UK Gender Pay Difference Results

Men and Women representation per Pay Quartile

Men Women
Upper Pay Quartile 92.3% 7.7%
Upper Middle Pay Quartile 79.7% 20.3%
Lower Middle Pay Quartile 84.8% 15.2%
Lower Pay Quartile 60.8% 39.2%

Compared to men, women’s hourly pay rate is lower

Mean Median
33.5% 29.1%

Percentage of men and women who received a bonus

Men Women
93.2% 89.2%

Compared to men, women’s bonus pay is lower

Mean Median
48.3% 32.1%

Understanding our Numbers


Pay Difference

The difference in the average compensation of all men and all women across all roles. A pay gap usually is a result of more men occupying more senior—and therefore higher paying—positions.

Pay Equity

Commonly referred to as “equal pay for equal work,” this is an analysis of whether men and women are paid comparably for doing similar jobs, after controlling for legitimate differentiators such as performance and experience.


Like most companies in the technology industry, Synopsys is focused on improving its representation of women in senior roles but still has a way to go. Our initiatives are deliberately designed to prioritize an inclusive culture that results in a more diverse workforce and reduces the gender pay difference.

Pay Differences v. Pay Equity

This Gender Pay Differences exercise highlights the difference in the types of positions women and men generally occupy, with men commonly holding more senior roles—hence the difference in the total average pay between all men and all women in the U.K. By contrast, Pay Equity analyses broadly consider whether men and women who have similar skills, experience, and performance are paid comparably for doing similar jobs. This Gender Pay Difference data is not an analysis of Pay Equity. At Synopsys, we take Pay Equity very seriously and strongly believe that employees are compensated fairly, without regard to gender, for their skills, expertise, and work. 

Representation and Pay

UK employees represent 1.86% of Synopsys’ global workforce for the reporting period.  Our UK female employees increased by 1% from the previous reporting year.  Our data continue to reflect the challenges of the high-tech industry, where more men than women are employed in technical roles, especially at senior levels. This mirrors the continuing labour market and reflects the fact that fewer women graduate from STEM education than men.  We are making progress in having women in technical roles, driven by an increase of 4.4% in women hires into technical roles between FY2021 (11.6%) and FY2022 (16%), coupled with 1.4% fewer technical female employees that left Synopsys between the two financial years. 

There was an increase of 3.2% in promotions of technical female employees between FY2021 (9.8%) and FY2022 (13%), influenced by a significant increase of 13% in women being recognized as “high potential” at Synopsys between the two years. “High potential” employees are a small percentage of the workforce who meet or exceed certain performance metrics.  We continue to support these employees as they grow within Synopsys.

This year, we report that both our Mean and Median hourly pay gaps narrowed from last year.  The Mean hourly pay gap narrowed by 2.5% (Mean of 36% last year*).  The Median hourly pay gap narrowed by 0.5% (Median of 29.6% last year*).  We are encouraged by our efforts to narrow these gaps by the increase of 4.7% in the upper hourly pay quarter for women between last year (3%*) and this year (7.7%).  


Receipt of Bonus

Since reporting began, a larger percentage of women received a bonus payment in this reporting year.

The increased variance in average bonus pay is due to a large amount of RSUs, bonuses, and commissions paid to males, who are more represented in senior roles than are women.


Looking Ahead

Having a well-balanced gender workforce is important to the continued success of Synopsys, and one we continue to commit to. We continue to make hiring managers aware that we have a shared responsibility to improve the overall representation of diverse talent within our teams.

Over the years, we have invested and participated in a number of internal and external programs and conferences to promote women in the workplace. In 2021 we established several external initiatives to attract women in the technology area where we have gained traction to continue with these programs.  We continue to establish partnership and collaboration with British universities with an emphasis on Synopsys as an employer for choice, particularly for women.

We thrive to inspire performance, engage and develop our female employees, through our Women in Leadership Program that is aimed at bringing extra focus in identifying women leaders who have potential and supporting their further development through various targeted initiatives.  As part of this framework, in FY2022, we launched a Reverse Mentorship Program between an established leader as the mentee and an emerging female leader as the mentor. VPs and Directors are matched with emerging female leaders, and together they work on building greater diversity and nurturing a culture of inclusion, belonging and trust.

Furthermore, we continuously promote Inclusive & Diversity initiatives aimed at engaging our leaders and employees with workshops and forums, such as Values Differences, Inclusive Leader:  Maximising the Mix, 50 Ways to Fight Bias, and Coaching Women to Lead.


* The hourly rate figures for last reporting period to 5 April 2021 have been updated to include bonuses.