Assume the number of work hours per year is 12 (months) x 4 (weeks per month -- for the purposes of this problem, assume 4 weeks per month) x 40 (hours per week) = 1920 hours per year.
Furthermore, assume a goal of incentivizing companies to hire a contractor for as many possible hours per week for as many possible months.
If a contractor is hired for 12 months at 40 hours a week, a multiplier of 1 is applied to a set hourly rate (e.g. 100 per hour x 1 = $100).
The minimum number of months a contractor can be hired is 1 month at 5 hours a week. The multiplier for that is 2 (e.g. 100 per hour x 2 = $200).
What formula can be used to compute this multiplier? What should the multiplier be if the contractor is hired for 6 months at 20 hours a week? Or for 3 months at 15 hours a week?
Trying to find a formula that would apply to 1 (month) and 5 (hours a week) to equal 2 (multiplier) and use that same formula that would apply to 12 (months) and 40 (hours a week) to equal 1 (multiplier).
UPDATE: I think 25 hours (halfway between 10 and 40) at 7 months (halfway between 1 and 12) would probably yield a 1.5 multiplier.