Re: 40 years of "employee" status
Well I'm ahead of you. Not far short of 40 years, covering periods of "permie" work, contract work, self-employed work and desperately-seeking work. But never a job with long-term security.
The "gig economy" isn't new. Its real heyday was when the poor would go and queue each morning to get hired for the day. It shrank for a while, but never went away. Now it's grown a little more, back to something intermediate.