Annual Report & ACCOUNTS for the year ended 30 June 2014

HYR 2014

The average numbers of staff employed by the Group during the year, which includes Directors, were:

2014
Number
2013
Number
Continuing operations
Manufacturing258289
Distribution7272
Administration433406
763767
Discontinued operations
Manufacturing60
Distribution42336
Administration23124
65520
Total8281,287

The costs incurred in respect of these employees were:

2014
£000
2013
£000
Continuing operations
Wages and salaries32,93932,152
Social security costs4,2564,279
Other pension costs2,4352,389
Share-based payments charge (see note 25)1,9941,014
41,62439,834
Discontinued operations
Wages and salaries1,32710,004
Social security costs101871
Other pension costs33243
1,46111,118
Total43,08550,952

Related party transactions — the remuneration of key management was as follows:

2014
£000
2013
£000
Short term employee benefits3,6063,886
Post-employment benefits215278
Share-based payments charge1,543598
5,3644,762

Key management comprises the Board and the Senior Executive Team.

Details of the remuneration, shareholdings, share options, pension contributions and payments for loss of office of the Executive Directors are included in the Directors' Remuneration Report.

The Group operates a stakeholder personal pension scheme for certain employees and contributed between 4% and 14% of pensionable salaries. The Group also participates in state-run pension arrangements for certain employees in Dechra Veterinary Products SAS and Dechra Veterinary Products BV and operates defined benefit schemes in some countries. Total pension contributions amounted to £2,468,000 (2013: £2,632,000), of which £33,000 (2013: £243,000) related to discontinued operations. Contributions to defined benefit pension schemes included in the above figures total £731,000 (2013: £897,000).