28 Group employees
The average number of persons employed by the Group and its associates during the year, including Directors, was 95,710 (2008: 96,381).
|Asia-Pacific||16,414 ||10,866 |
|Americas||16,626 ||16,223 |
|Western Europe||12,906 ||13,386 |
|Eastern Europe||8,079 ||7,969 |
|Africa and Middle East||7,028 ||7,726 |
|Subsidiary undertakings||61,053 ||56,170 |
|Associates||34,657 ||40,211 |
| ||95,710 ||96,381 |
The table above has been re-presented for the new regional structure effective 1 January 2009.
Details of Directors’ remuneration, share options and retirement benefits are given in the Remuneration report.
The acquisition of Bentoel in June 2009 included a labour force of over 19,000 of which 12,400 are temporary workers and therefore not included in the average number of persons employed by the Group. Included within the employee numbers for Europe are certain employees in the UK in respect of central functions. Some of the costs of these employees are allocated or charged to the various regions and markets in the Group.