I was hired at my current job through an agency and they had two people working the front desk/phones and I always spoke with the guy I was working with to get the job.
I also was working with another agency and they emailed and called me with quite a few jobs, not always ones I felt were suitable but over a month I probably had 4 or 5 jobs sent my way.
They will only work with you if you already have the right to work in the UK and you are able to come in for an actual interview with them to go over your skills.
Interesting. I get PLENTY of emails for UK work living here in the USA. However, the top of my CV has numerous warnings at the top of it not to contact me about:
1) USA based jobs.
2) UK based jobs where you won't sponsor me.
3) That if you are going to sponsor me, it must say so in the subject line or your email will be ignored.
That really necked things down.
I still get inundated by USA companies due to my zip code. They pay no mind. I do favors for anyone who won't take the time to read the warning at the top of my resume...right to the deleted box.
What really annoys me are the jobs that are in the UK, where they can clearly see that I live in the USA and can clearly see my explicit warning not to waste my time....and then having the cheek to ask whether or not I have a working Visa!
I have come *close* to being sponsored once or twice when living here.
Once was a large financial firm with international presence. They wanted me to go to an interview in some other State in the USA as part of a 4 part interview process which would have cost me alot of money that I didn't have with no guarantees whatsoever. I said that I didn't think it was right that I had to put up the grand for a flight and no guarantee of a job....they didn't want to know me.
The other was some recruiting firm that wanted to see me on Skype at 3 in the morning for 2 positions that I would be a great fit for. I must be one ugly bastard at 3 AM because I never heard from them again. Same thing happened with the Irish market. My days of Skype are done. I'll wear a mask next time!