See how Maya Nandekar's poll has got some interesting votes!
My personal opinion:
A job has many definitions. Just getting a person in a job may not suffice. What about longevity, growth, treatment at best, on par industry salary, perks etc? So a person going in eyes wide shut into a job, may not risk with a consultant. Honest!***
In a nutshell, it is the employer who is wanting a better resource and he/she would have to foot the bill for the consultant, who would be sending out resumes, based on the jobsites match, and application.
I have heard that it is 1:8 hit ratio for the short listed resume and @ 1:100 ratio from job portal.
Applies / Applied to me and my recruitment's too!