As an experienced Software Developer in the United Kingdom, I am looking for a mature Freelance or Contracting website that caters mostly for United Kingdom based companies and remote-based IT workers (including software developers). I have looked at People Per Hour (which seems to have a UK base) - but the user base seems relatively small and the projects of poor quality. So I'm hoping to find other oDesk / Elance style sites, but with a UK focus (hopefully with better quality and more available projects than People Per Hour).
I have a specific need to work from home (not a choice or something that I just feel like doing) - thus the need to be remote-based (with occasional visits to the client if needed). I have tried sites like oDesk before, but I've been stung there before by companies who lied to me regarding the nature of how they run their business and what they really wanted me to do - something that would probably have been easier to detect if I'd had the opportunity to meet them face-to-face when needed. I thus want to target clients who are based in the UK and are happy to use remote based IT workers.
(I know about remote freelancing sites like oDesk, Elance, Freelancer.com, Guru etc. None of those sites seem to match the criteria I've established above.)