[23] Personnel Expenses and Employees.

 

 

€k

 

2015/2016

2014/2015

Wages and salaries

633,088

574,983

Social security contributions and welfare expenses

90,945

90,358

Retirement benefit expenses

19,895

17,466

 

743,928

682,807

The average number of employees during the year was 9 446 (2014/2015: 9 187), excluding apprentices. Headcount breakdown by function was as follows:

 

 

 

 

2015/2016

2014/2015

Production

1,043

1,193

Sales/Services

7,415

6,964

Research and development

742

734

Administration

246

296

 

9,446

9,187