Difference Between Outsourcing and Offshoring

Once again, the Left has been permitted to control the jargon, and the Right lets them get away with it.

There is a difference between outsourcing (delegating some non-core corporate activity to a company for which the activity is core) and off-shoring (sending core activity jobs to non-domestic locations to take advantage of lower costs of doing business). The obvious difference is that outsourcing can keep jobs in America (although not necessarily so), and off-shoring by definition refers to jobs sent to other countries.


The worst thing about off-shoring is that many of the jobs that are sent away could be training level and mid-level skill development jobs. So why is it done? We have created a regulatory, taxation and benefit situation so inflexible for employers that it is more profitable to do certain core tasks elsewhere. I know "profit" is a four-letter word (more jargon control by the Left), but without profit, no business would be in business, no employee would be paid, and no middle-aged person planning a retirement would have any dividends on which to retire.


So, let's drop the Left's memes, and let's start using vocabulary correctly. Domestic outsourcing is a good thing. Embrace it!

Let's Be Honest About Outsourcing, The Heritage Foundation, 19 July...

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Comment by W. Branstetter on July 19, 2012 at 2:19pm

Good post, Lisa.  Thanks for the link.

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