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Body Lease ?

Hello,
this is a question to native English speakers: Does the term "bodylease" or "body lease" exist at all in English language?
Here in German speaking Switzerland some companies use it to designate employees who are subcontracted from other companies for an extended time period. In my opinion this term is inappropriate and stupid. I have the impression that this term was coinded by a German speaking HR person as a pseudo professional term.
Whats your thoughts?
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Old 08.08.2021, 13:25
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Re: Body Lease ?

Body lease either does not exist or is unheard of in British English.
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Old 08.08.2021, 13:29
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Hello,
this is a question to native English speakers: Does the term "bodylease" or "body lease" exist at all in English language?
Here in German speaking Switzerland some companies use it to designate employees who are subcontracted from other companies for an extended time period. In my opinion this term is inappropriate and stupid. I have the impression that this term was coinded by a German speaking HR person as a pseudo professional term.
Whats your thoughts?
It's nonsense, if someone asked me what I thought it meant I would say prostitute.
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Old 08.08.2021, 13:37
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Hello,
this is a question to native English speakers: Does the term "bodylease" or "body lease" exist at all in English language?
Here in German speaking Switzerland some companies use it to designate employees who are subcontracted from other companies for an extended time period. In my opinion this term is inappropriate and stupid. I have the impression that this term was coinded by a German speaking HR person as a pseudo professional term.
Whats your thoughts?
What is the German term?
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Old 08.08.2021, 13:37
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Re: Body Lease ?

Here's an explanation, and it's in English...although I'd say "outsourcing."

http://www.outsourcingportal.eu/en/b...r-whom-and-why
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Hello,
this is a question to native English speakers: Does the term "bodylease" or "body lease" exist at all in English language?
Here in German speaking Switzerland some companies use it to designate employees who are subcontracted from other companies for an extended time period. In my opinion this term is inappropriate and stupid. I have the impression that this term was coinded by a German speaking HR person as a pseudo professional term.
Whats your thoughts?
Would simply be either a contractor or a posted worker in English. The word bodylease doesn't exist.
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Old 08.08.2021, 13:43
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Re: Body Lease ?

Please read my link. It does exist!!
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What is the German term?
I'm not sure there is one, actually. PersonalVerleih on the sending and PersonalLeihe on the receiving end come close, but the two are used interchangeably and as an umbrella term for the entire business.

Apparently Bodylease was invented at least 15 years ago. It's probably supposed to sound super-professional and impress the listener.

"Bodylease - fill your bodybags with the best content available!"
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Old 08.08.2021, 13:47
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Re: Body Lease ?

Body leasing is definitely a term used in English, and came from the English usage into German.

Now it is mostly a pejorative term implying cheap labour vs quality.
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Old 08.08.2021, 13:49
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Please read my link. It does exist!!
Again, no it doesn't. You will not find it being used in the English language. That article is on a Polish website and was taken from a European magazine. Europeans may use it, but UK English - nah.

Outsourcing would be another word for that type of set-up.
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Old 08.08.2021, 13:51
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Here's an explanation, and it's in English...although I'd say "outsourcing."

http://www.outsourcingportal.eu/en/b...r-whom-and-why
The author isn't a mother-tongue english speaker though; Slovakian or Czech possibly?

You're right, outsourcing or perhaps contracting out would be the correct english terms.
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Outsourcing would be another word for that type of set-up.
Sure about that?

I would think outsourcing means you "export" the work (not necessarily across a border). Bodylease means you "import" the workers (temporarily). It seems closer to hiring consultants, except the hired do actual productive work.
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It's nonsense, if someone asked me what I thought it meant I would say prostitute.
No, that would be a Wet Body Lease
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Re: Body Lease ?

I've never heard body lease. I thought "bodyshopping" was the usual term?
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Sub-contractor surely?
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Body Shop is the standard term that is used in the US when it comes to IT contractors.
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Re: Body Lease ?

What the heck is body lease? Never heard of it.
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Re: Body Lease ?

It even has a wikipedia page: https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body-Leasing
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Body lease either does not exist or is unheard of in British English.
For one, it obviously exists and b this entire article is in English!

edit next day: Same linke as bossybabies - must be a good one then. Sorry, only read first post last night as I was interested in the term.
I'm 99.9% sure it is not a German invention but taken over into "Neudeutsch".

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Again, no it doesn't. You will not find it being used in the English language. That article is on a Polish website and was taken from a European magazine. Europeans may use it, but UK English - nah.

Outsourcing would be another word for that type of set-up.
We used it quite a lot when working in London along with "body shop" and "meat market".


It's a pejorative term for a company that provides no added value beyond providing people. Often used to refer to a umbrella company / recruiter pretending to be a consultancy...


(For the non native English speakers, a body shop is also a car repair garage and a meat market is a whore house... but both are used in consultancy to refer to fake consultancies)

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