Notes 1-10

3. Employees and remuneration

20152014
No.No.
The average number of persons employed by the Group is analysed into the following categories:
Production1,6461,163
Selling and distribution1,5821,807
Administration414415
3,6423,385
The staff costs are comprised of:20152014
€’000€’000
Wages and salaries (including termination benefits of €2.0m (2014: €0.7m))158,739130,846
Social welfare costs22,01318,920
Share based payment (credit)/expense(680)1,280
Pension costs6,2164,773
Negative past service cost (included in exceptional items)(5,087)-
Staff costs included in operating profit181,201155,819
Pension - other finance costs (net)1,158956
Total charged to Income Statement182,359156,775
Actuarial (gain)/loss on defined benefit pension schemes (net of deferred taxation)(11,619)21,093
Total aggregate payroll costs170,740177,868
These costs are recognised in the following line items in the Income Statement and Statement of Comprehensive Income respectively:
Income Statement
Cost of sales41,72533,978
Selling and distribution expenses113,27789,384
Administration expenses31,28632,457
Exceptional items(5,087)-
Included in operating profit181,201155,819
Other finance costs (net)1,158956
Total charged to Income Statement182,359156,775
Statement of Comprehensive Income
Actuarial (gain)/loss on defined benefit pension schemes (net of deferred tax)(11,619)21,093
Total aggregate payroll costs170,740177,868