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Note 6. Employee benefit expense, management compensation and number of personnel
€ million 2015 2014
Wages and salaries -440.2 -496.8
Social security costs -43.2 -47.3
Pension costs -55.0 -63.7
Defined benefit plans 0.5 1.9
Defined contribution plans -55.5 -65.6
Share-based payment -6.4 -6.4
Total -544.8 -614.2
Disclosures on the employee benefits of the Group’s management personnel and other related party transactions are disclosed in note 33, and on share-based payment in note 30.
Remuneration of the Group companies’ managing directors and board members
€ million 2015 2014
Salaries of managing directors (incl. fringe benefits) 6.0 6.3
Remuneration of Board members 0.4 0.4
Total 6.4 6.6
Average number of the Group personnel
2015 2014
Grocery trade 6,420 6,176
Home improvement and speciality goods trade 11,269 12,524
Car trade 780 825
Common operations 487 451
Total 18,955 19,976