07 | operating expenses

The breakdown of the operating expenses is disclosed below:

2015

2014

Employee costs

313,611

300,130

Depreciation, amortisation and impairments

26,915

25,553

Other costs

98,247

99,244

TOTAL

438,773

424,927


The item ‘exceptional other expenses’ totalling € 3,771, as shown in the income statement, includes an amount of € 2,945 relating to the costs of share-based remuneration and consultancy fees ensuing from the intended public offer announced by Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. and € 826 pertaining to the URSSAF assessment disclosed in note 6.

The breakdown of employee costs is disclosed below:

2015

2014

Wages and salaries of indirect employees

215,385

208,034

Social security contributions

45,823

45,815

Premiums for defined contribution pension schemes

4,917

4,413

Costs of defined benefit pension schemes

534

876

Costs of share-based payments

4,8801

404

Other employee expenses

42,072

40,588

TOTAL

313,611

300,130

  1. 1 These costs are disclosed in note 24

The number of indirect employees (FTE) totals:

2015

2014

Number as at 31 December

4,740

4,918

Average throughout the financial year

4,861

4,821