|Fees to non-executive directors||0.8||0.8|
|Share-based payment charge||1.0||2.4|
Further information about the remuneration of individual directors and details of their pension arrangements are provided in the Directors' remuneration report in the Corporate governance report.
Remuneration of key management personnel
|Salaries and short-term employee benefits||6.4||5.2|
|Share-based payment charge||1.3||3.1|
Key management personnel comprises all directors and certain senior managers who are members of the executive team.
Employee benefits expense (including directors)
|Wages and salaries||229.6||234.2|
|Employee-related taxes and levies||23.8||24.1|
|Defined benefit pension expense (see note 19)||12.3||18.0|
|Defined contribution pension expense (see note 19)||22.5||23.0|
|Charged to other areas including regulatory capital schemes||(134.0)||(134.5)|
|Employee benefits expense||161.4||169.6|
Included within employee benefits expense were £11.8 million (2019: £7.2 million) of restructuring costs.
In the prior year, £6.6 million of costs associated with the equalisation of Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) benefits were recognised, along with £1.4 million of employee costs incurred in relation to the group's response to a severe dry weather event.
The total expense included within employee benefits expense in respect of equity-settled share-based payments was £1.5 million (2019: £4.0 million). The company operates several share option schemes, details of which are given in the Corporate governance report in the Directors' remuneration report.
Average number of employees during the year (full-time equivalent including directors):
|Average number of employees during the year||5,302||5,267|
The company has no employees.