On Assignment is a leading global provider of in-demand, skilled professionals in the growing technology, life sciences, and creative sectors, where quality people are the key to success. The Company goes beyond matching resumes with job descriptions to match people we know into positions we understand for temporary, contract-to-hire, and direct hire professionals. Clients recognize On Assignment for its quality candidates, quick response, and successful assignments. Professionals think of On Assignment as career-building partners with the depth and breadth of experience to help them reach their goals.
On Assignment, which is based in Calabasas, California, was founded in 1985 and went public in 1992. The Company has a network of branch offices throughout the United States, Canada, Belgium, England, Ireland, Netherlands, and Switzerland.
Building on over three decades of experience, the Company's strategy is to focus on expanding its current service offerings through organic growth and acquisitions while capitalizing on the high-growth areas within the markets we serve. While continuing to identify the right opportunities for expansion, On Assignment is dedicated to advancing our clients’ competitive advantage while remaining the employer of choice for professionals looking for temporary and permanent positions.
On Assignment History
The Company opened its doors in 1985 as Lab Support, providing contract staffing and direct hire placements to organizations within the scientific community. Lab Support's focus on scientific staffing created a niche service offering with dedicated teams who specialize in serving specific industries. This philosophy is still the core of our expanded service offerings today, and differentiates the divisions of On Assignment from many other staffing firms, helping us achieve some of the highest margins in the industry.
To facilitate further expansion of our business, On Assignment, Inc. went public in 1992, trading on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol ASGN.
After nearly ten years in scientific staffing, On Assignment expanded into healthcare staffing with original offerings in the area of healthcare finance. Our Healthcare Segment grew to include a vast array of placement services, including nursing, physician, respiratory therapy, rehab therapy, pharmacy, office/administration, dental, clinical laboratory, diagnostic imaging, and health information management (HIM).
The original growth of the Healthcare Segment can be attributed to the acquisition of Health Personnel Options (HPO) in 2002. Prior to the acquisition, HPO was a leading provider of healthcare staffing services that specialized in travel nursing, allied travel professionals, and local staffing.
In 2003, the Company expanded once again when our Clinical Research and Engineering divisions were established. These divisions, along with Lab Support, formed our Life Sciences Segment, placing professionals in a wide range of industries, including biotechnology, medical device, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, environmental, chemical, and consumer care as well as government and academia.
In 2007, the Company further expanded by acquiring VISTA Staffing Solutions, a leading provider of physician staffing, including domestic and international locum tenens, extended placement, and permanent physician search and consulting. That same year, On Assignment acquired Oxford Global Resources, an international provider of high-end IT and engineering staffing.
Continuing to strengthen our life sciences offerings, the Company acquired The Cambridge Group and Sharpstream Life Sciences in 2010. At the time, The Cambridge Group provided services in the areas of clinical research, IT, and physician staffing.
In 2011, On Assignment acquired Valesta, a provider of clinical research professionals in Western Europe. The expansion strengthened our global presence in life sciences staffing, and enhanced our clinical research business internationally. The Company has since rebranded its US clinical research services under the name Valesta Clinical Research Solutions.
In 2012, the Company acquired Apex Systems, a mid-level IT staffing company that perfectly complements the high-end IT offerings of our Oxford Global Resources division. The transaction made On Assignment one of the largest professional staffing firms and the second largest IT staffing firm in the United States.
2012 also marked On Assignment’s 20th anniversary as a publicly traded company - and the year the stock offering was transferred from NASDAQ to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
In 2013, the Company acquired CyberCoders, which increased the Company’s role in permanent placements and further supported its position as the United States’ second largest IT staffing firm, with a 5% market share. That same year, the Company also acquired physician staffing service Whitaker Medical and sold most of its Allied Healthcare unit, with the exception of the health information management portion.
The Company’s acquisitions and organic growth during these years has been recognized. On Assignment was named one of Fortune’s top five fastest growing companies for two years in a row, in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
In 2015, the Company sold its Physician Segment, including VISTA and Whitaker, and rebranded its health information management offering as Oxford HIM to make it part of the Oxford Healthcare IT group. This marked a slight shift in direction for the Company as it exited the healthcare staffing field.
Also in 2015, the Company acquired Creative Circle, which expands the overall service offering to clients needing digital/creative staffing support. Providing digital, marketing, advertising, and creative talent in addition to technology addresses the increasing demand from clients for highly-skilled, talented professionals to support their consumers’ rapidly growing demand for real-time information and services.
True to our founding purpose, On Assignment remains committed to placing professionals with in-demand skills to meet the evolving needs of the global economy. As we continue to grow our organization organically as well as through acquisitions, our divisions excel by applying expert knowledge to meet the specific requirements of the industry they serve.