Why should I say
The gains vs amount of time required are not worth it
The gains vs amount of time required is not worth it
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You would be better off saying something like
The potential gains are not worth the time required.
The time required is not worth the potential gains.
Given the amount of time required, the gains are not worth it.
The potential gains do not outweigh the amount of time required.
I would use the word potential in most cases, since usually one cannot be sure they will end up with gains. But if you are sure that putting in time will lead to gains, omit the word potential.