Too much, too little of just right? The 2016 Public Practice Salary & Charge Rate survey reveals a lift in salaries across the board. But, firms are scrutinising what that money buys them. What firms are saying The accounting profession is split. Either firms are pushing hard on growth - fee growth, growing staff numbers, and to some extent, increasing what they are willing to pay to acquire staff - while many others are not moving at all. There is very little in between.