Despite this mini experiment being based on a small sample size the findings speak for themselves and it's pretty shocking that this kind of discrimination is still happening.

Jonny Gifford from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has said that name-blind recruitment is a "really obvious thing for all employers to be doing where possible" and I couldn't agree more.

I wonder how much more I would have struggled in my job searches if I had only had L. Deboub or Miss Deboub on my applications and CV?

"It's also a really easy thing to implement. There's no real reason to not be doing this."