"outsourcing means: The procuring of services or products, such as the parts used in manufacturing a motor vehicle, from an outside supplier or manufacturer in order to cut costs...."
Is "an outsourcer" the outside supplier or the company who asks the outside supplier to provide the goods or service?
Thank you very much.
About 20 years ago, before the term "outsourcing" had become popular, some people - even more confusingly - [ab]used the word 'vend': We're not going to do this ourselves; we're going to vend it. :ugh:
ps - I read too fast, so my previous post was misleading. The outside company is "the outsourcer" ("He lost his job because telephone support was moved to an outsourcer in Calcutta"); but, confusingly, the central company is said to be "out-sourcing" the work ("He lost his job because his employer out-sourced telephone support ", or - more frequently - "He lost his job because of out-sourcing).