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Note 7: Employee costs and numbers

a  Staff costs

The average number of persons employed during the year was as follows:

  Group   Company
Number 2010 2009   2010 2009
UK 35,920 39,137 34,911 37,041
Overseas 5,574 5,850   4,990 5,057
  41,494 44,987   39,901 42,098
  Group   Company
£ million 2010 2009   2010 2009
Wages and salaries 1,346 1,466 1,265 1,389
Social security costs 146 158 135 147
Costs related to pension scheme benefits 145 175 140 169
Other post-retirement benefit costs 4 4 3 3
Other employee costs 357 390   343 372
Total employee costs excluding restructuring 1,998 2,193 1,886 2,080
Restructuring* 75 78   75 78
Total employee costs 2,073 2,271   1,961 2,158

*Restructuring costs included above excludes £10 million of lease exit costs (2009: £nil).

In addition, included in ‘Wages and salaries’ is a total expense for share-based payments of £1 million (2009: £1 million) that arises from transactions accounted for as equity-settled share-based payment transactions.

Other employee costs include allowances and accommodation for crew.

b  Directors’ emoluments

  Group
£’000 2010 2009
Fees 649 748
Salary and benefits 1,105 1,189
Performance-related bonuses 501  
  2,255 1,937

During the year one Director accrued benefits under a defined benefit pension scheme and one Director accrued benefits under a defined contribution pension scheme.

The Report of the Remuneration Committee discloses full details of Directors’ emoluments.

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