Employment costs during the financial period were as follows:

52 Weeks
27 November
52 Weeks
29 November
Staff Costs During the Period:
Wages and salaries252.8206.8
Social security costs22.218.1
Other pension costs5.65.1
Share-based payment expense*7.19.9
Total gross employment costs287.7239.9
Staff costs capitalised to Intangible assets(29.8)(21.3)
Staff costs capitalised to property, plant and equipment(8.6)(5.8)
Total Employment Cost Expense249.3212.8
Average Monthly Number of Employees (including Executive Directors) by Function
Operational staff9,3087,453
Support staff1,6221,241

* Included in the share-based payment expense is the IFRS 2 equity-settled charge of £6.4 million (2015: £7.8 million) and an additional provision of £0.7 million (2015: £2.1 million) for the payment of amounts due to participants of the Cash LTIP and the Beauty MIP, and for the payment of employer's national insurance contributions on certain employee incentive schemes.