Note 52 Employee benefit expense

€ million

2020

2019

Salaries

 

83

 

79

Social security premiums

 

9

 

9

Pension costs:

    

- contributions paid to multi-employer plans that are accounted for as defined-contribution plans

 

13

 

13

Termination benefit expenses

 

1

 

5

Long-term employee benefit expenses

 

1

 

1

Other staff costs

 

8

 

9

     

Total

 

115

 

116

The employee benefit expense item mainly concerns the costs of group-wide activities at holding company level.

Nearly all the personnel are on the Alliander N.V. payroll. The staff costs are charged to the business units where the employees concerned work. Employee benefit expenses in the income statement totalled €115 million in 2020 (2019: €116 million), relating to Alliander N.V. corporate staff department and service unit staff.

The number of employees, based on a 38-hour week (FTE), at year-end 2020 was 1,142 (2019: 1,039).