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IELTS 2 Test 2 Task 1 (version 1)

The bar chart illustrates the average number of hours of free time per week between 1998 and 1999 for both men and women in different categories of employment.

According to the chart, the amount of free time for men generally exceeded that of women regardless of the status of employment.

It is no surprise that the highest numbers of free time hours were enjoyed by those who were either out of work or retired (figures were the same for both categories) – males had around 85 hours per week, while females had slightly less at 75 hours. The next highest amount of leisure time was enjoyed by housewives (50 hours). No figure is given for males (‘househusbands’), nor is there a figure shown for men who were in part-time employment to compare with the leisure hours of women in that category (40 hours).

Males in full-time work spent an average of 47 recreational hours per week, whereas their female counterparts were afforded noticeably less (35 hours). It is pertinent to note that even men who had taken up full-time positions had on average more free time (approximately 15-20%) than women in part-time employment.

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