The average numbers of staff employed by the Group during the year, which includes Directors, were:
The costs incurred in respect of these employees were:
|Wages and salaries||60,869||44,331|
|Social security costs||8,039||6,748|
|Other pension costs||4,384||3,039|
|Share-based payments charge (see note 28)||2,825||2,386|
Related party transactions — the remuneration of key management was as follows:
|Short term employee benefits||5,108||4,350|
|Share-based payments charge||1,656||1,332|
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 £4,384,000 (2016: £3,039,000). Contributions to defined benefit pension schemes included in the above figures total £670,000 (2016: £581,000).