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Accountancy Report 2022: key actions for accountants

Our latest report explores how SME accountancy firms in England, Scotland and Wales have performed during the pandemic, including insights on how they’re adapting and thriving.

Accountancy Report 2022: five actions for growth and success

Since 2015 we have surveyed the financial performance of SME accountancy firms across England, Scotland and Wales. This year, for the first time, we have identified and highlighted five key actions we think all firms should be paying due consideration to. These are:

  1. Attracting and retaining talent
  2. The future of work and flexible working arrangements
  3. Climate and sustainability
  4. Making sure expenditure delivers value
  5. Cybersecurity

Accountancy Report 2022: in numbers

  • Median fees per equity partner were £798,000 a year compared with £649,000 a year when firms were last surveyed in 2019.
  • Profits earned during the pandemic increased significantly. The median profit per equity partner was £193,000, up from £150,000 in 2019.
  • Median work in progress (WIP) days were 42, down from 44, and the median for debtor days were 65, down from 71 days in 2019.
  • The median total of lock-up days was 114, down from 118.
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Accountancy Report 2022 (PDF, 8.91 MB)

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