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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

For the year ended 31 December 2010

5. Our people

Our staff numbers averaged 101,387 against 105,318 in 2009 and 97,438 in 2008, including acquisitions. Their geographical distribution was as follows:

  2010 2009 2008
North America 25,546 25,004 24,493
UK 9,620 9,704 8,971
Western Continental Europe 21,154 22,230 19,448
Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa & Middle East and Central & Eastern Europe 45,067 48,380 44,526
  101,387 105,318 97,438

Their operating sector distribution was as follows:

  2010 2009 2008
Advertising and Media Investment Management 42,424 42,906 45,754
Consumer Insight 28,167 28,325 14,934
Public Relations & Public Affairs 7,364 7,325 7,682
Branding & Identity, Healthcare and Specialist Communications 23,432 26,762 29,068
  101,387 105,318 97,438

At the end of 2010 staff numbers were 104,052 (2009: 98,759, 2008: 112,262). Including all employees of associated undertakings, this figure was approximately 146,000 at 31 December 2010 (2009: 138,000, 2008: 135,000).

Total staff costs were made up as follows:

  2010
£m
2009
£m
2008
£m
Wages and salaries 3,696.8 3,614.1 3,044.6
Cash-based incentive plans 271.9 122.9 151.4
Share-based incentive plans (note 22) 70.4 54.9 62.3
Social security costs 450.1 442.5 346.4
Pension costs (note 23) 120.6 116.4 98.3
Other staff costs 828.9 766.2 648.8
  5,438.7 5,117.0 4,351.8
Staff cost to revenue ratio 58.3% 58.9% 58.2%

Included above are charges of £7.7 million (2009: £6.1 million, 2008: £5.1 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 Directors' remuneration and other statutory information.