and economy, it is clear that poorer countries are in most cases bettered by making their skilled labour available to developed countries. It is hoped that these trends of openness are continued to further help the global economy develop as a whole.

Ryan’s notes:

  • To be honest, I am not entirely sure how accurate the details are in either of my examples (the Mexican example is something I am assuming to be true, but don’t really know for sure).  As with all essays I post to this blog, I completed it under exam-like circumstances, which means no Google.  For the sake of this essay, slight factual deviations don’t really matter.  I have managed to word my examples effectively and shape them in a manner that supports my thesis, and this is the most important thing.
  • There are a handful of words here you should commit to memory to help you sound more academic: influx, embrace, hinder, avenues

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