After all, to most people, the figures involved are often so massive that they seem hard to justify even when a company has been doing well.
Company directors themselves, however, have generally kept quiet on the subject, making this week’s Accountancy Age/Reed Accountancy Personnel Big Question interesting reading.
Just over one in two finance chiefs, the survey has found, think companies should refuse to pay under performing directors their bonuses, even where they are contractually entitled to them.
These findings take the steam out of any argument that the current spate of anger over the Marconi affair is based just on the views of a few embittered shareholders and the understandable reaction of Joe Public to the possibility of such large sums being paid out.
Just one half of UK practices have implemented a pricing structure around auto enrolment implementation and advice - with many suffering increased costs
Deloitte's north-west Europe foray; BDO, Smith & Williamson investment paths; Shelley Stock Hutter; and Wilkins Kennedy discussed by editor Kevin Reed on our Friday Afternoon Live broadcast
Accountants should alter their perspective on auto-enrolment to maximise business opportunities, according to Eric Clapton.
Kevin Reed discusses whether new accountancy group Cogital can rival the Big Four...and its likely direction of travel