Staff costs rise by 2.9 per cent

Staff costs went up modestly by 2.9 per cent to EUR 6.7bn in the reporting period. On average over the year the Group had 115,335 employees, or 1.8 per cent more than in the previous year, not counting the staff at bmi. As well as these increased staff numbers, the additional expenses were due to higher additions to pension provisions, currency movements and salary increases resulting from pay settlements.

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