In many countries, wages for some types of jobs are much higher than wages for other types of jobs. Some people think that this is unfair.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?


Inequality in wages has long been a controversial topic in many parts of the world. While some people do not see this disparity as a problem, others consider the fact that workers in some fields are earning far higher than others as unjust, and many even strike for pay equality. I largely disagree with the later viewpoints.

Admittedly, there are certain kinds of occupations that are notoriously overpaid. Politicians, for instance, in some countries earn about two to four times the national average wage. Ironically, while African countries are suffering from grinding poverty, their Members of Parliament are among the best paid in the world, some even higher than those of Europe. A regular MP in South Africa earns 6,000 euros, but more than half of the citizens earn only 40 euros a month. Similarly, administrative staff such as principals and vice principals in public schools receive gross remunerations. Many people raise concerns about how these workers can justify their high salaries and privileges, regarding the fact that many of them are providing little value, while other public servants, such as teachers, police and health workers, the ones actually working hard for the safety and education of the public, are underpaid in most of the world.

However, many more highly-paid occupations are actually necessary. In fact, some jobs require higher skills or involve working in more dangerous conditions than other jobs. As not everyone can do these jobs, they are rewarded with higher salaries than others. For example, since wastewater treatment plant operators work in regular contact with sewage and sewer lines, or explosive ordnance disposal operators are exposed to life-threatening situations, they are paid three times the medium salary. Another example is anesthesiologists - the highest paid profession in America. Not only are they critical for most major surgeries, but it also takes, on average, 12 years of education and training for them to become one. Thus, diverse working conditions, training requirements, education and qualifications make occupational wages vary rather widely.

In conclusion, although giving high incomes for certain jobs might be unreasonable, it is still the key to incentivizing people to take part in horrendous working conditions and rewarding the high-skilled workers with a long and specialized training session.

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