Notes to the consolidated financial statements

Staff costs for the Group during the year were as follows:

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Year to 31 March 2010

Year to 31 March 2009

 

 

Continuing operations

Discontinued operations

Continuing operations

Discontinued operations

 

Notes

£m

£m

£m

£m

Wages and salaries

 

221

215

4

Social security costs

 

23

22

Other pension costs:

 

 

 

 

 

– defined benefit schemes

30

9

12

– defined contribution schemes

 

2

1

– retirement healthcare benefits

30

2

2

Share-based payments

26

5

5

Total

 

262

257

4

The average number of people employed by the Group, excluding associates’ employees and including a proportionate share of people employed by joint ventures, is set out below. As required by the Companies Act 2006, this includes part-time employees:

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Year to 31 March

By business segment

2010

2009

Food & Industrial Ingredients, Americas

2 376

2 512

Food & Industrial Ingredients, Europe

1 340

1 998

Sugars

1 391

1 359

Sucralose

229

262

Central

280

278

Total

5 616

6 409

Included in the above numbers are 3 (2009 – 52) employees relating to discontinued operations, where all employees were employed by Sugars in both years.

The number of people employed by the Group at 31 March 2010 was 5,666 (2009 – 5,718).

Key management compensation

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Year to 31 March

 

2010
£m

2009
£m

Salaries and short-term employee benefits

5

3

Retirement benefits

1

1

Share-based payments

2

1

Share option gains

1

Termination benefits

2

Total

9

7

Key management are represented by the Group Executive Committee, which was formed on 1 July 2008 replacing the Group Management Committee. The Group Executive Committee as at 31 March 2010 consisted of the Company’s executive directors, details of whose remuneration are given in the directors’ remuneration report, the Company Secretary and General Counsel, the Presidents of the four business divisions, the President, Global R&D and the Group Human Resources Director.

The aggregate emoluments of directors in respect of qualifying services to the Company were £4 million (2009 – £4 million).