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Note 15 Provisions for employee benefits

 

Current portion

Non-current portion

Total

€ million

2016

2015

2016

2015

2016

2015

Long-term employee benefits

      

Post-employment benefits

-

-

2

1

2

1

Other long-term employee benefits

9

10

42

41

51

51

Termination/reorganisation benefits

12

11

6

7

18

18

Total

21

21

50

49

71

70

       

Short-term employee benefits

      

Short-term employee benefits

25

32

-

-

25

32

       

Carrying amount as at 31 December

46

53

50

49

96

102

Post-employment benefits

Prompted by the deterioration of the funding ratio in 2008, ABP introduced a recovery plan in 2009. At the start of each year ABP evaluates the progress of the recovery on the basis of the actual funding ratio at the end of the preceding year. The funding ratio as at year-end 2016 was 91.7%. The pension contribution rate in 2016 was 18.8% of pensionable salary. With effect from 1 January 2017, the contribution rate for the retirement and dependants’ pension rises to 21.1%. The main reasons for the increase are the low interest rate and the lower expected return on plan assets in the years ahead.

Alliander’s relative share in the ABP pension scheme based on numbers of participants is approximately 0.5%. The pension contributions payable for the multi-employer plans in 2017 are expected to total €61 million (of which an expected €45 million will be borne by the company).

In addition to the multi-employer pension plans in the Netherlands, Alliander has two defined benefit plans relating to subsidiaries in Germany, although these are not of material importance. These two plans are accounted for in accordance with the amended IAS 19. This means that, with effect from 2013, actuarial gains and losses and remeasurements are recognised directly. Because of the small amounts involved, however, this is not visible in the consolidated financial statements. The post-employment benefits provision totalled €2 million at the end of 2016 (2015: €1 million), made up as follows:

 

Current portion

Non-current portion

Total

€ million

2016

2015

2016

2015

2016

2015

Liability for pensions and post-employment healtcare insurance

-

-

2

1

2

1

       

Actuarial value of obligations as at 31 December

-

-

2

1

2

1

Other long-term employee benefits

Alliander offers a number of other long-term employee benefits. The provision covers the following types of benefit:

  • jubilee benefits; this provision covers the jubilee benefits paid to employees after 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years of service and the payment on reaching retirement age;

  • long-term sickness benefits; this benefit covers the obligation to continue paying all or part of an employee's salary during the first two years of sick leave;

  • incapacity benefit; Alliander bears the risk for benefits payable under the Work and Income (Ability to Work) Act (WIA) – the relevant provision covers the obligations towards Alliander employees who become wholly or partially unfit for work;

  • unemployment benefits; Alliander is the risk-bearer within the meaning of the Unemployment Act(WW); if an Alliander employee becomes unemployed, the unemployment benefit is borne by Alliander for a period of between three months and 38 months, depending on the employee's employment history;

Other long-term employee benefits

 

Current Portion

Non-current portion

Total

€ million

2016

2015

2016

2015

2016

2015

Long-service benefits

2

3

30

30

32

33

Long-term sickness leave and disability benefits

5

4

8

8

13

12

Unemployment benefits

2

2

3

2

5

4

Other

-

1

1

1

1

2

       

Carrying amount as at 31 December

9

10

42

41

51

51

Termination/reorganisation benefits

This provision covers payments and/or supplements to benefits paid to employees whose employment contract has been or probably will be terminated. These benefits and supplements are based on the Social Plan operated by Alliander and individual arrangements. The Social Plan is periodically renegotiated and agreed. In 2016, an amount of €19 million was added to the reorganisation provision (2015: €19 million). The provision for termination payments/reorganisations totalled €18 million at the end of 2016 (2015: €18 million).

Movements in provisions for long-term employee benefits

The following table shows the movements in the provisions for post-employment benefits, other long-term employee benefits and the termination benefits/ restructuring provision.

Movements in provisions for employee benefits

€ million

Post-employment benefits

Other long-term employee benefits

Termination/ reorganisation benefits

Total

Carrying amount as at 1 January 2015

1

54

20

75

     

Movements 2015

    

Released

-

-2

-7

-9

Added

-

9

19

28

Interest expenses

-

1

-

1

Benefits paid

-

-10

-14

-24

Total

-

-2

-2

-4

     

Reclassification to liabilities held for sale

-

-1

-

-1

     

Carrying amount as at 31 December 2015

1

51

18

70

     

Movements 2016

    

Released

-

-1

-8

-9

Added

-

12

19

31

Interest expenses

-

1

-

1

Benefits paid

1

-12

-11

-22

Total

1

-

-

1

     

Carrying amount as at 31 December 2016

2

51

18

71

The main assumptions used in determining the provisions are given below:

Assumptions

 

2016

2015

Mortality tables

generation 2010-2060 layer 2016

generation 2010-2060 layer 2015

Discount rates

-0.01%-1.71%

0.05%-2.36%

Expected future salary increases

2.5%

2.5%

Expected increase in incapacity benefits

2.0%

2.0%

Short-term employee benefits

Short-term employee benefits relate to all obligations to employees, other than the current portion of long-term employee benefits, that are expected to be settled within 12 months after the balance sheet date. Short-term employee benefits include salaries still to be paid, accrued holiday entitlement, bonuses and other staff costs still to be paid, which at year-end 2016 amounted to €25 million (2015: €32 million). Each year, Alliander’s Management Board and Supervisory Board meet to set corporate targets which are used in determining performance-related payments for Alliander employees that are included in the CLA. The targets were only partially achieved in 2016, resulting in a lower performance-related payment (€7 million) than in 2015.

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