8) Staff costs


in €m

2011

2010

Wages and salaries

5,380

5,296

Social security contributions

766

767

Expenses for pension plans and other employee benefits

532

428

 

6,678

6,491

Expenses for retirement benefits principally consist of additions to the pension provisions, see “Note 37”.

Employees

 

Average for the year 2011

Average for the year 2010

As of 31.12.2011

As of 31.12.2010

Ground staff

81,907

81,803

82,297

81,097

Flight staff

35,735

33,770

36,142

34,319

Trainees

1,442

1,493

1,616

1,603

 

119,084

117,066

120,055

117,019

The staff costs shown do not include expenses for bmi staff because the results of discontinued operations are shown separately in accordance with IFRS 5. To facilitate comparison, the following table therefore shows Group employees without the bmi staff.

Employees (without bmi)

 

Average for the year 2011

Average for the year 2010

As of 31.12.2011

As of 31.12.2010

Ground staff

79,876

79,822

80,263

79,177

Flight staff

34,017

32,002

34,486

32,626

Trainees

1,442

1,493

1,616

1,603

 

115,335

113,317

116,365

113,406

The annual average is calculated pro rata temporis from the time companies are consolidated or deconsolidated.

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