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Why do you think some jobs pay more than others?


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The salary that people receive for their job varies according to a number of different factors. Some people think these salary differences are fair, whereas others think the opposite. There is no doubt that the salary that people get is dependant on many factors, but what is not widely agreed upon is whether all of these factors should determine someones salary or not.


Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question.

Responsibility (Noun) = something that it is your job or duty to deal with.
Example: “I have a lot of responsibility at work”.

Responsible (Adjective) = to be the person who caused something to happen or be the person who should deal with a situation.
Example: “John is responsible for preparing the dinner tonight”.

Knowledge (Noun) = information and understanding that you have.
Example: “She gained a lot of knowledge by doing the course”.

Experience (Knowledge) (Noun) = knowledge that you get from doing a job, or from doing, seeing, or feeling something.
Example: “People often become more confident in their work as they get more experience”.

Demand (Noun) = a need for something to be sold or supplied.
Example: “There is a high demand for gold at the moment”.

Supply (Noun) = an amount of something that is available for use.
Example: “The is a low supply of fresh water in many of the towns”.

The Question

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Why do you think some jobs pay more than others?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Why do you think some jobs pay more than others?
  • How do you think people working in a low salary job can increase their salary?
  • What do you think is the most important factor that goes into how much someone gets paid?
  • What jobs do you think are overpaid? Why?
  • What jobs do you think are underpaid? Why?

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