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33 Operating expenses

33.1 EMPLOYEE BENEFITS EXPENSES
The breakdown is as follows:
    2015/2016   2014/2015
    €000   €000
         
Salaries and bonuses   28,641   28,132
Social security charges   3,902   3,880
Pension contributions   4,140   4,140
Mobility expenses   3,274   3,212
Other staff expenses   609   971
         
    40,566   40,335

Salaries and bonuses include vacation allowance.

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   1   4
Support staff   484   484
         
    485   488

33.2 OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES

    2015/2016   2014/2015
    €000   €000
         
Premises expenses   30,520   27,062
Other staff expenses   1,905   2,073
Office expenses   7,895   8,613
IT expenses   19,992   18,733
International EY charges   2,302   1,364
Fees charged to subsidiaries   -1,500   -1,500
Other expenses   13,690   9,378
         
    74,804   65,723

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 expenses of €1.3 million (2014/2015: €1.2 million).

Auditors’ remuneration of €182,300 (2014/2015: €177,200) is included in other expenses. Of this amount, €145,800 (2014/2015: €141,500) was charged in respect of the partnership and the consolidated financial statements and €36,500 (2014/2015: €35,700) for various other audit services.