ASGN Incorporated (ASGN) and 51job Inc. (NASDAQ:JOBS) Contrasting side by side

ASGN Incorporated (NYSE:ASGN) and 51job Inc. (NASDAQ:JOBS) compete with each other in the Staffing & Outsourcing Services sector. We will analyze and compare their analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ASGN Incorporated 3.40B 0.99 157.98M 2.98 21.41
51job Inc. N/A 0.00 N/A 1.52 44.84

Table 1 demonstrates ASGN Incorporated and 51job Inc.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation. The business that is currently more affordable of the two stocks is the one that has a lower P/E ratio. ASGN Incorporated has been trading at a lower P/E ratio than 51job Inc., which means that it is at the moment the more affordable of the two companies.


Table 2 hightlights the return on assets, net margins and return on equity of the two companies.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ASGN Incorporated 4.65% 15.6% 7.3%
51job Inc. 0.00% 11.3% 6.5%

Risk and Volatility

A 1.97 beta indicates that ASGN Incorporated is 97.00% more volatile compared to Standard and Poor’s 500. 51job Inc.?s 1.24 beta is the reason why it is 24.00% more volatile than Standard and Poor’s 500.


The Current Ratio and Quick Ratio of ASGN Incorporated are 2.2 and 2.2 respectively. Its competitor 51job Inc.?s Current Ratio is 1.9 and its Quick Ratio is 1.9. ASGN Incorporated can pay off short and long-term obligations better than 51job Inc.

Analyst Ratings

The Recommendations and Ratings for ASGN Incorporated and 51job Inc. are featured in the next table.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
ASGN Incorporated 0 2 3 2.60
51job Inc. 0 0 0 0.00

ASGN Incorporated has an average price target of $78.2, and a 22.46% upside potential.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

ASGN Incorporated and 51job Inc. has shares held by institutional investors as follows: 97.2% and 46%. Insiders held 1.4% of ASGN Incorporated shares. Insiders Competitively, held 25.6% of 51job Inc. shares.


Here are the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
ASGN Incorporated -4.52% 1.27% -8.1% -30.51% -17.13% 17.05%
51job Inc. -7.75% -1.88% 6.04% -9.74% 5.92% 9.43%

For the past year ASGN Incorporated was more bullish than 51job Inc.


ASGN Incorporated beats 51job Inc. on 10 of the 12 factors.

ASGN Incorporated provides IT and professional services in the technology, digital, creative, healthcare technology, engineering, life sciences, and government sectors in the United States, Europe, and Canada. The company's Apex segment offers technical, digital, and creative and scientific professionals for contract, contract-to-hire, and permanent placement positions to Fortune 1000 and mid-market clients; IT staffing and consulting services comprising IT infrastructure, application development, project management, and healthcare IT professionals; and creative, marketing, advertising, and digital professionals. It also provides scientific, engineering, and clinical research staffing and services for temporary and permanent assignments, such as chemists, clinical research associates, clinical lab assistants, engineers, biologists, biochemists, microbiologists, molecular biologists, biostatisticians, drug safety specialists, SAS programmers, medical writers, food scientists, regulatory affairs specialists, lab assistants, and other skilled professionals. This segment serves companies from various industries, as well as advertising agencies and company marketing departments. Its Oxford segment recruits and delivers experienced IT, engineering, and regulatory and compliance consultants to clients for temporary assignments and project engagements; provides permanent placements in technology, engineering, sales, executive, financial, accounting, scientific, legal, and operations positions; and offers locally-based contract and permanent life science professionals to clients with research and development projects. The company's ECS segment delivers solutions in cloud, cybersecurity, software development, IT modernization, and science and engineering. The company was formerly known as On Assignment, Inc. and changed its name to ASGN Incorporated in April 2018. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Calabasas, California.

51job, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides integrated human resource services in the People's Republic of China. The company provides recruitment advertising services, including online recruitment services through its Websites comprising,, and; and print advertising services through 51job Weekly, a city-specific recruitment advertising publication. It also offers other human resource related services, such as business process outsourcing that consist of social insurance and benefits processing, regulatory compliance with local governmental employment regulations, and payroll processing; and conducts training seminars in business management, leadership, sales and marketing, human resource, negotiation skills, financial planning and analysis, public administration, manufacturing, secretarial, and other skills. In addition, the company provides campus recruitment services to corporations that seek to recruit college and university students; and executive search and placement services to employers seeking to fill mid-level professional, managerial, and junior executive positions. Further, it offers professional assessment tools that assist human resource departments in evaluating capabilities and dispositions of job candidates and existing employees; provides talent assessment services; conducts general and customized surveys on salary, employee retention, and other human resource related topics; organizes and hosts annual human resource conferences and events; and offers hiring and support services to employers on select recruitment projects. The company serves multinational corporations, large national Chinese corporations, and local Chinese enterprises. It provides its services through sales offices, and a national sales and customer service call center in Wuhan. 51job, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is based in Shanghai, the People’s Republic of China.