What is offshoring?


Offshoring is the practice of basing some company operations overseas.

Why do companies offshore?

Every company's reasons for offshoring can be different, but they usually fall under one of the following categories:


Moving operations out of the country where a company is based to a foreign country might save a company money on labor.

Skills shortages

Many companies offshore in order to access a wider pool of skilled workers.

Quality of work

Workers or services in one area of the world might be better set up and more adept at handling specific tasks than in the country where the company is based.

Offshoring vs outsourcing: what’s the difference?

Offshoring refers to companies basing operations overseas, whereas outsourcing refers to companies delegating work to a third party that may or may not be based overseas.

Where does Oyster fit in?

If you’re considering offshoring due to difficulties staffing from a local talent pool, you might want to think about using Oyster. Oyster opens up a global pool of talent by enabling you to hire anywhere in the world. Find out more about our global employment platform.

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About Oyster

Oyster is a global employment platform designed to enable visionary HR leaders to find, hire, pay, manage, develop, and take care of a thriving distributed workforce. Oyster lets growing companies give valued international team members the experience they deserve, without the usual headaches and expense.

Oyster enables hiring anywhere in the world—with reliable, compliant payroll, and great local benefits and perks.