The world of work was not like that when there was full employment and a good choice of jobs. There were always the occasional r soles, but most people were OK. The race to the bottom has brought out the worst in people. Meanwhile the average salary stagnates, pensions disappear, conditions get worse.
Everything is messed-up, here we have a stated policy to reduce the number of self-employed people and have everyone working staff and yet they introduce legislation that makes any sane organisation avoid taking on staff. 12 years sickness pay? Screw that.