At what cost? You are wasting your company's money using agencies because you cannot be bothered to do the job yourself, or get your junior or HR department to do it.
I advertised a job in the local paper (in 2003) and got 50 replies ,most of them unsuitable. They all received a letter thanking them for their application and interest in the company. £5,000 buys a lot of secretarial time and postage stamps!
Yes but in 2003 we weren't in the middle of a serious recession, it is totally different now. I'm talking hundreds of cv's and a cv doesn't really tell you much when you factor in lies and exaggeration etc..
Trust me jasper, I work very hard and am grateful to have a job. Recruiting is something I like to outsource because I have a small number of staff who should be busy doing other things.