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7 Operating expenses

7.1 SERVICES PROVIDED BY FOREIGN EY MEMBER FIRMS AND THIRD PARTIES
These are services and expenses directly attributable to assignments.

7.2 EMPLOYEE BENEFITS EXPENSES
The breakdown is as follows:

    2015/2016   2014/2015
    €000   €000
         
Salaries and bonuses   207,684   190,977
Social security charges   28,171   26,105
Pension contribution   25,122   24,482
Mobility expenses   33,040   30,947
Other staff expenses   6,318   7,701
         
    300,335   280,212

Salaries and bonuses include vacation allowance.

Mobility expenses includes car lease payments recognized as operating lease expenses of €19.8 million (2014/2015: €17.1 million).

The average number of staff (excluding members) in full time equivalents (FTE) during the year was:

    2015/2016   2014/2015
    FTE   FTE
         
Client serving staff   3,115   2,836
Support staff   511   506
         
    3,626   3,342

7.3 OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES
    2015/2016   2014/2015
    €000   €000
         
Premises expenses   29,033   25,667
Other staff expenses   16,383   14,515
Office expenses   11,171   12,323
IT expenses   23,443   20,938
International EY charges   45,963   46,590
Net foreign exchange gains and losses   721   -666
Other expenses   32,349   29,537
         
    159,063   148,904


Premises expenses includes lease payments recognized as operating lease expense of €18.6 million (2014/2015: €19.9 million).

IT expenses includes lease payments recognized as operating lease expense of €1.3 million (2014/2015: €1.2 million).

Auditors’ remuneration of €222,300 (2014/2015: €217,200) is included in other expenses. Of these amounts, €185,800 (2014/2015: €181,500) was charged in respect of the audit of the financial statements of all entities and an amount of €36,500 (2014/2015: €35,700) for various other audit services.