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Staffing Mergers & Acquisitions: 2019 Update

  • M&A transactions of staffing firms headquartered in North America increased 27% year-over-year in 2018, representing a return to pre-recession deal volumes.
  • Targets were most frequently found within professional staffing segments, led by healthcare and IT staffing firms, constituting 24% and 15% of deal volumes, respectively.
  • Specialization was a theme in 2018 as activity gravitated toward firms that specialize in either professional (+18% y/y) or commercial staffing segments (+38% y/y).
  • Our Merger and Acquisitions Database Tool contains information collected on 1,143 transactions, occurring between January 2014 through December 2018.

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