Notes 1-5

5. Our people

Our staff numbers averaged 97,438 against 84,848 in 2007 and 77,686 in 2006, including acquisitions. Their geographical distribution was as follows:

  2008 2007 2006
North America 24,493 23,294 22,477
UK 8,971 8,543 8,484
Continental Europe 23,562 21,367 19,935
Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa & Middle East 40,412 31,644 26,790
  97,438 84,848 77,686

Their operating sector distribution was as follows:

  2008 2007 2006
Advertising and Media Investment Management 45,754 42,948 41,030
Information, Insight & Consultancy 14,934 11,524 10,869
Public Relations & Public Affairs 7,682 7,167 6,616
Branding & Identity, Healthcare and
Specialist Communications
29,068 23,209 19,171
  97,438 84,848 77,686

At the end of 2008 staff numbers were 112,262 (2007: 90,182, 2006: 79,352). Including all employees of associated undertakings, this figure was approximately 135,000 at 31 December 2008 (2007: 111,000, 2006: 98,000).

Total staff costs were made up as follows:


2008
£m
2007
£m
2006
£m
Wages and salaries 3,044.6 2,492.6 2,385.8
Cash-based incentive plans 151.4 168.3 176.0
Share-based incentive plans (note 22) 62.3 62.4 70.9
Social security costs 346.4 288.3 281.7
Other pension costs (note 23) 98.3 80.7 81.7
Other staff costs 648.8 515.6 478.3
  4,351.8 3,607.9 3,474.4
Staff cost to revenue ratio 58.2% 58.3% 58.8%

Included above are charges of £5.1 million (2007: £6.5 million, 2006: £5.3 million) for share-based incentive plans in respect of key management personnel (who comprise the directors of the Group). Further details of compensation for key management personnel is disclosed in the Director’s remuneration and other statutory information.

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