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Cherries
oil on canvas
22 x 20 in
1981

Penny Machines
oil on canvas
23¾ x 29¾ in
1961

Stack of Books
oil on canvas
30 x 24 in
n.d.

Seven Suckers
oil on canvas
19 x 23 in
1970

Twin Jackpots
oil on canvas
30 x 46 in
1962

Ties
oil on canvas
20 x 26 in
1980

Cake Slices
oil on canvas
20 x 16 in
n.d.

Notes 1 - 5

5. Our people

Our staff numbers averaged 105,318 against 97,438 in 2008 and 84,848 in 2007, including acquisitions. Their geographical distribution was as follows:
  2009 2008 2007
North America 22,230 24,493 23,294
UK 9,704 8,971 8,543
Western Continental Europe1 25,004 19,448 18,046
Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa & Middle East and Central & Eastern Europe1 48,380 44,526 34,965
  105,318 97,438 84,848
Note
1
The Group previously reported Continental Europe as a geographic segment. Western Continental Europe is now reported separately, with Central & Eastern Europe included with Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa & Middle East. Comparative figures have been restated accordingly.
Their operating sector distribution was as follows:
  2009 2008 2007
Advertising and Media Investment Management 42,906 45,754 42,948
Consumer Insight2 28,325 14,934 11,524
Public Relations & Public Affairs 7,325 7,682 7,167
Branding & Identity, Healthcare and Specialist Communications 26,762 29,068 23,209
  105,318 97,438 84,848
Note
2
Consumer Insight was previously reported as Information, Insight & Consultancy.

At the end of 2009 staff numbers were 98,759 (2008: 112,262, 2007: 90,182). Including all employees of associated undertakings, this figure was approximately 138,000 at 31 December 2009 (2008: 135,000, 2007: 111,000).

Total staff costs were made up as follows:
  2009
£m
2008
£m
2007
£m
Wages and salaries 3,614.1 3,044.6 2,492.6
Cash-based incentive plans 122.9 151.4 168.3
Share-based incentive plans (note 22) 54.9 62.3 62.4
Social security costs 442.5 346.4 288.3
Other pension costs (note 23) 116.4 98.3 80.7
Other staff costs 766.2 648.8 515.6
  5,117.0 4,351.8 3,607.9
Staff cost to revenue ratio 58.9% 58.2% 58.3%

Included above are charges of £6.1 million (2008: £5.1 million, 2007: £6.5 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  Directors' remuneration and other statutory information.

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