Directors' remuneration

2019
£m
2018
£m
Fees to non-executive directors0.80.7
Salaries1.71.5
Benefits0.40.4
Bonus0.90.7
Share-based payment charge2.41.8
6.25.1

Further information about the remuneration of individual directors and details of their pension arrangements are provided in the Directors' remuneration report.

Remuneration of key management personnel

2019
£m
2018
£m
Salaries and short-term employee benefits5.25.3
Severance0.6
Share-based payment charge3.12.4
8.38.3

Key management personnel comprises all directors and certain senior managers who are members of the executive team.

Employee benefits expense (including directors)

2019
£m
2018
£m
Wages and salaries234.2220.7
Employee-related taxes and levies24.122.8
Severance4.83.7
Post-employment benefits:
Defined benefit pension expense (see note 18)18.032.2
Defined contribution pension expense (see note 18)23.012.1
41.044.3
Charged to other areas including regulatory capital schemes(134.5)(138.0)
Employee benefits expense169.6153.5

Within employee benefits expense there were £7.2 million (2018: £6.0 million) of restructuring costs, £6.6 million of costs associated with the equalisation of Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) benefits (2018: nil) and £1.4 million (2018: nil) of costs incurred in relation to the group's response to the severe dry weather event experienced during the year.

The total expense included within employee benefits expense in respect of equity-settled share-based payments was £4.0 million (2018: £3.2 million). The company operates several share option schemes, details of which are given in the Directors' remuneration report. Further disclosures have not been included as they are considered immaterial to the assessment of the share-based payments charge.

Average number of employees during the year (full-time equivalent including directors):

2019
Number
2018
Number
Average number of employees during the year5,2675,223

Company

The company has no employees.