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Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

5. Employee information

All figures in millions Notes 2007 2006
Employee benefit expense
Wages and salaries (including termination benefits and restructuring costs) 1,087 1,035
Social security costs 100 101
Share-based payment costs 25 30 25
Pension costs – defined contribution plans 24 39 36
Pension costs – defined benefit plans 24 31 29
Other post-retirement benefits 24 1 (1)
1,288 1,225

The details of the emoluments of the directors of Pearson plc are shown in the Report on Directors' Renumeration.

Average number employed 2007 2006
Employee numbers
School 12,906 11,064
Higher Education 5,098 4,368
Professional 3,458 3,204
Penguin 4,163 3,943
FT Publishing 2,083 1,766
Interactive Data 2,300 2,200
Other 1,614 1,669
Continuing operations 31,622 28,214
Discontinued operations 1,070 6,127
32,692 34,341

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